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Meteorologist Jennifer McDermed joined WHO-HD in October 2013 and is Channel 13’s 5th full-time meteorologist. Jennifer came to Des Moines from KQ2-TV in St. Joseph, MO where she was the weekend meteorologist. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Saint Louis University.

Since her childhood, Jennifer has had a love for weather and that passion has only intensified. She was chasing storms and tornadoes in high school and that continued into college.

You can find Jennifer on Iowa’s Weather Channel (WHO 13.2) each weekday morning and anytime severe weather threatens. You’ll also find her filling in for Ed, Jeriann, Megan and Brett on Channel 13 News.

1. I am the blue-eyed blonde German-Irish Midwestern girl, born and raised in Atchison, KS.

2. You’ll always see me cheering for the Kansas State Wildcats!

3. I am the ornery middle child of three.

4. I have chased ten tornadoes throughout the Midwest! Biggest one being a F4 in Lyons, KS.

5. In high school I played volleyball, basketball, was on the swim team, as well as the dance team.

6. In college I spent a semester to study in Madrid, Spain for five months.

7. I graduated from Saint Louis University with a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology. GO BILLS!

8. On my 18th birthday I gave the weather on Good Morning America with Sam Champion.

9. I love biking, hiking, swimming, chasing severe weather… anything outdoors!

10. So far I have been to eleven different countries in Europe, and have slept in many hostels, airport floors, and trains while traveling.

11. One of my adventures included the Beatification of Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy in May of 2011. I waited 12 hours in line with millions of people over night waiting for the Vatican gates to open! And you bet I forced my way through the crowd to be in the front row!

12. I like to think I am an aspiring beer (not wine) connoisseur, so if you know of any good beers to taste or breweries to go to, tweet or email me!

13. I am the pickiest eater you’ll ever meet. Give me pasta with marinara sauce or grilled cheese and I’m happy.


Recent Articles
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    Wet Kick-Off for Football Friday

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The heaviest of the rain will fall Friday morning. In the afternoon and evening we have the chance of redevelopment of isolated scattered showers and weak thunderstorms. Therefore, if we see rain showers during football games Friday evening they will most likely occur at kickoff and during the first half of the game. Rain jackets and rain boots would be a good idea to wear outdoors for Friday night. As we head further into the evening […]

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    Heat Advisory Friday, Risk of Severe Storms Saturday

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Heat Advisory will be in effect today from 1 pm to 7 pm for southern Iowa. This is where heat index values will have the greatest potential to reach 105-110 at times. The humidity will be staying in central Iowa for Friday as well. A cold front will collide with the added moisture and heat in the atmosphere on Saturday. This will allow for showers and thunderstorms to develop, which some may be strong to […]

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    Severe Thunderstorms, Flash Flooding Expected Thursday

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Widespread rain will continue throughout Thursday  morning with some clearing as we head closer to lunch time. A low pressure system is tracking toward the northeast into western Iowa in the afternoon and is associated with a cold front. This cold front will allow initiation of thunderstorms in southwest Iowa around 2 and 3 pm this afternoon. Mega Doppler S Warnings & Watches   The area to most likely see severe weather this evening will be in central […]

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    Lake City Tornado Had Winds of 100 MPH, Rated EF1

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The National Weather Service said the tornado that struck Lake City Sunday night had winds of nearly 100 mph. A storm survey crew ranked the tornado an EF-1 with estimated winds of 100 mph. Meteorologists looking at the path of the tornado said the twister lifted several times during it’s track through Carroll and Calhoun County. They believe the tornado dissipated near Rockwell City. Storm survey crews will examine additional damage this afternoon to determine if […]

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    More Storms Thursday, Some Severe in Eastern Iowa

      Another wave of light rain showers will be in central Iowa later this afternoon and throughout the evening. There is a risk for severe weather in the extreme southeast corner of the state. Download the 13Warn Me App The threats with these storms in SE Iowa will be hail and damaging winds. Winds will be strong this afternoon from the NW gusting up to 30 mph. Clouds will be decreasing tonight as high pressure builds into the region. The […]

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    Another Round of Severe Weather Possible Tonight

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Following Sunday’s severe weather that produced several tornadoes, more storms are possible again tonight. Sunny skies, warm temperatures and humid conditions will create instability in the atmosphere that could lead to thunderstorm development. DOWNLOAD: 13WarnMe App TRACK THE STORMS: MegaDoppler-S Large thunderstorms, known as supercells, could form with the possibility of large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain. The tornado threat today is less favorable than Sunday, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Widespread […]

  • CLOUDY & 70S: Chances of Rain

    The threat of rain will persist today mainly in the western half of the state with clouds farther east. Temperatures will remain cool with light east winds.

  • Patchy Fog, Wet Weekend Ahead

    Patchy fog early this morning. Otherwise isolated storms will again be possible this afternoon, though mostly sunny skies should be in place for the majority of locations. Thunderstorm chances then return Saturday morning throughout the afternoon, with highs in the upper 70s. Sunday looks to be dry and cooler.

  • QUIET & COOLER: 70s Return

    Today will be partly sunny with temperatures in the upper 70s this afternoon. An isolated shower is possible at times. The next few days hold in the 70s with another chance of showers on Thursday afternoon and evening. It stays active into the weekend with storms possible Friday night into Saturday. A few rain totals: Lamoni – 5.53″ Creston – 3.68″ Red Oak – 3.03″ Des Moines – 1.18″

  • 80S & HUMID: Stronger Storms Later

    Today will remain warm and humid with highs in the upper 80s. Scattered storms will develop this afternoon, and will become more widespread overnight into early Monday morning. These storms will strengthen in Nebraska, crossing into Western Iowa Sunday night. While the storms will hold together enough to bring rain, and likely thunder to Central Iowa, the severe threat should be low by the overnight hours in which the storms will arrive. A better chance for severe weather and heavy […]

  • ISOLATED STORMS: Warm and Muggy

    Staying warm and humid today with another chance for isolated storms by this afternoon. Temperatures will reach the mid-80s again, with lows in the 70s and upper 60s. Sunday will bring a chance of widespread isolated storms throughout the afternoon, and even a better chance for severe weather late Sunday night and early Monday morning. Next week will also stay active with periods of storms just about every day.

  • STAYING WARM: Wet Weekend

    It will be dry again today. Highs will be in the lower 80s. The humidity will remain noticeable. It will be muggy through the weekend. Better chances for storms will move into central Iowa late Saturday and Sunday.

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