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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
  • Slight Risk

    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.

  • MUGGY WEATHER: Stormy Weekend

    More heat and humidity will continue to make it feel like late June and early July. Highs will remain in the lower 80s. There will be a few isolated showers late Friday…but a much better chance for storms late Saturday through Tuesday morning. Some of the storms Sunday and Monday could be severe and heavy rain could also lead to some flooding.

  • ISOLATED STORMS: Staying Warm and Humid

    Showers and thunderstorms have popped up both in Southern and Northern Iowa this afternoon. These storms should stay below severe limits. However, heavy rainfall is possible with some of them. There is also a possibility of weak funnel clouds in Southern Iowa today. These funnels should not reach the ground. Scattered showers and storms will continue through the evening. Temperatures will drop to the mid 60s overnight. Wednesday brings another warm and humid day. Pop up showers and storms are […]

  • WARM & HUMID: Rain Chances Continue

    As we wrap up Memorial Day Weekend, the weather pattern will continue on. Tonight will be warm and humid. A few storms will pop up this evening. Temperatures will drop to the mid 60s overnight. Tuesday and Wednesday stay the course with warm humid weather and isolated afternoon showers and storms. Temperatures will be in the low 80s. Drier weather arrives for Thursday and beyond. The temperatures stay summer-like.  

  • SUNNY FRIDAY: Rain Chances Increase

    Mostly sunny skies will hold on for the rest of the afternoon. High temperatures will be near 80, making it a great start to the holiday weekend. This weekend will be warmer, and will start off dry. As we head into Sunday evening an increase of clouds and showers will be joining us. The temperatures will remain warm next week. Expect more periods of showers and isolated storms just about each day.

  • FROST ADVISORY: Warmer Weekend

    More cold temperatures for the state tomorrow morning. There is a frost advisory in effect for the state tonight through 7AM. Lows in Des Moines will be around 38 degrees. It will be warmer through the weekend…and much warmer next week. Highs will reach the 80s by Wednesday. There are chances for isolated storms early Monday…but a better chance for storms Thursday and Friday.

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