Jennifer McDermed

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

  • LESS WIND: Cooler Temperatures

    Posted on: 5:07 am, April 17, 2014, by , updated on: 04:09pm, April 17, 2014

    Today will be cooler and with calmer winds. Highs will be in the lower 50s, but we’ll see a warm-up...
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  • WARMER & WINDY: Light Rain this Evening

    Posted on: 4:54 am, April 16, 2014, by , updated on: 11:47am, April 16, 2014

    Today will be warmer with highs reaching the lower 60s with partly cloudy skies. A Red Flag Warning will be...
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  • STAYING WARM: Rainy Weekend

    Posted on: 4:39 am, April 10, 2014, by , updated on: 11:54am, April 10, 2014

    It will be warm through the end of the week and not as windy. There is a much better chance...
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  • WINDY FRIDAY: Warm-Up Starts Tomorrow

    Posted on: 7:23 am, April 4, 2014, by , updated on: 11:36am, April 4, 2014

    A Wind Advisory is in effect until 5 PM today throughout central Iowa. Winds will be out of NW at...
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  • SNOW ENDING: Cold Friday

    Posted on: 4:39 am, April 4, 2014, by

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for far North Central Iowa. 1 to 3″ of snow is possible Fort...
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  • SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS: Snow Later Tonight

    Posted on: 4:31 am, April 3, 2014, by , updated on: 11:44am, April 3, 2014

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms will move across the state today. Rain will mix with light snow overnight. Snow accumulation is...
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  • APRIL SHOWERS: Snow Early Friday

    Posted on: 4:47 am, April 2, 2014, by , updated on: 06:02pm, April 2, 2014

    More chances for showers tonight through Friday. Rain will mix with snow Friday. Snow accumulation is possible in northern Iowa...
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  • COOLER FRIDAY: Warm Weekend

    Posted on: 4:56 am, March 28, 2014, by , updated on: 07:20am, March 28, 2014

    Not as windy today with cooler temperatures. A nice warm up is in the forecast beginning tomorrow. Sunday looks to...
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  • RAINY DAY: Warm Weekend Ahead

    Posted on: 4:47 am, March 27, 2014, by , updated on: 12:55pm, March 27, 2014

    Periods of rain will be present in much of central Iowa today, with a possibility of thunderstorms to the south....
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  • SNOW MELT: Warm & Dry St. Patricks Day

    Posted on: 7:03 am, March 16, 2014, by , updated on: 04:42pm, March 16, 2014

    Overnight tonight skies will be clear and winds light, allowing for a chilly morning on Monday. Lows will be in...
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  • WARM START: Light Rain/Snow Mix Tonight

    Posted on: 7:10 am, March 15, 2014, by

    Today will be warm and windy. Highs will reach the upper 50s, with winds out of our east this afternoon...
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  • WARM MONDAY: Rain/Snow Tuesday

    Posted on: 4:36 am, March 10, 2014, by , updated on: 03:51pm, March 10, 2014

    Clouds will increase tonight and temperatures will be mild. Lows will again be in the upper 30s by early Tuesday...
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