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
  • 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.

  • STORMS CONTINUE: Some Severe

    Severe storms will continue to press across the state today. Flash Flooding will continue to be a concern. The work week will be cooler with highs in the 60s. Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 8:00 PM for the following counties: Appanoose…Davis…Jasper…Lucas…Mahaska…Marion…Monroe…Poweshiek…Tama…Wapello…Wayne.

  • SEVERE STORMS: Continue Today

    The weather will be stormy today as a strong cold front and an area of low pressure moves across the state. A few storms are moving across the state this morning, mainly in northern Iowa. More severe storms will develop this afternoon. A few of those storms could produce strong winds, hail and an isolated tornado. Friday looks dry with more rain possible on Saturday.

  • SUNNY SKIES: Warmer Temps

    Today will be breezy and much warmer. Highs will be in the upper 60s. Saturday will be nice too. Highs around 70. There is a slight chance for showers Sunday…highs will be in the middle 60s. Monday through Thursday of next week…the temperatures will move to the lower 80s. There will be a good chance for storms Thursday night to Friday morning.

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    RAINY WEEK: Cooler Temperatures

    We have received quite a bit of rain through the last three days. Here are a few three day totals of rainfall: Ames: 3.69″ Clarion: 2.14″ Chariton: 2″ Ankeny 1.72″ Des Moines: 1.68″ Marshalltown: 1.46″ Newton: 1.44″ Ottumwa: 1.23″ Carroll: 0.89″ The weather will remain cloudy and cool the rest of the week. Highs will be in the 50s and 60s with chances of light showers each day. This is all because a pesky area of low pressure will stall […]

  • TORNADO WATCH: Colder Week Ahead

    A Tornado Watch is in effect for southeastern Iowa until 7 PM. Polk and Dallas Counties are included. Straight-line winds are to blame for damage reported in Oskaloosa on Sunday. The National Weather Services preliminary report says the winds look to have been as high as 70 to 80 mph. Rainfall amounts through the weekend really added up quickly. Des Moines received just over 1.02″ during the last two days. Here are a few other 2 day totals: Ames: 2.96″ […]

  • SUNNY FRIDAY: Rain Returns Sunday

      Get outside and enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather today. Highs will be in the middle 70s. The wind will be out of the southwest at 5 to 15 mph. Clouds will move in by Saturday afternoon, but highs will stay in the lower 70s. The rain returns by Sunday with cooler temperatures. Heavy rain is expected Sunday evening through Monday. Thunderstorms are possible as well. Rain is still expected through Tuesday and early Wednesday. Next week will be […]


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