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

  • 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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  • FREEZING POINT: Rain/Snow Mix Friday

    Posted on: 3:18 am, March 6, 2014, by , updated on: 06:11pm, March 6, 2014

    Overnight tonight mild temperatures will hang near the freezing point thanks to a breezy south wind. That south wind will...
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  • CLOUDY NIGHT: Warming Trend Ahead

    Posted on: 3:14 am, March 5, 2014, by , updated on: 06:04pm, March 5, 2014

    Skies will be mostly cloudy tonight. Temperatures will drop to the upper teens with winds from the southeast. The weather...
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  • SNOW CHANCES: Light Snow Tonight & Tomorrow

    Posted on: 3:02 am, March 4, 2014, by , updated on: 11:30am, March 4, 2014

    Tuesday will be a mostly sunny day with temperatures in the upper 20s. Light snow is possible tonight across Northern...
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  • SNOWY WEEKEND: Light Snow Overnight

    Posted on: 12:02 pm, February 28, 2014, by , updated on: 07:08am, March 1, 2014

    Snow overnight tonight will accumulate mainly in north central Iowa where 1 to 3″ of snow is expected. Des Moines...
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  • LIGHT SNOW: More on Saturday

    Posted on: 4:42 am, February 28, 2014, by , updated on: 08:03am, February 28, 2014

    A brief warmup this afternoon will give way to snow tonight and Saturday. Highs will be in the 30s, before...
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  • WEEKEND SNOW: Highest Totals In Southern Iowa

    Posted on: 11:48 am, February 27, 2014, by , updated on: 04:47am, February 28, 2014

    Another round of cold weather will hang through the morning, with below zero temperatures in many spots. A brief warm...
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  • COLD THURSDAY: Wind Chill Advisory

    Posted on: 5:02 am, February 27, 2014, by , updated on: 07:57am, February 27, 2014

    A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect through 11 a.m. Thursday for Central and Northern Iowa. Wind chills will be...
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  • MORE SNOW: Light Snow Tonight

    Posted on: 4:42 am, February 21, 2014, by , updated on: 05:39pm, February 21, 2014

    Cloudy skies are back tonight. We will have a chance for light snow over the I-80 corridor through the early...
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  • SNOW ENDING: Winds Still Gusty

    Posted on: 12:37 pm, February 20, 2014, by , updated on: 06:49pm, February 20, 2014

    Snowfall is coming to an end in Central Iowa this evening. The BLIZZARD Warning remains in effect for areas along...
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