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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
  • 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 […]

  • CLEARING SKIES: Sunny And 70s Tomorrow

    The rain has moved out of central Iowa this evening. Rainfall totals ranged from 0.62″ in Des Moines to over 1.00″ in southern and northern Iowa. Tonight the clear skies and a northwest wind will help us cool down to the lower 40s. It will be fantastic tomorrow. Highs will be in the middle 70s. It will be sunny with a light wind out of the southwest. More clouds move in for Saturday, but highs stay in the lower 70s. […]

  • WARMER TEMPERATURES: Rain Chances for Easter

    Today will be warmer and windy. Highs will reach the mid-70s in central Iowa, with winds out of the south at 10-20 mph gusting up to 30 mph at times. Isolated and scattered showers will develop Saturday night and early Sunday morning in northwest Iowa, and will redevelop throughout the state Sunday evening and Monday morning. More rain is in the forecast by the middle of the week as temperatures remain in the 60s/low 70s.

  • SUNNY & WARMER: Rain Chances Sunday

    Today will be warmer with temperatures in the 60s and with plenty of sunshine. The weekend will start off sunny and even reaching the 70s by tomorrow. Winds will begin to pick up again by Saturday with a gusty south wind that will approach 30 mph. Rain and thunderstorm chances return to the state by Sunday. Severe weather is not expected and most rain should be relatively light. Temperatures will remain in the 60s and 70s next week.

  • LESS WIND: Cooler Temperatures

    Today will be cooler and with calmer winds. Highs will be in the lower 50s, but we’ll see a warm-up heading into the weekend with temperatures back into the 60s and 70s. Easter Sunday is looking to be wet and rainy as a chance of rain and storms move back into the state. A few showers may linger into early Monday morning. Highs next week will take a climb back into the mid and upper 70s, with sunny skies.

  • WARMER & WINDY: Light Rain this Evening

    Today will be warmer with highs reaching the lower 60s with partly cloudy skies. A Red Flag Warning will be in effect for central Iowa until 6pm today because of a combination strong southerly winds gusting up 40 mph and low humidity which will combine to raise the fire danger this afternoon. A Wind Advisory for southern and central Iowa will go in effect at 10am and last until 6pm. Temperatures will be much cooler on Thursday, with highs only […]

  • STAYING WARM: Rainy Weekend

    It will be warm through the end of the week and not as windy. There is a much better chance for storms Saturday evening into Sunday. Some of those storms could be strong to severe. Next week will be cooler.


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