Jennifer McDermed was born and raised in Atchison, Kansas. Her passion for weather, specifically severe weather, grew at a very young age. You know in kindergarten how you’re supposed to draw what you want to be when you grow up - a firefighter, a teacher, a policeman? Jennifer drew a tornado with cows flying into the tornado.
"I’ve always wanted to be a meteorologist and nothing else," she says.
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from St. Louis University in May 2013. Shortly after graduation Jennifer started her career with a short stint at KQTV in St. Joseph, Missouri and by November 2013 she joined the WHO-TV 13 weather team in Des Moines, Iowa and in December 2015 she joined KMBC 9 in Kansas City.
Throughout the past few years McDermed has tracked several tornadoes in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. The biggest tornado Jennifer tracked rated an EF-4 near Lyons, Kansas in 2012. And now that she’s in Minnesota, she’s able to forecast for severe weather AND blizzards!
Jennifer doesn’t only have a passion for all of types of weather, but also being active. From pick up volleyball and basketball games to hiking and kayaking and triathlons - she loves it. In fall of 2018 she found the perfect partner for her outdoor adventures – a Newfoundland dog, Millie.
Jennifer joined FOX 9 in January 2018. You can find her forecasts during the weekday and weekend evenings. She loves meeting people and creating new adventures!
We broke a record on Friday in the Twin Cities as summer-like heat pushed the thermometer to 97 degrees.
After a rainy Thursday, sunshine is expected for parts of Memorial Day weekend with high temperatures in the 60s and 70s.
Strong to severe thunderstorms passed through southern Minnesota overnight, leaving behind some hail and wind damage.
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect Friday evening for a large part of Minnesota, stretching from the west-central section of the state into the north metro.
Two rounds of storms are expected for Monday.
On average, the Twin Cities sees its first snowflakes by mid-October. So seeing snowflakes on Friday wasn’t exactly a surprise. But, measurable snowfall - that’s not expected quite yet.
It's time for postseason baseball in Minnesota and the weather appears to be playing ball.
Record breaking heat with highs in the 90s may be happening in the south right now, but here in Minnesota, we have chilly temperatures moving in overnight!
Leaves on trees are beginning to turn red and yellow, the pumpkin patches are opening and football is here, but the weather says July, not mid-September.
We can expect rain with the transition into the fall, but how much is too much rain?