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  • Freddy the Frogcaster's outlook for severe storms!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    We’re in for strong to severe storms all week across the Plains.  We’ve had 38 reports of tornadoes in the last 48 hours along with over 100 reports of hail and damaging winds:

    Severe storms will develop across the Plains this evening into the overnight, with the best chance of large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes across the Texas/Oklahoma Panhandles into western Texas.

    Freddy the Frogcaster has been studying his weather maps along with his pal Sally Croaker and the Storm Prediction Center, and has issued these areas of concern:

    What do you think?  Freddy and his team at the Frog News Network want to make sure everyone – frogs and humans are weather ready!

    Also – locally heavy rain may also cause flooding over the Central Plains over the next few days:

    Meanwhile, a system over the West will keep rain and high-elevation snow scattered across the region over the next several days.

    Be safe everyone!

    JD and Freddy

  • Several storms put a damper on the weekend

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy weekend everyone.

    Many states will see the chance of storms over the next few days.  We’ve got a system across the Ohio Valley that will strengthen offshore.

    This will bring rain, heavy at times from the Lower Great Lakes and into the Midatlantic.    Rain will also dampen plans over the Northeast and New England.

    Another strong system developing over the West Coast will move in bringing rain and mountain snow and then bring showers and thunderstorms over the Northern Rockies and Plains.

    The threat for strong to severe storms will be ongoing this weekend across the Central and southern plains with large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

    So make sure you’re weather aware if you live in any of the above mentioned spots.  Hope you’re all doing great (despite the grumpy weather across many areas!)

    Talk to you all next week,

    JD

  • Texas in line for more severe weather and flooding

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    How’s your week so far?  Our friends in Texas are having a tough time with some ongoing rough weather this week.   The threat for strong to severe storms and flooding continues with the strongest storms across central and southern Texas with large hail, damaging winds, and some tornadoes:

    The active pattern across the Texas and the Gulf Coast will keep heavy rain across the region through the end of the week.  Flash flooding will continue to be a concern.

    We will certainly keep you up to date.  Have a wonderful rest of the week and I’ll check back in to give you your weekend forecast!

    JD

  • Snow in May?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!  I hope your weekend is off to a great start.  The big weather story will be the cold air that is going to dive south from Canada and bring a wintry mix across parts of the Upper Great Lakes.  Yikes!

    The cold front swinging through the Upper Midwest, Midwest and Great Lakes region today will spread showers and thunderstorms across the region.

    A wintry mix and/or snow will be possible for the Upper Great Lakes area today as a much colder airmass pushes in today and tonight.  Temperatures are forecast to be 10 to 25 degrees below average across a large area of the plains, Midwest, Great Lakes, and Ohio valley.

    The chilly temperatures will expand to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, the southern end of the front will move through the southern Plains and lower Mississippi valley – bringing showers and thunderstorms over Texas and Oklahoma this weekend.

    We’re not anticipating any major severe weather this weekend, but heavy rainfall could cause periods of flash flooding.

    And finally, showers and thunderstorms will spread into much of the interior Northwest and the northern Intermountain West as a slow moving system moves inland. Snow will be possible in the mountains while heavy rain could cause issues and flooding concerns.

    If you’re up early, I’ll be on Fox and Friends tomorrow.  See you then,

    JD

  • Another round of severe weather on the way...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!

    I hope you’re all doing well.  Thank you all for the support and kind words about my Freddy the Frogcaster books.  I’m so grateful for all of you that continue to visit and comment on the blog.  I feel very blessed by everyone’s encouragement especially from my friends here!

    We’ve had a lot of severe weather across the U.S. this week, and today and tomorrow will be no different I’m afraid.

    Today’s strong storms are possible today from the Mid-Mississippi River Valley into the Ohio River Valley, as well as across portions of central and northern Texas.

    Large hail, damaging winds, and an isolated tornado are possible, especially across the Ohio River Valley.

    Very isolated stronger thunderstorms are possible across central and eastern Nebraska later this afternoon and evening.  Storms will also being to develop across West Virginia by mid-afternoon, and increase in coverage later this evening.

    Tomorrow a new round of storms will pop up across the Central U.S:

    Take care if any of you live in the storm zones, and stay weather aware.  I will be in for Rick on Fox and Friends this weekend if you’re up early!

    Thank you all again for being part of the blog.

    JD

  • Severe weather possible this Mothers Day weekend

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    Sorry for the delay in blog posts.  I was on tour last week visiting schools across the south with Freddy the Frogcaster.  We had an amazing time meeting kids, teachers and families that live in tornado alley.  If you’d like to see pictures, you can visit my twitter, facebook and instagram page. I miss everyone already!    We had great weather for the tour, but that’s changing this weekend with a possible severe weather outbreak.

    A storm coming out of the Rockies will eject into the Plains tapping into warm humid air from the Gulf.  Large hail, damaging winds and possible tornadoes could pop up. Here’s the outlook for today, Sunday and Monday:

    Meanwhile, Heavy snow will pile up across the mountains of Wyoming, Utah and Colorado on the cold side of this storm.

    We’ve also been following the heartbreaking wildfires across Western Canada this week.

    Unfortunately, we don’t have much in the much in the way of weather help  this weekend. A cold front will bring some cooler temperatures over the region but not much moisture:

    Winds will pick up Sunday as the cold front moves in.  We’ll certainly keep an eye on the fires and the upcoming weather in the weeks to come.  Prayers going out to all those who have been affected by these wildfires.  The pictures are devastating.

    I hope you’re all doing well.  Happy Mother’s Day to all my mommies and grandmommies out there.  I can’t wait to spend the day with my boys tomorrow.  Talk to you again on Monday!

    JD

  • Tornado outbreak likely across the Plains today

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    We’re watching the threat for severe weather today including tornadoes as a storm moves out of the Rockies and into the Plains states:

    The best chance for large hail, damaging winds, and potentially violent, long-track tornadoes will be across northern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and southeastern Nebraska.  Wednesday a diminished severe threat will shift eastward.  We’ll be watching this potentially damaging system throughout the day today, overnight and into tomorrow.

    A big voting day for Primary states across the Northeast.  There will be unsettled weather as a front brings scattered showers and storms to the region throughout the day.

    A few isolated stronger storms are possible across Pennsylvania and Maryland, but most storms should remain below severe limits.

    Hope you’re all doing well.  We will keep you updated on the potential severe weather outbreak throughout the day and into Wednesday.  Be safe and weather aware if you live in any of these regions.

    JD

  • The threat for flooding continues across Texas

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    What a horrible situation for our friends in southeast Texas.  The record breaking floods claimed lives and ruined homes yesterday.  In some areas, 2-3 inches of rain an hour made it impossible to travel or get to work or school.  A lot of these totals happened within just a few hours:

    Flash flood watches and warnings remain posted across southeastern Texas today and from the Texas/Oklahoma border into central Oklahoma due to yesterday’s heavy rainfall.

    Today the heavier rainfall will be concentrated across far southeastern Texas, and across much of Louisiana into Arkansas.

    Thunderstorms tomorrow could bring more heavy downpours to the region.

    In other news, my brand new Freddy book is coming this Monday the 25th, and we’re heading on tour with it.  I will keep you posted on dates and places as we get closer.  I’ll have a whole bunch of kids with me on Fox and Friends on Monday bright and early, so I hope you can join us!

    JD

  • Heavy snow, flooding and severe storms through the weekend

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy Weekend everyone!

    We have a lot of weather happening across the Central U.S this weekend with snow, flooding threats and strong to severe storms.

    This system across the Plains will bring showers and thunderstorms today including severe weather for the next three days.

    It’s a slow mover, so we can expect heavy rain s and flooding concerns through Monday:

    And, it will be cold enough for snow across the Rockies, Front Range and foothills.  Heavy snowfall will be possible even across the lower elevations.

    Meanwhile, in the good news department, mostly dry and mild conditions will make people happy from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast.   Afternoon temperatures are expected to be near or above average. Woohoo!

    We’ll keep you up to date all weekend long.  Stay safe everyone!

  • Strong to severe storms today

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone.  Happy Monday!

    We have the risk of severe storms from the Southern Plains into the southern Mississippi River Valley.

    The best chance for large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes will be from eastern Texas and southeast Oklahoma into Arkansas, Louisiana, and western Mississippi.

    Flash flooding will also be a concern across the South where heavier downpours persist.

    Meanwhile, scattered showers and mountain snow will continue across the West.  Additional systems will move into the Northwest through the end of the week.  And we are looking forward to a gradual warm up this week across the East!

    Hope you’re all doing well!

    JD

about this blog

  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.