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  • Severe storms this weekend...lip syncing and the #KellyFile

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    Sorry for the delay.  It was a busy week!   Not only do we have a lot going on in the weather, but this week I got to do a few other things outside of the Green Screen!  First, let’s get the important stuff covered:

    There were over 200 reports of severe storms yesterday including 11 tornadoes.  The weather story this weekend continues to be strong to severe storms on the move from the Eastern Gulf States into the Southern Atlantic Coast:

    The greatest risk of hail, damaging winds and tornadoes is across southern Kentucky and Northern Tennessee, but the rest of the region needs to be on alert.

    Tomorrow, a new system will bring another round of severe thunderstorms across the Southern Plains and Gulf Coast States with this storm pushing eastward over the same regions Monday and Tuesday.  It’s even cold enough for snow over the Western mountain ranges:

    We’ll keep you covered all weekend with the latest storm watches and warnings.

    Meanwhile, earlier this week I got to do some fun stuff!

    Gretchen Carlson invited me on her show on Thursday as part of her “My Friends at Fox” segment.  She asked me to reveal something people might find surprising about me, so I shared my AWARD WINNING (lol) talents as a lip syncer in High School!  Here’s a picture from way way way back then:

    I performed “I’m So Excited” by the Pointer Sisters.  I wish I had video, but due to copyright laws, we can’t put it on the internet or on social media, so here’s a “screen grab” ;)

    And last night Megyn Kelly had me on her show the Kelly File to comment on trending news stories.  One of them was a story about how college students have no clue who Ronald Reagan is.  Don’t believe me?  Check it out. It’s jaw-dropping!

    So that’s the latest from here.  Be safe if you live in the storm warned regions, and I’ll post again on Monday.

    JD

  • OPEN BLOG!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone!

    We had some pretty big thunderstorms last night in the Northeast.  Thankfully weather is much quieter today.  I think I may go out and “investigate the weather”  ;)

    Have a great rest of the week.  I’ll check in again on Thursday!

    JD

  • Alert: Strong to severe storms this weekend

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!

    I had an AMAZING time in D.C. last week.   I was the keynote speaker for the Women on the Move luncheon for the DC chapter of the National MS Society.  I also got to meet some of my colleagues in our DC offices, and hang out with one of my good friends Shannon Bream who was an amazing hostess.  You can check out all the pictures (There are a lot of them!) on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter page!

    Unfortunately, we have the threat for some strong storms this weekend from Texas through the Central Plains.  Large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes are possible.

    Tomorrow the threat shifts to the Middle and Lower Mississippi River Valley, with an increased threat for large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes, especially across Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

    Rain will continue to the heavy at time this weekend along the Gulf Coast.  Areas have seen 6-10″ of rain in the past week, and any additional rain will increase the flooding threat.

    It’s cold enough for some spring snow across the Rockies as well!

    I hope you all have a fun weekend.  It is BEAUTIFUL here in New York City.  I may have to get out and “investigate” the weather :)

    JD

  • Heavy rain across the South, #TBT and OpED!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.  Happy Sunday!

    A lot to blog about today.  Let’s start with weather:

    We had a rough week last week with severe weather.  Devastating tornadoes ripped through the heartland and left so much destruction and, tragically, we lost lives.  Today, we have a risk of strong to severe thunderstorms later this afternoon over parts of the Southern Plains up into the Midwest.  Stronger storms could fire up over south Texas – but we’re not expecting a severe outbreak.  Mainly large hail and damaging winds, so please be safe!

    Heavy rain will fall across the Southern Plains and Deep South. Widespread amounts of 1-3 inches is possible by Tuesday morning with locally heavy rain leading to flooding issues.

    Cooler weather is expected for the Rockies and Great Basin.  Rain and mountain snow showers are expected across the Pacific Northwest.

    And in the good news department, the Northeast is FINALLY feeling like spring this weekend!

    In other news, Yours truly was the focus of the Foxnews Insider’s posts with some of my #throwbackthursday pics.  Take a look HERE

    And, more personally, I wrote an OpEd on Friday focusing in on celebrity weight gain, and how I’ve dealt with my own struggle of being heavy.  It was a tough essay to write because of the shame I’ve felt over the years, but I’ve received so much incredible encouragement, I no longer feel alone in my struggle.  Let me know what you think.  You can go HERE to read it.

    Have a wonderful week.  I’m off to DC for a Women on the Move Luncheon on Wednesday which I will tell you all about.  You can check it out HERE

    Talk to you soon!

    JD

  • Severe weather outbreak tomorrow through Thursday

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    We’re expecting a multi-day severe weather outbreak this week, so if you live across the Central U.S.  please be prepared, and on alert.

    Here’s the deal:  we’ve got a storm system moving into the West bringing widespread rain and snow to the region, including across Central and Southern California.  Higher elevations in the Sierra will see 1-2 feet of new snow.

    As energy moves out of the West and into the Plains tomorrow and Thursday, we’re in for many hours of severe storms from the Plains into the Midwest and eventually the Mississippi River Valley.  Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are expected.

    If you live in these areas, keep your NOAA weather radio on, and listen for the latest storm alerts.

    Be safe!

    JD

  • Easter Bonnets or Winter Hats?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!  Happy Easter weekend!

    Well, as it has been for most of the winter, we’re looking at an unseasonably cold, wet and (snowy!) start of the weekend for parts of the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and  Northeast.  Locally heavy snow could be in store for Northern New England!  NOOOOOOOOOOO!

    If it makes you feel any better, where I’m from (Ottawa, Canada) it can snow through the month of MAY.  I remember a few Mother’s Day weekend where we had some snow on the ground!

    Showers and thunderstorms will pop up across the Southern Plains and through Mississippi Valley on Sunday.

    More active, potentially severe weather will set up next week for the Central U.S.  This is the time of year where we see tornadoes, and so far it’s been very quiet.  Here’s where we are so far:

    This week we could have a severe weather outbreak, so be alert if you live across the Plains.  Here’s the area we typically see the threat for tornadoes in April:

    Below average temperatures and unsettled weather is in store for the West through Northern California, the Great Basin and the Rockies.  The good news here is wet weather will push in as far south as Southern California later this week.  They are in dire need of rain and snow in this region.

    And here’s a couple of forecasts for your Easter Egg Hunts around the country:

    I hope the Easter Bunny is good to all of your families.  Have a wonderful weekend!

    JD

  • NO MORE WINTER!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    Well, the Great Lakes, Midwest, Northeast is still into winter…we might even get snow for the Easter Weekend.  UGH!   This is how I feel about that:

    We’ve had record breaking heat across the West, and the threat for severe storms (mainly large hail and damaging winds with an isolated tornado or two) over the next few days.   Be aware if you live in these regions (today):

    Here’s the risk tomorrow:

    and Thursday:

    Be safe everyone!

    JD

  • Record heat in the West, still winter in the East!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hard to believe we’re going to be into the month of April this week…especially when across the East it has been the never ending winter!   A very stubborn trough that has been set up pretty much all winter and ridge over the Plains and West will bring drastically different temperatures to the U.S. this weekend.

    Afternoon highs across the East will be 10-25 degrees below average,

    With some areas feeling record cold overnight:

    Temperatures across the West and Plains will be 10 to 25 degrees above average:

    Possibly setting high records today:

    Adding to our never-ending winter weather, we’ve got an area of low pressure off the New England coast spreading snow across Long Island and southeastern New England, while the Cape will see rain and a rain/snow mix as temperatures fall later today.  Overall accumulations will generally be light (but VERY ANNOYING!)

    Over the Northwest, the southern end of a system moving into British Columbia will bring rain and mountain snow to the region.   And a clipper pushing across from Canada into the Great Lakes and Midwest will bring a wintry mix of snow, rain, and freezing rain tomorrow and into Monday:

    Sounds like I’m a broken record.  Long range forecasts are showing a much warmer mid- April for the eastern half of the country, so I will cross my fingers and hope Mother Nature is listening!  :)   Have a great weekend everyone!

    JD

  • Severe storm threat through Wednesday

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Just a quick heads up we’ve got some active weather over the next 24 to 48 hours.  We’ve got a system moving into the Midwest and Plains that will bring a wintry mix, snow, and freezing rain to the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes.

    On the southern end of the system, strong to severe storms will develop from eastern Oklahoma into Arkansas and Missouri.  Large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes are possible.

    Much of this same region will see strong to severe storms tomorrow as storms develop from North Texas to the Mid-Mississippi River and Ohio River Valleys.

    Be safe everyone!

    JD

  • Spring has arrived, but some areas seeing more snow?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    It’s our first “official” weekend of spring, but some areas aren’t feeling too much like celebrating.

    We got over 5 inches of snow in our area on Long Island, and temperatures are going to be 15-25 degrees below average tomorrow!

    The threat for snow will linger across New England and while it feel much warmer than usual over the West and into the Plains,

    The cooler air continues to pour in over parts of the Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast:

    Meanwhile, springtime rain will spread from Texas to the lower Mississippi River Valley and bring the threat of flash flooding.

    Flood Warnings and Watches are posted where several inches of rain will soak the area.

    And the Northwest will see several disturbances move in over the next few days:

    Hope you all have a great weekend.  As always, Thanks for checking in!

    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.