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  • Historic Floods across the Southern Plains

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    I hope you all had a safe wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Unfortunately, we have some areas across the Southern Plains that are into a flooding emergency.

    Historic, record breaking rain has fallen over Oklahoma and Texas.  We had dozens of tornadoes this weekend as well with lives lost and people still unaccounted for.  Prayers are needed for the families that have lost loved ones, and the first responders that risk their lives to try and save those in danger.

    Unfortunately, more strong storms will develop today and tonight from north-central Texas into Oklahoma on top of the epic rain they’ve received this month

    Additional rainfall of 1-2″ is possible with heavier downpours, which will add to the high river and saturated ground across the region.

    Severe storms will also develop from Tennessee, northward through the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes.

    Large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes are possible.

    This weather pattern is not going to change in the next few weeks, unfortunately, so to all those in the area, please be aware and be safe.

    JD

  • Extreme Flooding and your Memorial Day forecast

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I hope you’re all enjoying a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  We have a lot of weather that will cause problems for any weekend plans including extreme flooding and severe storms across the South.  Please be cautious if you live in these areas.

    Portions of Texas and the Plains that have received 12″+ of rain this month will see even more through the weekend.   We have set many May rainfall records:

    An additional 3-6″+ is likely from Texas to the Central Plains through Monday:

    Flood watches and warnings remain posted across the region.

    Strong to severe storms will develop this afternoon and overnight front he Southern Plains and Texas to eastern Colorado.  Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are possible.

    The threat will continue tomorrow from Texas to the Central Plains:

    Then, Monday a few strong storms will spread into the Midwest.

    Following a cool morning across the Northeast, temperatures will rebound nicely by Sunday, with highs in the 70s and 80s stretching up the East Coast.  High Pressure in the Atlantic will keep the rip current risk elevated, especially for beaches from the Carolinas to Florida, so be careful if you’re heading to the shore…

    Low pressure over the Rockies will keep showers, thunderstorms, below-average temperatures, and high-elevation snow across the West through Monday.

    I hope you all have a great weekend.   Let me know what you’re up to!

    JD

  • Green Screen fun with Saint Stephen of Hungary School

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Weather is fairly quiet this week, however there’s definitely storms brewing for the long Memorial Day weekend.  I’ll have a full update tomorrow.

    For now, I had some visitors today from Saint Stephen of Hungary School here in NYC.  I definitely think we’ve got some future broadcast meteorologists in this group.

    Talk to you tomorrow!

    JD

  • Severe weather outbreak expected this weekend and #KellyFile!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!  Hope you had a great week.  Plenty of weather news to get to.  Another weekend of severe weather is in store for the Plain States:

    Large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes will be likely.   Here’s the official outlook from the Storm Prediction Center:

    Meanwhile, heavy rain will also be a concern especially for Oklahoma and Texas where feet of rain has fallen over the last few weeks!

    Tomorrow the strong to severe storms will move into the Upper MS Valley but storms will be weakening.  On the Northern edge of the system winds will howl across the Northern Plains with much cooler air moving in bringing several inches of snow!

    Everyone should be on alert if you live in these areas.

    Meanwhile, Megyn Kelly had me on her show The Kelly File last night to talk about what is happening to civility in our country.  Let me know what you think (and we also talk about the time we spent the night together!  LOL!)

    You can watch it HERE

    Have a great weekend everyone

    JD

  • Texas floods

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Back into the swing of things.  It feels like summertime here in the Northeast.  Time to get out and “investigate” the weather! ;)

    Across the country, we have the chance for a few isolated large hail or damaging wind gusts for the coastal Mid-Atlantic and coastal New England.  Isolated severe storms are also possible across southern Texas.

    The big weather story is the flash flooding potential over Texas that continues through Wednesday.

    Some areas have already seen a foot of rain with more on the way.    Flood watches are posted.

    Meanwhile, a system moving into the West will bring beneficial rain and mountain snow to the region.

    I hope you’re all having a great week.  Talk to you again Friday!

    JD

  • Monday Monday!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All

    It’s been such a busy day being back at work with severe storms and our first tropical storm of the season over the weekend.  It feels like Monday!  I’ll have a longer post later– but thought I would do an OPEN BLOG for now.  Go for it!

    JD

  • Severe weather, and our first tropical storm of the season?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    Hope your week is going well.   I’m going to be taking some vacation time this week and weekend, so Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms out there, and I will be back Monday.

    For now, we have some weather going on…

    Severe thunderstorms and flash flooding will be possible across portions of the Southern Plains:

    A front stretched from the Ohio Valley down into the Mid Atlantic will bring the threat for showers and thunderstorms through Wednesday.

    You can see parts of Texas into Oklahoma could see very heavy rain and the possibility for flooding.

    Rain and high elevation snow will push into the Pacific Northwest over the next few days.

    Delightfully above average temperatures will continue across most of the central and eastern U.S…(a lot of my friends and colleagues have been high-fiving me for the warmer weather here in the Northeast :)

    Meanwhile, an area of low pressure will drift slowly Northwest across the Bahamas.  Showers and thunderstorms will affect South Florida today and tonight.

    We’ll have to watch this area for possible subtropical development later this week.  Hurricane Season doesn’t officially start until June 1st, but it’s not out of the question to see a named storm this early.  If the system does become tropical or subtropical, the name will be Ana.

    Have a wonderful week, and an amazing weekend.  Talk to you next week!

    JD

  • So many hats, so little time…and did you know this about me?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Sorry for the delay…I was in for Rick this morning on Fox and Friends Weekend, and will be again tomorrow if you’re up and at em early.

    Did you watch the Kentucky Derby?  I got to try on many different hats this morning, and loved every minute of it.  Check it out:

    We have excellent weather for much of the country this weekend, I am happy to report.  And many of us will get a needed warm up to almost summer-like temperatures.

    Some showers and thunderstorms will set up across the Midwest on Sunday, but we’re not looking for a severe weather outbreak which is welcome news.

    I will check in again Monday for a full update!

    Oh, and by the way,  the Foxnewsinsider did a profile on me last week!  5 things you may or not know about me.  I think you guys know me pretty well, right?  Take a look HERE

    Have a great weekend!

    JD

  • Severe threat settles down...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All

    We had a busy weekend of severe weather for Texas, across the Gulf Coast and now into Florida.  The threat is diminishing today, and we should have a quieter rest of the week.

    Rain and thunderstorms will continue across much of the South and Gulf Coast today.

    A few severe storms, including hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes, are possible along the Gulf Coast from southeastern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle and South Florida.

    A system moving into the Northwest will bring rain and higher-elevation snow to the region.

    You can see how we’ve got much cooler air across the Plains and parts of the West.

    Have a great rest of the week!

    JD

  • 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

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.