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  • Hotter than a Fox News Weather Blank...

    Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! My kind, and good husband brought me home some leftovers from his sister’s (The mom of my canine-in-law Cooper!) so I’m having a great lunch and dinner! (Check out the pictures my better-half took in the Parade Day Blog – you’ll see Cooper at the very end of it!)


    Now- back to business. A couple of weeks ago I was sent an email with the headline:“Tornado hits Wisteria Lane”.

    It took me a moment to realize that no, this wasn’t’ a warning sent by NOAA to my blackberry, but rather a fictional event that was scripted for a Desperate Housewives episode. Apparently in a few weeks (December 2nd in my TV listings) a tornado will be the main storyline that will (in their words) DEVASTATE the little sleepy cul-de-sac where those skinny, botoxed femme-bot stay at home moms live (skinny, botoxed, femme-bots are my depiction – not TV Guide’s)

    I have no idea where Wisteria Lane is, and I’m not sure if it’s even mentioned in the television show exactly where on the map we should look for weather systems to roar though. I’ll be curious if they use an on camera weather person to show the tornado warnings and current conditions becoming favorable for tornadic activity!

    The times I have watched the show it’s always been sunny, with lots of trees and green lawns (so that is not a real clear indication of where on earth Wisteria Lane actually is on a GPS system).I’m not a big fan of the show, but I will watch that night just out of curiosity as to how they use the weather angle in their story line.

    I also googled to see how many tv shows I could find that had a tornado plot, and I was able to find a couple for you:

    That 70s show which aired Feb 5th 2002 – it was called “Tornado Prom” which I guess meant that their Prom night was affected in some way by a twister. I also found a mention of a tornado in a Simpson’s episode. The episode was called “Catch em if you can” and aired on April 25, 2004. The subplot had Homer and Marge going on a trip to Florida where the hotel they are supposed to be staying at is wiped out by a tornado.


    After I found that Simpson’s tornado reference, I was immediately reminded of a line off that show that many Simpsons fans have since referenced in my presence (mainly my little brother!) It was a few years ago and at the time I was strangely flattered…Ned Flanders is the one that says it – as he refers to some coffee from a Thermos…Here’s the line:

    “ Careful. It’s hotter than a Fox News weather skank.”

    It’s pretty funny. I think I have it on tape somewhere. And perhaps Flanders was referring to Steve Doocy? Hee hee!

    Ok – back on track here — the tornado and Wisteria Lane. I’ve got it on my calendar of must see tv, and will blog about it December the 3rd. More blogging later!


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  • 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.