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Wednesday, April 7, 2010 as of 11:14 AM ET

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  • Happy Hump (Bump) Day!

    Hi everyone!  Glad you’re still keeping the blog active while I was away.  A couple of you have asked what will happen to the Blog when I’m out on Maternity Leave, and I’m not sure what we’re going to do.   I think, despite having a new little guy taking up most of my time, I can manage to post a few times a week…we’ll see…I was thinking about asking my producer Brandon to keep you up to date on the weather news since he’s here every day…and then I can chime in during the week to say hi…at any rate, we’ll keep the Blog alive! :)

    Speaking of weather news, a slow moving cold front pushing across the Mississippi River Valley will bring heavy rain and some isolated thunderstorms…the system will then move into the Southeast and the Midatlantic tomorrow bringing some much needed rain to this moisture-deprived region.  Much cooler weather will push in behind this storm and drop temperatures across the Northern Plains and Midwest tomorrow through the weekend.

    The other big story will be yet another storm roaring into the Northwest bringing yet another round of heavy rain, extremely strong winds and higher elevation snow.   The southwest, however, continues to feel warmer than average temperatures, and low relative humidity.  Off shore winds will once again elevate the fire danger across Southern California starting Friday through the weekend.

    And I also wanted to pay tribute to those who have and continue to serve our country and keep us safe.  I’m sure you saw President Bush yesterday honoring military veterans on the World War II aircraft carrier -  Intrepid here in New York for Veterans Day yesterday.  I’m hoping to visit the Sea-Air-Space Museum in the next few weeks.  It was certainly  a beautiful day for the ceremony and the Veterans Day Parade. 

    And to my fellow Canadians and the many other countries who honor their war heros on Remembrance Day.   Remembrance Day also grew out of Armistice Day,  marking the end of the First World War, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.  Veterans in the U.K, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka wear poppies to recognize Remembrance Day, which comes from the poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrae.  Its is a beautiful poem that I thought I would share:

    In Flanders Fields
    By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
    Canadian Army

    In Flanders Fields the poppies grow
    Between the crosses row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

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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.