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  • Deadly storm finally exiting the northeast

    What a wild weekend of weather we had!  My neighborhood had flooding and tree limbs down while others weren’t as lucky – major damage to homes, business and there’s been several deaths attributed to this horrible storm.  Take a look at some of these rain totals:

    Hundreds of thousands of people are still without power, and airports along the east coast are seeing delays and cancellations.   Up to hurricane force at JFK!

    The good news is the storm is finally moving away from the area, and we’re in for a spectacular rest of the week with sunshine and warmer temperatures.  The rest of the country will be pretty quiet as well, which I am looking forward to!  The one area we’re going to keep an eye on is the northern plains and midwest.  Especially the Red River Valley which will get very close to record flood stage this weekend.

    Did everyone remember to “spring forward?”  It was really hard to get out of bed this morning – not only because of the time change, but Matthew was waking up almost every hour crying.  I think his back teeth are coming in, and it’s really bothering him.  Poor guy.  We did buy him a pair of shoes this weekend, and he had a great time in the store with all the action!  It was hard to get him out of the store as he was meeting so many friends.  It was funny to watch him try to figure out these new foot devices, but once he got the feel of his new kicks, he was walking up a storm.  The transition is pretty amazing.   My husband and I were exhausted chasing him around the house!

    Ok – that’s about it for now.  I need a pick-me-up pronto!   Me need coffee…and food…:)  It feels like a Monday!

    Talk to y’all later!



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March 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Janice Dean

Hi Dan. Thanks so much for your post. I need to brush up on my geography. Appreciate your expertise.

March 16, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Janice Dean

Hi Lynn! Thank you for setting me straight. I appreciate your email! Hope you will come back again!

March 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Margie Gacki

Hey Don, It was a bit nippy here in Cumberland this morning, too. There was a breeze that made things feel colder. However, it's clearing up and the sun is shining so hopefully it will warm up soon. It's nice to see the sun! Hey to everyone else. I hope the weather is improving wherever you may be. We had an interesting storm related phenomenon occur. Actually, it is still occurring. With all the rain and snow melt in the higher elevations, there has been a raging river flowing out of an abandoned mine that has washed out a road and is still causing trouble. The water is still flowing and a section of the road has been closed. It looks like a waterfall. I bet no one was expecting that! Hopefully it will stop soon so they can repair the road. I hope everyone has a great day and that some sunshine will come into your life today! Margie

March 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

Lynn Johnson

Hello Janice, I noticed that both yesterday and today you mentioned that flooding on the Red River in Fargo ND and Breckenridge MN could contribute to potential flooding of the Mississippi River. The Red River (of the North) is not a tributary of the Mississippi. In fact it flows north into Canada, into Lake Winnipeg and eventualluy into Hudson Bay. So those floodwaters do not contribute any floodwaters to the Mississippi. Best wishes, Lynn, a hearty North Dakotan.

March 16, 2010 at 9:27 am


46 this morning and windy. Spring jacket wasn't enough for the dog park this morning. Came home early, I was cold.

March 16, 2010 at 7:35 am


Hi all It's 43 no wind or rain and the SUN is trying to come out. yippee!!! They say it will be in the 60's the rest of the week . I can't wait. My baby shoes hung on the review window of my dad's car and when I turned 21 he gave them to me . I have them in a glass case with my husbands bronzed shoes. My parents also made clay hand prints that they still have hanging on there wall. Hope all have a Sunny day

March 16, 2010 at 7:20 am


Well I was really tired of the snow. we got rain a few days & NOW THE SNOW is gone. But the flooding ie worst than the SNOW. for all those who are getting it. so sad to see . we O.K. so thankful. Don hope you doing good.20 years ago & had my grandaughter baby shoes bronzed the picframe That A.J spoke of. she married last sat. don't know about the shoes. she live in utah. A.J. you been in my heart & prayer this week. God is with you , You know. sammie your friend to. J.D. I understand about little Matthew.PIC.but. it sill keep me sad. that was my smile for the day. Blessed your sweet family.

March 16, 2010 at 12:46 am

Margie Gacki

Hey Don, I like to look up answers to questions when I read them and I found the answer to your question on the NOAA web site. A hurricane is a tropical cyclone so you need the tropical aspect for it to be called a hurricane. Otherwise, it's just a really strong low pressure system. If you want to read about hurricane basics, they have a great page at: I hope that answers your question. Margie (your friendly and helpful medical librarian)

March 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm


Janice Does a storm like the north east just had have to be tropical in order to be called a hurricane? Or must it have an "eye"?

March 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm


Hey Janice, Glad to hear you and your bunch was safe from the storm. I saw some of the coverage, and some were hit very hard. And those rainfall totals you posted are something. That's alot of rain. We just had rain off and on all weekend. At times it was heavy, but it didn't last long...and then the sun would appear. Today we have light's very drab and dreary. And it's very windy too. A definite bad hair day! Got out for a bit to get groceries and stuff and I have to say, I'm glad to get back home. I hate shopping in the rain...but I needed to restock after having the grandkids for a few days. I was running on empty! Well, my frig was. I did set my clocks ahead on Saturday...I do like this time better...but it takes me awhile to get used to the change. That 1 hour, throws me off whack. (I have to blame it on something) haha Try to make the best out of this blah Monday.... Deb PJman glad you're safe from the storm also. Hey to everybody!

March 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Dan E. Green

There are two Red Rivers in the U.S. The north Red River flows through Fargo towards Lake Winnepeg in Canada. The south Red River divides Oklahoma from Texas and flows through Louisiana into the Mississippi River. Flooding in the north Red River will not impact flooding in the Mississippi River, but the snow melt in Minnesota and Iowa will impact the Mississippi River.

March 15, 2010 at 1:23 pm

David (USAF WX)

Hey Janice, Yep Allison love stores. She loves to run around and say hi to everyone. And in shopping carts I have to push her from the front of the cart so she is going forward she says 'vroom, vroom'. We are planning a trip to Michgan and Virginia at the end of March and beginnig of April. It should be fun with Allison and trying to keep her entertained. Cant wait for this experiance. Take care,

March 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Margie Gacki

Hi Janice and everyone, It sounds like we dodged a lot of what other folks got over the weekend. Thankfully, we never got the high winds with our rain. We probably got about 2 inches of rain over the weekend but I think the high wind gust was only around 25 mph. Some areas got flooded but nothing like the northeast. I did remember to turn my clocks ahead this weekend. I actually changed my clock radio early Saturday afternoon so I wouldn't forget when I went to bed. I was sleepy in church but I didn't fall asleep. Janice, it sounds like you and Sean will get plenty of exercise now that Matthew is outfitted with his running shoes! I'm sure it was a challenge keeping up with him. I hope everyone has a great afternoon and that you're warm and dry wherever you are. Margie

March 15, 2010 at 11:59 am

A.J. DeYoung

Hi Again, I wrote the last on the last blog, so will just again JD you look wonderful today in Dutch blue, you can weaar so many colors with beauty. Don...I can close my eyes and see my bronzed shoes with my picture, I think that was a nice thing to do for memories. That would have been a great video seeing Matthew in that shoe store, and the first look on his face when he had them on, hope you captured it forever.....what is cuter then little shoes....except little toes. xoAJ

March 15, 2010 at 11:28 am


Do people still bronze the first shoes as was done in the dark ages when my kids were young?

March 15, 2010 at 11:11 am

Gwen in Mississippi

Morning Janice and everyone, It sure does feel like a Monday! Yes..I remembered to set the clock up on Saturday night before we went to bed. We did make it to early service church, but I must admit I yawned quite a bit (but never fell asleep). I tried a Sunday afternoon nap yesterday, but never could get comfortable on the couch. So I'm draggin' this morning too! Even coffee didn't help. I've been seeing a good bit of the coverage on the weather y'all had over the weekend. I was hoping that you and your little family had come through okay. Winds like that can do really weird (and damaging) things. The local NY Fox channel (which I watch occasionally on line) had lots of coverage of the damage and the flooding this morning. I was thinking of PJMan and Dawn too, since the damage up there seems to be pretty wide-spread. Good to hear that Matthew likes the shoes. My little Hunter hates shoes. We have a hard time keeping shoes on's probably because he has little Fred Flintstone feet. His twin sister, Alli, absolutely loves them. I'm giving her a big box with several pairs of shoes for her 2-year old birthday next month. I think she'll be thrilled! Hello to everybody. Hope y'all have a great day. Gwen ;)

March 15, 2010 at 10:50 am


Good Morning Janice I hope you and Sean got roller skates to keep up with Mathews. We lost power and water for 26 hours. Now it's clean up time picking up tree limbs & trash, and returning peoples trash cans. My block was not that bad , but other blocks look like a war zone. Hope all have a good day.

March 15, 2010 at 10:34 am

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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.