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Archive of the November 2010

  • Severe weather...and the end of hurricane season

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone – we’ve got some busy weather happening right now across the deep south and southeast, so let’s get to it:

    A strong storm system that’s dominating the eastern third of the country is causing major problems for millions of people. Extensive damage and injuries were reported last night over Mississippi. 

    In Yazoo City, a reported tornado has caused heavy damage downtown including business and the local courthouse.  You might remember just a few months ago, nearly 200 homes were destroyed or damaged in Yazoo county last April.

    Right now tornado watches are up over the southeast.  The cold front associated with this storm will drop temperatures drastically, and the clash of two air masses is one of the reasons we’re seeing the threat for severe weather over a wide swath of the south and up into the Midatlantic.  Large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes will be a threat through the day. 

    Heavy rain could cause widespread flooding with high water rescues already being reported in Huntsville where over 4 inches of rain has fallen.  Flood watches and warnings are posted all along the Appalachians and up into the Northeast.  Across the North, snow will fall over parts of the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes.

    Meanwhile, another storm is moving into the Pacific Northwest bringing rain and higher elevation snow.

    It’s November 30th, and that means the end of hurricane season.  NOAA is calling this year a “Gentle Giant for the U.S” as it was extremely active, but you wouldn’t know it by the lack of landfalls over the Gulf or the East Coast.  Believe it or not, it was one of the busiest seasons on record.  Here are the official numbers from NOAA:

    In the Atlantic Basin a total of 19 named storms formed (that ties with 1887 and 1995 for third highest on record). Of those, 12 became hurricanes – tied with 1969 for second highest on record. Five of those reached major hurricane status of Category 3 or higher.

    So it was busy, but why no landfalling hurricanes?    Here’s NOAA’s response:

    Short-term weather patterns dictate where storms actually travel and in many cases this season, that was away from the United States. The jet stream’s position contributed to warm and dry conditions in the eastern U.S. and acted as a barrier that kept many storms over open water. Also, because many storms formed in the extreme eastern Atlantic, they re-curved back out to sea without threatening land.

    Other parts of the Atlantic basin weren’t as fortunate. Hurricane Tomas brought heavy rain to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, and several storms, including Alex, battered eastern Mexico and Central America with heavy rain, mudslides and deadly flooding.

    Here’s a great graphic courtesy of www.wunderground.com showing all the storm tracks this year:

    So that’s the latest in weather news.  If you have any pictures, feel free to send them to me on twitter!  I’m at http://twitter.com/janicedeanfox

    And a quick reminder we love your blog comments, but please keep them respectful.   I will delete posts that don’t belong here.

    JD

  • Megyn's Birthday...before and after!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi again!

    Yesterday we celebrated Megyn Kelly’s 30th Birthday here at Fox :)   She was on vacation last week, so her little surprise office party had to wait.    Mercedes Colwin bought a BEAUTIFUL cake, and we surprised the birthday girl after her show “America Live!” (1-3pm eastern)

    Here are some of the pictures I took from my cell phone before the apparent mishap…

    After we sang Happy Birthday, Megyn blew out her candles, gave the cake out to all the staff, and then the left-over cake….ummm…fell…

    One of our producers Debbie McMillen (who is cleaning up the mess here) took this picture of the cake…plates…and napkins on the ground!

    I almost cried at the through of wasted cake!  :)   Poor Tom Lowell our Senior Producer (who is on Megyn’s left in the photos) had the rest of the cake on his pant leg (which unfortunately no one got a picture of!)  Too bad I wasn’t around.  I might’ve been tempted to lick the icing off his leg.  HAHAHA! (sort of joking)…

    Happy Birthday Megyn!  We love you!

    And Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, my wonderful blog friends.  I have so many things to be thankful for this year…I feel so blessed.

    I hope you all have a fantastic holiday.  Hug the ones you love, and forget about the calories we’re about to all eat tomorrow!  :)

    JD

  • Travel Weather

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!  Let’s get to the serious stuff, and then we’ll get to some fun stuff! 

    The worst of today’s travel weather will be over the Central U.S.  Snow will fly across the Plains and the Upper Midwest.  For Minneapolis, snow could mix with freezing rain/sleet this afternoon.   We could see severe weather over parts of  Oklahoma,  Kansas, Missouri, Northern Arkansas, SW Illinois.  Extremely cold air will plunge temperatures over the Rockies and Northern Plains to record low highs!

    Winds will probably cause travel delays over the Northeast (NYC, Boston) with some gusts reaching over 40 mph. 

    The big storm system that brought blizzard conditions to the West is moving east, but we’ll see still snow and strong winds behind the storm.  We still have blizzard warnings up for parts of Colorado – and new advisories for North Dakota through Minnesota including Fargo.

    So that’s the weather business.  Stay tuned for my next blog where I will show you some pictures taken yesterday for Megyn’s birthday!  (Her official day was last week, but since she was on vacation,  the cake had to wait!)

    Stay tuned!

    JD

  • Tornados and Blizzard warnings!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!  On the heels of the busiest travel day of the year, we are dealing with severe weather and blizzard warnings!   Certainly not fun for those who are planning to travel today and or tomorrow.

    Severe weather tore through the Midwest yesterday with several reports (8) of tornadoes through Wisconsin and Illinois. There were several injuries and extensive damage reports from the apparent twisters.

    The same storms that brought severe weather over the Midwest is now pushing across the interior Northeast back through South right now. We’re not expecting any organized severe weather, but there’s a chance of isolated strong thunderstorms as the front associated with this system moves east. 

    The West is getting pounded with extreme winter weather and cold arctic air.  Heavy snow will fall across the Sierra Nevada and all along the Rockies. Gusty winds will bring the threat of blizzard conditions and bitter cold wind chills. Half a dozen states are under blizzard warnings across the West.  I can’t remember the last time I saw this many states under blizzard warnings.

    Bottom line is if you don’t have to travel in some of these areas I mentioned – DON’T!   Some of the roads in Idaho have already been shut completely until they can get the snowplows out there to clear things off. 

    Tomorrow the storm moves into the central U.S. which will make travel difficult for the Midwest back into the Plains.   Behind this storm, some of the coldest air of the season is on its way with bitterly cold wind chills that could be very dangerous.  Many cold “highs” will be set tomorrow over the West.

    Wish I had better news!  If it were up to me, you know I would make sure everyone had sunshine and clear weather for Turkey Day travel!  Be safe everyone!

    JD

  • Turkey Week!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope you had a great weekend!  I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week.  It’s amazing how time flies.  Are any of you heading out of town?  I must admit with all of the TSA stuff in the news and the already long lines at the airport, I’m thankful I’m staying home this year!  I’m also thankful I’m not expected to cook anything!  Yahoo!  Friends of ours will be coming over with the fixins to make life a little easier for me and my built-in butterball!

    If you are travelling this week,  I’ll try to steer you clear of any weather delays.  The West continues to get hammered with winter weather.  (Great news if you’re a skiier – not so great if you don’t enjoy snow by the foot!) 

    The Midwest is also getting more snow with up to 6 inches possible from the Dakotas though Minnesota.  Along the cold front associated with this system stronger thunderstorms could pop up through the afternoon.   The Northeast is fairly quiet with light rain or snow over northern New England.  The rest of the region will be warm ahead of the next system.  Look at the temperature contrast as the front slices through the midsection:

    A look ahead to Thanksgiving travel, we could have some blizzard conditions across the Northern Plains on Wednesday with snow, high winds, extremely cold temperatures and possible white out conditions.  The worst of the weather will hit the Dakotas, parts of Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  Winds and snow will also affect Nebraska and Iowa while on the “warmer” side of the storm, a wintry mix will bring some messy conditions to Illinois including Chicago.  Behind the storm, cold winds across the Great Lakes will bring lake effect snow and the chilliest air of the season for Thanksgiving – spreading into the Northeast this weekend.

    And finally, I must apologize to the fine folks in Spokane, Washington.  We were showing video of the snow during Happening Now last hour, and I said “Spo-cane” instead of “Spo-can” :(     Thank goodness Jon Scott was there to correct me.   Can I blame bad pronunciation on being 7 months pregnant?  :)

    Talk to ya’ll soon!

    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.