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Archive of the October 2011

  • Rare October Snow for the Northeast, and more fall pix!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello all! 

    Well, it’s a busy day in the Fox Weather Center!  We are getting a rare October Nor’Easter that will bring measurable snow to some of the big cities that don’t typically see this kind of a winter storm until mid-December!

    This is a tricky forecast because the rain/snow line will be straight up the 1-95 corridor, and depending on where the storm tracks and how cold the air is behind it will mean the difference from rain to snow.  It’s safe to say that interior sections of the Northeast could get 6-12 inches of heavy wet snow.  And, because there are still leaves on the trees, power outages will be a big concern for a huge chunk of the region.   Obviously, each computer model run should give us a more clear idea of who gets what and when.

    Philly, NYC, Boston could get measurable amounts of snow.  1-3 inches is certainly not out of the question.  North and west of the city will see higher amounts.

    This is not unprecedented,  but rare.  The first measurable snow for Philadelphia and NYC is mid-December.  The earliest “measurable” snow for Philly was 2.1 inches on October 10 back in 1979. 

    New York has seen a “trace” of snow as early as October 10, but the earliest measurable snow was on October 15, 1876, and has only been recorded 3 times in the month of October.

    For Boston, the first measurable snow happens around November 30.  They saw snowflakes of the season last night in the city!

    We’ll keep fine-tuning the forecast this weekend, and bring you the very latest.

    In the meantime, let’s enjoy some more of your fall photos!  My great cousin Herb send another beautiful picture from British Columbia.  This is Christina Lake, around 100 miles north of Spokane, Washington:

    And our good friend Gwen Walton sent these pictures from earlier this week of some early season snow in Cherokee, North Carolina.  

    Here’s one of Gwen and her hubby Dwane enjoying the snow! 

    You can send your pictures to me via twitter at: @janicedeanfox

    Have a great weekend everyone!  I’ll take some pictures from my wintry neighborhood to post on Tuesday!  (I’m off on Monday to take the kids out for Halloween!)


  • Hurricane Rina and Denver goes from summer to winter in 48 hrs!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    So we’re watching the tropics, and the early season snow in Colorado today in the Fox Weather Center…and we could have a Nor’easter this weekend in the Northeast!  Here we go!

    Hurricane Rina is threatening the beautiful resorts of Northeast Mexico right now with winds of 110 mph. 

    We’re not expecting Rina to strengthen any further which is good news, and the storm is relatively small, so if Rina stays off-shore, Cancun could escape with just tropical storm force winds.  However, there’s still a chance the hurricane will move right onshore, and that could be bad news for the resort town.

    After that, we’re a little unsure of what will happen next, hence the wider “cone of uncertainty”. 

    The good news is, winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere will start to factor into the forecast, and even if Rina decides to move north towards Florida, the system will weaken significantly over the next few days.

    Meanwhile, Denver is getting its first taste of winter after record setting temperatures on Monday!  It was 80 degrees 48 hours ago, and now we’re seeing over a foot of snow in the foothills, and temperatures in the teens overnight…

    And in the fall foliage fall, my great cousin Herb took these pictures the other day when he was travelling around with his wife Shirley.  He lives in British Columbia, Canada.  Beautiful country up there!

    Have a great day everyone!


  • More Fall Foliage from Fulton and Franklin PA!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope you had a great weekend!  The weather here was perfect…cooler temperatures and peekaboo sunshine!  We’ve had many visitors over the last two weeks at our place, so it’s been busy.  Teddy is finally “crawling” – or his version of it which looks like belly surfing on the carpet.  Matthew was such a perfect little crawler, so it was a little odd seeing Theodore pulling his little body along the floor with his arms,  but I read that every baby has their own way of getting around.  And we’ve been wondering when his teeth will come in since he’s been teething for months!   It looks like both tops and bottom teeth will be coming out at the same time any day now!  Matthew had two little bottom teeth by this age, so Teddy is definitely doing things a little differently than his big brother!

    In weather news, we’re seeing some snow in the mountains across the Northern Rockies – this system will impact a big chunk of the country through the workweek dropping temperatures and bringing some snow totals across Denver, Colorado by Wednesday.  Meanwhile, a cold front pushing across the Great Lakes is bringing some showers over the interior Northeast. 

    Tropical Storm Rina has formed in the Caribbean, and is forecast to become a hurricane in the next few days just off the Yucatan Peninsula.  We’ll have to keep an eye on Rina’s progress, although it doesn’t look likely that the U.S. will be affected by the storm.

    And more fall pictures to share with you.  Margie took these for us from Fulton and Franklin, PA:


    Send me your fall pics to @janicedeanfox

    Have a great day, everyone!


  • Happy Day! Factor Pumpkin is Baaaaaaaaaack!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    What a great start to the day!  I get into work, and low and behold, outside Mr. O’s office:  The Factor Pumpkin has been dusted off, and the candy is fresh:


    The rain has come to an end here in the Northeast, and the cooler temperatures are  moving in.   In fact, across the Mississippi and Tennessee River Valley, frost and freeze advisories are up for the first time this season!    Extra blankies on the bed tonight!

    And thanks to @chasemberger for sending me this picture of fall across the Blue Ridge!


    Send all your fall and candy pictures to me at:



  • More gorgeous fall pics from you!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.

    Boy, do I love this time of year!   And with help from you guys on twitter, I’ve had some dandy pictures sent to me @janicedeanfox

    Take a look!

    Helen Moss Davis captured lots of color beneath the Blue Ridge Parkway Viaduct when photographing from US Highway:

    And from @JBwingman:

    Fall colors Northern Wyoming near Montana border. Yellowstone Park beyond peaks

    Thanks to everyone for sending these wonderful pictures!

    In weather news, South Florida is seeing plenty of moisture streaming in thanks to a stalled cold front.   We’re also watching an area of low pressure in the Yucatan Channel that has a shot at becoming a depression or the next named storm.  Whatever the case, Florida will see a lot more rain in the next few days because of it – and the Northeast will also see some of this moisture pushed their way midweek.  UGH!

    Have a great Monday everyone!


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.