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Archive of the January 2012

  • HAPPY WEEKEND!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy Friday everyone!

    What an awful situation across the Northwest.  First snow, then ice and now rain moving into the coast.   And there are several systems poised to move into the region over the next few days.  Flood, snow and avalanche advisories are in the forecast through the weekend. 

    The winds across Reno Nevada haven’t helped firefighters battle the wildfire out there today.   There is some rain and snow in the forecast in the next 48 hours which should help contain things this weekend.

    And a quick moving storm pushing across the Midwest, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and Northeast will bring a wide swath of 1-6 inches of snow depending on where you live.  Chicago’s O’Hare is reporting over 4 hour delays this afternoon!

    I’m excited to see the snow tomorrow, and the fact that it comes on a weekend is great news since it won’t affect those of us trying to get into work on time! (Unless of course you work weekends, in which case be careful travelling!!)

    Have a great weekend everyone!  Send me some of your snow pics to @janicedeanfox :)

    JD

  • SNOW PICS FROM WASHINGTON STATE!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Thought I would post some of the great snow photos I’ve gotten on twitter (you can “tweet” me your pictures too.  I’m @janicedeanfox.

    These ones come from AJ Donn in Everett, Washington

    This one is from “Trooper Guy Gill” from Washington State Patrol.

    Obviously, people need to take it easy on the roads if they absolutely need to head out.   But otherwise, I’ll bet people are having so much fun in this!

    Here’s a look at some of the impressive snow totals already we are seeing:

    (The first three locations are between Seattle and Portland in the mountains)

    And some of the wind gusts are pretty powerful too:

    This storm could certainly go down as “notable” when you compare it with some of the snow totals in the past:

    Moving forward, the Northwest does not get a break in the next few weeks!  There are several storms slamming into the area – however, the temperatures will be warmer so it will be mainly rain.

    That’s all for now!  Busy day ahead.  Talk to y’all later!

    JD

  • Major storm to hit the Northwest

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone!

    Well, a BIG snowstorm is making a bee-line for Seattle and Portland over the next 48 hours.  

    One that could bring Seattle two times the amount of snow they receive all season long in just 2 days!

    Travel is going to be dangerous tonight and tomorrow as the system continues to pound the region.  Here’s a look at all the watches and warnings:

    Seattle could get a FOOT of snow, while Portland might dig out of 10 inches! 

    The average ANNUAL snowfall is just over 2 inches for Portland and close to 6 inches for Seattle.   This is going to be quite an event for these cities, and perhaps a storm that residents have not seen in decades.

    In the mountains, snow by the foot will pile up over the Cascades and Bitterroot range.

    WOW!

    We’ll keep you posted on the epic snowfall totals tomorrow!  If you live in the region, send me some pics to @janicedeanfox on twitter and I’ll post them here!

    JD

  • First Big Blast of Winter for Midwest

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone! 

    Happy Friday!  Thanks to all of you for your great comments and warm wishes to my new roomie Anna!  She’s really excited to be here, and is thankful for such great viewers and bloggers out there! 

    Watching the weather, the snowstorm that brought over a foot of snow across Northern Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan is now pulling across New England where some areas could get 10 inches or greater. 

    We’ve been into a big snow deficit across the Midwest and Northeast.  Look at some of the season totals compared to average for this time of year:

     Temperatures are cold behind the system as an arctic airmass settles in and hangs out though the weekend. 

    It will be windy with gusts of up to 50 mph which will make it feel much colder!  Look at all the wind advisories up for the Northeast:

    The chill will settle in as far south as North Florida where highs will be 10-15 degrees below average. 

    Meanwhile, across the west, Santa Ana winds will set in this weekend and the Northwest will start to see several strong storms push into the region starting on Saturday.

    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!   See ya Monday!

    JD

  • Meet Anna Kooiman!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone!

    As I mentioned, I have a new office-mate.  Her name is Anna Kooiman, and comes to us from North Carolina!  (She was at Fox Charlotte).  

    If you’ve seen her on air, you know that she’s a beauty, but she’s also a really really nice person (which is a relief since we’re in the same room for much of the day!)    As promised, here’s a few questions and answers she kindly submitted for you all to read.  If you have anything you’d like to ask Anna, feel free to post them here…

    A few of you have asked if her name is Dutch, so I asked her this morning.  She was pleasantly surprised and said “Yes!  How observant of your bloggers!”  :)  

    I know you will all warmly welcome our latest addition to the FNC Family!

    Where were you born?

    The Queen City… AKA… Charlotte, NC

    First job?

    First job ever? Lee’s Ice Cream Parlor…. At 14 and a half… Mama and Daddy Kooiman said it was time to make my own money! First TV Job… During my last semester of college I became a one man band reporter at ABC in Wilmington, NC. I would schlep around my own camera, microphones, batteries, cables, tapes, etc… I would set up the camera on a tripod… and report in front of it! LOL I’m sure I looked silly in my suit and high heels… melting in the southern heat and humidity.

    Where did u go to school?

    University of North Carolina at Wilmington

    Hobbies?

    I am definitely a NEWS NERD. I’m enjoying working for FOX during an election year. Politics can be more entertaining to watch than professional sports or reality television! My other passion is fitness. I like to compete in triathlons and marathons. I ran distance on the track team at UNCW. And I was an exercise instructor in Charlotte. My favorite class is Turbo Kick. It’s a mix of kick boxing, hip hop dancing, and athletic drills all rolled into one… choreographed to the hottest… heart pumping hits on the radio. I also taught classes to kids at an inter-city after school program.

    Favorite books/movies?

    Hands down favorite book… Rick Warren’s, The Purpose Driven Life. I have read it 4 or 5 times!

    How do u like living in NYC?

    New York is FUN! I’m trying to drink up the city as fast as I can… from Broadway to The Giants, to The Knicks, to Central Park, and of course the food! I had a few friends living in the city already… and I’ve been hanging out with new friends (that mutual friends have set me up with). I certainly miss my family, church, and amazing girlfriends in North Carolina though.

    What has been the biggest adjustment?

    The biggest adjustment for me has been trying to run errands all over Manhattan without a car… BUT I have a 100 pound yellow lab, Baxter who moved with me to the city. The noise was a little hard on him at first… but he’s doing pretty well now. I have hired a dog-walker who Baxter absolutely loves… and not just because of the treats she gives him. ;-) This lovely lady gives Cesar Milan a run for his money and calls herself the ‘Mother Theresa of Dogs.’ Baxter still barks at the horses pulling carriages through Central Park every once in a while… but he loves being able to go there to escape from the concrete! Here’s a question for someone who has spent harsh winters in NYC…. The dog-walker tells me I need to get my ‘Baxter Bear’ a coat and booties for the winter… Do big dogs wear them too? Or will Baxter look like a sissy???

    What’s your idea of a great vacation?

    An ideal vacation… hmmmm… sunshine, smiles, good food, dancing, and culture… and if there’s time… some relaxing… so a ‘vacation from the vacation’ isn’t necessary!

    Favorite weather/time of year?

    My TV career took me to Ohio for a couple of years… it was nice to REALLY experience the different seasons there. I like them all for different reasons… The turning of the leaves in Fall, the crisp air and clear skies in Winter, the green grass and cherry trees in Spring… and the tan lines and sand between the toes during Summer! But if I had to pick just one… SUMMER… everyone seems to be in a better mood right?… Positive energy is contagious!

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.