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Archive of the February 2012

  • Heartbreak across the Heartland

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    As I’m sure you’ve all seen from the damage being reported on television, a devastating tornado outbreak has hit the Plains and Midwest with 16 reports of tornadoes so far.  Hundreds of homes and business have been damaged or destroyed and unfortunately many deaths are being reported due to this outbreak overnight. 

    Tornado watches will remain in effect for this afternoon and this evening for states along the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.  The greatest threat for severe storms will move into Kentucky, Tennessee as well as Northern portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

    Another possible severe weather outbreak is possible across the same areas on Friday, so folks need to be paying close attention to their local weather forecasts, and of course, we’ll keep folks up to date from the Fox Weather Center:

    On the cold side of this storm, heavy snow will fall across parts of the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast tonight and tomorrow.  Some areas could get hit with 8-10 inches of snow especially across mountains of New England.

    We’ll keep you up to date from here.  Be careful everyone!

    JD

  • Midwest Blizzard

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone!

    We’ve got a nasty winter storm developing across the  Northern Plains, Upper Midwest and Great Lakes through Wednesday.   A system from the Central Rockies will crank up through the day and bring with it ice, snow and wind.   Over a foot of snow is expected from the Dakotas through Minnesota.  Winter Storm Warnings are up from Wyoming to Michigan.  Blizzard Warnings are in effect for southeastern North Dakota, northeastern South Dakota and central Minnesota. 

    We could also see some severe weather over a big chunk of the Plains and Midwest.  The greatest chance for large hail, damaging winds and  tornadoes will extend from eastern Oklahoma through Arkansas and into eastern Tennessee and Kentucky.  Some of these storms could last through the overnight and into tomorrow morning.   If you live in any of these states, please be careful – and keep those NOAA weather radios on tonight!

    Tomorrow the system will impact the Great Lakes and the Northeast while some severe storms could pop up across the Ohio Valley into the Southeast. 

    Across the West, another system will dive into the Northwest and California tonight and Wednesday.   A foot of new snow will pile up across the Cascades and into the Sierra Nevada range.

    So that’s the latest in weather land.  Thought I would post a picture of Matthew at his very first visit to the dentist!  He did GREAT!  Mama was very proud of him.

    Have a wonderful day everyone!

    JD

  • Severe weather threat for the East

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone!

    The top weather story today is the fact that severe weather could strike a large part of the east today.  Two tornado watches are  up for parts of the southeast up into the Midatlantic right now:

    This means the threat for large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes through the afternoon and evening hours. 

    On the Cold side of this storm, heavy snow is falling across the Great Lakes and Northeast, and over to the West,  more rain and mountain snow is in the forecast.  Winds will also kick up through tonight.  Avalanche danger will be a concern in many mountain regions over the Northwest.

    Be safe everyone!  And make sure you drink lots of fluids this weekend.    I’m still suffering from this nasty cold!  

    JD

  • Under the weather...literally!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    First off, thank you for the wonderful comments about my last post about the death of Gary Carter.    The support and love from all of you was overwhelming.   I’m glad I shared my thoughts and feelings with all of you regarding the passing of my father last year.   Even though we weren’t close over many years, it’s moments like the baseball game that I choose to remember him by.     

    I’ve been home this last week nursing a nasty cold.  First Matthew got it, then my husband – then myself and my poor little Theodore got the worst of it.  He had a fever of 103 – an infected ear and throat.   It was heartbreaking seeing him in so much pain.  I stayed up with him through the last few nights just rocking him and letting him sleep on me.   As a mom, it’s the moments like these – just having him sleep on my chest at 2am, that I truly realize how much this role means to me.  I am so blessed.  These boys are my life.  I would do anything for them.   Thankfully, Teddy is feeling a little better.  He was back to his little self this morning despite the runny nose and sleepy eyes. 

    And now, let’s talk about the weather!  It’s going to feel like winter across the North, and summertime over parts of the South!  88 degrees in San Antonio today!

    Parts of the Great Lakes could see 6-8 inches of snow as a quick moving storm pushes in. 

    On the warm side of this system, severe weather is going to threaten parts of the Mid-South and Ohio Valley:

    A confirmed EF 1 tornado ripped through Rome, Georgia yesterday with winds of up to 110 mph.  That same area could be hit hard this afternoon and tonight, so please be safe and keep an eye to the sky and ear to your local weather forecasters!

    That’s all for now folks.  I’ll check in again tomorrow.  And thanks again for all the kind words and prayers.  I was and am always touched by your support here.

    JD

  • Sad news for baseball, and for me...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Where did the week go?  I can’t believe it’s Friday already. 

    So, you guys know by now I sometimes like to get a little personal on the blog.  This morning I felt compelled to write something very personal and perhaps document it so I won’t forget it.  Last night, I heard baseball hall of famer Gary Carter had passed away after battling brain cancer.  He was only 57.  

    I found myself weeping after hearing he died.  I never knew Mr. Carter, but it brought back wonderful memories of my father.   My dad died last year of cancer.  Sadly, we were estranged for many years – and I only heard of his illness after his death.    But last night, when I heard about the handsome baseball player losing his battle with cancer I not only mourned his death, but I mourned my fathers passing and to a greater extent, the relationship I had with my dad.

    I think one of the most vivid, wonderful memories I have, was when my father took me to my very first baseball game.   He scored some pretty fantastic seats to see the Montreal Expos from someone at work, and decided to take me with him.   I took the day off school.   We drove for two hours to get to Olympic Stadium.  I remember being so excited to have this time alone with him, having this great adventure we were on.  He schooled me on some of the general rules of baseball  so that I would know what was going on when we got to the park.  I had watched games with him at home on television as the Expos brought major league baseball to Canada.  They were the hot team with  Carter as their all-star catcher.    His good looks and charm came across on television.  He looked like a movie star, and played like it a true champion.   You could tell this guy was the real-deal.    We had to double check our seat numbers when we found them – right above home plate!   

    I can’t remember the exact moment when Gary Carter decided to look up at us, but he was on the field, and certainly had plenty of other things to capture his attention.   It was almost like he was responding to us calling his name.   Something made me raise my arm and wave to him like he was an old friend in a crowd.  I remember his eyes lit up- he stopped what he was doing, and waved right back at me with his beautiful smile of his.  Maybe for about 10 seconds.   I then looked up at my father. 

    “Dad!  Did Gary Carter just wave at me???” 

    “Yes, yes, he did Janice Anne…he certainly did.”

    I talked about it for days…weeks maybe.  It wasn’t until last night that I remembered that memory, and felt so emotional.    I learned that Mr. Carter was a good man.  And a good father too.

    His daughter Kimmy wrote on his family’s website:

    “I believe with all my heart that dad had a standing ovation as he walked through the gates of heaven to be with Jesus. Thank you all for loving my dad and my entire family.”

    Thank you, Gary Carter for allowing me to remember a wonderful memory of my father.   For smiling at a young, happy girl that day at the ballpark.   It allowed my heart to heal a little bit, and perhaps break a little too at the same time.

    Janice

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.