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Archive of the March 2012

  • Severe threat again today

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!

    Happy Monday.  Hope you all had a great St. Patrick’s Day! We had a lovely weekend of weather.  A trip to the zoo and the Botanical Gardens kept me and my boys busy!   Weather continues to be incredible across the eastern half of the country with above average temperatures and mostly sunny skies. 

    However, we’ve got a large chunk of the country under the threat for severe weather today with the greatest risk being from Central Texas through Southeast Oklahoma:

    This slow moving storm will put down inches of rain across a big swath of the central U.S.  The areas shaded in red could see over 6 inches of rain over the next few days:

    Meanwhile, winter is still in season across the West as more snow piles up across Arizona up into Montana.  A new system dives into the Pacific Northwest tonight with another foot of new snow for the Cascades.

    Oh, and tomorrow we’ve got the official arrival of spring…although if you live in Chicago, it’s been summertime for several days!  Records are being shattered across the Midwest with temperatures 30-40 degrees above average!

    Have a great afternoon everyone!

    JD

  • Rare tornado hits Michigan

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    A rare and destructive tornado tore through Dexter Michigan yesterday tearing apart homes and businesses.  Thankfully, so far there are no reports of any injuries or deaths.  Sirens went off around the area about an hour before the tornado went through so people had time to seek shelter.

    One of the reasons we have such a rare and damaging tornado this time of year is due to the incredible warmth that is blanketing over two thirds of the country. 

    Temperatures are 30 – 40 degrees above average foe the Northern Plains and the Upper Midwest today and tomorrow.  Looks like these amazingly mild temperatures are going to stick around until next week!

    We could see some strong storms across west Texas and Oklahoma today while scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue across parts of the Northeast and southeast.

    And the West continues to get pounded by heavy rain and mountain snow with this latest storm moving into Southern California and into the Southwest tomorrow. 

    Have a great weekend everyone!  Happy St Patrick’s Day to all of you!   My little Theodore Patrick will celebrate his very first St Patty’s day.  Should be a wonderful day for the parade on Saturday! 

    Here’s a picture of all of us at the zoo last weekend:

    JD

  • DON'T FORGET!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    (And on behalf of my firefighter husband, don’t forget to check/change the batteries in your smoke detectors!)

    Have a great weekend everyone!

  • Spring temps, strong storms and shot of the day!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone!

    Well, I’m pretty darn excited that we’re going to feel temperatures well into the 60s today — possibly pushing 70 degrees.  I definitely felt a “spring” in my step this morning heading to the train.

    It’s all due to a “southerly” flow ahead of a cold front pushing across the U.S.  Unfortunately, that same cold front could spark severe weather today and some very heavy rain across a wide swath of cities.

    Strong to severe storms could rumble across parts of Texas and into the Deep South.  Wind and hail will be the main threat, however, we can’t rule out an isolated tornado or two.

    Flooding will be the big concern from Texas up towards the Tennessee Valley.  Many areas will see 5-7 inches of rain through Sunday which will prompt flood watches and warnings:

    They certainly need the rain across the south, but in this case, it could be too much of a good thing!

    And finally, my good friend Jon Scott took this breathtaking photo of a sunset off his deck the other day.  I had to share! 

    Have a great day, everyone!

    JD

  • Picnics in the Park!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Jon Scott and I were joking on air that we should do a picnic in Central Park tomorrow considering the temperature is going to warm up to almost 70 degrees!  It’s going to feel and look like spring for half of the country today:

    We don’t have too much in the way of weather systems affecting the country.  The cold front pushing over the Central U.S. will bring some showers and or thunderstorms across Texas into Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, but nothing severe is expected today.

    Winds ahead of the front will be blustery leading to high wind advisories and some red flag warnings were dry conditions combined with the winds will elevate the fire danger.

    Here are some of the impressive winds that were recorded yesterday across the West:

    That’s all for now everybody!  I’m excited for those warmer temps today and tomorrow! WOO-HOO!

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.