Fox News - Fair & Balanced

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 as of 11:14 AM ET

Search Site

FOX News Weather Blog

Archive of the July 2012

  • THE LONG, HOT SUMMER...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Thanks for keeping the blog alive while I was out last week.  I’m taking a few more days off here and there over the next two weeks for some family time, so blogging maybe sporadic.  One thing is for sure, the big stories remain the same:  heat and drought.  Both of these feed off each other, unfortunately, so until we get some much needed moisture across much of the U.S,  temperatures will continue to soar.

    Here’s a look at where the worst of the heat is this week:

    And the drought is still the worst we’ve seen in decades across the country:

    As for severe weather, a couple of regions to be aware of some nasty storms today:  the Great Lakes, Mid South, and the Northeast Gulf Coast States:

    Hope you’re all doing well!  I know it seems like it has been a long hot summer in a lot of spots, but I can’t believe August is here!  Fall is just around the corner…and even though hurricane season has been a little quiet over the last few weeks,  I’m expecting to see some action in the tropics very soon…so stay tuned!

    Time for lunch!  My favorite time of the day!  Be well everyone!

    JD

  • Cold front moves in...but watch out for storms!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope you’re all doing well.  Happy Hump Day!  Weekend is almost here!

    So we’ve got a cold front sweeping through that will knock out some of this heat we’ve been stuck with again this week:

    However, some strong to severe storms are possible as the cooler drier air mixes in with some of this hot, humid unstable air:

    I heard one of our local forecasters say the other day:  “The complaint box is full!”  I had to laugh, because no matter what, there’s always going to be someone who doesn’t like what the weather forecaster is saying! 

    If you’re up bright and early, I’ll be back on Fox and Friends First tomorrow and Friday at 5am! 

    Have a great day everyone!

    JD

  • 2012 DROUGHT ONE OF THE WORST IN HISTORY

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Back from a fun stay-cation!   We just took it easy and played in our backyard pool everyday.  No stress, and didn’t cost much!  (Except the one visit to Toys R us!  HA!)

    Today’s big story across the country is the drought.  The National Climatic Data Center has released its report, and the news is not good.    We are into the 10th largest drought over the past century,  and sixth highest since 1956.  Here are some of the highlights from the report:

    And the current drought across the U.S.  80 percent of the lower 48 states are abnormally dry.  You never want to “wish” for a tropical storm, or hurricane, but in this case, it would certainly help.  Last month’s tropical storm Debby helped Florida with its drought situation:

    The drought gripping the United States is the widest since 1956, according to new data released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Fifty-five percent of the continental U.S. was in a moderate to extreme drought by the end of June, NOAA’s National Climactic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., said in its monthly State of the Climate drought report. That’s the largest percentage since December 1956, when 58 percent of the country was covered by drought.

    This summer, 80 percent of the U.S. is abnormally dry, and the report said the drought expanded in the West, Great Plains and Midwest last month with the 14th warmest and 10th driest June on record.

    The nation’s corn and soybean belt has been especially hard hit over the past three months, the report said. That region has experienced its seventh warmest and 10th driest April-to-June period.

    “Topsoil has dried out and crops, pastures and rangeland have deteriorated at a rate rarely seen in the last 18 years,” the report said.

    The report is based on a data set going back to 1895 called the Palmer Drought Index, which feeds into the widely watched and more detailed U.S. Drought Monitor. It reported last week that 61 percent of the continental U.S. was in a moderate to exceptional drought. However, the weekly Drought Monitor goes back only 12 years, so climatologists use the Palmer Drought Index for comparing droughts before 2000.

    In southern Illinois’ Effingham County, Kenny Brummer is facing a double whammy — the drought has savaged the 800 acres of corn he grows for his 400 head of cattle and some 30,000 hogs, leaving him scrambling to find the couple of hundred thousand bushels of feed he’ll need.

    “Where am I going to get that from? You have concerns about it every morning when you wake up,” Brummer, 59, said Monday. “The drought is bad, but that’s just half of the problem on this farm.”

    ——

    The other big topic of discussion is the heat which is once again baking a large chunk of the country.  Today and tomorrow will be the worst – by Wednesday temperatures will drop a few degrees.

    Hope you are all doing well.    As much as I love work, it was hard leaving my boys this morning after being home for a few days…I wish I could come up with a way to do weather from my basement at home!    Hmmm…portable green screen…camera…weather computer….I bet one day it will be possible!

    Talk to you all soon!

    P.S: my spell check is not working on the blog, so if you see a typo, forgive me!  :)

    JD

  • STAYCATION!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Just wanted to say Hi, and let you know that I’m off the rest of this week!  Wanted to take off a few days to spend time at home with my boys, and the weather couldn’t be better!  We’ll be by the pool…the kiddie pool, that is!

    Talk to you next week!

    Feel free to use this as an OPEN BLOG!  :)

    JD

  • SWEET HEAT RELIEF! (FOR SOME...)

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope you had a great weekend!  We are so thankful that the heat has broken for many of the areas that have been suffering over the last few weeks!  Unfortunately, for the folks in the West, the temperatures is going to warm up quite a bit in the days ahead while the eastern half will feel around or even below average highs over the next few days:

    The boundary that separates the cooler, more refreshing air is sagging across the Midatlantic, so unfortunately there is the chance for more severe weather through the day today and overnight:

    A lot of you sent some great pictures on twitter over the weekend.  Here’s a few of them:

    Karen from Montrose, PA sent these two pictures as the storm was coming through her area:

     

    Cara Vaughan sent this adorable picture of her son in the pool:

    And B Hanney showed me what the dog was up to in the extreme heat (thankfully indoors! :)

    My kids were also in the pool over the weekend — and we took many ice cream breaks! 

    Thanks for checking in everyone.  I always appreciate your comments and thoughts.  For the most part I think we keep this a pretty grumpy-free zone!  LOL!

    See you 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.