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  • Isaac weakens, but still a threat...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone!

    This is the first chance I’ve really been able to sit down and update the blog!  I forget sometimes how busy it is covering a tropical storm/hurricane!   Hope all of you doing well.  Thankfully Isaac was not a stronger storm.  I don’t even want to think about what kind of damage a Cat 2 or 3 could’ve done to such a vulnerable area.  Still, it’s going to take a few days to really assess all of the areas that were affected by Isaac’s path.

    Right now, Isaac continues to crawl slowly through Louisiana  and into Arkansas tonight. 

    However, flooding rain, wind and a risk for tornadoes will threaten much of the central Gulf Coast states up into Arkansas.  

    Some areas have already received close to 20 inches of rain from Isaac, and an additional 2-6 inches could fall with isolated amounts of 10 inches.   

    Over the weekend, Isaac will continue to weaken, but bring heavy rain across parts of the Midwest and Ohio Valley which is ultimately good news for these areas that have been suffering from  extreme to exceptional drought.


    Have a great day everyone!  Can you believe next week we’re into September?  The summer just flew on by!  Talk to you soon.


  • Northern Gulf waits for Isaac

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All.

    Bear with me.  It’s going to be a busy next few days.  Isaac is keeping us all occupied.  Here’s the latest:

    Isaac is going to pose a very big threat to the Northern Gulf Coast starting tomorrow morning and last through Thursday.  The storm is large with tropical storm force winds extending over 200 miles from the center of the system.  

    This will be a prolonged storm event which is the big worry with this system regardless of what Category Isaac will be once it makes landfall.  We are expecting a strong onshore flow into a very surge prone coast for many hours. 

    Flooding will also be a major concern as some forecast totals are exceeding 18 inches of rain. 

    Hurricane warnings remain in effect east of Morgan City Louisiana to Destin Florida including the city of New Orleans.

    The legacy of this storm will be the amount of time it batters the coast.  Regardless of what “category” it is, this could bring rain/wind and storm surge for many many hours.  Not what this area needs.

    Prayers to all those that live in this area.

    Another update tomorrow.


  • Where are you going, Isaac?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    GRRRRR!   This storm is frustrating.  We still don’t have a solid handle on where Isaac is going after the end of the weekend.  One thing is for sure, this storm is headed for the Gulf.  But the timing, intensity and landfall are all uncertain.  As for Tampa, this is still a threat for them.  Do not take your guard down.

    Here’s what we do know:

    Isaac is poorly organized, but is forecast to strengthen before making landfall over Hispaniola and then Eastern Cuba over the weekend.  This is a very large storm, so the effects of Isaac will be felt hundreds of miles out from the center of the storm. 

    Heavy rain and wind will lash the southwest coast of Haiti which could be devastating for the hundreds of thousands of people in shelters after the earthquake in Port au Prince a few years back.  

    Hearts and prayers go out to all those who don’t have a place to go while this storm bears down on them.

    Meanwhile South Florida and the west coast of Florida need to be alert of the storms progress while the rest of the Gulf Coast also needs to monitor the progress of Isaac as there is a chance of a hurricane landfall later during the workweek.

    I’ll be in on Sunday morning bringing you the latest starting with Fox and Friends.

    Have a great weekend everyone!


  • Latest on Isaac

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    Still keeping a close eye on Isaac– and now we have a new Depression in the Atlantic that will likely become Joyce!  Unlike Isaac, we won’t have to worry about Joyce as it appears this system won’t get close to the U.S in the days ahead.

    So here’s the latest on Isaac…

    Starting to get a little more organized, and this is a big storm!  Winds/rain extending over 200 miles from the “core” of this storm.

    Here’s the path as of the 11am advisory (the new track comes out at 5pm).  All of the areas inside the “cone” need to pay very close attention to the upcoming forecasts from the NHC.

    And one of our reliable computer forecast models is showing a too close for comfort scenario for the West Coast of Florida heading into next week.  Waters are incredibly warm in the Gulf, and if winds are light, it won’t take much to strengthen this storm.

    Even if we don’t have a direct landfall,  winds, heavy rain (possible flooding) and the risk of tornadoes will accompany a storm like this…

    And with the RNC next week, organizers are keeping close tabs on Isaac’s progress.  Tampa is the number one most vulnerable city in terms of flooding and storm surge from a landfalling hurricane:

    That’s all for now!  An update tomorrow, and updates by the minute on twitter! (@janicedeanfox)



    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    It’s going to be busy in the Fox News Extreme Weather Center as all eyes are on the tropics and a developing system that will eventually become Isaac.  There is a good chance Isaac might affect the U.S. in the days ahead.

    First, let’s talk about the “I” named storms which historically have been notoriously dangerous.  So much so that 7 of the “I” named storms have been retired since 2001:

    (This of course is not to say that Isaac will be a bad storm, it’s just an interesting footnote)

    Here’s the current path of Isaac, and of course many things are expected to change in the next few days.  The exact timing, strength and landfall locations are all subject to fluctuate.

    Here are the computer models that make up our “cone of uncertainty”:

    The one part of this story that makes it especially dramatic is the Republican National Convention is happening next week in Tampa, Florida.  Tampa is certainly in that “cone” and could definitley be impacted by rain and strong winds if this storm pays us a visit and stays on course.

    We’ll certainly keep an eye on things from here, and bring you the very latest!!


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.