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Archive of the October 2012


    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.

    It’s been a very hard last few days here in the Northeast/Midatlantic/New England area to say the least – sorry for the delay.

    When I can catch my breath, I will update the blog.  In the meantime, you can chat with one another here.

    Your prayers are needed for millions of people today.  The devastation is widespread.   The heartbreak is overwhelming.


  • Sandy moves North...East Coast braces for a Superstorm

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.

    Unfortunately, the forecast remains unchanged for Hurricane Sandy,  and it looks more and more that the Midatlantic/Northeast will experience a ”souped up” version of Sandy as the storm interacts with an arctic cold front and turns into a major storm event.

    In the short term, the east coast of Florida will experience tropical storm force winds today and overnight along with heavy surf and beach erosion.  Sandy is expected to remain a hurricane and travel parallel to the Southeast coast through Sunday night when it will be off the North Carolina coastline. 

     Tropical Storm-force conditions are also possible along the coastal Carolinas.  Then a turn to the north and northwest is expected early Monday. 

    At this time, the best guidance indicates the system will move onshore overnight Monday-Tuesday afternoon between Virginia and southern New England.  Locations north of the center’s landfall will see higher storm surge/beach erosion and stronger winds, which will likely down trees and power lines.  

    This will be a large, broad system with effects experienced several hundred miles from the landfall location.  If you live anywhere along the Carolinas up into New England, you need to  be on alert this weekend for possible changes in forecast landfall and intensity.  

    Also, temperatures will be warm enough that this will be mainly a rain, wind and surge event- some snow will only be experienced far inland.

    We’ll keep you up to date through the weekend and into next week.

    Be safe everyone.


  • All eyes on Sandy for the East Coast.

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello all!

    Well, Sandy had a burst of rapid intensification last night, and strengthened to a Cat 3 storm before making landfall across Cuba.  The storm is now over water again as a Cat 2 storm, about to head through the Bahamas.   Due to the large size of Sandy,  tropical storm warnings are in effect along much of the eastern Florida coastline as tropical storm force conditions are likely, especially along the immediate coast overnight tonight through early Saturday morning.  Hurricane warnings are up for the Bahamas, through Saturday morning.

    The forecast for Sandy has the hurricane moving parallel to the Southeast Coast and offshore of the Carolinas by Sunday.   

    Then Sandy will interact with a strong trough, possibly losing some if not all of its tropical characteristics, and transition into a extra tropical storm, or large Nor’easter. Regardless of classification this system this will be a monster area of low pressure.   Due to a pretty crazy upper level atmospheric steering pattern, we’re expecting the system to back up and push into the East Coast late Sunday.  Some computer models turn the system toward the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coastline somewhere between early Monday morning and Tuesday overnight, but this is not a certainty just yet.  

    And this would clearly be a very bad case scenario as we could have millions without power, trees down, roads closed etc.   There is also the possibility the storm could still miss the U.S., skirt along the coast, strike Newfoundland or head out to sea.  

    Here are the possible impacts to the Midatlantic/East Coast depending on where the storm makes landfall:

    A strike to the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast would be similar to a strong Nor’easter with a wide, damaging wind field of 60-80mph that could take down tree limbs still holding their leaves and cause widespread power outages , torrential rain and coastal flooding that would be enhanced by a full moon on Monday.  

    We should have a better idea of what Sandy/extra tropical low will do later tomorrow and Saturday, and of course I’ll keep everyone posted as much as possible.   For now, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast needs to remain alert for a potential significant storm early next week.

    More updates as they come in, and you can always visit me on twitter as well @janicedeanfox

    Be safe everyone!


  • Sandy could be a very big deal across the East Coast

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I’ll post a full blog update tomorrow, but just wanted to give you a heads up that Hurricane Sandy could pose a huge threat to the Eastern Seaboard this weekend.   Right now the storm is making landfall across Jamaica and then over eastern Cuba as a hurricane.  The Bahamas will also get hit with strong winds and heavy rain over the next few days.

    What’s happens after that is very complicated, and potentially very dangerous.  What we do think is the storm will transition from a tropical system (warm core) to an extra tropical low (cold core) through the weekend and possible back into the East Coast. 

    Some of the computer models are showing a “Perfect Storm”-like” scenario (back in October 1991 when Hurricane Grace was absorbed by a Nor’easter and caused 200 million dollars in damage, and killed 13 people). 

    There are still so many unknowns right now, and we’ll have a better handle on the forecast models tomorrow, but I just wanted to get everyone thinking about what their plan might be *if* something like this pans out.

    Stay tuned…



    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope you’re having a great Monday!  Will you be watching the debates, football or baseball tonight??

    I’ll be back on Wednesday, and we might have a big storm to talk about coming close to the Eastern Seaboard!  It’s a depression right now in the Caribbean, but it will probably be named Sandy, and make its way up through Cuba.  Stay tuned!


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.