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  • 1st big snow of the season, and naming winter storms?

    Good morning everyone!

    Hope you’re all doing great.   We’re into some big changes weather-wise over the next few days.  The coldest air of the season is moving in and a snowstorm is going to bring up to a FOOT of snow across the Upper Midwest!

    This system dropping into the Rockies and Plains has prompted Winter Weather Advisories for higher elevations of the Northern Rockies and North Dakota.   Winter Storm Watches have also been issued for Northern Minnesota and northeastern North Dakota, where 6”+ of snow is possible Thursday into Friday.  

    Blustery and much cooler air will spread over the Great Lakes by Friday.

    In the tropics, Tropical Storm Nadine has been with us now for 21 days.  Looks like this system will make the “top 5″ longest lasting tropical systems in the Atlantic.  Nadine will pass through the northwestern Azores late tonight/early Thursday as a weakening tropical storm.  

    And we now have TD 15 in the Central Atlantic – it’s expected this will become Oscar, however development will be slow and no impacts to land are expected.

    There was big news in the weather world yesterday as The Weather Channel has decided to “name” winter storms this year.  I was surprised at this brazen move as they are doing this on their own without the support of the National Weather Service.   On the positive side of this, it might bring more “awareness” to big storms that could be life threatening, however when you don’t include other news outlets/weather providers or the National Weather Service the message may get lost and confusing.  So yes, a good idea, but ultimately it seems like a gimmick or publicity event for the Weather Channel as opposed to something that could really help millions of people if it was used nation-wide. 

    Bob Ryan who works at ABC affiliate in D.C. had a great blog post yesterday that I highly recommend reading if you get the chance:

    http://www.wjla.com/blogs/weather/2012/10/winter-storms-naming-storms-a-good-idea-or-gimmick–16817.html

    A big week in politics with the first Presidential Debate tonight.  I wish they could have a “talent” section to these debates where the candidates could show their dance moves or sing a little.  LOL.  I’m sort of joking here.  I know this is a serious time, and we need to make a big decision on who to vote for, but honestly, sometimes these things can be incredibly boring and tedious.  Just my two cents worth!  :)  

    If you’re up before the roosters tomorrow, I’m doing Fox and Friends First with Ainsley and Heather Nauert.  Tune in if you can!  We sure do appreciate the company!

    JD

Margie Gacki

Hi Everyone. I can't believe I'm writing this at 2:30 in the morning but I have to stay awake a little while longer so I thought I'd check in to say hello. I'm getting a colonoscopy today & I'm in the middle of the last step of the prep. The prep will be a lot worse than the actual procedure. I don't think I'll ever want to see a bottle of Gatorade again. I was on a liquid diet yesterday & craving a steak until I started the prep last night. Food doesn't interest me at this point. Take care, all. Margie

October 5, 2012 at 2:46 am

ajdeyoung

Excuse wrong words Android in ereader sometimes writes what it wants to,have a nice weekend everyone aj

October 5, 2012 at 1:50 am

aj deyoung

Hello fron sacramento,ca Road trip going great just one little blip friends was going to visit went to hospital Android in day are got into town.today first nice weather day in ca since end to july.hope you all are doing well. Samdog a great traveler. Hitting road in the morning to bishop ca,a mountain town for 2 night. Aj

October 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Kevan

I cannot believe that Fox News is calling this "Extreme Weather"! A foot of snow in Minnesota and North Dakota...at the U.S./Canada border??? Oh my, whatever will we do??? I am pretty sure they can handle a foot of snow in June or January and it isn't extreme...

October 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm

DoloresFromOK

Great debate last night.Romney was superb.I think the moderator did the right thing and let them actually debate.Cloudy and cool here in OK,waiting for that nice cold front to come our way today. And maybe more rain.Everyone have a good day and night.Stay safe enjoy your families,Dolores

October 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Margie Gacki

Oh great. I hope the spam doesn't start infiltrating this thread now. It was nice & quiet for a couple days. Hey to all the regular bloggers out there. I hope everyone is having a good week. We've had some cloudy & muggy weather lately. I guess that's a whole lot better than snow! Have a great day, everyone! Margie

October 4, 2012 at 8:56 am

wenchie

My local CBS affiliate has been naming winter storms for a few decades now. :)

October 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

DEAN MANTHE

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK JANICE,I HAVE TO TELL U. MY LATE SISTERS NAME WAS JANICE AND MY FIRST NAME IS DEAN .SO YOUR VERY SPECIAL. YOU DO A FABULOUS JOB DOING WEATHER

October 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

George Spink

Hi, Janice, Please tell Ainsley you know one of her "secret admirers." George

October 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Marie Sells/Ohio

J.D. summer was so hot I said I would not complain about winter but I change my mind. talking snow so soon. Had a short message from A.J Made the fist travel stop good. but was having computer problems. so haven heard more yet so I say if the latter. cool here in Ohio heard the word snow tonight. not not watch the weather report. ha ha . Blessing to all.

October 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm

DoloresFromOK

Hey ,bloggers.83 today and hunid.A major cold front is supposed to come to OKLA late tomorrow.Temps on weekend in the low 40s,highs in the mid 50s.Sounds sooo great.Maybe some rain.We can always use that.Looking forward to the debates tonight.Hope Romney hits a home run.Dinner with 5 grand-children last night.It is always so educational when we get together.I'malways amazed at smart they are.Anyone else feel like that.I don't think I knew what they know at this age.Be safe ,a good evening.

October 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Audrey from Indiana

Gray, gloomy, cool, and no rain yet today. But we do not have any snow in the forecast. Yikes, it seems rather early doesn't it J.D. for the white stuff to show up? Oh well, we have no control over the weather, and I am happy we have someone like Janice to keep us informed about everything in that category. Naming the storms will be interesting. Can hardly wait to hear the name of the first one that appears on the scene. Watch the debate tonight, and then we can have our own blog debate. Audrey

October 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Margie Gacki

Hey Don, it's humid here, too. I had the air conditioner on in my car when I was out earlier this afternoon. Hey Janice, thanks for sharing the WJLA link. That's the channel I watch for my "local" news. Bob Ryan made some good points in that post. I just don't think naming storms is a great idea. I think it is all a big gimmick. Doug Hill is the chief meteorologist at WJLA. I'd be interested in hearing his thoughts on the subject. Great weather team at WJLA. They know what they're doing. Margie

October 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm

DoninRichmond

83 and very humid here now. Would not mind cooler weather now although AC is cheaper on the pocket book then heat. January my electric bill is twice what it is now.

October 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm

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  • 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.