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  • Fun in the Weather Studio with the kids from Saint Stephen of Hungary!

    Hi everyone!

    Hope you had a great weekend.   Blogging has been sporadic, I realize.  I’ve taken a few days off before the holidays so I can get things done in time for Christmas…and I’ve been working on many other projects on the side here at FOX!  We have our year-end weather package that I’m helping put together, and I’ve also pitched a few ideas as a reporter.    There was a story last week about an NHL goalie that was recently diagnosed with MS, and I was so touched by it, I wanted to report on it.  You can check it out here:

    So inspirational.

    The other piece I did last week was the NHC’s ideas on how to improve hurricane/watches and warnings in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  There were no hurricane watches issued for the Northeast as Sandy was making landfall, and I think it sent mixed messages to both the public and officials who were trying to figure out how to prepare for the storm.  I reported on this for Happening Now, and you can check it out here:

    The other fun event is I had last week was with a group of kindergarten students.   Melissa Francis from FBN has a young weathercaster in her family.  Her son Thompson LOVES watching/doing  the weather at home,  so he brought his class in with him, and everyone got their chance to do a forecast from our little studio.    Here’s a few pictures from the students of Saint Stephen of Hungary:

    (And P.S. if you are looking for a great book to read this holiday season, Melissa’s book Diary of a Stage Mothers Daughter is riveting!    She is truly an amazing lady — and I have even more respect and love for her after reading her memoir.   You can check it out HERE

    Meanwhile, in weather related news, the Upper Midwest got a pretty decent shot of winter over the last few days with over a foot of snow outside of Minneapolis.  There was also a severe component to the storm across the south with several tornadoes and damage as the cold front pushed through.

    Today, weather is relatively quiet - other than some snow and a wintry mix along the Canadian Border, and a new system moving into the Pacific Northwest later today.    Next week, however, we could get a little more snow in a few “heavily populated” areas across the Northeast.  Stay tuned for more on that story!

    And tomorrow I’m going to have some fun pictures to post.    Here’s a hint:  firefighters and the no-spin zone!   Have I got your attention?  Good!  See you tomorrow!


    UPDATE:  Here’s some great footage of our future little forecasters on Melissa’s show last night!  ADORABLE!


Oh JD it looks like all had fun. The little weather machines look like they had a ball. It is 32 in Texas high was 50. they say tomorrow high 60. Hey at least the sun was out. I don;t mind the weather it is DEc. Now after this I want the mid 60's back. I am in Texas ha ha PJ

December 11, 2012 at 10:34 pm


Hi all! To all the bloggers taking care of others,I just wanted to say I took care of my mother-in law that was bed ridden for 6 months then my father a year later with medical problem. Both have passed on. What I want to say is just remember Take time for your self even if you lock your self away for a hour You are one person and only human. My husband and I had no help. The family didn't want to do the work only wanted the good. I will pray for all and smell the roses. We only live once. PJ

December 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Margie Gacki

Aw, what adorable little weather munchkins! It's great that they're starting so young with this weather experience. Who knows, we may get a meteorologist or two out of the bunch. Hey to all the regular bloggers. I'm glad we can finally chat on the blog again. It's a cold, cloudy day here. When I checked the forecast this morning it said mostly sunny. Now they're saying partly sunny. No one told the sun that because I haven't seen it all day! It looks like it could snow. Take care, all! Margie

December 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm


What a great way to engage young students in the weather and science. Hope to see more stories like this

December 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm


Hi, JD. The little weathercasters sure are cuties! Looks like the future of weather is secure! It was cold in MySouth this morning...31 degrees on Walton's Mountain. And the wind was blowing, so it felt even colder. I like that much better than the 70 we had yesterday. Hard to get in the HoHoHo spirit when it's 70 outside. Had a Christmas party Saturday, Kidz Choir program was Sunday night, Sunday School class party tonight, adult choir program this Sunday night. So much to do! Gwen :)

December 11, 2012 at 4:09 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.