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Archive of the April 2013

  • Floods, strong storms and heat across the Southwest

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    A lot of weather to talk about this weekend, so let’s get to it:

    A system moving into the Southeast will spread thunderstorms and several inches of rain across the region over the weekend.  Strong to severe storms with large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes will develop on the southern side of the system from the Big Bend of Texas through the Lower Mississippi Valley into the Tennessee Valley.

     Flood warnings remain posted from the Midwest southward along the Mississippi River, as will be the case over the coming week. 

    Precipitation over the Midwest will remain light over the next few days, but rivers across the South will rise with this weekend’s additional rainfall and runoff. 

    Heavier rain will return to the Midwest mid-to-late next week.  This won’t be welcome news for all the residents in and around the Mississippi River and the streams and rivers that feed into it:

    Flooding will also be of increasing concern in North Dakota and Minnesota as temperatures soar into the 60 and 70s, forcing rapid snow melt across the area. 

    The Red River and its tributaries will rise significantly by the middle to end of next week, with a 38 foot crest forecast in Fargo (2 feet below record). 

    And summertime has arrived across the Desert Southwest already with many locations expected to see their first 100+ degree temperatures this weekend into the beginning of the week. 

    Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!  It’s an absolutely beautiful day here in the Northeast.  Enjoy it while it lasts…things could get wet and cooler the beginning week of May!

    JD

  • Record floods, and Recold cold temps tonight!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Watching the Midwest tonight as more rain moves into flooded areas:

    Thankfully this storm won’t be as powerful as last week’s, but it’s still going to cause some problems for swollen rivers and streams:

    Meanwhile, it’s COLD outside.  Much of the country feeling temperatures 10-30 degrees below average!  We will probably set some records tonight as far south as Texas where freeze advisories are in place:

    Thankfully, a warm up is on the way…and not a moment too soon where up to 10 inches of snow fell across parts of Colorado! 

    The Colorado Rockies played their COLDEST game on record today against the braves.  Game time temperature against the Braves was 23 degrees!  And they are playing again tonight.   Temperatures are forecast to be even colder.  Snuggle up everyone!

    Have a great rest of the week.   Talk to you on Saturday….

    JD

  • Midwest Floods...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    It happens every spring, but that doesn’t make it any easier.  As the wet weather moves in and the snow melts, rivers are starting to swell and overtop their banks across the Midwest… 

    Here’s a look at all the rain we’ve received since Wednesday.  Some cities are seeing their “top 5″ wettest Aprils:

    Flood warnings are up for close to a dozen states from all the rain, and with another system on the way, many cities are bracing for another tough week ahead:

    The next storm system moving in from the Northwest is going to bring not only rain, but the dreaded 4 letter word again this week: SNOW!

    There’s also the slight risk for severe weather tomorrow:

    And much of the country is feeling below average temperatures!

    Hard to believe we’re into the last weeks of April, and I’m still wearing heavy layers in the morning!

    I hope you’re all doing well despite a terrible week of news.  Lets hope this week is quieter, and we all are kind to our neighbours, families, coworkers and friends. JD

  • Prayers for Boston

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone…

    The tragic events in Boston are top of mind for all Americans today.  The stories about the little ones that were harmed or killed yesterday are the ones that haunt me.  I hugged my boys again tightly last night and prayed that they never have to go through such devastation in their lifetimes.  We do the best we can to protect our children but sometimes horrific events take the lives of innocent victims.  The only thing I can come up with is God needed more little angels in heaven yesterday. 

    Seeing random acts of kindness has helped.  The brave firefighters, policemen and women, EMT workers that run towards the danger to save others.  The runners who crossed the finish line and kept going until they got to a hospital to give blood.  Strangers taking off clothes to help bandage up injured.  Boston residents who have opened up their homes to let people rest or sleep while they wait to hear from loved ones.  Hospital staff who have been up all night to take of the sick and injured.  

    And it all began on a beautiful spring day in one of our country’s most beloved cities.  The sky was blue, the air was crisp.  A day to celebrate in Boston.  Patriots Day.  One of the biggest and best Marathons in the world where families gather to cheer on their families and friends.   A little boy was waiting for his Daddy to cross the finish line yesterday afternoon.   I’m sure he couldn’t wait to see his father’s face in the crowd…just like my precious boys run to the door when their dad comes home from work.  It breaks my heart when I think of the bombs going off.  That little boy waiting to give his dad a hug.  He never had a chance.   His face haunts my thoughts today.  I pray for his family.  I pray for our country.  I pray for our children.  I pray for peace.  I pray for Boston.

    JD

  • More snow and severe weather this week

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!

    Happy weekend to you all….

    We saw some pretty extreme weather last week with record breaking April snow to hundreds of reports of severe weather including over a dozen tornadoes that did tremendous damage, and killed 3 people. 

    We have a similar set up this week with more crazy snow and the threat for strong to severe storms across the Plains.

    A new storm pushing across the Rockies will move into the Central U.S. starting tomorrow through Thursday.  Here’s a look at the snow threat:

    Temperatures will be 5-25 degrees below average as this new storm pushes into the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest

    Winter weather watches and warnings are up:

    Meanwhile, the severe storms could start up tomorrow and last through Thursday!

    On a nicer note, we’ve got wonderful weather here in the Northeast this week including D.C. where the cherry blossoms are in full bloom!  Gorgeous!

    While in Denver, they need to be shovel-ready again for more snow!

    How’s that for extremes?   Hope you all have a safe and wonderful rest of your weekend!

    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.