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Archive of the July 2013

  • National Heatstroke Prevention Day

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    Today is National Heatstroke Prevention Day, so I wanted to bring awareness to a topic that we all need a reminder of:  Children should never be left in cars unattended.  Especially in the summertime.

    Already this year we’ve lost 23 children that died from heatstroke related to being trapped in a car in the heat.  These statistics are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  This situation is one hundred percent preventable.

    Courtesy of San Francisco State University.

    Why is this so dangerous?  The windows of a car help to increase the temperature inside the vehicle.  Windows let in sunlight, which is then absorbed and gets trapped inside the car.  The temperatures inside the vehicle can double the actual air temperature outside.  Every 10 minutes, the temperature in your car can go up 19 degrees.

    If the car’s interior is dark (such as black leather) it will heat up even quicker.  A steering wheel and dashboard can heat up to 200 degrees when sitting outside in the sun.  They act as mini heaters and bring the cars temperatures up even higher!

    Not to mention the fact that children have not yet developed the ability like adults to cool themselves off efficiently.  They heat up three to four times faster than adults.  

    Here’s an easy way to remember what to do when it comes to children and cars in the summertime:  Remember the acronym A.C.T:

    • Avoid leaving your child in a vehicle unattended.
    • Create a reminder: put your purse or cell phone in the back seat to make you look.
    • Tell someone if you see a child alone in a car. Call 911 immediately

    Cracking the window DOES NOT help. There is no safe amount of time to leave a child alone in a car.

    These are also good pointers from NOAA and the Red Cross:

    Make sure your child’s safety seat and safety belt buckles aren’t too hot before securing your child in a safety restraint system, especially when your car has been parked in the heat.

    Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.

    Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars.

    Always lock car doors and trunks–even at home–and keep keys out of children’s reach.

    Always make sure all children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don’t leave sleeping infants in the car ever

    http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml

    http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/heat-wave

  • OPEN BLOG!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Busy week…back on-line shortly!  Hope your week is going well everyone…

    JD

  • Flooding, Cooler temps, Dorian, Flossie and Royal Baby WHO?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope you’re all having a great weekend.   I’ll update your weather and then we’ll talk babies!  What Royal BABY?   I’m talking about Megyn Kelly’s little boy!  Keep reading…

    Across the U.S,  showers and thunderstorms will move into the northeast and midatlantic ahead of a strong cold front.  How strong?  Temperatures will be up to 20 degreees below average over parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes!  Look at this:

    Obviously, the cooler temps will be short-lived…and we’ll be back to summer-time this week!

    Heavy rain is also bringing flooding issues to parts of the southeast and Florida.  We’ve had major rain fall across the Carolinas and Virginia over the last 24 hours.  Persistant heavy rainfall brought totals to over 10 inches of rain northwest of Charlotte North Carolina in just a matter of hours. 

    And still on the topic of heavy rainfall, monsoonal moisture continues to bring dowpours over the southwest:  

    Flagstaff Arizona has had their 3rd wettest July on record!

    In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Flossie is racing towards Hawaii and will bring heavy rain and winds on Monday.

    Tropical storm Dorian has weakened to a remnant low, and is not expected to threaten the U.S…but we’ll keep an eye on it!

    And finally, we had some WONDERFUL news last week!  Megyn Kelly had a BEAUTIFUL baby boy!  YAY!  I know a lot of you were wondering when we were going to do a “FOX NEWS BABY ALERT!”   His name is Thatcher Bray Brunt, and everyone is doing GREAT!  He is just the sweetest little fella.   Congratulations to Megyn, Doug, Yates and Yardley.  We are so happy for them.   They are a beautiful family.

    If that picture doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will!

    Talk to you all on Monday!

    JD

  • Funniest Reporter in NYC is...ME?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    So last Sunday night I did something I never thought I’d be able to do…

    STANDUP COMEDY!

    A few weeks ago I was asked if I would be interested in competing in this year’s 8th annual New York Funniest Reporter contest to help raise money for the Humane Society, and after consulting with my husband (who had more faith in my abilities that I did), I agreed to try.

    YIKES!

    Stand-up is something I’ve never really thought about doing.  I love to watch it, and am fascinated with people who can go up on stage to make people laugh with nothing more than their voices and body language, so, when faced with this new challenge, I decided to just go for it.

    I bought a notebook and started writing things down that I found funny.  I read a few books and watched a lot of YouTube videos with well-known comedians performing their craft.   Thankfully, I was also paired up with a professional comic named Jonathan Morvay, who looked at my notes, and offered wonderful suggestions to help me come up with a routine that fit my personality and what I do on a day-to-day basis – being a working mom, a wife and doing the weather!

    (Me and Jonathan Morvay, my comedy mentor!)

    Most of my act dealt with being on television and being a meteorologist.  Over the years there have been many moments that I’ve told people about in conversation that I brought to the stage with me…like funny emails and messages from viewers.   I also talked about weird places that I’ve been asked about a forecast…like in the restroom and the doctor’s office!

    Magee Hickey was the other reporter that tied for first place with me.  And she was incredible.   Her act focused in on her life as a reporter, being a working mom, and how it’s also a challenge to keep things “fresh” while trying to maintain a career in television.

    I should also point out that my friend and collegue Charles Payne from FBN  placed third, and was AMAZING!  He had the hardest task of performing first, and was such a natural performer.

    Doing Stand Up made me realize how important it is to challenge ourselves in different ways throughout our lives and careers.  Working on a comedy routine really exercised a part of my brain that had been dormant over the last few years.  And now that I have it back, I don’t want to let it go!

    In these few short weeks, I feel a little more confident in myself – and not just because I won a contest – but because I felt good at something I had never tried before!  My husband even says he’s seen a bit of a difference in me!   There’s a little more “spring” in my step or maybe a little extra sparkle in my eyes.

    It took me out of my comfort zone, and made me realize we all need to try something different from time to time.  Even if it’s taking a class after work or joining a club, volunteering or learning a new language-we all have to keep challenging ourselves in small ways to keep things fun and interesting!

    One other thing that made this experience even more special is the support I received from my second family here at Fox.  I had such a big cheering section in the crowd, so it was hard not to have a little extra confidence with my friends rooting for me!

    (Dana Perino and Bob Beckel)

    (Jamie Colby, Gretchen Carlson, Maureen Walsh, Linda Haviv)

    Special thanks to Ryan McCormick and Mark Goldman for inviting me to the event, and to Comic Strip Live for hosting it.  Some of the world’s most famous comedians graced the same stage I did on Sunday night, and it felt wonderful to be close to such entertainment history.    One of the greatest New York moments I will never forget, and will forever cherish.

    If she can make it there…she can make it anywhere!

    …And don’t forget to tip your waitress!

    JD

    http://nyfunniestreporter.com/

    (Pictures courtesy of La Mott Jackson, Maureen Walsh, Lauren Fritts and Sean Newman)

  • STAND UP...stay tuned!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I’m working on a special edition blog about my experience doing Stand-Up Comedy!   Incase you haven’t heard, I competed in The Funniest Reporter Contest here in NYC on Sunday night, and tied for first prize!   I’m still shocked!   I want to make it extra special with a lot of pictures of the event, and the great people that took part,  so it probably won’t get posted until tomorrow or Thursday.  So keep checking back here for a detailed account of one of the biggest highlights of my life…no kidding!

    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.