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Archive of the November 2013

  • Happy Thanksgiving to my Blog Family!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Sorry this is a day late!  We’re on a family vacation up in the Poconos!  It’s cold but so beautiful.  This has been a wonderful year full of many blessings.  Thanks to all of you for sticking around and being so supportive over the years.  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I’ll check in again over the weekend to post an Open Blog!


  • Dangerous winter storm moves up the East Coast affecting millions!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I’m sure you’ve already heard we’ve got a major winter storm that is going to affect millions of people over the next few days.  And it will affect travel plans from now until Thursday.

    The system is now pushing across the Mississippi River Valley, bringing a mix of rain/sleet/freezing rain and snow.   Thunderstorms and heavy rain will spread across the Gulf Coast the southeast and Florida through tomorrow. 

    Severe storms are possible with hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.  1-4 inches of rain will lead to possible flooding.

    The system will affect the Midatlantic /Northeast/Ohio Valley Tues and Wednesday.  There will be rain, snow ice and wind making travel dangerous if not impossible for many.  

    The exact track of the storm and how much cold air will wrap around the system are still uncertain, but this will most definitely disrupt/halt holiday travel. 

    And just because you may not have a flight to or from the Northeast, the fact that planes will be delayed/grounded for a long period of time will cause a huge ripple effect across the country.

    This will be my last post for the next few days.  We had to re-arrange our travel plans to head out tomorrow instead of Wednesday!  I hope you all have a wonderful and SAFE Thanksgiving.  I’ll try to schedule a few open blogs if you want to chat with each other!

    And finally, I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures Matthew drew for us.  So sweet.  I’m a proud mama, and I am Thankful for so many things this year…

    Much love,


  • Major Winter Storm will cause Thanksgiving Travel disruptions!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!  Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.  Incase you haven’t heard, we have a major winter storm that is going to cause problems for the next several days including the busiest travel days of the year!  Let’s get to it:

    This powerful winter storm will continue spreading heavy rain and snow across the Southwest through Sunday.  Winter Storm Warnings are posted from Southern California to Texas and Flood Watched are posted in Arizona:

    Higher Elevations across the southern Rockies and Four Corners will receive over 12” of additional snow through Sunday. 

    A light mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will continue falling across western and north-central Texas, making for treacherous roadways. 

    There is dangerously cold air is in place across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest today.  Air temperatures are below zero in some locations this morning and wind chills will remain well below zero throughout the day. 

    Temperatures are also well below average as far south as Texas, and this cold air will spread to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic tonight and Sunday.

    A strong northwesterly flow has lake-effect snow falling across the Great Lakes.   Lake-effect snow warnings are in effect through tomorrow as 6-12” is possible, with locally higher amounts where snow bands set up.

    The Southwest/Texas system will bring rain and storms to the Gulf Coast Monday and Tuesday, then spread moisture up the East Coast by Tuesday evening. 

    As the area of low pressure deepens off the East Coast, the heaviest rain and strongest winds will be problematic for holiday travelers on Wednesday. 

    Rain will fall near the coast and snow will generally fall across interior portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.  The system will move quickly away from the U.S. Wednesday overnight, leaving chilly and blustery conditions in its wake for Thanksgiving Day.

    Meanwhile, NOAA released it’s annual winter weather outlook.  Here are the details:

    My advice is to always take these advance forecasts with a grain of salt since it’s very hard to predict where/when a storm will develop anywhere across the U.S.

    Have a great weekend, and please be safe.  I’ll keep you updated on the storms progress!


  • Another blast of cold air, SELFIE and fun with Weather Brains!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone

    The pictures are just heartbreaking out of the Midwest where at least 14 tornadoes tore through Illinois and northwest Indiana on Sunday. 

    The strongest of the tornadoes to hit Illinois was in the town of Washington where hundreds of homes were damaged.  The tornado was rated an EF-4,  with winds of 190 mph.   

    There were also EF 3 rated tornadoes in the town of Gifford and Brookport with winds of around 145 mph

    And for people trying to clean up, or for those without power, we have a big blast of cold air arriving this week that is going to make things very difficult as we head into the weekend.  There’s also the chance of rain in the next couple of days:

    If you’d like to help those affected by these devastating tornadoes, you can calle 1-800-RED CROSS.

    On a lighter note, you may have heard that the Oxford Dictionary  announced the word “selfie” is its international Word of the Year…so in honor of that, I snapped a few in the weather studio earlier today:


    AND if you have some time on your hands and want to check out my appearance on last night’s podcast of “WEATHERBRAINS”  I invite you to head to this website:  

    I had a blast chatting about all sorts of different topics.  We discussed Sunday’s tornado outbreak,  Hurricane Sandy, the differences between local and national weather forecasting, Freddy the Frogcaster and a trip down memory lane with some of my past jobs!   I hope they’ll invite me back!

    Have a great rest of the week, everyone.  Stay warm!


  • Severe weather outbreak Sunday!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    A busy weekend in weather.  We’ve got a strong storm system pushing across the West bringing strong winds, rain and snow today.   Tomorrow – it’s the threat for tornadoes across the Central U.S that will have 70 million people on alert!

    Right now, this large winter storm across the West is spreading  spread heavy snow throughout Northwest and Rockies. 

    The highest elevations will see 1-2 feet of snow, with isolated storm totals over 2 feet:

    Strong winds will also be problematic across the West, especially in snowy areas where visibility will be greatly reduced.  Gusts up to 60-70mph are possible across the Rockies.

    Isolated strong storms could happen this afternoon and tonight over the Midwest, however Sunday afternoon and evening will be a much greater risk for damaging storms for the Mississippi Valley to the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. 

    Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are likely, especially across eastern Illinois through Indiana, Ohio, southern Michigan, and northern Kentucky.

    Temperatures ahead of this system will be very mild, running 15-25 degrees above average.   Warmth will also include the East Coast through tomorrow before a cold front pushes through the coast early next week.

    I’ll be around to bring the latest updates this weekend from the Fox News Extreme weather center, so stay tuned, and be safe everyone!


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.