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Archive of the January 2014

  • Freddy the Frogcaster at the 2014 ALAM!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Over the weekend, I attended the 2014 American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia to meet some our wonderful teachers and librarians across the U.S.  We were there to sign some copies of Freddy the Frogcaster and promote teaching kids about weather.  I was so thrilled to meet everyone, and enjoy the beautiful city of Philadelphia (covered in snow!)   The lady that you see in one of the pictures is Cheryl Barnes.  She was the one that helped bring Freddy to life with my publisher Regnery Kids.   Cheryl is also the beautiful wife of Peter Barnes who works at Fox Business Network!  I adore her.

    And, incase I forgot to mention,  I just finished writing my next Freddy adventure that will be published this fall.  It’s called Freddy the Frogcaster and the BIG BLIZZARD!   Pretty appropriate considering the winter we’ve already had, and looking at some of the forecast models, we have a few more storms to get through before spring gets here.  If Freddy were to make a prediction, I think he might say 6 more weeks of winter! (sorry groundhog Phil!)

    Thanks again to all of you on the blog for the support in this new “chapter” of my career!  Ribbit!

    JD

  • More extreme cold, and snow for the DEEP SOUTH!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I was at a big event yesterday in Philadelphia which I will post pictures of this week.  It was the American Library Associations Mid-winter Meeting, and I went to sign and promote Freddy the Frogcaster to teachers and Librarians across the country.  The event was enormous, and I met so many great people; many of whom will be proudly displaying Freddy in their local libraries.  Ribbit!

    And today, I’m back at work covering another powerful arctic front that will bring cold rivaling what we felt in early January.  This front will not only drop temperatures to freezing over the Gulf Coast, but bring a rare winter storm from Texas to South Carolina is brewing tonight through Wednesday. 

    Another wintry commute has Houston, Texas on alert for Tuesday morning.  Tuesday night snow is possible from Louisiana (including NOLA) up into North Carolina. 

    Cities like Houston, New Orleans, Mobile, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington could all see accumulating snow! 

    Meanwhile, arctic air will bring below zero high temperatures and dangerous wind chills to the Midwest, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and Northeast.   

    Across the West, that dominant ridge of high pressure remains stalled for the next few days with warm and dry conditions for most of the region. Record warmth is possible for California

    And, we’re still  a few days out from a solid forecast, but so far Superbowl Sunday looks pretty good (for New Jersey in early February!)   Temperatures could be at or even above average.  We could have a little bit of snow/rain on Saturday, but that should be gone by Sunday morning!  YAY!

    Be safe and warm everyone.

    JD

  • Same weather, different day, and a peek at the possible Superbowl weather

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    We had a great day with Matthew on his 5th birthday.  Thank you all for your wonderful messages and wishes.  It means so much to me and my family.

    Looking at the weather forecast this weekend, it’s pretty much the same speech I’ve had for the last few weeks! (Groundhog day, anyone?)

    We’ve got a “stuck” weather pattern with a dip in the jetstream across the East, and a strong ridge of High pressure in the West.

    So,  we’ll see more rounds of clipper systems dropping across the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Northeast over the next several days.    Snowfall will be light, relatively speaking with  2-5”  across the Ohio Valley and interior Northeast, and higher accumulations east of Lake Michigan and Lake Ontario. 

    Blizzard Watches are posted across the Northern Plains Midwest as windy conditions will create blowing snow and whiteout conditions tomorrow into Monday.

    The next big round of frigid, arctic air will move into the Northern Plains/Midwest by the end of the weekend and spread south and east across the country Monday into Tuesday. 

    Temperatures will in most cases not be quite as cold as the arctic outbreak in early January, but still quite dangerous with regard to wind chill and skin exposure.  Current forecast trends have temperatures moderating by next weekend. 

    And across the West, warm, dry breezy conditions persist with a record setting drought.  Fire danger remains high this weekend.

    And, even though I believe forecasting anything outside of 5 days is a “coin toss”, here’s a look at two major computer models on what we might see next Sunday for the Superbowl in New Jersey. 

    Not too bad…so far!  I, for one, am hoping for a storm-free Superbowl…Stay tuned!

    JD

  • OPEN BLOG AND BIRTHDAY WISHES!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning all!

    Here’s your Friday morning Open Blog…and can you believe my Matthew is 5 years old today?  It feels like just yesterday I was announcing here on the blog that I was pregnant for the first time…

    My how time flies…

    Have a wonderful day everyone!

    xo

  • Another winter storm with FREEZING cold temps!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Incase you haven’t heard (HA!)  We have ANOTHER winter storm hitting the Northeast/Midatlantic area today.  I feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day!

    Let’s get to it!

    An area of low pressure will move off the East Coast today, spreading heavy snowfall from the coastal Mid-Atlantic through the Northeast coast and New England.  Here’s a look at the snowfall map:

    As expected, Winter Storm Warnings are in effect from D.C. to Boston.

    Blizzard warnings are also up for coastal southeastern Massachusetts as blowing slow will drop visibilities to near zero!  Brrrrrrrrrr!   The heaviest snow will fall later this afternoon and evening through roughly Midnight, before tapering off Wednesday morning.  

    Here are your updated snow totals:

    Behind this snowfall, even more frigid air will move into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.  Highs in the 10s/20s with lows in the single-digits or colder will be widespread, with even lower wind chill values.  

    And,  if that weren’t enought, a reinforcing shot of arctic air will move into the Midwest and Great Lakes Thursday and then spread eastward.  Wind Chill Warnings and Advisories are in effect across the Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast through Friday…

    Whew!  I’ll be working until Megyn’s show tonight, and if you stay through her show, you’ll catch me making a snow angel!  :)   I gotta at least have a little fun!

    Be safe and warm everyone!

    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.