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  • Severe weather threat

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    We’re going to see some nasty storms move across the south today with the threat of damaging winds, hail and tornadoes.   The system will crank up this afternoon and overnight bringing damaging winds, hail and tornadoes to Oklahoma and Texas including Dallas.  Overnight the system will roar into Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana.  The worst of the weather will be this afternoon through this evening, but we could see a few strong storms Thursday morning into Tennessee. Mississippi and Alabama.  Another major concern will be flooding with several inches of rain falling in a short period of time as the storm progresses.  Here’s a look at today’s severe weather threat:

    And as we head through the next few months, the risk for tornadoes increases.  Here’s a look at when we see the most tornadoes per month, and the hour of day they “typically” occur:

           

     We’ve had such lovely weather here in the northeast.  I’m sad it’s going to end days of rain as we head into the weekend.  I hope everyone is doing ok!  I think I need a fancy coffee.  Latte or Caramel somethingorother…:)

  • Oscars...zzzzzz....

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Well, I had every intention to stay up and watch the Academy Awards last night, but at around 9:30 I was bored silly, so I flipped on the “record” button on my DVR and went to bed.  Wow.   I thought the opening montage was silly, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin were ok, but just ok.  George Clooney looked like he wanted to be anywhere but there, and I just decided getting sleep was a better idea than wasting time waiting for the show to get better.  The other thing that has me stumped is that every award that was given out was PREDICTED by most entertainment reporters/magazines/shows.  How is this exciting?  I suppose the fact that I hadn’t seen any of these movies also helped make my decision to hit the hay pronto.  Watching the red carpet was ok, but everything was so scripted and boring as well.    Some people looked great (Sandra Bullock) while others need to eat a sandwich!  It was actually painful watching some of these actresses do interviews as their bones were literally protruding through their skin.  Yikes.   I’m all for being healthy, and trying to be in the best shape possible, but these gals look like they survive on coffee and a cracker.   I might breeze through some of the show tonight, but I think I might just skip watching it altogether.

    We had a spectacular weekend that I never wanted to end!  Sunshine and temperatures pushing 60 degrees.  We drove to Central Park on Saturday to take Matthew on a stroll which was so fun.  It’s amazing what a little taste of spring will do to lift your spirits!  Yesterday we met some of the neighbors in our little hood, and some future babysitters for Matthew as all of the kids are coming out of hiding as the snow melts.   There were soccer balls, basketballs and bikes coming out of the garages on Sunday.  Such a wonderful sight.  I love spring.   Matthew is getting much better at walking now, and I think we’re just weeks away from him sprinting!    We’re in trouble now!  

    Speaking of spring, since we’re getting into the change of seasons, the risk of severe weather is on the increase, and we could see the risk for some nasty storms including tornadoes this week.   A developing storm moving in from the southwest will bring showers and thunderstorms to the southern plains with a slight risk for isolated severe weather over the Texas and Oklahoma panhandle.  A new storm system pushing into the Northwest will bring showers and higher elevation snow.  This will be the weather-maker midweek that could bring the risk of severe storms for the central U.S. and possibly the Gulf Coast states.  We’ll be on severe weather watch this week from the extreme weather center!

    Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Yes, I know I need to get some new pics of Matthew up.  Hopefully this afternoon or tomorrow when my hubby sends me the latest.  I’m on it!

    Talk to you soon!

    jd

  • AJ and SAMMY!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Cute Break everyone!

    Thanks for sending this picture AJ.  You look beautiful!  And Sammy’s pretty cute, too!

  • CUTE BREAK!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    We’re all thinking of our friend Don this week.  He sent this picture for us of his faithful dog Rolex in a fancy warm hat! :)  

  • Crazy day...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi all.  Sorry for the short post.  I’ve been crazy busy today with different projects.  Getting ready for strategy room with the Doc’s.  I’ll try to check in after that.  More snow for the southeast!  EEEK!  I bet they’re ready to kick Old Man Winter to the curb!

    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.