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    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    I knew you guys would want to read this!

  • Soaking wet weekend

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Well, we’re preparing for our soaker of a weekend here in the northeast.   What a drag.  I actually wish it was snow instead of rain!  Rain just seems depressing.  Oh well.  We had a really nice week of beautiful weather, so this is just a bump in the road.  Next week looks pretty quiet in terms of weather, so we just have to get through the next few days.  My husband needs good weather for the St. Patricks’ Day Parade here in NYC, so we’ll ring out the clouds this weekend, and the sun should come out for Wednesday.  It’s hard to believe this time last year Matthew was just a few weeks old.  I brought him to the Parade to meet dad off of 5th avenue during the parade route.  Feels like a lifetime ago sometimes.   We’re going to go shopping this weekend to get little Matt some good running shoes now that he’s getting the hang of this walking thing!  So exciting.  His first official pair of shoes!  What a big boy.

    So back to the weather real quickly – several reports of tornadoes over Florida yesterday, and a lot of damage to Polk Country just east of Tampa

    The National Weather Service will be out today assessing the damage and determining if it was a twister that tore through the neighborhood.  And the rain totals are astonishing!  Take a look:

    We could see a slight risk of severe weather for the southeast and across the Ohio River Valley today, but the big story is the heavy rain that has prompted flood advisories for many states across the east.  The winds this weekend are going to be quite something as well over the area with gusts topping 50 mph hour on Saturday.   Heavy rain and wind=weekend indoors, and plenty of cartoons on the big tv!

    I see all of you are talking food on the last post!  I love Shepherds Pie too!  I made it for my husband…once.  LOL!   I’d rather get it at a good pub with a nice big glass of beer. :)   I’ll jump in and join the food talk shortly.

    Have a good weekend everyone!  Stay dry and safe!


  • Arkansas gets hit hard

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Severe weather struck the south central plains yesterday with over 100 reports of hail, damaging winds and several tornadoes. One person is dead and several are injured from an apparent tornado in north central Arkansas with many houses and buildings damaged.   The pictures coming in are just awful, and we’re just getting started with the severe weather season.  Here’s a look at yesterday’s storm reports:

    Today’s threat for severe weather includes parts of the lower Mississippi Valley and much of Florida.  There’s a tornado watch right now for central Florida and several warnings as I write this…

    Here’s a look at the probability for tornadoes for the month of March:

    And it looks like a rough few days across the east coast with inches of rain in the forecast.  Ugh.  Well, at least it’s not snow…I guess…..but flooding is going to be a major concern this weekend for Florida all the up into the Northeast.  The red shaded areas are where we’re going to get hammered:

    Hope you’re all doing well this morning.    I’ll respond to some of your comments after lunch!  Mmmmm….LUNCH! :)


  • Cool tropical news...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    So this is a rarity!  The 7th recorded tropical/subtropical cyclone EVER has formed in the South Atlantic Ocean!  The  system is just off the coast of Brazil, and had winds around 35 mph (tropical depression strength).   Because these tropical events are so rare, there is no official “naming” of these disturbances.    The “no-name” storm has weakened this morning, and the sea surface temps are warm, but not warm enough to really support any further strengthening. Plus, the storm is moving east out to sea, and won’t threaten any land.  Just something I thought was pretty darn cool!

    Here’s a look at the satellite courtesy of NOAA:

  • Good news: Spring...Bad News: tornadoes!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.

    Terrifying video coming out of Oklahoma yesterday as there were a couple of tornadoes reported on the ground, doing some major damage.  Here’s the story from the AP, and thankfully no one was hurt.

    (AP)  At least five homes and a barn owned by the county government were destroyed and other structures were damaged Monday by a large tornado in the western Oklahoma town of Hammon.

    No injuries were reported with the storm, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Michelann Ooten said. Besides the five homes that were destroyed, the roofs of several other houses were blown off, and power lines were down throughout the area, Ooten said.

    “It really skirted the southeast corner and missed the population center,” Roger Mills County Sheriff Joe Hay said. “We had lots of warning. Our local storm spotters and the Hammon fire department were on top of the tornado before it got started.”

    The barn – a large metal building – housed some vehicles and other equipment that belonged to Roger Mills County, officials said.

    CBS News affiliate NEWS 9’s storm tracker Val Castor reported a tornado on the ground about 9 miles north of Elk City around 5:17 p.m., about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City. According to Castor, the tornado was on the ground for about 20 minutes, traveling across open countryside before reaching Hammon, about 15 miles to the north.

    Allene Bottom, who lives on a farm near Hammon, watched the storm as it approached.

    “It’s a mess,” Bottom said by telephone. “They have people up there stopping people from going in to town.”

    The tornado was part of a large weather system tracking through the Plains.

    John Pike, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Norman office, said an average of four tornadoes are reported in March in Oklahoma, but Monday’s tornado was larger than what is typically seen this time of year.

    “We are starting to get near spring, and get a clashing of the air masses along with more moisture from the south. That’s what is really the fuel for the storms.”

    There was no immediate confirmation of additional tornadoes.

    And the video:

    We have the threat for more tornadoes tomorrow from the Ozarks to the lower Missouri Vally, the Arklatex and along the Central Gulf Coast.   Unfortunately as we get into April and May, the potential of severe weather gets higher.

    I’ll get in and respond to some of your comments in a little bit!


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.