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  • 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!


  • Cute Break!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    It’s the Daily Bunny!  Check it out!

  • Funny Utube video!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    This had me smile when I watched it…I have no idea if it’s “real”, but it’s worth a play!  :)

  • Friday! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.  This week seemed to last forever.  I really think it’s weather related.  It’s been gray and cloudy all week.  But our weekend here looks spectacular – as it does for much of the eastern third of the country.  We’ve got a little storm that’s bringing a little bit of everything over the northern plains and then into the upper midwest tomorrow before fizzling out.  The west is going to remain active with a couple of Pacific storms heading in.   Southern California needs to keep a watchful eye this weekend with the threat for flooding and possible mudslide danger.  I think Sunday night should be fine for the hairdos and fancy Oscar dresses.  I love watching the Oscars every year, and I can’t wait to see Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as hosts.  I have a soft spot for Steve Martin.  I think he’s just so hilarious.  The only person I have ever sent a fan letter to is Steve Martin.  I’ve read all of his books (Shopgirl, Pure Drivel,  and his brilliant memoir Born Standing Up)  And he’s a fantastic banjo player!  Love love love him. 

    My office-mate Jill is off to the Oscars this weekend, so watch for her on Fox in a beautiful gown  reporting live!   And she’ll be blogging too, so check back in here:

    Have any of you seen some of the Oscar nominated movies?   Any you loved?  Hated?   I don’t think I’ve seen ANY of them!    My husband and I saw our last movie in the theater before Matthew was born, and I think it was The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons (which I remember I bawled my eyes out through the whole movie!)

    I know a lot of you have been asking for Matthew pics, and I admit I’ve been so busy lately that there just hasn’t been a lot of time to get new ones up.   We’re still unpacking at the new house, and I’m hoping we can get a few pictures up on the wall one of these days!

    I hope you all have a great weekend!  Enjoy the early spring weekend if you live in the northeast!


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.