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  • Eastern Half of the country gets a break!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hey everyone!

    Hope you’re having a great Thursday so far.  I think a lot of folks are VERY excited about our upcoming weekend, since we are storm free on the east coast, and temperatures are finally going to get above freezing mark for many of us!   My little family is already planning out outdoor fun Saturday and Sunday.  I think we’re going to head to Central Park for one of those mornings which I am really looking forward to.  Man, it’s been a long hard winter.   Even south Florida has had the coldest winters in 30 years!  It’s just not right when you can’t even head to Florida for a break!

    The west, unfortunately is looking at some wet weather along the coast and snow over the mountains.   Friday nights storm is going to get into southern California which is a concern for the burn areas.   This is just one of several low pressure areas moving in from the Pacific, and on Monday we’ll have to watch for the potential of one of these storms to head into the Central U.S, and since we’re into March, we have to start watching for the risk of severe weather moving forward including strong tornadoes as we get into April and May.

    Glad everyone is enjoying each other’s company on the blog!  It’s nice to see all the great conversations going on.  Just a reminder, the folks are going to be upgrading the blog today or tomorrow, so if there’s an interruption in any way on the site, it’s probably because they’re transferring files etc.

    Ok, time for lunch.  Trying to decide what to have…I think lunch is my favorite meal of the day!  (Until dinner comes around! LOL)


  • "To be the best, you have to beat the best..."

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I was reminded of that saying “To be the be the best, you have to beat the best” last night after the Olympic Hockey Game.  Both teams were superb, and it was truly a fabulous game.    For a few hours, we all gathered in front of the television to watch the best and the brightest athletes play their hearts out.   Truthfully, I wish both teams could’ve won gold.   I do think Canadians have an advantage in hockey though since parents will put their newborns into skates before they even learn how to walk!   It’s part of their blood and DNA!  Both countries have so much to be proud of.  The Americans dominated the Olympics, and I cheered passionately for both countries throughout the games.  Such amazing stories from all these young athletes.  I can’t imagine how magical such an experience  would be for all these men and women.  And everyone did it with such class.  They all deserve our round of applause.

    In my own little home Olympics, Matthew finally walked this weekend.  He’s been cruising for weeks now, and standing on his own for longer periods of time.  He didn’t even realize he was doing it until my husband and I broke out in applause after we saw him walk on his own.  He had two little toys in his hand and was watching the television (we had on the Olympics ironically!), when all of a sudden he decided to walk 4 or 5 steps!  Once he realized what he was doing, he fell down, but knew something pretty important had occurred!    We caught the second “walk” on video which I’ll try to post if I can figure out how to download a Flip link.   Mom was crying like a baby in the background!  Such an amazing milestone seeing your child walk.  I’m still in shock! 

    In weather news, Happy March 1st Everyone!  February seemed to go on forever, didn’t it?  Spring officially arrives in a couple of weeks, and it looks like we’ll have a good stretch of relatively warmer weather to melt some of that historic snow over the midatlantic and northeast.  We do have a storm across the south that will bring mainly rain over the southern plains and southeast, but on the northern fringes, some snow will fly across parts of Oklahoma, and Texas…up into parts of Tennessee.  The mountains will see the most accumulation.  There’s a possibility for some stronger storms over the southeast tomorrow, so we’ll keep an eye on that.  Not expecting this system to affect the northeast as it looks like the low moves out to sea, but we’ll watch it nevertheless.

    And such awful news out of Chile this weekend.  Even though earthquakes aren’t part of the field of Meteorology, it’s still part of the earth sciences,  and one of those events you just can’t wrap your head around.  I wish technology was better to predict these potentially catastrophic occurences.    At least in the event of a hurricane or even a tornado to some extent there is some preparation time.  These poor people had no idea that their lives were going to change forever in the middle of the night.  Yet another reminder that we need to appreciate every day we have. 

    That’s all for now.  Hope everyone had a great weekend, and I’ll get in and join the conversation soon! 


  • "Snow-a-cane?" "Hurricane-Like?" NOT!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    Had a great day off yesterday despite the drizzle and gloomy skies.  I had some appointments, and then I got to spend some time with my little peanut who is getting cuter by the minute if that’s possible!

    Ok, time for a little rant.  Haven’t done one of these in awhile - so bear with me.  One of the “other” weather services out there is calling this northeast storm a “snow-a-cane” or “hurricane-like”…Look, I love to get excited about storms, and sometimes get a little carried away when I talk about weather, but COME ON!  You guys know better.  This is irresponsible.  First off, there is NOTHING TROPICAL about this storm.  More importantly, winds will be nowhere near sustained at 74 mph.  Will we get strong gusts?  Yes, absolutely.  40-50 mph gusts…It’s a Nor’easter, or a strong coastal storm, but not THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT!  This is going to be a little bit of a tricky sucker to forecast as well since we don’t have a lot of cold air in place at the surface along the coast, so there’s going to be some change-over from rain to sleet to snow.  Coastal New England is going to see mainly rain.  Upstate NY,  interior sections of New England, PA, and New Jersey could see some impressive snow totals, but not nearly the amounts that we saw in those last storms across D.C. and Philly.

    So, of course, it’s not going to be fun for those who are storm weary…but, this is winter, and unfortunately, this is one of those years where some areas are just getting a rough ride.

    We’re knee-deep in health care coverage right now, so I’m on standby here in the weather center.  And since I’m sharing a bit of an opinion on this blog this morning, I thought I would throw my two cents in about what I know regarding socialized health care.  I grew up in Canada, as you know, and for most of my life the health care system worked for me.   When I got sick, I went to the doctor – they wrote out a prescription and sent me on my way.   I  was never hospitalized during my youth, so basically I was a healthy gal.  We had a healthcare card that was issued, and we would just use that when we needed to see a doctor or hospital.  5 years ago I was diagnosed with MS.  I was in Canada on vacation with my husband when I had my first major symptoms of the disease (numbness under my feet and thighs, extreme fatigue), and went to a local clinic to be looked at.  I remember the doctor listening to my symptoms and saying to me “Look – you could have anything from a slipped disc to Multiple Scleoris…I can’t do much for you right now, so you need to go back to the U.S, and see a doctor right away so they can get you an MRI.  You’d be on a waiting list here in Canada to get an MRI.  That’s my advice.”

    I couldn’t believe my ears!  This random doctor saying I could have MS??? How ridiculous!  However, I did come back to the U.S, and did get those MRIS within a week that quickly confirmed that indeed, I had lesions on my brain and spine.  I was then given a spinal tap, which also confirmed I had the “markers” of MS.  Bottom line here, I’m not sure I would’ve been diagnosed with MS as quickly if I was still in Canada.   

    This is just my experience, and I’m certainly no expert on healthcare, but having lived in the U.S for over a decade, I do believe I’ve been privy to the best healthcare and doctors in the world.    I’m also very very lucky that I work at a wonderful company that provides me with excellent healthcare insurance.  The drugs for MS are very expensive.  If I didn’t have insurance, there’s no way I could afford these drugs.   There are no easy answers here, but I felt it was important to talk about my experiences as a person who has had “socialized healthcare” in the past.

    I’m nervous just like everyone else who is wondering what is going to happen to our healthcare going forward.  I do hope our legislators are not hasty, and take their time to “diagnose” what the problems are and how to fix or improve the system without hurting everyone.

    A bit of an update on the Blog Upgrade – looks like it will take place sometime next week now, so things will stay the same for now! 

    Stay safe everyone!


  • Snow in Texas...again!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    They’re seeing snowflakes fly across Texas again…as far south as Austin and San Angelo.  San Antonio could get a little flake action as well.  We might break the record for snowiest season ever for Dallas with this system- we’ll have to wait and see.

    It’s nasty here in the Northeast as well with rain sleet and snow depending on where you are.  It’s mainly snow across interior sections of New York, and New England.  Coastal areas are just dealing with nuisance rain.  The west is also very active with mainly rain from the Northwest down into Central California, and we’ll have to watch later on this week as there’s potential for a pretty strong coastal low to bring rain, heavy snow and wind to the Northeast yet again on Thursday into Friday.

    And in sickening sweet candy news, those Easter Cream eggs are back, and I am sooooo excited!  Thankfully they don’t keep these confectionary delights on the store shelves for  long, because if they did, I would eat  these chocolate covered blobs of icing every day.   By the time Easter is over, I feel like Oompa Loompa. HA!

    I’m off tomorrow for various appointments, and rest and a little mid-week rest and relaxation!  I’ll talk to y’all Thursday!


  • Dallas breaks all-time snow record?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope you’ve “eased” into Monday ok!  I must admit I had a tough night with Matthew.  He slept so well this weekend, and then last night he was up so often I felt I had my little 6 month old back!    We had a great weekend, though with a birthday party for Matthew’s little friend, and then Sunday we went to Brooklyn to visit relatives.  We watched some Olympics here and there, but I could not bring myself to watch last night’s hockey game between Canada and the U.S.   My husband said it was very exciting, and the that the best team won! LOL.  

    It was a spectacular weekend here in the Northeast.  It certainly felt like spring, and something I think we all needed to bring our spirits up a little!  The bad news is much of the week will be rainy/snowy/wet with a couple of storms on the horizon.  It’s been pretty funny hearing people say how happy they are we’re getting rain!  HA!   Much of the coast will be too “warm” to get any snow, but interior sections won’t escape.  Our next storm out of the west will also bring some snow to Texas tonight and tomorrow including the Dallas Fort Worth area.  A little less than 2 inches for Dallas, and they will  literally bury their record for snowiest season ever!  We’ll see if it happens.

    Meanwhile, in blog news, looks like Thursday we’ll be doing to the big transition to the “updated” version you see on some of the other blogs.  I’m told it shouldn’t affect you guys in any way, but I might need a little lesson in navigating my way around.  I’m pretty excited!  

    I know some of you mentioned Matthew withdrawals – Here’s a picture my husband snapped on Saturday while he was doing laundry!  (My little peanut loves to sort laundry!)

    Talk to ya’ll later!


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.