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  • Cute Break!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    These were sent in from our friend A.J.  It’s Sammy the dog! :)

  • Holy snow, Batman!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Ok, I’m going to be the first to say yesterday we didn’t think Central Park would be close to 18 inches by now.  And though I was hoping for some of the rain to cut back on the snow totals in my neighborhood, I woke up to many inches on my doorstep trying to head to work.  The train was over half an hour delayed,  so it was a bit of a stress heading in.  My hubby is home with my peanut today and I think he’s bribed some of the neighborhood gals to come over on their snow day to hang out with Matthew while he shovels!

    Here are some of the snow totals as of 10am eastern time:

    This storm is sooooo impressive on radar.  It is a monster, and unfortunately is going to hang around here in the  Northeast for the next 24 to 48 hours.  We won’t see the blockbuster totals that we saw overnight, but there’s the possibility for several more inches on top of the crazy totals.  The winds should taper off, so that will help a little bit.  This storm is already a killer with a death in Central Park from a falling tree limb to accidents on the roads.  If you don’t absolutely have to be out on the streets, just stay indoors.

    I got some of the folks around Fox to send me a few pics from their backyard so I could share them with you.

    Here’s Steve Doocy’s backyard in Jersey (his lovely wife Mrs. Doocy took the picture) 

    And Fox and Friends Technical Producer extraordinaire Don Presutti in these pictures from  Marlboro NY:

    In other news,  I must comment on the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team who are taking some heat for sneaking back into the rink to have a couple of cigars and some beers after their Olympic win last night.  Do you think we’d be hearing such a flap if it was the Men’s Team?  I say “you go Girls!”  Smoke em if you got em!  Back in the day, I used to smoke and drink on skating rinks every weekend!  LOL!  Look, maybe it wasn’t the smartest thing to do, and ok, maybe it should’ve been in the locker room instead,  but they just won gold medals!  Let them have a moment…

    From the AP: 

    Canada’s Haley Irwin (21) and Meghan Agosta (2) celebrate with cigars after Canada beat USA 2-0 to win the women’s gold medal ice hockey game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010.

    That’s all for now!  Have a great weekend everyone!

  • Hawaii is the holdout for snow...d'oh!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

     

    By SETH BORENSTEIN

    AP Science Writer

       Forget red and blue — color America white. There was snow on the ground in 49 states Friday. Hawaii was the holdout.

       It was the United States of Snow, thanks to an unusual combination of weather patterns that dusted the U.S., including the skyscrapers of Dallas, the peach trees of Atlanta and the Florida Panhandle, where hurricanes are more common than snowflakes.

       More than two-thirds of the nation’s land mass had snow on the ground when the day dawned, and then it snowed ever so slightly in Florida to make it 49 states out of 50.

       At the same time, those weird weather forces are turning Canada’s Winter Olympics into the bring-your-own-snow games.

       Who’s the Great White North now?

       “I’m calling it the upside-down winter,” said David Robinson, head of the Global Snow Lab at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

       Snow paralyzed and fascinated the Deep South on Friday. Snowball fights broke out at Southern Mississippi University, snow delayed flights at the busy Atlanta airport, and Louisiana hardware stores ran out of snow supplies. Andalusia, Ala., shut down its streets because of snow. And yet, Portland, Maine, where snow is usually a given, had to cancel its winter festival for lack of the stuff.

       Weather geeks turned their eyes to Hawaii. In that tropical paradise, where a ski club strangely exists, observers were looking closely at the islands’ mountain peaks to see if they could find a trace of white to make it a rare 50-for-50 states with snow.

       The idea of 50 states with snow is so strange that the federal office that collects weather statistics doesn’t keep track of that number and can’t say whether it has ever happened. The office can’t even say whether 49 out of 50 has ever taken place before.

       Snow experts at the Global Snow Lab were combing their records but said it may be days before they find out if there has ever been a 50-for-50 snow day. Their best suspect — Jan. 19, 1977 — had snow in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, but then Robinson looked for snow in South Carolina and couldn’t find any.

       As of early Friday morning, 67.1 percent of the U.S. had snow on the ground, with the average depth a healthy 8 inches. Normally, about 40 or 50 percent of the U.S. has snow cover this time of year, Robinson said.

       It snowed for only 10 minutes in Century, Fla., just north of Pensacola, barely enough to scrape a few snowballs from the hood of a truck. But that was enough for 6-year-old Kaleb Pace.

       “I’ve only ever seen snow on TV till now,” Kaleb said, smiling.

       This is after a month that saw the most snow cover for any December in North America in the 43 years that records have been kept. And then came January 2010, which ranked No. 8 among all months for North American snow cover, with more than 7.03 million square miles of white.

       The all-time record is February 1978, with 7.31 million square miles. There is a chance this February could break that. There is also a chance that this could go down as the week with the most snow cover on record, Robinson said.

       Stay tuned. The weather pattern is in a snow rut.

       At least in Washington, where snow is now measured by the yardstick, more snow may be coming soon. It looks like a little more snow on Monday and maybe a lot more about a week or so after that.

       ——

       Associated Press Writer Melissa Nelson contributed to this report from Pensacola, Fla.

       (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

       APTV 02-12-10 1709EST

  • Oh yes...one more thing!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Last night I was watching the local news, and saw a reporter skyping while she was driving!  No KIDDING!  She was driving, talking, and looking at the skype camera!    I was shocked, and I think the anchors were clearly scared too once she finished her report!   Glad I wasn’t on the roads while she was out there!  I won’t name the television station, but I’m sure they got a whole bunch of complaints after the report aired!  Here’s the irony:  she was reporting on the road conditions during the storm, and said something like “make sure you’re extra careful on the streets everyone!  It’s especially dangerous with the slippery conditions!”  Yah, and she should’ve added “be VERY  careful if you see a reporter on the roads next to you talking to a camera while she’s driving!”

  • New Look for the Blog on the way!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    I just had a meeting with the fabulous gals at Foxnews.com – Cecilia and Taryn, and it looks like the weathermachine blog is going to get a facelift!  Can you believe it’s been 3 years since we started this fun blog thing?  (Thanks to all of you!)  So over the next few days, if things seem a little “wonky” it’s because we’re going through a bit of a transition, but I promise it will be new and improved, and in some ways easier to operate on my end (and hopefully yours as well!) Yippeeee!  Stay tuned!

    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.