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  • Weekend weather update

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend.  There’s a few things to keep you up to date on as we head into the next five days — including some warm temperatures for much of the country.

    First up:  A slow moving cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Great Lakes and Northeast.  Locally heavy rain will be possible.

    Scattered severe storms will be possible across the Southern and Central Plains with large hail and damaging winds primarily.

    Warmer than average temperatures will move in for much of the country this week with exception to the Northwest where showers and clouds will keep temperatures slightly below average.

    Tropical depression Julia is hanging off the southeast coast bringing mainly big waves and rough beach conditions.

    Tropical Storm Karl in the Atlantic is expected to strengthen as it moves west and then Northwest later this week.

    It doesn’t appear that Karl will affect the U.S, but Bermuda needs to monitor this system.

    And Typhoon Malakas is moving Northeast of Taiwan and will eventually move into Japan as a tropical storm midweek.

    We’ll continue to watch all of these stories.  Have a great weekend everyone!

    JD

  • Tropical Storm Julia and an update on Typhoon Meranti

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Interestingly enough, yesterday I mentioned there wasn’t much happening in the Atlantic – at least nothing that would affect us here in the U.S.  Boy, was I wrong!

    For the first time on record, the National Hurricane Center has initiated advisories for a tropical storm over land:

    Tropical Storm Julia has formed with the center approximately 60 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida.

    The system is a minimal 40mph storm, but will weaken to a Tropical Depression later today.  The primary threats are flooding across Georgia and South Carolina due to 3-6″+ (isolated 10″) of rain, and there is also the possibility of an isolated weak tornado across coastal Georgia and South Carolina.

    Meanwhile,  Tropical Storm Ian poses no threat to the U.S. or any land as it moves through the Central Atlantic.

    The northern eyewall of Super Typhoon Meranti passed just south of the southern tip of Taiwan overnight, with 190mph sustained winds.

    Some weakening has already occurred, but Meranti will still make landfall in China over the next 8-12 hours as a very dangerous typhoon.  In addition to the wind threat, flooding from rainfall is a concern.

    Have a great rest of the week.  Another update this weekend.

    JD

  • Super Typhoon Meranti

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    A quick update on the tropics this week:

    Tropical Storm Ian formed yesterday in the Central Atlantic, but will remain in the open ocean and not impact the U.S. or land.

    Meanwhile, we’ve got an extremely dangerous Super Typhoon approaching southern Taiwan.  The center of Meranti will brush the far southern end of the island over the next 24 hours, then will make landfall in  China in 36-48 hours.

    Meranti is forecast to weaken significantly before reaching China, but remain a hurricane.

    We’ll keep you up to date on this developing story.  Hope you’re all doing great.

    JD

  • A little snow for your weekend?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    It’s a somber day here in NYC.  It’s hard to focus on anything other than that terrible day 15 years ago.  We remember all those who risked their lives to save others.  This picture was so moving I had to post it on social media.  It’s 343 American flags to remember the firefighters that lost their lives that day.  It was taken yesterday in St Patrick’s Cathedral:

    We not only remember those who died that day, but the families and loved ones that continue to mourn their loss.  God Bless them all.

    Here in NYC, it was a muggy Sunday, but things are changing a bit with cooler temperatures and less humidity.   We even have a bit of snow on the map – so let’s cover that:

    Temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees below average over parts of the Northern High Plains and Northern Rockies as a system moves through.

    Rain and thunderstorms will be possible with even some wet snow (!) in the higher elevations of the Rockies.

    Dry conditions and gusty winds will lead to critical fire weather conditions for parts of the Great Basin and Rockies today. Red Flag Warnings are in effect for portions of several states.

    A front extending from the Northeast southward to parts of the Mid-Atlantic, back into the Western Gulf Coast will bring unsettled weather along and near the front.  We are not expecting any major severe weather today.

    In the tropics, there are a few areas we are watching in the Atlantic, but none are at risk of affecting the U.S. in the next 5 days.

    I’ll check in again Tuesday to keep you up to date.  Hug the ones you love today and every day.

    JD

  • Hermine, Newton and a severe threat for the Midwest

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope your weekend went well.  My kids have their first day of school tomorrow.  I can’t believe it. I’m excited but also sad to see them getting so big so quickly.  Wish me luck not crying when they get on the school bus.

    So, busy weekend in the tropics.  Post-tropical Hermine will drift offshore of eastern Long Island/southeastern New England through midweek.

    Tropical Storm Warnings are posted from central Long Island through central and southeastern Connecticut, Rhode Island, to southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod as wind gusts over 40mph are expected.

    Rough surf, waves, and rip currents, and beach erosion will remain the primary concerns all week.

    A system moving through the Midwest will bring scattered strong storms to the region.  Large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes are possible.

    Hurricane Newton made landfall near Cabo San Lucas this morning as an 90mph hurricane.

    Hurricane warnings are in effect for the southern Baja as Newton moves northward, gradually weakening over the next few days, but bringing the threat for heavy rain into the southwest.

    I hope you all have a great week.  Be safe and good luck to all the moms and dads out there (grandparents too) who are dealing with the “back to school” blues!

    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.