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  • The heat is on, severe weather for the Midwest

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Happy Weekend.  Thanks for the comments about my broken toe.  I’m astonished that it still hurts and it’s taking so long to heal.  I am very sympathetic to all those who have hurt their toes. HA!

    We’ve got a busy weekend of weather.  And the flooding story coming out of West Virginia is heartbreaking.  This has been the deadliest flood event in many years.

    Parts of the state received close to 10 inches of rain.  We have a break from the wet weather this weekend, but more rain is possible early this week.

    Meanwhile, strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible over the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and portions of the Plains this weekend.

    Large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rain as well as an isolated tornadoes is possible.

    Dry hot conditions persist across the West.

    Temperatures will be above average, and will rise through the weekend.

    This story is compounded by the fact it is so dry with very little moisture in the forecast.

    I hope you all have a great weekend.  Tomorrow is Fox Fan day at Yankee Stadium, and I will be there, so I will post some pictures on social media – plus I’m in for Rick tomorrow on Fox and Friends, so tune in if you’re up early with us.

    JD

  • Heat moves east, severe threat for the Midwest through the Mid Atlantic

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.  Another busy afternoon in the weather center.

    We’ve got scattered strong storms developing along a cold front stretching from the Mid-Atlantic back through the Midwest and Northern Plains.  Storms may contain damaging winds, hail, and isolated tornadoes.

    The risk is even higher tomorrow:

    And Thursday:

    Flash flooding is also a threat over the next few days:

    And while the heat across the Southwest won’t be as intense as the last few days, temperatures above 110 are expected across the Desert Southwest through the end of the week

    Excessive Heat Warnings remain in effect across the Southwest:

    Be safe everyone!

    JD

  • Extreme heat, Tropical Storm Danielle and severe storms today

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I hope you had a great weekend.  We had a wonderful Father’s Day yesterday.  Unfortunately, I have been off because I broke my toe last week!  And if you’ve ever had a broken toe,  you can sympathize how much something like that can hurt.  OUCH!   It’s still painful to walk on, and I hear it takes 6-8 weeks to recover completely.  UGH.

    Meanwhile, we have so much weather going on.  The heat across the Southwest and California is record breaking through much of the week.  The Southern and Central U.S. is also steamy:

    Excessive Heat Warnings remain posted as temperatures in excess of 110 degrees.  We broke a daily record in Phoenix yesterday of 118.  And that is the 5th hottest day ever recorded.

    Meanwhile, a  front will bring scattered strong storms from the Ohio River Valley to the interior Northeast this afternoon and evening.

    Damaging winds and some hail are the primary threats.  Isolated flash flooding is also possible along the end of this same front across the Midwest through tomorrow.

    Wednesday we’ll watch the risk for strong to severe storms over the Midwest including Chicago:

    And we now have our fourth tropical storm of the season in the Bay of Campeche.  Tropical Storm Danielle will move inland along the eastern Mexican coast later today.

    Rainfall/mudslides are the primary concern with this system.

    Oh, and by the way today is the first day of Summer!  It certainly feels like that a good chunk of the country already.

    Be safe everyone!  Talk to you later this week.

    JD

  • Severe storms across the Central U.S.

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    We’ve got another day of severe weather moving into the Central Plains and Midwest this afternoon:

    The best chance for large hail, damaging winds, and an isolated tornado will be across Iowa.  Flash flooding is also possible across the Midwest.

    Here’s a look at the slight risk tomorrow:

    And Thursday:

    The heat continues to make the Central U.S, however the Northeast and the Northwest are still feeling a little cooler than average:

    We’ve even got some high-elevation snow possible through tomorrow across the mountains of the Northwest!

    That’s it for now.  I hope you’re all doing well.  I don’t know about you, but I am ready for the summer!

    JD

  • Severe storms and here comes summertime!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Happy weekend.  My husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary this past week.   I can’t believe how quickly the time went.  I know many of you remember when we got engaged.  I feel very blessed and grateful for our marriage and our beautiful boys.

    And more good news:  I think summer is officially here.  We’ve got some hot hot hot temperatures rising over much of the country.  Take a look:

    We’ve also got the threat for strong to severe storms today from the High Plains to the Northeast.  Large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are possible:

    Here’s the risk tomorrow:

    And Monday:

    Other than that, it’s pretty quiet out there.  The tropics were busy, but there doesn’t appear to be anything brewing over the next week or so.  Thank goodness, but we are into hurricane season, so we should always be on the look out!

    Have a great weekend!  I will check in again Monday!

    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.