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  • Freddy the Frogcaster's outlook for severe storms!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    We’re in for strong to severe storms all week across the Plains.  We’ve had 38 reports of tornadoes in the last 48 hours along with over 100 reports of hail and damaging winds:

    Severe storms will develop across the Plains this evening into the overnight, with the best chance of large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes across the Texas/Oklahoma Panhandles into western Texas.

    Freddy the Frogcaster has been studying his weather maps along with his pal Sally Croaker and the Storm Prediction Center, and has issued these areas of concern:

    What do you think?  Freddy and his team at the Frog News Network want to make sure everyone – frogs and humans are weather ready!

    Also – locally heavy rain may also cause flooding over the Central Plains over the next few days:

    Meanwhile, a system over the West will keep rain and high-elevation snow scattered across the region over the next several days.

    Be safe everyone!

    JD and Freddy

  • Several storms put a damper on the weekend

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy weekend everyone.

    Many states will see the chance of storms over the next few days.  We’ve got a system across the Ohio Valley that will strengthen offshore.

    This will bring rain, heavy at times from the Lower Great Lakes and into the Midatlantic.    Rain will also dampen plans over the Northeast and New England.

    Another strong system developing over the West Coast will move in bringing rain and mountain snow and then bring showers and thunderstorms over the Northern Rockies and Plains.

    The threat for strong to severe storms will be ongoing this weekend across the Central and southern plains with large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

    So make sure you’re weather aware if you live in any of the above mentioned spots.  Hope you’re all doing great (despite the grumpy weather across many areas!)

    Talk to you all next week,

    JD

  • Texas in line for more severe weather and flooding

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    How’s your week so far?  Our friends in Texas are having a tough time with some ongoing rough weather this week.   The threat for strong to severe storms and flooding continues with the strongest storms across central and southern Texas with large hail, damaging winds, and some tornadoes:

    The active pattern across the Texas and the Gulf Coast will keep heavy rain across the region through the end of the week.  Flash flooding will continue to be a concern.

    We will certainly keep you up to date.  Have a wonderful rest of the week and I’ll check back in to give you your weekend forecast!

    JD

  • Snow in May?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!  I hope your weekend is off to a great start.  The big weather story will be the cold air that is going to dive south from Canada and bring a wintry mix across parts of the Upper Great Lakes.  Yikes!

    The cold front swinging through the Upper Midwest, Midwest and Great Lakes region today will spread showers and thunderstorms across the region.

    A wintry mix and/or snow will be possible for the Upper Great Lakes area today as a much colder airmass pushes in today and tonight.  Temperatures are forecast to be 10 to 25 degrees below average across a large area of the plains, Midwest, Great Lakes, and Ohio valley.

    The chilly temperatures will expand to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, the southern end of the front will move through the southern Plains and lower Mississippi valley – bringing showers and thunderstorms over Texas and Oklahoma this weekend.

    We’re not anticipating any major severe weather this weekend, but heavy rainfall could cause periods of flash flooding.

    And finally, showers and thunderstorms will spread into much of the interior Northwest and the northern Intermountain West as a slow moving system moves inland. Snow will be possible in the mountains while heavy rain could cause issues and flooding concerns.

    If you’re up early, I’ll be on Fox and Friends tomorrow.  See you then,

    JD

  • Another round of severe weather on the way...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!

    I hope you’re all doing well.  Thank you all for the support and kind words about my Freddy the Frogcaster books.  I’m so grateful for all of you that continue to visit and comment on the blog.  I feel very blessed by everyone’s encouragement especially from my friends here!

    We’ve had a lot of severe weather across the U.S. this week, and today and tomorrow will be no different I’m afraid.

    Today’s strong storms are possible today from the Mid-Mississippi River Valley into the Ohio River Valley, as well as across portions of central and northern Texas.

    Large hail, damaging winds, and an isolated tornado are possible, especially across the Ohio River Valley.

    Very isolated stronger thunderstorms are possible across central and eastern Nebraska later this afternoon and evening.  Storms will also being to develop across West Virginia by mid-afternoon, and increase in coverage later this evening.

    Tomorrow a new round of storms will pop up across the Central U.S:

    Take care if any of you live in the storm zones, and stay weather aware.  I will be in for Rick on Fox and Friends this weekend if you’re up early!

    Thank you all again for being part of the blog.

    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.