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  • 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.


  • 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!


  • Latest on Hermine

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    It’s been a crazy last few days tracking what was once a hurricane, now a post-tropical storm spinning out in the Atlantic.  Here’s the latest:

    Post tropical storm Hermine has winds of 70 mph and is moving ENE.

    Computer models have trended more to the east meaning a better forecast than originally predicted for the east coast.

    Heavy rain will likely remain off shore however, a prolonged period of northeasterly winds will cause coastal flooding along the MidAtlatic coast and Long Island Sound.

    The main danger will be high surf and rip currents along the coast.  People are urged to stay out of the water.  Beach erosion will also be an issue with several days of high winds and waves.

    A lot of people are wondering what went wrong with the forecast – why it didn’t turn out the way we predicted, and the answer is, we truly didn’t have a clear picture until now as to what the steering currents would ultimately do with the storm.  The National Weather service put out a good graphic this morning:

    Like I’ve always said, I would rather people be safe if we get the forecast wrong than not prepared and therefore risking their lives.  Have a great Labor Day everyone.  Talk to you Tuesday.


  • Hermine makes landfall and will be with us all weekend...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Tropical Storm Hermine made landfall this morning at 1:30am ET near St. Mark’s on the Florida Panhandle as a Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80mph.  This is the first hurricane to make landfall across Florida in almost 11 years.   Look at the rainfall totals:

    A few isolated tornadoes are possible from coastal Georgia to the Outer Banks.

    The forecast track for Hermine takes it over the coastal Carolinas, then offshore of Virginia by Saturday afternoon.

    By this time, the system will be losing its tropical characteristics.  Regardless of tropical or non-tropical classification, the system will then linger for several days off the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coast, spreading wind, rain, heavy surf, and coastal flooding along portions of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic coastline (very similar impacts to what you would see out of a Nor’easter).

    Tropical Storm Warnings remain posted from Florida to North Carolina, while Tropical Storm Watches are in effect from Virginia to Connecticut in anticipation of a prolonged period of winds over 40mph Saturday night into early next week.

    We’ll be watching this storm very carefully into the weekend as it could cause huge headaches for millions of people along the coast.


  • Hurricanes and Tropical Storms threatening the U.S. right now

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi all

    Here’s your Tuesday evening update.  Needless to say, it’s incredibly busy.  Look at all the storms we are watching right now:

    Tropical Depression Eight is passing near the Outer Banks of North Carolina possibly as a minimal tropical storm in the next 12 hours.

    Rough surf will be the primary threat, as the heaviest rain remains offshore.  The immediate coast may see 2-4″.  Wind gusts over 40mph are also possible along the Outer Banks.

    Gradual strengthening of Tropical Depression Nine in the Gulf is forecast before the storm reaches the coast of Florida on Thursday.

    While the official forecast call for this system to be a moderate to strong tropical storm at landfall, further strengthening to a hurricane is not out of the question, and they have posted hurricane watches along the west coast of Florida:

    Here’s the official track:

    Keep in mind that there is a chance that this system could cross over Florida and hug or come close to the east coast this weekend.

    And we are watching two major hurricane in the Pacific that could affect Hawaii over the next several days.   Everyone needs to be making their final preparations now.

    I’ll have another update tomorrow.  Be safe everyone.


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.