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  • Severe storms for the Northeast and Hello Dolly!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    How was your weekend?   Hard to believe we’re into the month of September….I’m preparing myself for Matthew’s first day of Kindergarten on Thursday.   Yikes.  Send some good vibes and lots of kleenex over the next few days.

    Taking my mind of his first day of school, let’s talk about weather.

    We’re expecting strong to severe storms from the eastern Ohio Valley into Pennsylvania and western New York later today.  Large hail and damaging winds are the primary concerns, however, an isolated tornado is also possible:

    It sure feels like summertime for much of the country.  Temperatures from the Central Plains into the Central Rockies will be 10-15 degrees above average .  Dry conditions are elevating the wildfire risk in the Rockies.

    And we’re full steam ahead into the peak season in the tropics.  In the Bay of Campeche, minimal Tropical Storm Dolly is forecast to move into Mexico tonight, and will have no impact on the U.S, but will bring a lot of rain and wind to Mexico:

    And in the Pacific we’re watching Norbert which is moving away from land, but will bring some rainfall, winds and high waves to the coast.

    Talk to you later this week!  Wish me luck dropping Matthew off :(

    JD

  • Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I hope you’re having a wonderful long weekend.  Just wanted to let you know some exciting news.  My new book Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard will be out September 15th!  I received some early copies, and I must say I think it’s better than the first!  Special thanks to my wonderful illustrator Russ Cox who made this new adventure a masterpiece.  I couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect Freddy world.

    Anyhow, you have all been such a great supporter of this new “chapter” in my career.  I thought I would share the good news…

    Have a wonderful Labor Day.  See you Tuesday!

    JD

  • Hitting the peak of tropical season!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Can you believe we’re into the last week of August?   Holy Moly.  This time next week my Matthew will be getting ready to go to KINDERGARTEN!   I’m trying to prepare myself for this momentous occasion by stocking up on school supplies AND tissues (for me!)

    In weather-land, next week we head into peak season for the tropical Atlantic.

    We’ve had a very quiet season so far with three named storms (all of which were upgraded to hurricanes).

    Here’s where we typically see development in September:

    Notice the area across the Atlantic which is typically where we see the most intense hurricanes of the year since there’s a lot of warm water to travel through.  A couple of the computer models are hinting a tropical wave off the coast of Africa this weekend that we’ll have to monitor.  We’re also watching a stalled front that could producer something a little more home-grown over the Gulf of Mexico.

    The Old Farmers Almanac released their 2015 outlook last week.  Here are a couple of highlights, but bear in mind that these are LONG RANGE predictions, and anything outside of a five day forecast is pretty impossible to forecast:

    Here’s what NOAA is looking at over the next 3 months for temperature and precipitation:  (Above average, below average and = is equal chance of above or below average)

    I hope your summer has been great so far.   I’ll check in again on Friday -  I’ll be doing weather for Fox and Friends, so tune in if you can!

    JD

  • Hurricanes and Earthquakes

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    It’s a busy Sunday.  The lead story is the magnitude 6.0 earthquake in California Southwest of Napa:

    Extensive damage is being reported, and there’s a risk of aftershocks in the next few days.

    In terms of magnitude, here are the catagories, and keep in mind the difference between a 6.0 earthquake and a 6.9 is 9 TIMES greater, so even though the damage is extensive, it could’ve been much, much worse in terms of strength:

    Here’s a look at the World’s Top 10 Earthquakes:

    And the largest in California:

    In other news, we are watching two tropical systems.  Cristobal was named this morning and all of the reliable computer models keep this storm off-shore:

    Of course we’ll have the risk of strong waves, rip currents and dangerous surf through the week…

    And there’s Hurricane Marie in the Pacific at Cat 4 strength!

    The good news here is that Marie will continue to move away from the coast as well:

    And the heat is on over the Mississippi Valley where we have heat advisories up and heat indices are making it feel well over 100 degrees:

    A slight risk of severe weather exists this afternoon and evening over the Northern plains and Midwest:

    And would you believe we could see snow over the highest elevations of the Northern Rockies?

    Yup.  It’s a busy Sunday.  Stay safe everyone!

    JD

  • OPEN BLOG FRIDAY!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    Sorry for the delay.  Taking a few days with the family.  Back Sunday – full report including a look at my NEW FREDDY BOOK!  ;)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    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.