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  • And now, a check on the weather...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Ok so my Freddy marketing blitz is coming to an end.  Thank you all for allowing me to post all things Freddy for the last few weeks.   The book has done so well, and I’m so excited that teachers are bringing Freddy into classrooms to help students prepare for upcoming weather events!

    So, things have been relatively quiet over the last few weeks, but we’re starting to see the potential for severe weather over the next few days…there’s a system moving across the Plains bringing scattered strong storms to the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest.  Large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes are possible.

    Here’s a look at Thursday’s threat:

    The heat is on still from the South into the Mississippi River Valley with afternoon highs 5-15 warmer than average.

    And incredibly, the tropics are quiet.  It’s unbelievable that we’ve made it through the peak season with hardly anything to report in the Atlantic basin!  I like it.

    I’m in on Friday for Fox and Friends, so tune in and say Hi if you’re up and at em early!


  • Hurricane Odile and Freddy is BACK!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    It’s a busy Monday.  We’ve got Hurricane Odile that made landfall on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula last night near Cabo San Lucas with winds of up to 125 mph – a cat 3 hurricane.

    Odile will move North Northwest over the peninsula which will weaken the storm.

    Life threatening flooding, mudslides, storm surge and damaging waves will continue through the day.  Rainfall of 6-12 inches can be expected with isolated amounts of 15 inches along the Baja peninsula.

    There is the concern for more flash floods over the southwest as tropical moisture moves in from Hurricane Odile later this week.

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms will pop up along a frontal boundary stretched from Texas through the Carolinas.  Some rain could be locally heavy, but we’re not expecting any widespread severe weather.  Storms will pop up across the Midwest, the Central Plains through the Mid Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley.  The West is mostly dry.  Temperatures are above average for many states with 90s and low 100s for southern California.

    Unfortunately, some of the moisture from Odile won’t make it into this moisture-starved, drought stricken area.

    AND, Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard is out TODAY!  I was on Fox and Friends this morning with some of Freddy’s best young friends.  I’ll post that video shortly, but for now here’s a wonderful picture that was taken today!


  • Here comes Fall, and Freddy!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Did you have to put the heat on last night?  Well, if you live across two thirds of the nation, you’re in for some cooler than average temperatures over the next few days.   Temperatures have been 10-30 degrees below average for many states stretching from the Plains/Midwest/Great Lakes, but will begin to moderate Sunday into Monday.

    Across the West, temperatures have been much warmer than average including California where heat advisories are up:

    Over the next few days, heavy rain associated with tropical moisture from Hurricane Odile in the eastern Pacific will move into the Southwest and Great Basin…the same areas that were hit with record rainfall last week!

    Watching a couple of areas of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico that will bring some enhanced moisture over the Bahamas, Florida and along the Gulf Coast, however, conditions are not favorable for any major development…yet.

    In other exciting news, I’ll be in doing weather on Fox and Friends tomorrow, and my new Freddy the Frogcaster book comes out on Monday!   Stay tuned for details/pictures and more in the next few days!


  • Record breaking rain for Phoenix

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Phoenix Arizona set a daily record of 3.29 inches of rain courtesy of what was Tropical Storm Norbert.  The average rainfall for the whole SEASON is 2.71 inches, and since this is the desert, the rain came fast and furious causing massive flooding and damage to the area.

    We’re still going to have the risk for flooding over the Southwest over the next few days, but Phoenix should have a chance to dry out as the rain moves Northward.

    We’re also expecting heavy rain and storms for the eastern Carolinas and coastal Georgia courtesy of a low offshore. Some isolated spots could get 3-5 inches through Tuesday.

    Since we’re into peak season in the tropics, the Atlantic is starting to perk up, and we’re watching this wave off the coast of Africa:

    And a strong cold front will bring much cooler temperatures this week starting with the Northern Plains, Midwest and sinking down south through the week.

    Are you looking forward to fall?  It’s been a pretty cool summer for a lot of us, so I think a lot of folks are worried winter is going to start a little earlier than usual…

    Meanwhile,  I’m headed to Washington D.C this Wednesday for a special event which I will all tell you about this week!  Stay tuned.


  • Northeast severe threat, Norbert, and here comes fall!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    It’s a busy weekend with extreme weather in all “four corners” of the U.S!  Let’s get to it…

    Strong to severe storms are firing up across the Northeast and New England as a cold front slices through a very warm, sticky airmass.  A severe thunderstorm watch is up until 9pm local time with the threat for downpours, strong winds, hail and even isolated tornadoes:

    Look at the “feel like” temperatures ahead of the front:

    Once the front moves through, very comfortable temperatures will settle in overnight, taking out some of that awful humidity!

    Showers and thunderstorms will also pop up from the Tennessee Valley down to Texas.  Heavy  rain could impact coastal areas of Florida and Georgia as a disturbance brings moisture in off the Atlantic.

    Hurricane Norbert will weaken off the west coast of Baja, however tropical moisture will bring the threat for flash flooding and storms across the southwest.

    Flash flood warnings  are up over portions of the four corners.  Dangerous swell will be a problem for southern California with high surf and rip currents.

    And looks like we’re getting into some much cooler weather next week for the Midwest.   Take a look at some of these daytime ‘highs”:

    Meanwhile, wildfire danger is still high across the Northwest where they desperately need more rain:

    Temperatures have been warm with not much moisture to help out firefighters.

    So, there you have it.  All types of weather over much of the country this weekend.  I’ll keep you posted with the latest, so tune in when you can!


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.