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  • Will you be able to see the rare Supermoon and Lunar Eclipse?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Heavy rain will be possible across the Mid Atlantic into the Central Appalachians courtesy of an area of low pressure off shore over the next few days.

    Showers will also be possible across the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.

    It will be a wet weekend over parts of Florida and the Gulf Coast with ongoing showers and thunderstorms over the area.

    Temperatures will be 15 to 20 degrees above average over the Great Basin, Northern Central Rockies and Northern Plains.

    A cold front pushing over the Intermountain West and Northern Plains will bring temperatures back to normal on Sunday.

    And a very cool thing will be happening Sunday when a Supermoon AND a lunar eclipse combine tomorrow night.   The last time that happened was in 1982!

    The event will last over an hour and will be visible (weather permitting) to North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific, according to NASA.   The supermoon will be visible after nightfall, and the eclipse will cast it into shadow beginning at 8:11 p.m. ET. The total eclipse starts at 10:11 p.m. ET, peaking at 10:47 p.m. ET.

    A supermoon occurs when a new or full moon is at its closest to the Earth.

    And the lunar eclipse happens when the full moon passes through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, the umbra.

    Unfortunately, there’s going to be a lot of cloud cover tomorrow night, so moon gazing will be difficult for many regions including the Midatlantic and Gulf Coast:

    We’ll just have to rely on some pictures from NASA Monday morning!

    Have a great weekend everyone!


  • Possible flooding for the Southwest

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    It’s been a fairly quiet start to the workweek, although we are watching a few areas of concern.

    First, the temperatures – it’s been very comfortable here in the Northeast and Midwest, but for a lot of folks, summertime is still here despite the fact that Fall officially arrives tomorrow!

    One area we are watching carefully is the Southwest and Southern Rockies where tropical moisture will stream in and bring the threat for flash flooding  through tonight.

    Unfortunately, none of this moisture is going to help the areas that need it the most…

    I hope you’re all enjoying this last breath of summertime!

    Talk to you soon.


  • Cooler temperatures and rain out West

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    We’ve got big weather news coming out of the West.  The out of control wildfires across California devastating homes and families.  And, heavy rain in a short period of time is causing the risk of flash flooding.

    The good news is cooler temperatures and rain over the next few days will help firefighters from Northern California to the Northwest.

    However, the possibility for heavy rain will bring the risk of flash flooding.

    Meanwhile,  Warm temperatures will spread from the Plains and Midwest toward the Northeast over the next couple days, bringing temperatures 5-15 degrees above average to the region.

    We’ll keep watching these stories, and keep you up to date.  Enjoy the rest of your week, and be weather-safe!


  • Fire danger across the West

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    We are seeing heartbreaking pictures from California where a wildfire is burning out of control near Cobb, in the northern part of the state.  The Valley Fire has exploded to 40,000 acres overnight with no containment.  Four firefighters were critically burned and thousands have fled their homes.

    Wildfire danger continues to be high across the West today with red flag warnings for the Northwest where dry, warm breezy conditions continue.

    Weather will help firefighters in the next few days with cooler temperatures and some rain in the forecast, but the drought remains dire with over 6 months of rain required to help get rid of the severe to exceptional drought conditions.

    Meanwhile, over the rest of the country, weather is fairly quiet with taste of fall for the Eastern third of the US.

    There’s even a risk frost across the Great Lakes and Midwest.  Showers and thunderstorms will pop up over parts of the Northeast into the MidAtlantic and Florida.

    In other news, I had a reading of Freddy the Frogcaster and the Huge Hurricane over the weekend at Barnes in Noble on Long Island.  Thanks to all those who came out.  We had such fun talking about Freddy and weather.  I’m so fortunate to have this opportunity to talk to kids and make these wonderful books.  Feeling very blessed these days.

    Have a wonderful week.


  • Head in the Clouds Long Weekend!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    How was your weekend?   We had one of the best long weekends ever at the beach with friends.   I had my “head in the clouds” for most of it!

    Back to work and to school for most of us now, but the summer hangs on for the Northeast where temperatures will remain 10-20 degrees above average through Wednesday, then closer to seasonal averages by the end of the week.

    Across the rest of the US, we’ve got rain from the Plains into the Midwest that could be heavy at times, causing flash flooding.  Isolated large hail and damaging winds are also possible.

    In the Central Atlantic, Tropical Storm Grace became a tropical depression this morning and will weaken further over the next few days.

    In the Eastern Pacific, Hurricane Linda will remain well offshore the Baja of Mexico as it moves away from land and eventually weakens later this week.

    Ok, it’s time for lunch.  I may have to go out and “investigate” the weather to see how my forecast pans out today!  ;)

    Talk to you soon!


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.