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  • Heat across Florida, snow for the Rockies and Jose won't quit!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.  Hope you’re all doing well.  We’re one step closer to the weekend!

    We’re watching the weather across Florida this week with millions still without power.  While temperatures across Central and South Florida remain within a few degrees of average, those highs in the 88-90 degree range combined with humidity will still make for heat indices in the upper 90s to 100 degrees.  Make sure to check on those who are affected by the heat and who don’t have air conditioning.

    Meanwhile, Winter Storm Watches will likely become Winter Storm Warnings across higher elevations of the Northern Rockies as snow elevations lower throughout the day.

    Hurricane Jose will continue looping in the western Atlantic, then move northward between the East Coast and Bermuda over the weekend.

    While many computer models keep Jose away from land, it is too early to say with certainty whether or not Jose will pass close enough to the Northeast or New England coast in 6-7 days for direct impacts.

    We don’t want to raise alarms, but folks should be aware of Jose’s path over the next few days especially if you live across the Northeast.

    Here’s a look at the rest of your forecast:

    We’ll have another update tomorrow morning.

    JD

  • Irma weakens to a remnant low and watching Jose...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.  Irma has finally weakened to a remnant low, but is still spreading scattered rain and storms in an arc from the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys back toward the Carolinas.

    Isolated flooding is possible.

    Coastal flood warnings and flood warnings remain in effect across the northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia coasts through Thursday, where an onshore flow will also keep the rip current risk high along beaches.

    In the western Atlantic, Jose has weakened to a 75mph hurricane, and will likely weaken further to a tropical storm over the next few days as it curls and loops from the east to south and eventually back towards the west, then northwest over the weekend.

    We’ll monitor Jose’s progress beyond the weekend to determine whether Jose has any direct impacts on the Bahamas or U.S.

    JD

  • Latest on Irma

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.

    Here’s the latest on Irma:

    The storm made a landfall on the northern coast of Cuba yesterday, and has weakened a little bit, but don’t let the Category fool you.  This hurricane will strengthen again with a lot of warm water ahead of it.

    Irma has started to take its Northward track now and will move into the Keys and SW Florida tomorrow morning.

    Thought on timing hasn’t changed with the center of Irma passing through the western Florida Keys, likely mid-morning.   As with all landfalling tropical systems, there is also a threat for brief tornadoes.

    The storm surge will be the biggest threat from Irma with the possibility of 10-15 foot storm surge on some of these low lying areas.

    Some areas could easily get 8-12 inches of rain depending on where the bands set up.  But this won’t be a rain event.  This will be a storm surge and possibly a Cat 4 wind event.

    We’ll keep you updated throughout the weekend.  Hopefully everyone has made their preparations and have evacuated in areas that could potentially be devastated after Irma moves in.

    JD

  • Hurricane Irma will be potentially catastrophic for Florida

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hurricane Irma has weakened slightly and is now a high-end Category 4 hurricane with 155mph sustained winds, but remains extremely dangerous.

    Irma will move through the Bahamas through tomorrow on its approach to South Florida.

    Unfortunately, a direct hit on South Florida appears more and more likely.  The worst-case scenario for Miami would be for Irma’s eye to make landfall, then track to the west of Miami-Dade.  They would then receive the brunt of the hurricane’s wind and storm surge.

    Storm surge warnings are in effect from Jupiter Inlet to the Keys as a surge of 5-10 feet is likely, with wave action on top of that.  High tide will further increase water rise.    There is still a chance the eye could travel just offshore either side of the Florida peninsula, which is reflected in the NHC’s official cone, but this likely won’t be completely apparent until Irma’s turn northward is complete on Saturday.

    Irma’s hurricane force winds currently extend 70 miles from the eye and tropical storm force winds 185 miles from the eye, so impacts will be widespread.   A track directly over the Florida peninsula and northward into Georgia would bring more wind and rain impacts to cities including Tampa and Orlando, while lessening wind impacts for South Carolina.

    Even Atlanta will see rain and possibly tropical storm-force winds Monday night-Tuesday morning. The Southeast will see heavy rain in excess of 12″ in some locations.

    Meanwhile, in the Central Atlantic Jose has remains a Category 3 hurricane and will move near the Leeward Islands, including Barbuda and St. Martin on Saturday, likely still as a Category 3 hurricane.  The track for Jose continues northward from there, likely curling back to the east by the middle of next week.

    In the Bay of Campeche, Hurricane Katia is still forecast to move slowly toward the coast of Mexico and make landfall late tonight, with no U.S. impacts.

    We will continue to keep you updated on Irma through the weekend.  Be safe everyone.

    JD

  • Watching Irma

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.  Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  We’ve got another busy few days ahead in weather, so let’s get to it:

    First up:   Scattered strong storms will move into the Northeast and New England this afternoon-evening.  Hail, strong winds, and isolated tornadoes are possible, especially across the interior.

    The West remains hot this week as high temperatures across the region remain 20-30 degrees above average.  A few heat advisories remain in effect as well as air quality alerts.

    And Hurricane Irma is a Category 4 hurricane.  Right now the forecast has Irma will passing close to, or just north of the northern Leeward Islands late tonight, then near the U.S. & British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

    Hurricane Watches and Warnings are in effect.  Irma is a relatively small hurricane, therefore any northward shift would spare these islands of the worst winds, while a southward track would place destructive winds directly over them.

    The official forecast brings Irma along the northern side of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba, then approaching South Florida by the Saturday-Sunday timeframe.  The forecast from Saturday onward remains tricky as a sharp turn to the north is expected as a trough moves into the Southeast.

    Just how much influence this trough has and its exact timing will determine whether Irma moves into Florida, or on either side of the peninsula.  Florida and the Southeast U.S. should be paying close attention to the forecast and any changes over the coming days.  The rest of the Gulf and East Coast can’t quite be ruled out for any impacts just yet.

    Here’s the rest of the day’s forecast:

    We’ll continue to watch Irma – and looks like we could see another storm later this week. Jose will be the next named storm.

    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.