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  • Heavy rain across the South, #TBT and OpED!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.  Happy Sunday!

    A lot to blog about today.  Let’s start with weather:

    We had a rough week last week with severe weather.  Devastating tornadoes ripped through the heartland and left so much destruction and, tragically, we lost lives.  Today, we have a risk of strong to severe thunderstorms later this afternoon over parts of the Southern Plains up into the Midwest.  Stronger storms could fire up over south Texas – but we’re not expecting a severe outbreak.  Mainly large hail and damaging winds, so please be safe!

    Heavy rain will fall across the Southern Plains and Deep South. Widespread amounts of 1-3 inches is possible by Tuesday morning with locally heavy rain leading to flooding issues.

    Cooler weather is expected for the Rockies and Great Basin.  Rain and mountain snow showers are expected across the Pacific Northwest.

    And in the good news department, the Northeast is FINALLY feeling like spring this weekend!

    In other news, Yours truly was the focus of the Foxnews Insider’s posts with some of my #throwbackthursday pics.  Take a look HERE

    And, more personally, I wrote an OpEd on Friday focusing in on celebrity weight gain, and how I’ve dealt with my own struggle of being heavy.  It was a tough essay to write because of the shame I’ve felt over the years, but I’ve received so much incredible encouragement, I no longer feel alone in my struggle.  Let me know what you think.  You can go HERE to read it.

    Have a wonderful week.  I’m off to DC for a Women on the Move Luncheon on Wednesday which I will tell you all about.  You can check it out HERE

    Talk to you soon!


  • Severe weather outbreak tomorrow through Thursday

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    We’re expecting a multi-day severe weather outbreak this week, so if you live across the Central U.S.  please be prepared, and on alert.

    Here’s the deal:  we’ve got a storm system moving into the West bringing widespread rain and snow to the region, including across Central and Southern California.  Higher elevations in the Sierra will see 1-2 feet of new snow.

    As energy moves out of the West and into the Plains tomorrow and Thursday, we’re in for many hours of severe storms from the Plains into the Midwest and eventually the Mississippi River Valley.  Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are expected.

    If you live in these areas, keep your NOAA weather radio on, and listen for the latest storm alerts.

    Be safe!


  • Easter Bonnets or Winter Hats?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!  Happy Easter weekend!

    Well, as it has been for most of the winter, we’re looking at an unseasonably cold, wet and (snowy!) start of the weekend for parts of the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and  Northeast.  Locally heavy snow could be in store for Northern New England!  NOOOOOOOOOOO!

    If it makes you feel any better, where I’m from (Ottawa, Canada) it can snow through the month of MAY.  I remember a few Mother’s Day weekend where we had some snow on the ground!

    Showers and thunderstorms will pop up across the Southern Plains and through Mississippi Valley on Sunday.

    More active, potentially severe weather will set up next week for the Central U.S.  This is the time of year where we see tornadoes, and so far it’s been very quiet.  Here’s where we are so far:

    This week we could have a severe weather outbreak, so be alert if you live across the Plains.  Here’s the area we typically see the threat for tornadoes in April:

    Below average temperatures and unsettled weather is in store for the West through Northern California, the Great Basin and the Rockies.  The good news here is wet weather will push in as far south as Southern California later this week.  They are in dire need of rain and snow in this region.

    And here’s a couple of forecasts for your Easter Egg Hunts around the country:

    I hope the Easter Bunny is good to all of your families.  Have a wonderful weekend!



    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    Well, the Great Lakes, Midwest, Northeast is still into winter…we might even get snow for the Easter Weekend.  UGH!   This is how I feel about that:

    We’ve had record breaking heat across the West, and the threat for severe storms (mainly large hail and damaging winds with an isolated tornado or two) over the next few days.   Be aware if you live in these regions (today):

    Here’s the risk tomorrow:

    and Thursday:

    Be safe everyone!


  • Record heat in the West, still winter in the East!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hard to believe we’re going to be into the month of April this week…especially when across the East it has been the never ending winter!   A very stubborn trough that has been set up pretty much all winter and ridge over the Plains and West will bring drastically different temperatures to the U.S. this weekend.

    Afternoon highs across the East will be 10-25 degrees below average,

    With some areas feeling record cold overnight:

    Temperatures across the West and Plains will be 10 to 25 degrees above average:

    Possibly setting high records today:

    Adding to our never-ending winter weather, we’ve got an area of low pressure off the New England coast spreading snow across Long Island and southeastern New England, while the Cape will see rain and a rain/snow mix as temperatures fall later today.  Overall accumulations will generally be light (but VERY ANNOYING!)

    Over the Northwest, the southern end of a system moving into British Columbia will bring rain and mountain snow to the region.   And a clipper pushing across from Canada into the Great Lakes and Midwest will bring a wintry mix of snow, rain, and freezing rain tomorrow and into Monday:

    Sounds like I’m a broken record.  Long range forecasts are showing a much warmer mid- April for the eastern half of the country, so I will cross my fingers and hope Mother Nature is listening!  :)   Have a great weekend everyone!


  • Severe storm threat through Wednesday

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Just a quick heads up we’ve got some active weather over the next 24 to 48 hours.  We’ve got a system moving into the Midwest and Plains that will bring a wintry mix, snow, and freezing rain to the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes.

    On the southern end of the system, strong to severe storms will develop from eastern Oklahoma into Arkansas and Missouri.  Large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes are possible.

    Much of this same region will see strong to severe storms tomorrow as storms develop from North Texas to the Mid-Mississippi River and Ohio River Valleys.

    Be safe everyone!


  • Spring has arrived, but some areas seeing more snow?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    It’s our first “official” weekend of spring, but some areas aren’t feeling too much like celebrating.

    We got over 5 inches of snow in our area on Long Island, and temperatures are going to be 15-25 degrees below average tomorrow!

    The threat for snow will linger across New England and while it feel much warmer than usual over the West and into the Plains,

    The cooler air continues to pour in over parts of the Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast:

    Meanwhile, springtime rain will spread from Texas to the lower Mississippi River Valley and bring the threat of flash flooding.

    Flood Warnings and Watches are posted where several inches of rain will soak the area.

    And the Northwest will see several disturbances move in over the next few days:

    Hope you all have a great weekend.  As always, Thanks for checking in!


  • #ThrowbackTuesday St. Patrick's Day: Extreme Cute ALERT!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    I found these pictures from the St Patrick’s Day parade here in NYC 6 years ago.  Matthew’s first with his proud Dad:


    Have a wonderful day!

  • One of the strongest Cyclones in the South Pacific hits Vanuatu

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    It’s a gloomy Saturday in the Northeast.  I had a great time in Boston last week visiting a few schools and reading Freddy.  I also took in some of the local sights.  If you’d like to check out the pictures, you can head to my Facebook page HERE

    In weather, one of the strongest storms to ever hit the South Pacific, Tropical cyclone Pam, battered the capital of Vanuatu as the equivalent of a cat 5 hurricane with winds of 165 miles per hour.   There have been lives lost, and incredible destruction is certain.  Prayers are needed across this vulnerable region…

    The system has brought more than 9 inches of rain with wind gusts of over 190 mph.  The storm is forecast to weaken over the next few days but could threaten the Northeast coast of new Zealand bringing heavy rain and wind to the North Island including Auckland:

    Across the U.S, rain continues from the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys to the East Coast:

    Some snow will accumulate over Northern New England as cold air moves in behind the system.  It will be interesting to see if we get 2 inches of snow in Boston, they will officially have the snowiest season on record with over 107.6 inches of snow!

    Meanwhile,  a complete change over the Plains and the West with temperatures soaring 15-35 degrees  above average:

    In California records could also be set with temperatures 10-20 degrees above average which could be dangerous for runners of the LA Marathon tomorrow.

    Cooler temperatures move in midweek.

    Have a great, safe weekend everyone!



    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    I’m off to Boston for a couple of days to read Freddy to some wonderful schools in the area!  I will post pictures when I get back.  They are expecting some nice spring-like weather tomorrow and Thursday.  We’ll be watching a new storm on Friday/Saturday that might break their all time snow record…

    Have a great rest of the week.  Talk to you on the weekend.


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.