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  • 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!



    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!


  • Strong storms for the Ohio Valley, heating up the Southeast

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone!

    Weather is fairly quiet today with a few exceptions.  There’s a system moving through the Ohio Valley that will bring the threat of strong storms.  Damaging winds and hail are the primary concerns:

    Afternoon thunderstorms and dry conditions will keep the wildfire threat elevated from Northern California into the Northwest.  Meanwhile, across the Southwest the Monsoon season is bringing more wet weather across the four corners where flash flooding will be a concern:

    Over the next several days, temperatures will warm to above-average readings from the Plains through the Southeast, and eventually the Midwest by the end of the week.  Temperatures will be 5-15 degrees above average.  This will be the longest stretch of hot weather we’ve seen for much of the summer for many!

    Hope you’re all doing well – I have to tell you my latest book Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard is about to arrive in stores and online.  I should be getting my first copies very soon, and I will share a picture when they arrive.  I’m so excited (I think this one is even better than the first!)

    Have a wonderful Tuesday!


  • The south heats up this week!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy Sunday, everyone!

    Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Weather for the most part is quiet this week with a few trouble spots.  There’s a risk for strong to severe storms across the Northern and Central Plains.  Locally heavy rain along with some hail and damaging wind will be possible.  Keep an eye to the sky and an ear to your local weather reports if you live in the yellow shaded zone:

    Heat and humidity returns for the Southeast this week.  Take a look at these temperatures!  With the heat index, it’s going to feel well over 100 degrees for a few days this week.

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms will pop up from Texas to the Tennessee Valley and along the Gulf Coast to Florida while “monsoon” moisture will persist for the four corners.

    In the tropics, we’re watching a disturbance out in the Atlantic, but conditions are not favorable for development – right now.

    Have a relaxing rest of your weekend.  I’ll check back in on Tuesday!


  • Jenna Lee's Baby Shower!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.

    We had Jenna’s baby shower this afternoon.  Thought I would share a picture of my lovely friends and co-workers that came to celebrate.  There was a lot of love in the room for Jenna and Leif’s new little one that’s almost ready for his or her close up!   What do you guys think?  Boy or Girl?  (I think it’s a boy!)

    Have a great rest of the week.

    (Picture from @HarrisFaulkner)

  • Beautiful view of the "Supermoon"

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    Did you see the “Supermoon” last night?  I forgot to take a picture from my backyard, but I found this incredible image from the NASA website.

    A perigree full moon or supermoon is seen, Sunday, August 10, 2014, in Washington. A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it is full. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

    Happy Monday everyone!   Make it a great day.


  • Hurricane Julio moves north of Hawaii

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy Saturday everyone!  My family was back at the beach yesterday, and it’s going to be a wonderful weekend in you live in the Northeast.  Pleasant temperatures and plenty of sunshine.  Get out and enjoy it.

    In other weather news,  Tropical Storm Iselle moved into Hawaii last week.  Thankfully, Hurricane Julio is now forecast to remain well north of the Island Chain keeping the worst of the storm offshore.

    Across the U.S., Showers and thunderstorms will pop up over the Plains with a risk for large hail and damaging winds for Nebraska and Kansas.

    The south will remain unsettled while much of the west should be dry.  The Northwest is still very warm and dry with a high fire threat through the weekend.  We have so many active fires burning over this region.

    I hope you’re all doing great.   Have a wonderful weekend.


  • Hurricane Iselle moves towards Hawaii and Drew Barrymore?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone

    The big weather story today will be Hurricane Iselle making landfall over the Big Island as a minimal hurricane.  Hurricane warnings and Tropical Storm Warnings are up with rainfall of 5-8 inches possible.  Some isolated areas could see over a foot of rain with wind gusts possible of over 75 mph.

    Right behind Iselle is Hurricane Julio.  This storm is expected to pass near or just north of the Islands Saturday night as a weakening system.

    And in fun news, look at the picture my brother found of me for #ThrowbackThursday!  I like to think I knew at an early age I was going to be a broadcaster (and would need serious help with my hair!)  Someone mentioned I look like Drew Barrymore in E.T!  ;)

    Have a great weekend everyone!  I’ll talk to you Saturday.


  • Watching Hurricane Bertha and Iselle...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Another busy week in weather.   We’ve got widespread scattered showers across many areas of the country.  A cold front moving in on Tuesday will bring showers and  thunderstorms over the Northeast.   Stormy conditions will persist over the Southeast and Gulf Coast with some gusty winds and isolated heavy downpours.

    We had major flooding over Southern California this weekend with more storms bringing the risk for heavy rain and lightning.

    Flash flood watches are posted for several states, and dry thunderstorms could spark more wildfire danger over the Northwest and Northern California.

    Hurricane Bertha our second named hurricane of the Atlantic  is going remain well offshore passing between the East Coast and Bermuda tomorrow morning.  It will then get caught up in a trough and move very quickly North and East out to sea:

    Meanwhile, a powerful Hurricane Iselle is currently a Cat 4 in the Pacific moving towards Hawaii in the next few days.

    The system is expected to weaken, but flooding and strong winds will batter the Island chain starting Thursday.

    Meanwhile, a tropical storm behind it will also be something to watch this week!

    Meanwhile, can you guys believe we’re into the month of August?  Where did the summer go?


  • Soaking wet weekend for the East and Bertha!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope your weekend is going well so far.  I’m outside doing weather for Fox and Friends and it’s been raining since I got here at 4am!  That’s the story for much of the East coast as a stalled front, plenty of moisture, and an approaching cool front will keep the East Coast unsettled today and tomorrow:

    Additional rainfall of 2-4″+ is possible along the immediate coast, especially the Carolinas:

    The threat for dry thunderstorms will be an issue over the interior Northwest because that means a higher risk for new wildfires.

    Meanwhile, flood watches also up across the Southwest as monsoonal moisture in the region keeps flooding a threat.

    And finally, we have our second tropical storm of the Atlantic Hurricane season this week.

    Wind gusts over 40mph and rainfall of 3-6″, with some isolated areas of close to 8″ of rain are possible across Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

    Less than favorable environmental conditions will keep the system from gaining much strength over the next several days, with some strengthening likely next week.

    Bertha will move over the southeastern Bahamas Sunday, then curve back into the Atlantic, away from land early next week.

    Ok, back outside in the rain!  Have a great weekend everyone.


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.