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  • Extreme heat, Tropical Storm Danielle and severe storms today

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I hope you had a great weekend.  We had a wonderful Father’s Day yesterday.  Unfortunately, I have been off because I broke my toe last week!  And if you’ve ever had a broken toe,  you can sympathize how much something like that can hurt.  OUCH!   It’s still painful to walk on, and I hear it takes 6-8 weeks to recover completely.  UGH.

    Meanwhile, we have so much weather going on.  The heat across the Southwest and California is record breaking through much of the week.  The Southern and Central U.S. is also steamy:

    Excessive Heat Warnings remain posted as temperatures in excess of 110 degrees.  We broke a daily record in Phoenix yesterday of 118.  And that is the 5th hottest day ever recorded.

    Meanwhile, a  front will bring scattered strong storms from the Ohio River Valley to the interior Northeast this afternoon and evening.

    Damaging winds and some hail are the primary threats.  Isolated flash flooding is also possible along the end of this same front across the Midwest through tomorrow.

    Wednesday we’ll watch the risk for strong to severe storms over the Midwest including Chicago:

    And we now have our fourth tropical storm of the season in the Bay of Campeche.  Tropical Storm Danielle will move inland along the eastern Mexican coast later today.

    Rainfall/mudslides are the primary concern with this system.

    Oh, and by the way today is the first day of Summer!  It certainly feels like that a good chunk of the country already.

    Be safe everyone!  Talk to you later this week.

    JD

  • Severe storms across the Central U.S.

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    We’ve got another day of severe weather moving into the Central Plains and Midwest this afternoon:

    The best chance for large hail, damaging winds, and an isolated tornado will be across Iowa.  Flash flooding is also possible across the Midwest.

    Here’s a look at the slight risk tomorrow:

    And Thursday:

    The heat continues to make the Central U.S, however the Northeast and the Northwest are still feeling a little cooler than average:

    We’ve even got some high-elevation snow possible through tomorrow across the mountains of the Northwest!

    That’s it for now.  I hope you’re all doing well.  I don’t know about you, but I am ready for the summer!

    JD

  • Severe storms and here comes summertime!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Happy weekend.  My husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary this past week.   I can’t believe how quickly the time went.  I know many of you remember when we got engaged.  I feel very blessed and grateful for our marriage and our beautiful boys.

    And more good news:  I think summer is officially here.  We’ve got some hot hot hot temperatures rising over much of the country.  Take a look:

    We’ve also got the threat for strong to severe storms today from the High Plains to the Northeast.  Large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are possible:

    Here’s the risk tomorrow:

    And Monday:

    Other than that, it’s pretty quiet out there.  The tropics were busy, but there doesn’t appear to be anything brewing over the next week or so.  Thank goodness, but we are into hurricane season, so we should always be on the look out!

    Have a great weekend!  I will check in again Monday!

    JD

  • Weather Ready Sunday!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    We’ve got a lot going on today in the weather department.  So I wanted to just give you an extra heads up on some of the things we’re watching.

    1) Severe storms across the east coast.  Starting this afternoon and into tonight, strong to severe storms are going to move into heavily populated areas.  Large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are possible.

    2) A tropical depression soon to be tropical storm is expected to make landfall in Florida tomorrow night bringing strong winds, and heavy rain.  Not to mention high surf and rip currents along the beaches:

    3) Excessive heat warnings remain in place for the southwest with heat indices soaring well over 100 degrees.  Some relatively cooler air will move in on Tuesday.

    Hope you’re all having a great weekend, but please stay weather aware.

    JD

  • Severe weather, flooding and more tropical weather this weekend

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!

    Happy Saturday.  We’ve got A LOT going on this weekend, so as Freddy the Frogcaster would say, let’s HOP TO IT!

    A storm system moving across the Central US will bring tropical moisture into Texas and the Central Gulf Coast:

    This is not good news for our friends in Texas where record rainfall over the last few weeks have led to saturated ground, and therefore the threat of more flash flooding:

    That same system will move east and bring strong to severe storms towards the MidAtlantic today:

    And then into the East Coast on Sunday with large hail, damaging winds and isolate tornadoes:

    Meanwhile, the excessive heat continues across the Southwest:

    Temperatures are soaring past 115 degrees in many cities:

    And last but not least, we are watching an area of low pressure that is expected to form this weekend and likely develop into our next tropical depression/storm as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Regardless of development, heavy rain and flooding are possible over Cuba and Florida over the next few days.

    That’s a lot of weather across the country!  So please be weather aware, and be safe everyone.  I’ll have another update on Monday.

    JD

  • Texas gets more rain

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope you had a wonderful long weekend.  Unfortunately, our friends in Texas are getting more rain this week after one of the wettest springs on record:

    A system in the Plains will spread isolated strong storms and heavy downpours from the Midwest to the Southern Plains and Texas.

    The flash flooding threat continues into Midweek for Texas and Oklahoma.

    Obviously, this is something we’re going to watch this week, and it’s going to get hot hot hot across the Southwest too.

    Take care everyone.  Another update later this week.

    JD

  • Tropical Storm Bonnie?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.  Happy weekend!  Freddy the Frogcaster and Sally Croaker are back to help me with my forecasting (frogcasting) for the blog. :)

    Of course, the big weather story  is the tropical depression that is forecast to strengthen into Tropical Storm Bonnie possibly later today.

    Regardless of development, heavy rain and gusty winds will be ongoing across potions of the southeastern US.

    High surf and rip currents will be dangerous this holiday weekend along the coast and isolated flash flooding will be possible over parts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

    It’s not going to be the greatest long weekend along the east coast as the moisture gets spread out along the eastern U.S especially Monday.

    Meanwhile, the threat of strong to severe storms will also be ongoing across the Central US which means the risk of strong winds, large hail, heavy rain with possible flooding and isolated tornadoes.

    Despite the weather, I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Thanks to all those who serve past, present and future.  We are so grateful and honor your dedication.

    JD

  • Hurricane Outlook and watching the Southeast coast!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I’ll have a more detailed outlook of potential tropical trouble this weekend, but for now, we’re watching an area of disturbed weather off the southeast coast that could develop over the next few hours/days:

    Also worth mentioning: The National Hurricane Center issued their hurricane outlook today, so here’s a look at those numbers as well (with Freddy the Frogcaster presenting!)

    Have a great weekend.  I will update you tomorrow afternoon,

    JD

  • Freddy the Frogcaster's outlook for severe storms!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    We’re in for strong to severe storms all week across the Plains.  We’ve had 38 reports of tornadoes in the last 48 hours along with over 100 reports of hail and damaging winds:

    Severe storms will develop across the Plains this evening into the overnight, with the best chance of large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes across the Texas/Oklahoma Panhandles into western Texas.

    Freddy the Frogcaster has been studying his weather maps along with his pal Sally Croaker and the Storm Prediction Center, and has issued these areas of concern:

    What do you think?  Freddy and his team at the Frog News Network want to make sure everyone – frogs and humans are weather ready!

    Also – locally heavy rain may also cause flooding over the Central Plains over the next few days:

    Meanwhile, a system over the West will keep rain and high-elevation snow scattered across the region over the next several days.

    Be safe everyone!

    JD and Freddy

  • Several storms put a damper on the weekend

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy weekend everyone.

    Many states will see the chance of storms over the next few days.  We’ve got a system across the Ohio Valley that will strengthen offshore.

    This will bring rain, heavy at times from the Lower Great Lakes and into the Midatlantic.    Rain will also dampen plans over the Northeast and New England.

    Another strong system developing over the West Coast will move in bringing rain and mountain snow and then bring showers and thunderstorms over the Northern Rockies and Plains.

    The threat for strong to severe storms will be ongoing this weekend across the Central and southern plains with large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

    So make sure you’re weather aware if you live in any of the above mentioned spots.  Hope you’re all doing great (despite the grumpy weather across many areas!)

    Talk to you all next week,

    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.