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  • Rain and Mountain snow move into the Northwest

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone!

    Another pretty quiet day on the weather front.  A system moving onshore in the Northwest will spread rain and mountain snow into California today and tomorrow.

    This system will also bring cooler temperatures to the West.

    Meanwhile, temperatures across the eastern 2/3 of the country remain above average through the end of the week.

    And if you’ve got plans to travel to NYC, the next few days are spectacular!

    See you on Fox and Friends!


  • Quieter weather pattern, rain for NoCal

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.  Hope you had a great weekend, and an easy start to the new workweek!  We have an overall quiet pattern across the country.

    Cool temperatures have arrived across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic while warmer than average temperatures continue from the Midwest and Plains to the West.

    A new system moving into the Pacific Northwest will spread rain and mountain snow into the region.  Rain eventually reaches far Northern California later this week.

    Have a great Tuesday everyone.  See you on Fox and Friends!


  • Strong winds, low humidity not helping fires in California

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone.

    The scenario is dire in California with several wildfires burning out of control and weather conditions that are not helping rescue teams.

    As we head into the weekend, the conditions remain elevated to critical from Northern to Southern California with wind increasing across Northern California tonight through Saturday.

    Temperatures across Northern California build back to above average Sunday into early next week, with no rain until late next week at the earliest.

    Rain and snow continue across the Northwest and Northern Rockies Friday.

    This same system will bring the threat of strong storms and flooding to the Plains and Midwest on Saturday.

    Prayers are needed for those whose homes and lives are affected by these horrific wildfires.


  • Fire danger continues across California

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.

    Thankfully the tropics have quieted down, but now we’re watching the weather out west with a system moving in the Pacific Northwest that will bring rain and mountain snow to the area.

    However, no rainfall is in the forecast for California where we have several large wildfires burning out of control.

    Strong winds behind the front associated with this storm will bring elevated-to-critical fire weather threats to active fires across Northern California.

    In other weather news, a cold front pushing across the Midwest and Ohio Valley is bringing some rain and isolated thunderstorms across the region:

    Cooler temperatures are settling in after the cold front moves through.

    Have a great day everyone.


  • Tropical Storm Nate

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.  We’re watching Tropical Storm Nate this weekend as it continues to bring heavy rain and wind for Cancún and Cozumel where a hurricane watch has been posted.

    Once Nate enters the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday environmental conditions become more favorable for strengthening, and the National Hurricane Center shows Nate as a hurricane before making landfall somewhere along the Gulf Coast on Sunday.

    A hurricane watch has also been issued for portions of the northern Gulf Coast in the U.S. from Morgan City, Louisiana to the Alabama/Mississippi border including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

    A storm surge watch has been issued portions of the northern Gulf Coast in the U.S. from Morgan City, Louisiana to the Alabama/Mississippi border including Lake Pontchartrain.  This area is particularly vulnerable to storm surge.

    3 to 6 inches of rain can be expected along the northern Gulf Coast with isolated spots seeing as much as 12 inches.

    There is still some uncertainty when it comes to timing, track and intensity, but the southeastern Louisiana coast to the Florida Panhandle should monitor the forecast and any changes over the next few days.

    And I hope you will join me on Fox and Friends this morning where I will show you a special story about people helping others after Hurricane Harvey in Texas.  It’s near and dear to my heart.

    Have a safe weekend everyone.


  • Hurricane Nate? Gulf Coast needs to watch

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.

    Hurricane season is not over yet, I’m afraid.  Tropical Depression Sixteen has formed over the far southwestern Caribbean, off the coast of Nicaragua.

    We should have tropical storm Nate in the next day or so as it  slowly moves northward, spreading heavy rain across Central America.

    Close proximity to or moving over land will keep the system disorganized in the short term, but strengthening is more likely later today into Saturday as it moves northward, eventually into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Track timing and intensity is still yet to be determined, but the  Gulf coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle must closely monitor forecast updates and think about preparations as a strengthening tropical storm or hurricane may impact these areas on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, a strong system in the western U.S. is keeping temperatures cooler than normal with heavy snow in the Northern and central rockies.

    A strong cold front bring the threat for heavy rain and potential flooding in portions of the central and southern Plains. Ahead of this front, temperatures will be warmer than normal:

    We’ll keep an eye on things from here, and continue to update everyone.


  • Snow across the Rockies, watching the tropics this weekend

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.

    We’re watching a few things on the weather front today with higher elevation snow and rain-snow mix for the Central and Northern Rockies.

    Freeze warnings are in place over the Northern Plains with temperatures well below average.  Meanwhile, along the frontal boundary over the Midwest we could see the threat for heavy rain and flash flooding.

    Ahead of the front, temperatures will be above average for much of the eastern half of the country.

    Meanwhile, a  tropical flow of moisture from the western Caribbean/Yucatan to South Florida will keep locally heavy downpours in the forecast for the region this week.

    And we’re watching a system east of Nicaragua that has a high chance of developing over the next 5 days with possible impacts for the Gulf of Mexico states.

    We’re not thinking a hurricane right now, but certainly a depression or a storm is possible.

    We’ll keep watching it for you.


  • Temperatures more fall-like this weekend

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.  Happy Friday!  Many places will feel like fall this weekend with a system across the west bringing snow to the northern and central Rockies.

    A cold front across the east coast has now made temperatures more seasonal after record setting warmth.

    A broad area of low pressure north of Cuba could develop into a depression over the next few days as it moves northward through the Florida Straits, then over the Florida Peninsula or just offshore.

    Regardless of whether it develops or not, heavy rain will be possible across  Florida and the Bahamas.

    Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


  • Maria weakens, fall arrives across the East...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.  Some good news to report today! Tropical Storm Maria will be moving out to sea after brushing the Outer Banks with tropical storm force winds on Tuesday.

    Rip currents and heavy surf will continue across the East coast for a few more days.

    Hurricane Lee out there in the Atlantic will not affect any land thankfully.

    In other news, locally heavy rain across West Texas will continue through Thursday – keeping flash flooding possible.

    while higher elevations of the Central Rockies will see more snow.

    Temperatures remain well above average across the East Wednesday, with more seasonable temperatures by late week.

    Have a great day everyone!

  • Still an eye on Hurricane Maria

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Maria is maintaining its strength as a 125mph Category 3 hurricane.

    Hurricane warnings remain posted for the Turks & Caicos and southeastern Bahamas, but will still escape the worst of Maria’s winds with the hurricane passing to the east.   Maria is forecast to remain a major hurricane then gradually weaken Saturday as it moves northward and away from the Bahamas.

    Sunday through Wednesday Maria will slowly pass midway between Bermuda and the Carolinas.  The overall trend in forecast guidance keeps Maria far enough offshore from the Northeast/New England coast the second half of next week to keep impacts minimal, but with that being 6-7 days out we’ll continue monitoring for any changes in track that would increase U.S. impacts.  Rip currents and surf along the East Coast will remain dangerous into next week.

    Meanwhile, Jose has lost its tropical characteristics overnight and is now classified as a post-tropical cyclone.  However with the remnants remaining nearly stationary just offshore, Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect for Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and the Cape as squally tropical storm conditions remain possible.

    And finally,  Happy First Day of Fall y’all!


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.