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  • Hurricanes and Tropical Storms threatening the U.S. right now

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi all

    Here’s your Tuesday evening update.  Needless to say, it’s incredibly busy.  Look at all the storms we are watching right now:

    Tropical Depression Eight is passing near the Outer Banks of North Carolina possibly as a minimal tropical storm in the next 12 hours.

    Rough surf will be the primary threat, as the heaviest rain remains offshore.  The immediate coast may see 2-4″.  Wind gusts over 40mph are also possible along the Outer Banks.

    Gradual strengthening of Tropical Depression Nine in the Gulf is forecast before the storm reaches the coast of Florida on Thursday.

    While the official forecast call for this system to be a moderate to strong tropical storm at landfall, further strengthening to a hurricane is not out of the question, and they have posted hurricane watches along the west coast of Florida:

    Here’s the official track:

    Keep in mind that there is a chance that this system could cross over Florida and hug or come close to the east coast this weekend.

    And we are watching two major hurricane in the Pacific that could affect Hawaii over the next several days.   Everyone needs to be making their final preparations now.

    I’ll have another update tomorrow.  Be safe everyone.

    JD

  • Keeping an eye on several tropical systems this week!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.

    Sorry for the delay.  We had some technical issues with the blog that have just been resolved, so here I am!   We have a lot of tropical news happening, so let’s get to it.

    Tropical Depression Nine finally formed yesterday south of Key West, and is now moving into the Gulf of Mexico.

    The system is forecast to slowly strengthen into a storm, and then take a sharp turn to the north and east Tuesday-Wednesday.

    While the official forecast brings the system onshore anywhere from the Florida Panhandle to Central Florida as a tropical storm late Thursday, very warm water temperatures may allow deeper strengthening than is forecast.

    Also forming yesterday, Tropical Depression Eight is situated about 200 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.  T.D. Eight is also forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm later today, then pass very close to the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Tuesday PM- early Wednesday, with the center likely staying just offshore.

    The primary threats from this system will be heavy surf, rain, and beach erosion along the coast.

    Farther out in the Atlantic and far from land, Gaston became a major hurricane yesterday, but will not impact the U.S. or any land as it slowly weakens this week.  We’re also watching twin hurricanes in the Pacific that could impact Hawaii in the next few days.

    Needless to say, we will be watching everything over the coming week and into the Labor Day weekend.  Thanks for checking in.  I’ll have another update tomorrow.

    JD

  • Atlantic starting to get busy

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    Happy Tuesday.  We’re watching a couple of weather stories this week.  Dry and windy conditions will keep the fire danger high across the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains where red flag warnings are posted.

    We have a system moving into the Central Plains that will spark a few strong storms this evening.  Hail, damaging winds, and an isolated tornado are possible.

    And in the Atlantic, Tropical Depression Fiona has weakened as it passes south of Bermuda.  Closer to the African coast, Tropical Storm Gaston has formed and is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane later this week as it moves into the Central Atlantic, but not impact land.

    And about 450 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, a disturbance is slowly organizing and may develop into a depression later this week.  This system will need to be monitored as it gets close to the U.S. over the next several days:

    Hope you’re all doing well.   I’ll have another update later this week…

    JD

  • Floods and Wildfire danger

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Happy Weekend.  I’m in for Rick on Fox and Friends  if you’re up and at em early on Sunday.  We had so much fun this morning with ice cream for breakfast!

    There’s plenty of weather happening across the country.  Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible over the Midwest and Great lakes.  The cold front associated with this system will move into the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic tomorrow.  A much cooler air mass will move in behind this system.  Meanwhile, Heavy rain and flash flooding is possible for portions of Texas.

    We still have flooding issues over Louisiana as rivers begin to recede.

    It’s going to take time before things start to really dry out, so any more rain is an issue.

    Dangerously hot temperatures and elevated fire danger is expected for portions of the Pacific Northwest.

    Significantly cooler temperatures, much closer to normal levels, are expected by Monday in the wake of a cold front.  We have three dozen large wildfires that continue to challenge firefighters all over the West:

    And not much rain in the forecast to help:

    In the tropics, Fiona is weakening, and is not expected to affect and land over the next week:

    Be safe everyone.  Have a great rest of the weekend.

    JD

  • Flooding, severe weather and wildfires...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    We are still watching the threat for flooding across the Gulf Coast, Texas and up through the Mississippi River Valley today.

    The images coming out of Louisiana are heartbreaking with one of the worst flooding disasters they’ve ever had.

    Locally heavy downpours are also possible across the Northeast, along with scattered strong storms.

    Damaging winds, some hail, and  isolated tornadoes are possible.

    Heat Warnings and Advisories remain posted this afternoon and evening across the Mid-Atlantic and into the Northeast

    Heat indices of 100-105 degrees are expected.  It looks like we will see a bit of a cool off this week and even into next week for this region.

    Meanwhile, warm, dry conditions continue to make fire conditions difficult to battle across the west:

    There is some rain in the forecast:

    But as you can see, not getting into some of the spots where we really need it.

    Hope you’re all doing great.  We’re also watching the tropics for some possible development later this week, so I’ll have an update on that if something pops up worth paying attention to.

    JD

  • Life threatening floods across Louisiana

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    We are watching the devastating floods across the Gulf Coast states today.   Over 30 inches has fallen over Louisiana, and more rain is expected this week as rivers continue to rise.

    This type of flooding is very similar to what you would see in a land falling tropical system that doesn’t move very quickly.  The abundant moisture from the Gulf of Mexico has brought staggering rain totals:

    Unfortunately, several rounds of heavy rain will continue to bring significant flooding issues to the central Gulf Coast states through Monday morning.

    Showers and thunderstorms will also develop along a boundary that extends from the Northeast to the Ohio Valley into the Southern Plains and Mississippi Valley.  Flood watches and warnings are in place through Tuesday:

    This will be an ongoing story we’ll continue to watch through the week.

    Meanwhile, it’s hot – unbearably hot for many states across the Northeast and MidAtlantic. Excessive heat warnings are up with heat indices of well over 100 degrees.

    The heat will begin to break this week.

    Be safe everyone.  If you live across the Gulf Coast, please pay close attention to your local weather forecasters and city officials.

    JD

  • Storms across the Southwest, Southeast and here's Earl!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope your week is going well so far.   It’s hard to believe we’re already in the month of August! I’m going to try and forget that my boys will be back to school in a month, and REALLY enjoy the rest of the summer…

    In weather news, we’ve got monsoonal storms across the Southwest bringing more rain and the threat for flash flooding:

    We also had some flooding across South Carolina over the last 24 hours.  A slow moving system continues to bring tropical moisture and the risk for heavy rain across the Southeast:

    And speaking of the tropics, we are now watching Tropical Storm Earl passing passing south of Jamaica:

    The system will move into the Yucatan and Belize Thursday, bringing heavy rain and flooding to the region.

    Enjoy the rest of the week!

    JD

  • Weekend weather

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope your weekend is off to a great start.  It’s going to be a wet one for millions of folks as a slow moving system pushing across the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast and Mid Atlantic.  Heavy rain over the next few days will bring flooding concerns, since we’ve already seen a great deal of wet weather:

    The trailing cold from will bring showers and thunderstorms over the central Plains. Some of these could be severe with hail and damaging winds, but this will be very isolated.

    Scattered afternoon storms will pop up along the Southwest, Gulf Coast and Florida.

    And it will feel like summertime for much of the country with exception to the Northwest and Great Lakes regions:

    NOAA  issued its fall outlook this week, but take this with a grain of salt as it is next to impossible to forecast anything reliable past 5 days!

    Have a great weekend everyone.

    JD

  • Heat, wildfires and severe storms today

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!  Happy Monday

    A lot going on today in the weather department.   We’ve got hot and humid conditions once again from the Mississippi River Valley to the East Coast.

    Heat indices of 100-110 degrees will be widespread.  Heat Warnings and Advisories remain in effect.

    A front moving into the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Ohio River Valley will spread a few strong storms across these regions this afternoon and evening.

    We’ve got a thunderstorm watch right now including Philadelphia where the DNC convention is going on:

    Damaging winds, some hail, and an isolated tornado is possible.  We’ll watch that.

    And wildfires will be an ongoing story for many weeks to come unfortunately.  We’ve got 28 large fires burning right now across the west:

    The Sand Fire in southern California has exploded overnight with high heat and gusty winds not helping firefighters in the region:

    We’ll monitor all of these stories throughout the day and keep you posted!

    Be safe everyone!

    JD

  • Dangerous heat for many

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!  Happy weekend.

    We’ve got dangerous heat impacting many states over the next few days:

    Temperatures will range from 5-15 degrees above average from the Southwest across the Plains to the Southeast and MidAtlantic.

    Daytime highs will surpass 100 for many with heat indices of 105-115 degrees.  It will be hot for the convention in Philadelphia on Monday before a cold front pushes through:

    Meanwhile, severe thunderstorms and flash flooding are possible across portions of the northern plains and Upper Midwest.

    And we’re watching tropical storm Darby in the Pacific that will make landfall across Hawaii in the next few hours.

    Strong winds and heavy rain will be the main threats from Darby.

    Be safe and stay cool everyone!

    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.