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  • Stormy weekend for the West

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I’m in for Rick on Fox and Friends weekend.  Hope you will tune in tomorrow for a Halloween parade!

    In the meantime, let’s check out the forecast…

    The West will be into a wet stormy pattern over the next few days as a series of systems move onshore and across the Intermountain West.

    Periods of heavy rain are possible across parts of Northern California with the risk of flash flooding.  Higher elevation snow will develop over the Sierra and the Northern Rockies through Sunday.

    A system moving across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes will bring widespread rain and a mix of snow over Upstate New York and Maine.

    Meanwhile, record highs are possible over the central U.S.  this weekend with temperatures well above average for millions of folks.

    Here’s a look ahead to your trick or treat forecast:

    Hope you’ll join us tomorrow!


  • Quiet weekend weather, more storms on tap for the West

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    Sorry for the delay.  I was under the weather last week so to speak – but feeling a little better today, and thankfully there’s not much to report.  Fall weather has arrived across much of the eastern half of the U.S. and the trees are definitely reflecting that in their fall foliage.

    As you can see, warm and dry weather is ongoing across the Gulf Coast and Deep south.

    Heading into the new workweek, storms will move into the Northwest with the possibility for strong winds, heavy rain and higher elevation snow.

    The good news is parts of Southern California will get a little rain:

    Enjoy what’s left of the weekend!


  • Sunday weather

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.  Happy Sunday.  Hope you all had a great weekend.

    If you live in the Northwest, you’ve seen some pretty wicked weather the last few days with several storms moving inland, hurricane force winds along the coast, heavy rain and higher elevation show.  The worst of the weather will subside as we head into the new workweek.

    Showers and thunderstorms will pop up from the Upper Midwest into the Northeast.   And we have an area to watch across Florida that has a low chance of developing into something tropical, but in the meantime will bring some showers and thunderstorms to south Florida.

    And a last gasp of summer for the Central and Eastern U.S for the next few days with daytime highs 10-20 degrees above average.   Enjoy it while you can!

    Warm air will spread east into the Ohio Valley, Midatlantic and Northeast tomorrow and Tuesday.

    I’m going to be off for a few days, but I’ll be back Friday with your weekend update!


  • Big storms in the Northwest

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy Friday everyone!

    We’ve got some changes going on across the U.S. this weekend.   First up:  Hurricane Nicole is leaving Bermuda.

    The storm crossed over the Island yesterday as a Cat 3 storm with winds of 120 mph.  Thankfully it is racing to the Northeast now away from land.

    A series of strong storm systems will impact the West Coast through the weekend:

    The potential for heavy rain, snow and high winds will stretch across the Pacific Northwest and northern California.

    Above average temperatures of 5-15 degrees will spread across the central U.S.

    While scattered storms are possible from the Southern Plains to the lower Mississippi Valley.  Showers and thunderstorms will also pop up across portions of the Great Lakes on Saturday.

    Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


    The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will see dry conditions but cooler weather through Sunday.

  • Matthew leaves a flooding disaster in many communities

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Clean up and rescue efforts continue across North and South Carolina today even though Matthew has left the coastline.  This is the costliest storm since Superstorm Sandy for the U.S.  and the flooding is still happening across this area:

    It sometimes takes many days if not weeks to comprehend the scope of damage and destruction from storms like Matthew.  Prayers and thoughts to all those who were affected by this hurricane.

    Across the rest of the U.S. we are starting to see some more winter-like storms.   A system moving through the Northern Rockies and into the Dakotas will bring rain and snow to the region:

    And we’re not done with the tropics.  Nicole will threaten Bermuda later on this week as perhaps a Cat 2 storm:

    Hope you’re all doing well.  I’ll have another update on the flooding and Nicole on Friday.


  • Hurricane Matthew finally begins to weaken

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist
    Hi All.  It’s been a busy week following the path of Hurricane Matthew.  Here’s the latest:
    Hurricane Matthew’s eyewall continues to scrape the Carolina coast line with high winds and major storm surge flooding.
    Hilton Head, South Carolina measured a wind gust of 83 mph.  Tybee Island, Georgia has recently reported an 80 mph wind gust.  Here’s a list of some of the most powerful winds recorded:
    Isolated tornadoes are also possible in parts of southeast Georgia and coastal South Carolina early Saturday morning.
    We should see the storm move offshore of the Coastal Carolinas tomorrow, and there is a chance for Matthew to recurve toward the coast,  but it will be a much weaker storms.
    In the meantime, strong winds, storm surge and flash flooding will be huge threats over the next 48 hours:

    Prayers to all those who have been affected by this deadly storm.  We will all be glad when Matthew leaves the coastline.


  • Tough forecast for Hurricane Matthew

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.  Here’s your Wednesday morning update on Hurricane Matthew:

    The Category 3 storm is moving away from Eastern Cuba and will strike the Bahamas today and tonight.

    Matthew is likely to have big impacts along the Southeast U.S. coast.  A hurricane warning has been issued for the east coast of Florida from Golden Beach, Florida, to Sebastian Inlet in Florida.

    A hurricane watch has also been issued north of Sebastian Inlet to the Flagler/Volusia county line in Florida. This includes Orlando, Florida.

    Matthew is forecast to strengthen again back to Cat 4 status as it moves through the Bahamas with the threat of a a storm surge of 10-15 feet.  Here’s a look at two of our reliable computer model forecasts:

    We are still forecasting a close call for the center of Matthew along Southeast coast, from Florida to North Carolina.  Florida will start to feel impacts tomorrow possibly through the weekend.

    How bad Matthew gets along the shoreline will depend on how close the center of Matthew moves near the southeastern states.

    It’s not out of the question to have hurricane-force winds coming ashore on the Florida East Coast.

    This is going to be a tough forecast in the next few days.  Any movement towards or away from the coast could mean the difference from a glancing blow to a direct hit.  We will continue to watch it, but if you live along the southeast coast, please pay close attention to your local officials and weather updates.


  • Matthew eyes the East Coast

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.   We have a lot to cover with brand new information this morning on Hurricane Matthew.   Matthew maintaining its Catagory 4 strength this morning, and one of the storms we’ve had in the Atlantic in a decade.

    A catastrophic strike is happening right now across Haiti with the worst of the rain, winds and storm surge battering this very vulnerable country.   Over a foot of rainfall from Matthew may trigger life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. In Haiti, in particular, heavy rainfall could be catastrophic where they could locally see 40 inches of rain.

    The new piece of information we have this morning is the  hreat to Florida and the southeastern U.S. coast late this week has INCREASED greatly from this time yesterday.

    Tropical storm and/or hurricane watches are likely for portions of the Florida peninsula and Florida Keys later this morning.

    Late this week and into the weekend, portions of the coastal southeastern U.S. states will likely see impacts from Matthew.

    Interests from Florida to the coastal Carolinas should monitor the progress of Matthew very closely.  The current track has the storm coming very close to the east coast of Florida as a MAJOR hurricane (Cat 3)  and then maybe even a landfall across the Carolinas this weekend.  Take a look at two of our reliable forecast models coming into agreement right now for a possible impact to the southeast coast:

    We also cannot yet rule out a close call for the rest of the Northeast seaboard, including New England.

    Having said all of that, it’s still not certain how close Matthew’s center will pass near the northwest Bahamas later Thursday into Friday, and it’s still too early to say how big the danger/impact will be across the east coast.  Right now we have a decent chance of at least tropical storm force winds  near the coast of Florida, the Carolinas and southeast Virginia.

    Even if Matthew stays well to the east of Florida and the East Coast, dangerous swells, coastal flooding and beach erosion are likely all up and down the east coast this weekend.

    We will be updating you all week and into the weekend.  Be safe everyone!


  • All eyes are on Major Hurricane Matthew

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.  Matthew is an intense, Category 4 hurricane churning in the central Caribbean Sea.  We are very concerned about this storm.

    Hurricane warnings are posted in Jamaica, Haiti, eastern Cuba and the southeast Bahamas.

    Matthew is expected to hit Haiti starting today with potentially catastrophic impacts for this very poor region that is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake.

    Cuba and Jamaica will also be impacted with heavy rain and strong winds.  After that the Bahamas need to watch Matthew’s destructive path.

    It is still unclear which parts of the U.S. may be in danger late this week and next weekend, but Florida to Maine need to keep a close eye on this storm.

    Even if Matthew stays well to the east of Florida and the East Coast, dangerous swells, coastal flooding and beach erosion are likely.

    We also cannot yet rule out a close call for the rest of the Northeast seaboard, including New England and even Atlantic Canada, into the following week.

    We’ll keep you up to date all week.  Be safe everyone.


  • Dangerous Hurricane Matthew

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    We are tracking Hurricane Matthew which is a dangerous category 4 storm that will threaten Jamaica, parts of Hispañola, eastern Cuba and the Bahamas through the weekend and into next week.  Matthew was a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 160 mph last night;  it is now the strongest storm we’ve had in the Atlantic basin in almost a decade.

    The track of Matthew is uncertain with one possible scenario coming close to Florida or the southeast next week.

    The other scenario is it remains offshore, but has Bermuda in its sight:

    And of course, there’s anywhere inbetween that forecast Matthew could end up.   What we do know is Matthew is likely to begin impacting parts of the central or southeastern Bahamas, or even the Florida East Coast by Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Here is the track of Matthew with great uncertainty as it makes its way into the Bahamas early next week:

    Even if Matthew stays off the East Coast, the threat of high waves,  coastal flooding, and beach erosion will be a risk all along the Eastern Seaboard.  The bottom line on this:  If you live anywhere from Florida to Maine, you need to pay close attention to Matthew’s path.


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.