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  • The latest on what's left of Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Lidia

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.  Happy Friday.  Hard to believe we’re into the month of September and Labor Day is upon us.

    We’ve got a lot to cover in terms of tropical weather.

    Harvey’s moisture and circulation will enhance rainfall from Kentucky to the Carolinas.

    Generally 2-4” is possible, with isolated amounts closer to 6”. The tornado threat today extends from the Carolinas to eastern KY and TN.

    It looks like the Gulf of Mexico will remain quiet this weekend.  The forecast for the Upper Texas Coast/SW Louisiana keeps the region free from heavy rain through next week, with only scattered storm chances late this weekend into early next week.

    Hurricane Irma is holding steady as a 115mph hurricane in the open Atlantic.

    The official forecast takes an even stronger Irma close to or north of the Lesser Antilles on Wednesday.  Indications are that Irma may be turning slightly northward by then, possibly sparing the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico, but it’s too early to know that for sure just yet.

    Looking at the 7-11 day timeframe, Irma could threaten both the Bahamas and/or U.S., or even turn and miss land completely,  but it is too early to forecast either with any confidence.

    Meanwhile, another vigorous tropical wave has emerged off the coast of Africa, and early indications are that it will develop into a depression or storm early next week.

    In the Pacific, we’re watching Lidia that will bring heavy rain to Baja Peninsula in the next few days.

    As always, we will monitor this system and all the others in the next few weeks.

    Be safe and prepared.


  • Harvey, Irma and Lidia

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.

    It has been incredibly busy this last week tracking one of the most devastating storms in our nation’s history.  And now we are watching a few other things that could potentially impact the U.S. in the next few days.  Bottom line is if you live in an area that could be impacted by a tropical storm or a hurricane, please know what your emergency plans are and what and your possible evacuation route is.  Have an emergency kit in your home and in your car at all times.

    As what’s left of now Tropical Depression Harvey moves northeastward from Louisiana into the Tennessee and Ohio River Valley through Saturday, an additional 4-8” of rain will fall across these regions and even enhance rainfall into the Southeast and southern Appalachians.

    The tornado threat today extends from northern MS, AL, and GA into Tennessee.

    We are continuing to monitor the potential for rain to return to the upper Texas coast and Louisiana early next week.

    Our computer models are indicating that heavy rain, possibly associated with a tropical entity, will develop over the western Gulf of Mexico and possibly move toward the northern Gulf Coast .  If any system, whether it be a depression or storm, moved more towards the central and eastern Gulf Of Mexico, TX-southwestern LA would not receive much rainfall.

    Tropical Storm Irma is close to hurricane status far out in the Atlantic.

    Irma is forecast to continue strengthening as it approaches  the Lesser Antilles/Puerto Rico in a week, next Wednesday-Thursday time frame.  It’s still too early to tell whether Irma will have direct impacts there and  U.S. impacts, *if any* would be a full 10-11 days away.

    In the East Pacific south of Cabo San Lucas we have Tropical Storm Lidia.  Lidia is strengthening and forecast to impact Cabo later this afternoon/evening as a tropical storm,  potentially a hurricane.  Tropical Storm Warnings and Hurricane Watches are posted.

    We will continue to watch all of this over the next week.  Please be safe and prepared.


  • Harvey will bring record rainfall, storm surge and hurricane winds to Texas

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    As you may have noticed, we are keeping track of what is likely going to be an historic storm moving into Texas.  As of 11am eastern time, aircraft reconnaissance indicates Hurricane Harvey is still strengthening, and is currently a dangerous Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph.

    The official forecast strengthens Harvey to a Category 3 hurricane before landfall, which will occur tonight around 1am CDT.  Storm surge will be in the 6-12 foot range near to and north of the landfall center, possibly higher during high tides.

    As is common with land-falling tropical systems, brief tornadoes are possible along the middle and upper Texas coast through tomorrow.  With Harvey forecast to stall just inland just after making landfall for up to 48 hours, we are anticipating torrential rainfall and life-threatening flooding across southeastern Texas into southwestern Louisiana.

    Widespread 15-30″ totals are likely, with higher isolated amounts possible.

    Harvey may drift back over water near the coast late Sunday or Monday, which would only enhance rainfall over the region through as late as Wednesday.

    We will continue to monitor this storm through the weekend.  Prayers are needed for our friends in Texas.


  • Tropical storm Harvey could potentially be a disaster

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.   The big weather story today and through the weekend will be Tropical Storm Harvey.

    The system is expected to become a hurricane in the next 12 hours and make landfall over the Texas Coast Friday night into Saturday.

    Hurricane Warnings have been issued for the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass.  Storm surge in this same region would be 4-6 feet.

    The potentially more serious issue will be prolonged heavy rainfall and flooding.  10-15” is possible over the region, with isolated maximums of 20”+ across the Upper Texas Coast and southwestern Louisiana, especially if Harvey’s remnants stall over the region post-landfall through early next week.

    There is also a worry that the storm will stall, and some forecasts are showing the system heading back into the Gulf of Mexico where it will potentially make a second landfall next week.

    Regardless of classification, the danger from Harvey will be the threat for heavy rain and life threatening flash floods, so if you live along the Texas/Lousiana coast, please be vigilant and listen to your local officials.


  • Strong to severe storms for the Northeast, Harvey and Eclipse weather!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.

    Happy Friday.  We’ve got a few weather stories we’re watching closely, and Solar Eclipse 2017 is coming to a city near you Monday, so we’ll cover that too.

    First up:  Scattered storms and locally heavy rain across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Central Plains may cause flash flooding today.

    We even have a risk for strong to severe storms for millions living along the I-95 corridor:

    Tropical Storm Harvey formed Thursday evening east of the Lesser Antilles, and will move through those islands today.

    The environment in the Caribbean isn’t optimal, so only gradual strengthening is expected over the next 5 days at it approaches Central America.  At this time, Harvey is not expected to have any U.S. impacts.

    Next week we’ll be monitoring a few other disturbances currently farther out in the Atlantic, as they move westward.

    And the Total Solar Eclipse is coming!  I’ll be out in Greenville, South Carolina which is in the “path of totality”

    I’ll also be promoting my brand new Freddy the Frogcaster book which comes out the same day!

    Yay Freddy!  If you’re in Greenville, stop by and say Hi!  The weather is going to be sunny and hot.

    And if you’re wondering if clouds might obstruct your view of the eclipse, here’s a look at the forecast along the path of “Totality”:

    Don’t forget to protect your eyes at all time during the eclipse.  If you don’t have proper eyewear you shouldn’t look up at the sun at all.

    That’s all for now.  Have a great, safe weekend everyone.  See you Monday!


  • Severe storms and High Heat

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.  Happy Thursday!

    We had a pretty scary night across parts of the Upper Midwest with severe storms moving through.

    That same system will bring more of the same over the Great Lakes/Ohio River Valley today while a new system pushes across the Texas Panhandle/High Plains.

    Large hail, damaging winds, and an isolated tornado are possible.   Flash flooding is also a concern with heavier downpours.

    Meanwhile, heat advisories are posted across the Gulf Coast and South as heat indices rise above 100 degrees in much of the region:

    Be sure to stay cool and check on your kids, pets and the elderly.

    Also, the tropics are getting active with three separate waves we are monitoring coming off the coast of Africa:

    Here’s a look at the rest of the forecast across the country:

    Have a great day everyone.  See you on Fox and Friends.


  • Strong thunderstorms for the Midwest and Hurricane Gert

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good Tuesday morning All!

    We are watching the threat for scattered strong storms across the Central Plains this afternoon-evening.

    Large hail, damaging winds, and an isolated tornado are possible.

    And ocean swells from Hurricane Gert will reach the East Coast today lasting into Wednesday, enhancing the rip current risk.

    We’re also watching an area of low pressure that could develop into our next named system in the next few days across the Atlantic:

    Meanwhile, here’s the rest of your weather headlines across the country:

    Have a wonderful day!  See you on Fox and Friends everyone.


  • National Hurricane Center upgrades their forecast

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.

    A lot going on in the weather department this morning.  We’ve got strong to severe thunderstorms possible across portions of the Plains.  Hail and strong winds will be the primary risk, but we can’t rule out a tornadoes or two.  Flash flooding will also be a concern.

    Across the west,  locally heavy rains may also cause flash flooding along the northern California and Nevada border.

    Meanwhile, Hurricane Franklin has been downgraded to a tropical storm bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the east coast of Mexico.

    Flash flooding and mudslides will be an ongoing concern.

    And the  National Hurricane Center has upgraded their predictions for the Atlantic season with 14-16 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes and 2-5 major hurricanes cat 3 or higher.

    Folks along the east coast, gulf of Mexico need to be on alert as we head into peak season.

    We have our eyes on a couple of disturbances out in the Atlantic pretty close to home:

    We will keep you updated as always.


  • Cooler than average for much of the country

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone!  Hope you all had a great weekend.  We’ve had a lot of heavy rain from the South to the East Coast.  We’re still watching for isolated flooding with storms across the Southeast.

    A powerful cold front is part of the reason we’re seeing all the rain, plus we’ve got below average temperatures for two thirds of the country.  That pattern is going to stay with us for the next week or so.

    The center of Tropical Storm Franklin is spreading heavy rain across the Yucatan Peninsula. The system will move over the Bay of Campeche and make a 2nd Mexico landfall Thursday. Thankfully Franklin will not be a threat to the U.S.

    Have a wonderful day everyone.  See you on Fox and Friends!

  • Fri-yay!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope your week has been great —  I am ready for the weekend!   Taking a look at our weather headlines, we’ve still got excessive heat across the West Coast.

    Record breaking highs continue to be the story for the next few days.  Heat advisories remain up for the Northwest:

    A strong cold front sweeping the eastern U.S. will bring showers and thunderstorms with it, plus much cooler air for the Midwest and Great Lakes.

    Here’s a look at the potential rainfall over the next 5 days:

    And your daytime highs:

    We’ve also got our eyes on the tropics which are starting to act up off the coast of Africa and in the Caribbean:

    We’re just a few weeks away from peak season, so if you live in an area that could be affected, make sure you have your Hurricane preparedness plan in place.

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


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.