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  • Fire and Flood watches, and an eye on the Tropics!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    A quick Monday weather update for you:

    Critical fire weather conditions continue across southern California.

    Red Flag Warnings and Heat Advisories are in effect.   Meanwhile, heavy rain is forecast in parts of Texas with flash flood watches in effect.

    Cool and mostly dry conditions will prevail across much of the central U.S.

    And in the tropics, a  wave in the Atlantic will likely organize into a depression or storm later this week near the Lesser Antilles.

    The Caribbean and U.S will have to monitor this system later this week.

    Enjoy the day everyone.  I’m loving these fall temperatures here in the Northeast!


  • Team Bream and Dean!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All

    Sorry for the delay.  I was in DC for a few days with my good friend Shannon Bream!  I will have a full update on what’s happening in the world of weather tomorrow.  It finally feels like fall in the Northeast, and we could have something to monitor in the Caribbean this week.   Hope you had a great weekend!



  • Weekend weather update

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend.  There’s a few things to keep you up to date on as we head into the next five days — including some warm temperatures for much of the country.

    First up:  A slow moving cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Great Lakes and Northeast.  Locally heavy rain will be possible.

    Scattered severe storms will be possible across the Southern and Central Plains with large hail and damaging winds primarily.

    Warmer than average temperatures will move in for much of the country this week with exception to the Northwest where showers and clouds will keep temperatures slightly below average.

    Tropical depression Julia is hanging off the southeast coast bringing mainly big waves and rough beach conditions.

    Tropical Storm Karl in the Atlantic is expected to strengthen as it moves west and then Northwest later this week.

    It doesn’t appear that Karl will affect the U.S, but Bermuda needs to monitor this system.

    And Typhoon Malakas is moving Northeast of Taiwan and will eventually move into Japan as a tropical storm midweek.

    We’ll continue to watch all of these stories.  Have a great weekend everyone!


  • Tropical Storm Julia and an update on Typhoon Meranti

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Interestingly enough, yesterday I mentioned there wasn’t much happening in the Atlantic – at least nothing that would affect us here in the U.S.  Boy, was I wrong!

    For the first time on record, the National Hurricane Center has initiated advisories for a tropical storm over land:

    Tropical Storm Julia has formed with the center approximately 60 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida.

    The system is a minimal 40mph storm, but will weaken to a Tropical Depression later today.  The primary threats are flooding across Georgia and South Carolina due to 3-6″+ (isolated 10″) of rain, and there is also the possibility of an isolated weak tornado across coastal Georgia and South Carolina.

    Meanwhile,  Tropical Storm Ian poses no threat to the U.S. or any land as it moves through the Central Atlantic.

    The northern eyewall of Super Typhoon Meranti passed just south of the southern tip of Taiwan overnight, with 190mph sustained winds.

    Some weakening has already occurred, but Meranti will still make landfall in China over the next 8-12 hours as a very dangerous typhoon.  In addition to the wind threat, flooding from rainfall is a concern.

    Have a great rest of the week.  Another update this weekend.


  • Super Typhoon Meranti

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    A quick update on the tropics this week:

    Tropical Storm Ian formed yesterday in the Central Atlantic, but will remain in the open ocean and not impact the U.S. or land.

    Meanwhile, we’ve got an extremely dangerous Super Typhoon approaching southern Taiwan.  The center of Meranti will brush the far southern end of the island over the next 24 hours, then will make landfall in  China in 36-48 hours.

    Meranti is forecast to weaken significantly before reaching China, but remain a hurricane.

    We’ll keep you up to date on this developing story.  Hope you’re all doing great.


  • A little snow for your weekend?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    It’s a somber day here in NYC.  It’s hard to focus on anything other than that terrible day 15 years ago.  We remember all those who risked their lives to save others.  This picture was so moving I had to post it on social media.  It’s 343 American flags to remember the firefighters that lost their lives that day.  It was taken yesterday in St Patrick’s Cathedral:

    We not only remember those who died that day, but the families and loved ones that continue to mourn their loss.  God Bless them all.

    Here in NYC, it was a muggy Sunday, but things are changing a bit with cooler temperatures and less humidity.   We even have a bit of snow on the map – so let’s cover that:

    Temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees below average over parts of the Northern High Plains and Northern Rockies as a system moves through.

    Rain and thunderstorms will be possible with even some wet snow (!) in the higher elevations of the Rockies.

    Dry conditions and gusty winds will lead to critical fire weather conditions for parts of the Great Basin and Rockies today. Red Flag Warnings are in effect for portions of several states.

    A front extending from the Northeast southward to parts of the Mid-Atlantic, back into the Western Gulf Coast will bring unsettled weather along and near the front.  We are not expecting any major severe weather today.

    In the tropics, there are a few areas we are watching in the Atlantic, but none are at risk of affecting the U.S. in the next 5 days.

    I’ll check in again Tuesday to keep you up to date.  Hug the ones you love today and every day.


  • Hermine, Newton and a severe threat for the Midwest

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope your weekend went well.  My kids have their first day of school tomorrow.  I can’t believe it. I’m excited but also sad to see them getting so big so quickly.  Wish me luck not crying when they get on the school bus.

    So, busy weekend in the tropics.  Post-tropical Hermine will drift offshore of eastern Long Island/southeastern New England through midweek.

    Tropical Storm Warnings are posted from central Long Island through central and southeastern Connecticut, Rhode Island, to southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod as wind gusts over 40mph are expected.

    Rough surf, waves, and rip currents, and beach erosion will remain the primary concerns all week.

    A system moving through the Midwest will bring scattered strong storms to the region.  Large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes are possible.

    Hurricane Newton made landfall near Cabo San Lucas this morning as an 90mph hurricane.

    Hurricane warnings are in effect for the southern Baja as Newton moves northward, gradually weakening over the next few days, but bringing the threat for heavy rain into the southwest.

    I hope you all have a great week.  Be safe and good luck to all the moms and dads out there (grandparents too) who are dealing with the “back to school” blues!


  • Latest on Hermine

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    It’s been a crazy last few days tracking what was once a hurricane, now a post-tropical storm spinning out in the Atlantic.  Here’s the latest:

    Post tropical storm Hermine has winds of 70 mph and is moving ENE.

    Computer models have trended more to the east meaning a better forecast than originally predicted for the east coast.

    Heavy rain will likely remain off shore however, a prolonged period of northeasterly winds will cause coastal flooding along the MidAtlatic coast and Long Island Sound.

    The main danger will be high surf and rip currents along the coast.  People are urged to stay out of the water.  Beach erosion will also be an issue with several days of high winds and waves.

    A lot of people are wondering what went wrong with the forecast – why it didn’t turn out the way we predicted, and the answer is, we truly didn’t have a clear picture until now as to what the steering currents would ultimately do with the storm.  The National Weather service put out a good graphic this morning:

    Like I’ve always said, I would rather people be safe if we get the forecast wrong than not prepared and therefore risking their lives.  Have a great Labor Day everyone.  Talk to you Tuesday.


  • Hermine makes landfall and will be with us all weekend...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Tropical Storm Hermine made landfall this morning at 1:30am ET near St. Mark’s on the Florida Panhandle as a Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80mph.  This is the first hurricane to make landfall across Florida in almost 11 years.   Look at the rainfall totals:

    A few isolated tornadoes are possible from coastal Georgia to the Outer Banks.

    The forecast track for Hermine takes it over the coastal Carolinas, then offshore of Virginia by Saturday afternoon.

    By this time, the system will be losing its tropical characteristics.  Regardless of tropical or non-tropical classification, the system will then linger for several days off the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coast, spreading wind, rain, heavy surf, and coastal flooding along portions of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic coastline (very similar impacts to what you would see out of a Nor’easter).

    Tropical Storm Warnings remain posted from Florida to North Carolina, while Tropical Storm Watches are in effect from Virginia to Connecticut in anticipation of a prolonged period of winds over 40mph Saturday night into early next week.

    We’ll be watching this storm very carefully into the weekend as it could cause huge headaches for millions of people along the coast.


  • 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.


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.