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  • Mainly a miss for this incredibly strong Nor'Easter

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy Monday everyone!

    First off, prayers to all those involved in that massive and tragic mudslide in Washington State.    More than 100 people are still listed as missing.

    Rainfall in this region has been relentless, although this area has been known for mudslides with one that happened  8 years ago.  The stories are heartbreaking, and it looks like more unsettled weather continues for this region over the next few days for the search and rescue efforts.

    For yet another week, cold air is invading much of the country.  We broke records around the New York and Connecticut airports:

    And we could have a hard freeze for parts of the Deep South Tuesday night:

    A clipper from the Midwest will spread snow into parts of the Northern Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and Midatlantic tonight.  Generally 1-3 inches will fall with colder air being pulled southward.

    This clipper combined with a low from the Gulf of Mexico will bring a significant Nor’Easter to the region on Tuesday. 

    Right now it appears the worst of the storm will be off-shore which is good news because this is by far the strongest system of the season, and with a pressure drop of 46 millibars in just 24 hours, this could be one of the strongest winter storms ever recorded.  It could come close enough to bring blizzard conditions to eastern Massachusetts, and Atlantic Canada need to be on high alert.  Winds could be over 100 mph at the height of this beast.

    Meanwhile, rain will be on and off for the Gulf Coast.  Tonight an area of low pressure comes out of the Gulf of Mexico and moves across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.  Some snow could mix in across the Carolinas as this Low moves offshore and combines with another system from the North to bring us our Nor’Easter.

    If details change, we’ll be sure to let you know!

    Be safe everyone

    JD

  • Late March Nor'Easter and weather across the Indian Ocean

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    We’re watching the weather very closely as the search continues for the missing jet from two weeks ago in the southern Indian Ocean.   This is such a heart breaking story, and unfortunately, the only leads they have are from satellite images showing possible debris in the ocean.  This area is so remote, we barely have any information to help us forecast weather.  Here’s a look at where we have weather buoys, and notice there are NONE in the location where the search continues.

    So we go on satellite information where we’ve had a day or two of relatively calm weather conditions, but there are several storms that will move through bringing rain, wind and large waves that will certainly make things difficult if not impossible for search crews.

    Meanwhile, we are also watching ANOTHER winter storm that will bring the potential for a very strong nor’easter. 

    The exact track, and how much snow/rain/wind will fall is still very uncertain.  Here are two of our forecast models, and as you can see there is quite a bit of disagreement.

    We’ll keep watching it, and I’ll have a better handle on the forecast tomorrow if you live in the Northeast or New England…stay tuned!

    JD

  • HUMP DAY OPEN BLOG!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All

    Sorry for the delay.  Hope you’re all doing well.  I’ll have another post later this week.  Until then, feel free to use this OPEN BLOG this to chat!  Tomorrow is the first day of SPRING!  (At least on the calendar it will be!)

    JD

  • St. Patrick's Day SNOW for D.C?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone! 

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but we’ve got MORE WINTER WEATHER on the way this weekend and next week!

    My good pal Shannon Bream’s reaction last weekend is perfect for this next winter storm…(Although, I think she’s currently on vacation somewhere warm – lucky gal!)

    This March storm will bring snow and a wintry mix (imcluding possible freezing rain) for the Midwest and Tennesse River Valley on Sunday

    …and then the Midatlantic through Monday:

    Washington D.C could see several inches of new snow for the Monday morning commute!

    Cold air behind the system will drop temperatures 20 to 30 degrees in just a matter of hours.  

    Meanwhile, where the weather is warmer, severe storms could pop up as a cold front slices through.   Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes are possible for Texas and along the Northern Gulf Coast. 

    And for our friends in the Northwest, more rain and mountain snow will move in on Sunday.

    We are looking forward to the first day of spring this week (Wednesday, March 20th) but I don’t think Mother Nature has gotten the memo yet!

    Stay warm, everyone!

    JD

  • Shannon Bream does not like snow...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I had a great moment on air with Shannon Bream this weekend when we were talking about this next winter storm.  Her reaction was priceless.  I saw her out of the corner of my eye in one of the monitors (since she is in D.C, and I only see myself in the camera), and the image says it all:

    Even though many of the big cities will escape this next system, just the mere thought of more snow has a lot of people putting their head in their hands!  So funny.  By the way, Shannon Bream is one of the nicest, sweetest, and smartest people on the planet.  I adore her.

    So, lets start with the good news.  We’ve got a nice warm up for much of the country today!

    This new storm will bring generally light snow across the Midwest, with moderate snow developing later tonight over the southern and eastern Great Lakes. 

    Winter Storm Warnings are posted tonight through tomorrow morning for the Chicago area, where 4-8” of snow is possible (and they could move into the top 3 spot for snowiest seasons on record!)

    Tomorrow through tomorrow night, the Northeast will see rain and rain/snow mix along the coast, where temperatures will remain too warm for all-snow.  

    The heavy snow will fall across the interior.  Winter Storm Watches and Warnings are in effect for Upstate NY and northern New England, where 1-2+ feet is possible.

    Meanwhile, a system across the Northern and Central Rockies will spread mountain snow across the region, where up to a foot is expected. 

    I think much of the country is ready for spring to officially kick in.  Am I right?   I certainly am!

    JD

  • Spring Fever (for a few days at least!)

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone! 

    For the first time in a long time, there’s a little good news to celebrate on the “weather front”.   Much of the country will enjoy a warm up  especially for parts of the Midwest where they have been trapped in a deep freeze for weeks!  Whoo hoo! 

    For today, we’ve got a weak  cold front spreading rain and or snow showers over the Great Lakes and Ohio valley.   While another batch of rain and mountain snow moves into the Northwest and northern California through tonight. 

    Looking ahead, unfortunately, winter isn’t over yet as we are tracking the potential for another snowstorm midweek for the Midwest through the Northeast. 

    Stay tuned. 

    And don’t forget to set those clocks ahead! 

    At least that’s a sign that spring is around the corner (even if we lose an extra hour of sleep, we gain more wonderful daylight!)

    Have a great weekend everyone!

    JD

  • OPEN BLOG WEDNESDAY!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Happy Wednesday.  Thought I would open things up here for chatting. Have a great rest of the week!

  • Fox and Friends help raise awareness for MS!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I had a wonderful weekend here in NYC!  As you know I hosted the MS Society’s Climb to the Top to raise funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis on Sunday.  What an amazing event full of inspiring people.  Over a thousand people came out to the event, and we raised close to a million dollars to help with research and finding a cure to this unpredictable and sometimes debilitating disease.

    Fox and Friends were amazing to help spread the word.  Here are a couple of videos from Sunday and this morning talking about the event, and my life leaving with MS:

    And here’s one of the “selfies” I took after the interview:

    This is the interview I did on the weekend after the event:

    I took over the curvy couch here:

    And some photos from the Climb (I did not climb the 66 flights of stairs myself – that would’ve taken about a week for me to complete!)  But to those who did, I am grateful beyond words.

    Have a wonderful week everyone!

    JD

  • Winter Storm Angry

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    As you know, I’ve decided to name the next few winter storms.  This one is winter storm Angry  (to co-inside with some of the tempers that are flaring with more snow in the forecast.  HA!)

    Now, it’s not all bad news in the weather department.   The storms in California are bringing much needed rain and snow: 

    While this won’t be a drought-buster, they’ve received almost as much rain as last year in just a matter of hours!

    Unfortunately, flooding and mudslides are a big threat with the potential for isolated tornadoes.  Flash flooding will occur across the burn and desert areas.  Up to two feet of  snow is possible over the mountains.

    Energy from the storm across the Southwest will bring a significant snow and ice storm over the Plains, Mississippi and Ohio Valley, Great Lakes, the Midatlantic and Northeast. 

    A wide swath of the country will see 6-12 inches of snow from this system, and accumulating ice in the areas you see shaded in pink:

    Sunday into Monday the Northeast/Midatlantic will get plowed by the Winter Storm (Angry) across the Plains. Significant snow is possible for NYC, Philly, and possibly D.C. 

    We’ll have to fine tune the forecast because as of this writing, the forecast models are showing the system moving a little more to the south which means areas south of NYC could get big snow totals.

    It will be a busy next few days in the weather center.  And tune in to Fox and Friends tomorrow morning if you can – I’ll be talking about the event I’m emceeing tomorrow for the MS Society!  Over a thousand people will be climbing 65 flights of stairs to bring awareness to the disease for the “Climb to the Top of Rockefeller Center”  Next week is MS Awareness week, so this is a great way to kick things off!

    Talk to you all tomorrow!

    JD

  • My Story: Living with MS

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    It’s been awhile since I talked about my diagnosis of MS back in 2005 (and when I shared it here on the blog back in 2007)  I wrote an Op Ed piece for Foxnews.com, and wanted to share it with you guys…my blog family.  Thank YOU all for being so supportive, kind and encouraging.  I do feel like you are part of my family here at Fox…

    I had my first Multiple Sclerosis (MS) episode in 2005 (the formal diagnosis would come later). Naturally, I remember it well: we had just come off the most active hurricane season in history.   It was the year of Hurricanes Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma. We had so many storms, the National Hurricane Center went to the Greek alphabet because we had run out of names.

    I was working long hours that fall and was feeling overwhelmingly tired, stressed and depressed from all the devastation we were seeing on television.  Little did I know that as I was warning people of the next hurricane, my body was dealing with its own neurological storm, one that had been forming for years.

    I took time off and decided to go back to Canada for a week with my boyfriend Sean. The first day of my vacation I woke up to numbness in my feet and parts of my legs. I felt like I couldn’t get out of bed.  I had no idea what was wrong.  

    I went to a doctor in my hometown to see if she could figure it out.  She was blunt and honest.  “This could be anything from a slipped disc to multiple sclerosis. You should get back to the U.S. to see a neurologist.”

    I thought she was crazy.  MS?  Isn’t that the wheelchair disease?  I took her advice, though. When I got back to New York I went to a neurologist who gave me MRIs and a most unpleasant spinal tap.  

    I remember calling Sean in tears and telling him that he needed to pick me up at the doctor’s office; the news was not good. 

    I had lesions on both my brain and spine. The spinal tap fluid had also shown the protein they look for in MS patients. 

    He gave me steroids to help with the numbness and tingling and told me I more than likely had multiple sclerosis:  an unpredictable, chronic, incurable and possibly disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body.  

    I was at an age when most women who have the disease have already been diagnosed. How I got it was a mystery, and still is – though having lived in Canada (northern countries show a higher frequency of MS, likely due to less sunlight) and the fact that my father had suffered with acute rheumatoid arthritis may have both been factors.

    After days of feeling sorry for myself, I decided I had to find people to talk to.  Luckily, I knew  someone at work who also had MS:  Neil Cavuto. The Fox News and Fox Business senior vice president, anchor and managing editor had gone public with his illness (along with having suffered from cancer). 

    He told me to come talk with him right away.  

    I remember he kept a stream of tissues in motion, consoling me while I just cried and told him all my fears.  What would happen to my career?  My personal life?  My self-esteem?

    Neil calmed me down, promised me I was going to be OK and reminded me that I was working at a great company that would support us, even if that support included building wheelchair ramps. 

    I’ll never forget that day, and what Neil did for me.

    Afterward, I tried to find more people to talk to who were living with MS.  It was the one thing that kept me going – seeing others who were not just functioning, thriving. 

    In 2007, now formally diagnosed after a few relatively mild exacerbations, I decided that I would talk about my diagnosis in order to help others like me who had the disease.  It’s never been my goal to be the poster girl for MS, but I do feel called to be someone who can help others identify, and  live with, the disease.

    Fast forward to now. I’m happily married (to the same boyfriend who was with me during my first flare-up and diagnosis) and have two beautiful boys. I’ve been working full-time at the same company for over a decade and I’m the author of a children’s book series about a frog who is a weather forecaster. 

    I’m not lying to you when I say I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. I believe part of the reason I am so happy is that I learned almost 10 years ago that your life can change in an instant. 

    Yes, I live with MS.  And yes, I’ve been very lucky to have very few flare-ups since that diagnosis. There are ongoing reminders that my immune system isn’t the greatest, and I do know that this illness remains unpredictable (much like the weather I forecast) and can strike when you least expect it.  

    I don’t want people to feel sorry for me – this is bigger than me. If I can put a face on an illness that can help others who are diagnosed, then my openness to discuss this is all worthwhile.

    But there is also bigger hope on the horizon for the 2 million of us who live with this disease.  The medications are getting better and less intrusive.  The fact that there are now oral treatments available is a huge step forward.  For many of us, the painful injections are a constant reminder that there is something wrong with us.

    I think we’re getting closer to stopping the disease in its tracks. I do believe there will be a day soon when having MS will no longer be associated with wheelchairs.

    This weekend I will be the emcee for this year’s “MS Climb to the Top” event for The New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Over a thousand people will participate, climbing 66 flights of stairs to from the ground floor the Rockefeller Center observation deck.  

    It’s a fitting event where people from all walks of life will take part to raise funds and awareness for those of us who live with MS. The climbing can be tough at times, but with support from others, we’ll get there.  And when we do, we’ll be stronger in ways that we never imagined.

    Editor’s note:  The MS Climb to the Top will take place on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 6 am ET at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. It will be hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and premier sponsor Biogen Idec. To register or learn more, visit www.climbMSnyc.org.

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.