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  • Severe storms, wildfires and flooding

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!

    How’s your week so far?   We have a few weather stories we are watching today across the country.  Strong storms are possible along the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts, as well as from the Mid-Mississippi River Valley back into the Plains.  Damaging winds and hail are the primary concerns, but an isolated tornado is possible.

    Flooding has been an ongoing issue across Florida with a frontal boundary and a well defined area of low pressure.  Some of the rainfall they’ve received is comparable to a tropical storm!

    Wildfires across the West have been a major concern and with the warm temperatures and dry conditions, the situation hasn’t gotten much better.

    In the Central Pacific, the forecast for Tropical Storm Guillermo will take it just north of the Hawaiian Islands Wednesday and Thursday as a weakening storm.

    Rainfall of up to 7″ may cause mudslides and flash flooding.  Heavy surf will also be a beach threat.  Tropical Storm Watches are up from the Big Island to Maui.

    I will check in again later this week.  Will you all be watching the debates Thursday night?  Must-see TV!


  • The Northwest heats up again

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope your weekend is going well.  Can you believe it’s August already?  This summer has flown by, but we still have some beach weather to go!

    In today’s weather, storms continue across the Gulf Coast, Florida and the Southeast thanks in part to a weak stationary front over the area.

    Showers and thunderstorms across the Southwest will bring the risk for flooding

    Heat and dry weather continues for Northern California, Oregon and Washington.

    A little relief will come next week with a cold front pushing in, but for now, the wildfires are spreading putting residents and firefighters in extreme danger

    Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast across parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes with some storms reaching severe limits.  Large hail damaging winds and tornadoes will be possible through tonight.

    Tomorrow the line of storms will move east:

    Have a great Sunday!  Talk to you next week.


  • Hot! Hot! Hot!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    Thanks for bearing with me with the blog.  I know posts have been sporadic.  Freddy has taken up a lot of my time lately…but I’m back!

    Here’s one of my favorite pictures of Freddy and the gals from #Outnumbered #oneluckyfrog

    The big weather story is the heat for two thirds of the country.  Hot temperatures combined with humidity will continue across the Southern Plains.  Heat  Advisories and Excessive Heat Warnings are in effect for over a dozen states:

    Meanwhile, as the rest of the country bakes, cool unsettled weather settles in for the Pacific Northwest and Northern Plains.  Temperatures will be 15-25 degrees below average.

    Hope you’re all doing great.  The blog will be updated a little more frequently now that I’m back on my normal schedule!


  • Cooking with Friends: Pasta Barnych

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    We’ve got a pretty quiet weekend in weather.  It’s still very hot over the southern plains and lower Mississippi Valley, while a cool down moves into the Western U.S.

    Heavy rain will continue in Florida, and we’ll have to watch the Eastern Atlantic for possible tropical development courtesy of a stalled front that could spawn a system off the coast later this week.

    In other news, my husband and I were invited on Fox and Friends “Cooking with friends” segment last week.  Sean was so nervous, but I he did so well, I wanted to share it with all of you:

    And by the way, the recipe is marvelous, and you can find it here:

    Have a great weekend everyone!


  • #KellyFile: Ann Romney's book about Multiple Sclerosis

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All

    I know this is a weather blog, and it’s hardly been about weather lately!   Thanks for allowing me to post other things I’ve been doing.

    I did a segment with Megyn Kelly last night about a mean reporter with Media Matters that made fun of a book Ann Romney was writing about living with MS.  As you all know, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 10 years ago and am very open about the illness.  So you can imagine how upset I was when someone made jokes about Mrs. Romney writing about her experience.  Here’s the clip if you have a moment to take a look:

    Meanwhile, the WEATHER!

    The heat is going to break tonight for the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast.  We’ll still be sticky across the South and Southeast.

    A few isolated severe storms are possible across the Mid-Atlantic, interior Northeast, and Central Plains, with damaging winds and some hail as the primary threats.

    Flash flooding is also possible with heavy downpours from eastern Colorado into the Central Plains.

    Oh, by the way — on Thursday my husband Sean and I will be “Cooking with Friends” on Fox and Friends, so hope you can tune in to see one of his famous Firehouse dishes!


  • Weekends are #betterwithfriends

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I’m filling in for Rick this weekend on Fox and Friends.  We had a great time this morning.  Here are some of the pictures!   I’ll give you a full update tomorrow.


  • Freddy on Fox and Friends!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    We had a great launch day yesterday with my Freddy the Frogcaster Friends on the couch.  Here are some pictures, and the segment incase you missed it!

  • Weekend weather and why its important to prepare before the storm

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I’m gearing up for a busy week of Freddy promotion, and I wanted to pass along an Op Ed that I wrote for about why it’s important to prepare now while the weather is quiet for hurricane season.   This is why I continue to write children’s books to get kids talking about how they can get their home weather ready with my friend Freddy!  Let me know what you think.  You can click on the article HERE

    Meanwhile, taking a look outside this weekend, hot temperatures return to the Northern and Central US with heat advisories up for several states.

    A storm system moving through the eastern U.S. will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic:

    Some of the storms could product heavy rain and flash flooding. Strong to severe storms will be a risk tomorrow across portions of the Midwest, the Ohio and TN Valleys with mainly hail and damaging winds.

    A system in the Northwest will bring the risk for flooding, but will help firefighters battles wildfires in the area.

    Have a great weekend everyone.  I’ll be on Fox and Friends in the 8am hour on Monday with some Freddy Fans to kick off the new book, and I hope you’ll join us!


  • Tuesday weather, and here comes Freddy!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July.   We had a great trip back to Canada last week, and a wonderful holiday weekend.

    A quick peak at the Nation’s weather picture, there’s a few strong storms are possible today across the Ohio River Valley along a cold front.  Hail and damaging wind gusts are the primary concerns.

    Unfortunately, there’s more rain from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and into Illinois where flash flooding is possible.

    If only we could get some of that moisture into the Southwest and California!

    Temperatures from the Central Plains to the Midwest will be unseasonable cool today.

    Afternoon highs will be 10 to 25 degrees below average, and will slowly moderate to near average by Friday.

    And, I’m excited to announce that next week my new Freddy the Frogcaster book comes out!  In this book, Freddy helps his town prepare in advance of a hurricane.    Did you know Freddy is also now a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador for NOAA?     I’m proud to say he is helping “make the nation more ready, responsive, and resilient against extreme weather”   I’m very excited to share this new adventure with kids, parents and teachers.  Thank YOU for all your support on the blog!


  • Happy 4th of July everyone!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    We’re going to be driving back to New York tomorrow, but wanted to wish you all a Happy 4th!

    One of my favorite family summer vacations was to the Kennedy Space Center.  I knew back then that I could be anything that I dreamed of living here.  #ProudAmerican

    Have a wonderful weekend, my 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.