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  • HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!

    Can you believe we made it?  The first OFFICIAL DAY OF SUMMER IS HERE!  And after the winter we all had, we deserve it!

    Even though I’m not celebrating on the beach today,  I thought I’d post a couple of my favorite summertime photos from a few years ago…

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • Rare twin tornadoes tear through Nebraska

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    I was on-air last night when we saw live  video of rare twin tornadoes moving through  Northeastern Nebraska.  The town of Pilger was devastated with catastrophic damage, deaths and many injuries  from a super cell thunderstorm that spawned several tornadoes including these two powerful twisters:

    It is not unprecedented to see several tornadoes drop and rotate around a parent storm, but to have two mature, violent tornadoes like this so close together for such a long period of time is incredibly rare.

    There were close to three dozen tornado reports in yesterday’s outbreak in several states:

    Believe it or not, we’re still “below average” when it comes to tornado reports so far this year:

    As for today and tomorrow, here’s a look at today’s potential severe risk:

    If you live in any of these areas, please keep a close eye on the sky and we’ll watch for the latest warnings from the Fox News Extreme weather center!

    JD

  • Happy Father's Day!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone

    We were in Hershey PA over the last few days.  Had a great time with the family…

    I wanted to wish all of you Fathers out there a wonderful day today.  I feel so lucky to have married a “World’s Best Dad” , and to all the Dads who make this world a better, safer place for our children, Thank you.

    xo

    JD

  • OPEN BLOG

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone,

    Hope you’re all doing great!  I’m off for a few days with the family.  Have a wonderful weekend!

    JD

  • Fun at the Stakes!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    It was so fun reporting from the Belmont Stakes this weekend, and even though we didn’t get a Triple Crown, the event was exciting.  I couldn’t have planned better weather – sunny, warm with a light breeze.  Here’s a few of the pictures my husband took yesterday.  By the way, it’s our wedding anniversary today.  One of our first dates was at Saratoga in 2003, so being at the race track yesterday was very fitting!

    Have a wonderful day…

    JD

  • Severe storms and Your Belmont Stakes forecast

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Happy Thursday.  I’ll be working mornings for the next few days, so if you’re up for Fox and Friends, I’ll be delivering your forecast.   Tomorrow I’m so excited to be live from the Belmont Stakes as they prepare for the possibility for a TRIPLE CROWN!  Go California Chrome!  The weather for Elmont New York looks excellent for racing with no rain in the forecast and a light wind…

    Today we’re expecting the threat for severe weather across parts of the Rockies, Plains, Mississippi and Tennessee River Valleys as a stationary front acts as a focus for heavy rain, strong winds, hail and isolated tornadoes.

    Several inches of rain will pile up over the next few days causing flooding concerns.

    The heat continues across parts of the southwest with temperatures soaring to close to 110 degrees in Phoenix:

    I hope you all have a wonderful weekend…talk to you soon!

    JD

  • Bret Baier's Special Heart

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    My friend and colleague Bret Baier has a book out this week called Special Heart:  A Journey of Faith, Hope Courage and Love.  It’s about his beautiful son Paul’s young life dealing with pediatric heart disease.  I was so lucky to be invited to the book party last night where so many of us came to support and toast Bret and his wife Amy.  Having two young boys myself, I get choked up every time I see pictures of young Paul in a hospital bed.   But Paul is doing great, and this book is a reminder how family and faith can get you through the toughest of times.  If you can, please buy the book.  ALL of the proceeds go to various non-profit pediatric heart causes.

    JD

  • Strong storms, heavy rain and hurricane season starts...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone!

    We’ve got a lot to talk about this Sunday in weather.   Can you believe it’s June 1st?  It feels like just yesterday I was talking about winter…

    Today we’ve got the threat for strong to severe storms across the Plains:

    Heavy rain will bring the possibility of flooding over the Northern Plains and Midwest with some areas seeing 2-4 inches, so flash flood watches and warnings are in place:

    Hurricane season begins today.  Here’s a look at the forecast this year, which is a little below average in activity, but remember it just takes one to make it a horrible season:


    One of the reasons we’re expecting lower than average numbers is El Nino is back which is an area of warm water over the equatorial Pacific that changes weather patterns, and can inhibit the formation of strong hurricanes:

    June is typically quiet for activity, but we’re watching the Gulf of Mexico later this week for possible development of a system.

    Here’s a look at this year’s names:

    So stay tuned, and have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

    JD

  • OPEN BLOG THURSDAY!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Here’s your Open Blog to chat :)  See you on the weekend…

    JD

  • Texas Floods

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    Well, it seemed as though I touched a nerve wishing people a “Happy” Memorial Day, so I took the “Happy” off the post.  Everyone made great comments, and I’ll be more mindful of that going forward, but I certainly don’t appreciate the mean posts on the blog and/or name calling, so I went ahead and deleted those remarks.  This blog has always meant to be an encouraging place – never hurtful or mean.  But I don’t mind constructive criticism, so I will always appreciate those with a point of view and or suggestions.

    There’s a lot going on across the South this week with storms and floods over parts of Texas and Louisiana:

    Here’s a look at where we could see strong to severe storms (including tornadoes)

    Here in the Northeast, a cold front will drop temperatures significantly, bring heavy rain as well as the threat for severe storms later today:

    And our first Pacific Hurricane of the season has been christened.  Here’s Amanda:

    The good news is this storm is expected to weaken, and not affect any land.

    Keep in mind, the Atlantic hurricane begins this weekend…

    And it’s beginning to feel a lot like summer over much of the country…

    That’s all for now.  Hope you’re all having a great week.

    JD

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.