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NBC Weather Plus was a 24-hour, commercially-sponsored, weather-oriented broadcast/cable television network jointly owned by NBC Universal and the local affiliates of the NBC network. It debuted on November 15, 2004 and shut down on December 31, 2008. The network's headquarters was initially located at the MSNBC World Headquarters in Secaucus, New Jerseymarker, and then CNBCmarker Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jerseymarker after MSNBC's move to 30 Rockefeller Plazamarker with the broadcast side of NBC News, where Weather Plus staff also appeared within the new MSNBC studios to deliver forecasts and interact with NBC News personalities in person. The service was broadcast on digital subchannels of certain NBC affiliates in the United Statesmarker, and was available on digital cable systems in Standard Definition (SD) format.

Prior to 2008, NBC Weather Plus competed with The Weather Channel, which was itself acquired by a consortium led by NBC Universal in September 2008, as well as a similar digital service offered by AccuWeather, The Local AccuWeather Channel. Shortly after the acquisition of The Weather Channel on October 8, 2008, NBC announced that Weather Plus would be shut down by December 31. The remaining on-camera meteorologists from Weather Plus are now referred to as "Weather Channel meteorologists" during their NBC and MSNBC appearances, while The Weather Channel's main Atlanta staff appears more on NBC News programs, either from TWC's Atlantamarker headquarters, New York, or on location from a weather event. NBC Weather Plus's forecast system and maps which are produced from New York are still in place for the channel and the CNBC/MSNBC segments; however during CNBC/MSNBC segments the top-third banner currently features the Weather Channel logo and font while using the Weather Plus graphics and maps.

The service effectively shut down operations on December 31, 2008. The remaining affiliates received a computer-updated loop of satellite/radar images, current weather conditions and temperatures, and daily forecasts for major regions of the country. As of December 31, 2008, some stations opting to carry a locally-derived weather information operate under the local name, NBC Plus (all television stations owned by the network must carry that subchannel). This option allows using the local equipment that had been used to insert content with the now defunct national feed of NBC Weather Plus.

Programming

Local forecasts

The local forecasts were the part of NBC Weather Plus' programming schedule which viewers saw the current conditions and local forecast for their respective area. These forecasts were usually shown after most national forecast segments. Pre-recorded weather segments featuring local weather information from meteorologists of local NBC affiliates were shown proceeding weather information.

Viewers could see current weather conditions for their location and surrounding areas, weather forecasts, doppler radars of the region, and the day's actual high and low temperatures.

Internet viewers who saw the national feed, including those areas where the network's website did not supply a certain city's Weather Plus feed, instead saw a segment including daily forecasts for each region of the United States and satellite loops and Doppler radars of the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Northwest, and Southwest, respectively. Unlike The Weather Channel, however, NBC Weather Plus did not carry the national feed on DirecTV, Dish Network, or C band satellite.

Music for the local forecasts came mostly from commercially available music, including those composed by 615 Music, who composed the music package used by NBC Weather Plus.

For the most part, the local stations labeled the NBC Weather Plus service as "Weather Plus" with the station branding before it, often being used in unison as the NBC station's on-air weather branding during newscasts. Many NBC affiliates continued to use the "Weather Plus" branding for their on-air weather branding, though some did not.

WNBCmarker in New Yorkmarker was the test station for NBC Weather Plus.

National programming

NBC Weather Plus did not air its programming entirely live, and it used a digital video jukebox system to shuffle certain segments of the weathercasts unless severe weather breaks. This system was especially true with the seasonal outlooks, weather news segments at :24 and :54 minutes past the hour, and with late night programming. If one watched NBC Weather Plus closely in any given day, one might have found the same weather news segment that originally aired in the morning repeated long into the night, the same weather information airing at 11:00 p.m. airing at 4:00 a.m., and the same seasonal outlook (severe weather, tropical weather, or winter weather) segment that originally aired in the morning repeating long into the late afternoon. In the latter case, this is problematic due to the fact that if severe weather of either category occurred (unless it is very significant), updated information may not have been available.

Appearance on other networks

The channel's staff also provided weather updates for fellow NBC Universal cable channels CNBCmarker and MSNBC, and MSNBC aired 'sample' hours of the channel in holiday periods during the morning hours. In addition, Weather Plus was promoted during Football Night in America, and was used to provide gametime temperature and conditions for the later NBC Sunday Night Football game. Increasingly during times of significant national weather events (such as a major winter storm system), Weather Plus meteorologists have appeared live on NBC Nightly News to provide analysis. The Weather Channel now provides these services.

The "L" Bar

NBC Weather Plus used an "L-Bar" across the left side third and bottom third of the screen to continuously air local weather information, even during commercial breaks, national weather, and Weather Plus University.

The left side of the bar was reserved for sponsorship of Weather Plus programming on the top left (sponsors of NBC Weather Plus's programming was more often seen on local feeds), the middle left displayed the sky condition, temperature, wind speed/direction and humidity for each city and the bottom left was reserved for station identification (on local feeds, featuring the NBC affiliate's logo augmented above the Weather Plus portion of the logo) and current time was on the lower left, along with permanent text for station identification on some stations. (During Weather Plus University, the sponsorship tag was removed.)

The cycle for each city's weather information display was as follows:
  • The current condition display cycle for one city ran for 20 seconds.
  • The 24-hour forecast cycle ran 10 seconds.
  • The five-day forecast cycle ran 10 seconds.


However, the above did not hold true for the left side of the L-Bar on Sacramento NBC affiliate KCRAmarker. Instead, the current conditions cycled continuously and the time was on the right-hand side in the lower-third.

The bottom of the bar to the right of the time and station ID displayed the forecast for the next 24 hours featuring sky condition, temperature and estimated precipitation, followed by the five day forecast showing sky condition and predicted high and low temperatures. Occasionally, the current conditions display showed the icons telling the sky condition with the icon displaying sun despite it being nighttime. This also occurs on The Weather Channel but usually only in the hour following sunset. Not all cities where the current conditions were displayed on the left side of the "L" bar featured that city's forecast and may instead have used the conditions of the closest reporting station to that community. Example: Dallas NBC affiliate KXAS'marker Weather Plus feed displayed the current conditions for Fort Worth Alliance Airportmarker but showed the forecast for Dallasmarker-Fort Worthmarker.

Digital television and cable viewers were able to see current weather conditions and weather forecasts for their location and surrounding areas, while internet viewers who watched the national feed instead of a local feed saw current conditions and daily forecasts for 50 U.S. cities.

Former NBC Weather Plus Personalities



Programming schedule

The following list was the channel's programming wheel (until October 2008). Note that some network segments had a different title at times due to a sponsor for the forecast such as State Farm Road Coverage, which replaced Coast To Coast Forecast.

Time Show
Top of hour-:04 past the half-hour Local Weather
:04-:06 past the half-hour Coast To Coast Forecast
:07.30-:09.30 past the half-hour Local Weather
:09.30-:13.30 past the half-hour Severe Weather Outlook
:15-:19 past the half-hour Local Weather
:19-:21 past the half-hour Plus Five Forecast
:22.30-:24.30: past the half-hour Local Weather
:25.00-bottom of half-hour National feature segment or affiliate report spotlight


During severe weather, stations can choose to drop the national segments in favor of local coverage; the NBC Weather Plus control room can then choose to show that feed nationally during the Coast To Coast Forecast or the Plus Five Forecast, depending on what part of the programming cycle the network is in. The local broadcast is shown live if possible.

NBC Weather Plus also aired the "NBC Weather Plus Weather Alert," which interrupted regular programming when a breaking weather story occurs. Breaking severe weather news and images from a particular NBC affiliate may be shown.

To fulfill FCC E/I requirements, NBC Weather Plus showed Weather Plus University on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.



Closure

NBC announced on October 7, 2008 that Weather Plus would be phased out by December 31, after the NBC affiliates expressed a desire to shut the service down. Though NBC cited its purchase of The Weather Channel as a factor in the shutdown, it has been stated that the closure would have happened even if the acquisition had not happened.

On-camera personality segments ended on October 24, 2008. From then on until the network's sign-off date, only a loop of various national maps with music, local maps by the affiliates, and Weather Plus University were shown. With this, the remaining OCM staff of the channel are now referred to on other NBC News programs as only "NBC meteorologists."

Prior to the shutdown announcement, the staff at NBC Weather Plus was planning a revamp of their L-bar. At least one former Weather Plus affiliate, WKYC-TVmarker in Cleveland has been using this revamp since the closure of Weather Plus as part of their localized version.

In early December 2008, Weather Plus's website became a redirect to The Weather Channel's website.

Affiliates

+ This affiliate converted to the AccuWeather Channel operations when WeatherPlus shut down.

DMA Market NBC Weather Plus Affiliate Digital subchannel Digital cable channel Station Owner Replaced by/Additional Information
#1 New Yorkmarker WNBCmarker 4 DT2 Time Warner Cable 161

Comcast 248

RCN 189

Cablevision 109 (NY / NJ), 118 (CT)

Verizon FiOS 460 (NY / NJ)
NBC O&O NBC New York Nonstop Channel
#2 Los Angelesmarker KNBCmarker 4 DT2 Charter Communications 304

Comcast 193

Cox Communications 804

Time Warner 1194
NBC O&O News Raw feeds (weekdays daytime/early evening) & KNBC weather computer loop of weather info (all other hours)
#3 Chicagomarker WMAQ-TVmarker 5 DT2 Comcast 194

RCN 190

WOW! Internet Cable Phone 130
NBC O&O NBC Plus
#4 Philadelphiamarker WCAU marker 10 DT2 Comcast 248 NBC O&O NBC Plus
#5 Dallasmarker-Ft.marker Worthmarker KXAS-TVmarker 5 DT2 Time Warner Cable 365

Charter Communications 105

Verizon FiOS 460
NBC / LIN TV NBC Plus
#6 San Franciscomarker KNTVmarker 11 DT2 Comcast 186 NBC O&O NBC Plus
#7 Bostonmarker WHDH-TVmarker 7 DT2 Comcast 297 Sunbeam Television This TV
#8 Atlantamarker WXIA-TVmarker 11 DT2 Comcast 211 Gannett 11Alive Weather

(looping local maps, "L-bar" temperatures and forecasts)
#9 Washington, D.C.marker WRC-TVmarker 4 DT2 Comcast 208

Cox Communications 803

RCN Number varies

Verizon FiOS 460
NBC O&O NBC Plus
#10 Houstonmarker KPRC-TVmarker 2 DT2 Comcast 320 Post-Newsweek Stations This TV
#11 Detroitmarker WDIV-TVmarker 4 DT2 Comcast 249

WOW! Internet Cable Phone 130
Post-Newsweek This TV
#12 Phoenixmarker KPNXmarker 12 DT2 Cox Communications 83

Qwest Choice TV 66
Gannett 12 News Weather Plus (AccuWeather)
#13 Tampamarker WFLA-TVmarker 8 DT2 Bright House 607

Knology 133

Comcast 243
Media General 8 Prime/Retro Television Network
#14 Seattlemarker KING-TVmarker 5 DT2 Comcast 115

Millennium Digital Media 108
Belo Universal Sports
#15 Minneapolismarker-St. Paulmarker KAREmarker 11 DT2 Comcast 249 (St. Paul) 216 (Minneapolis)

Charter Communications 391
Gannett KARE Wx Now
#16 Denvermarker KUSA-TVmarker 9 DT2 Comcast 249

Qwest Choice TV 66
Gannett Kept Weather Plus branding + 9NewsNBC. Now powered by AccuWeather(wiki), AccuWeather.com.
#17 Miamimarker-Ft.marker Lauderdalemarker WTVJmarker 6 DT2 Comcast 216 NBC O&O NBC Plus

#18 Clevelandmarker WKYC-TVmarker 3 DT2 Time Warner Cable 372

Cox Communications 211

WOW! Internet Cable Phone 130
Gannett 3 Weather

(looping local maps, "L-bar" temperatures and forecasts)
(Radio partner WTAMmarker still references their WKYC-fed forecasts as "Channel 3 Weather Plus" forecasts)
#19 Orlandomarker WESHmarker 2 DT2 Brighthouse Networks 1021 Hearst-Argyle Kept Weather Plus branding, looping local maps and skycam images
#20 Sacramentomarker KCRA-TVmarker 3 DT2 Comcast 193 Hearst-Argyle
#21 St. Louismarker KSDKmarker 5 DT2 Charter Communications 127 Gannett NewsChannel 5 Weather Plus, powered by AccuWeather
#22 Pittsburghmarker WPXImarker 11 DT2 Verizon FiOS 460

Comcast 208

Armstrong 445

Former Adelphia 111
Cox Enterprises Channel 11 News Now
#23 Portland marker KGWmarker 8 DT2 Comcast 308 Belo KGW Weather Channel
#24 Baltimoremarker WBAL-TVmarker 11 DT2 Comcast 208

Verizon FiOS 460
Hearst-Argyle WBAL Plus
#25 Charlottemarker WCNC-TVmarker 36 DT2 Time Warner Cable 221 Belo First Warn Weather Channel
#27 San Diegomarker KNSDmarker 39 DT2 Cox Communications 107

Time Warner Cable 253
NBC / LIN TV NBC Plus
#28 Raleighmarker-Durhammarker WNCNmarker 17 DT2 Time Warner Cable 219 Media-General NBC Plus
#29 Hartfordmarker-New Havenmarker WVITmarker 30 DT2 Comcast 248

Cox 800

Cablevision 109

Charter 755
NBC O&O NBC Plus
#31 Kansas Citymarker KSHB-TVmarker 41 DT2 Time Warner Cable 1442 E.W. Scripps Kept the Weather Plus branding, added local forecasts and updates.
#32 Columbusmarker WCMH-TVmarker 4 DT2 Time Warner Cable 80

Insight Communications 100

WOW! Internet Cable Phone 130
Media General Retro Television Network
#33 Cincinnatimarker WLWTmarker 5 DT2 Insight Communications 431

Time Warner Cable 906
Hearst-Argyle News 5 Weather Plus
#34 Milwaukeemarker WTMJ-TVmarker 4 DT2 Time Warner Cable 104 Journal Broadcast Group Channel kept Weather Plus graphics, rebranded to Storm Team 4
#35 Salt Lake Citymarker KSL-TVmarker 5 DT3 Comcast 153 Bonneville International Live 5 Weather
#36 Greenvillemarker / Spartanburgmarker / Ashevillemarker WYFFmarker 4 DT2 Charter Communications 244 Hearst-Argyle
#37 San Antoniomarker WOAI-TVmarker 4 DT2 Time Warner Cable 80

GVTC 130

Grande Communications 130
Clear Channel Mexicanal
#38 West Palm Beachmarker WPTV-TVmarker 5 DT2 Comcast 216 E.W. Scripps Live Viper 5 Plus
#40 Birminghammarker WVTMmarker 13 DT2 Bright House Networks 183

Charter 653
Media-General
#41 Lancastermarker WGALmarker 8 DT2 Comcast 248

Blue Ridge Cable 136
Hearst-Argyle This TV
#43 Las Vegasmarker KVBCmarker 3 DT2 Cox Communications 124 Sunbelt Communications Company Universal Sports
#44 Albuquerquemarker-Santa Femarker KOB-TVmarker 4 DT2 Comcast 208 Hubbard Broadcasting Eyewitness News 4 Local Weather Station
#45 Oklahoma Citymarker KFOR-TVmarker 4 DT2 Cox Communications 247 Local TV, LLC
#46 Greensboromarker WXIImarker 12 DT2 Time Warner Cable 541 Hearst-Argyle
#47 Memphismarker WMC-TVmarker 5 DT2 Time Warner Cable 4 Raycom Media
#48 Louisvillemarker WAVE marker 3 DT2 Insight Communications 128 Frankfort Plant Board Digital 150 Raycom Media
#49 Buffalomarker WGRZmarker 2 DT2 Time Warner Cable 114

Time Warner Cable of Olean 111

Verizon FiOS 460
Gannett Continued as a locally-derived version until June 2009, then replaced with Universal Sports
#50 Jacksonvillemarker WTLVmarker 12 DT2 Comcast 201 Gannett Weather Plus Local Weather Channel
#51 Providencemarker WJARmarker 10 DT2 Cox Communications 800

Comcast 750

Full Channel 190
Media General Retro Television Network
#54 New Orleansmarker WDSU-TVmarker 6 DT2 Cox Communications 108

Charter Communications 115
Hearst-Argyle 6 Weather Plus, News, and Traffic (AccuWeather.com National Feed)+
#55 Fresnomarker KSEEmarker 24 DT2 Comcast 195 Granite Broadcasting
#56 Albanymarker WNYTmarker 13 DT2 Time Warner Cable 556

Adelphia 169

Berkshire Digital Cable 713
Hubbard Broadcasting
#59 Mobilemarker / Pensacolamarker WPMI-TVmarker 15 DT2 Cox Communications 716

Comcast 194
Clear Channel
#60 Knoxvillemarker WBIR-TVmarker 10 DT2 Comcast 196 Charter Communications 196 Gannett 10 Weather +
#61 Richmondmarker WWBTmarker 12 DT2 Comcast 208

FIOS 860
Raycom Media NBC12 First Warning Weather +
#62 Tulsamarker KJRHmarker 2 DT2 Cox Communications 222 Scripps-Howard Broadcasting
#64 Fort Myersmarker WBBH-TVmarker 20 DT2 Comcast 247 Waterman Broadcasting Corporation NBC 2 News Now +
#71 Toledomarker WNWOmarker 24 DT2 Time Warner Cable 80

Buckeye CableSystem 626
Barrington Broadcasting
#72 Honolulumarker KHNLmarker 13 DT2 Oceanic Time Warner 115 Raycom
#73 Des Moinesmarker WHO-TVmarker 13 DT2 Mediacom 246 Local TV, LLC
#74 Portlandmarker WCSHmarker 6 DT2 Time Warner Cable 166 Gannett
#76 Springfield marker KYTV marker 3 DT3 Mediacom 212 Schurz Communications KY3 24/7
#77 Spokanemarker KHQ-TVmarker 6 DT2 Comcast 114 The KHQ Television Group SWX - Sports and Weather Right Now (Feed simulcast in Kennewick, Richland, Pasco & Yakima, WA) +
#78 Rochester marker WHECmarker 10 DT2 Time Warner Cable 110 Hubbard Broadcasting
#79 Syracusemarker WSTM-TVmarker 3 DT3 Time Warner Cable 133 Barrington Broadcasting Local WX
#83 Columbia marker WISmarker 10 DT2 Time Warner Cable 806 Raycom Media
#84 Huntsvillemarker WAFF marker 48 DT2 Comcast 194

Knology 133

Mediacom 99
Raycom Media
#86 Chattanoogamarker WRCBmarker 3 DT2 Comcast 244

Charter Communications 196
Sarkes-Tarzian, Inc. Retro Television Network
#87 Jackson marker WLBTmarker 3 DT2 Time Warner Cable 102 Raycom Media
#89 Waterloomarker / Cedar Rapidsmarker KWWLmarker 7 DT2 Mediacom 22 & 107

Cedar Falls Utilities 11
Quincy Newspapers This TV
#90 Burlingtonmarker WPTZmarker 5 DT2 Burlington Telecom 305 Hearst-Argyle Continued as a locally-derived version until August 31, 2009, then replaced with This TV
#91 Brownsvillemarker KVEOmarker 23 DT2 Time Warner Cable 861 Communications Corp of America
#93 Baton Rougemarker WVLAmarker 33 DT2 Cox Communications 133 White Knight Broadcasting
#95 Wacomarker / Templemarker KCENmarker 6 DT2 Frank Mayborn Enterprises, Inc.
#96 Peoriamarker WEEK-TVmarker 25 DT2 Comcast 138 Granite Broadcasting
#98 Johnstownmarker WJAC-TVmarker 6 DT2 Atlantic Broadband 110

Former Adelphia 106
Cox Enterprises Retro Television Network
#99 El Pasomarker KTSMmarker 9 DT2 Time Warner Cable 1302 Communications Corp of America NewsChannel 9 Plus -

station kept Weather Plus graphics, looping maps and live area traffic camera images
#103 Myrtle Beachmarker WMBFmarker 32 DT2 TBA Raycom Media
#106 Fort Waynemarker WISE-TVmarker 33 DT3 Comcast 249 Granite Broadcasting Corporation INC NOW
#110 Renomarker KRNVmarker 4 DT2 Charter Communications 224 Sunbelt Communications Company
#113 Traverse Citymarker WPBNmarker 7 DT3 Charter Communications 201 Barrington Broadcasting
#115 Sioux Fallsmarker KDLTmarker 46 DT2 Midcontinent Communications 80.6 / 606

Knology 132
Red River Broadcasting Universal Sports
#117 Montgomerymarker WSFAmarker 12 DT2 Brighthouse Networks 213 / 228

Knology 121

Charter Communications 183
Raycom Media
#123 Lafayettemarker KPLC-TVmarker 7 (Lake Charles)

WVLAmarker 33 (Baton Rouge)
DT2

DT2
Cox Communications 130 (KPLC) Raycom
#124 Salinasmarker KSBWmarker 8 DT2 Comcast channel 186 Hearst-Argyle
#126 Yakimamarker KNDOmarker 23 DT3 Charter Communications 287 The KHQ Television Group SWX - Sports and Weather Right Nowmarker (Feed from KHQ Spokane) +
#126 Kennewickmarker / Pascomarker / Richlandmarker KNDUmarker 25 DT3 Charter Communications 287 The KHQ Television Group SWX - Sports and Weather Right Nowmarker (Feed from KHQ Spokane) +
#136 Wilmingtonmarker WECTmarker 6 DT2 Time Warner Cable 939 & Charter Commuications 137 Raycom Media WECT 6 Plus /Newscast Repeater
#137 Duluthmarker KBJRmarker 6 DT3 Charter Communications 391 Granite Broadcasting News Now
#139 Columbia marker KOMU-TVmarker 8 DT2 Mediacom 247 University of Missourimarker Universal Sports
#145 Albany marker WALBmarker 10 DT2 Mediacom 26 Raycom Media
#147 Lubbockmarker KCBDmarker 11 DT2 Cox Communications 112 Raycom This TV
#152 Bangormarker WLBZmarker 2 DT2 Time Warner Cable 166 Gannett
#155 Steubenvillemarker / Wheelingmarker WTOVmarker 9 DT2 Comcast 208

Jefferson County Cable 11
Cox Enterprises Retro Television Network
#163 Pocatellomarker KPVImarker 6 DT2 Sunbelt Communications Company Universal Sports
#165 Hattiesburgmarker / Laurelmarker WDAMmarker 7 DT3 Comcast 243 Raycom No programming
#175 Lake Charlesmarker KPLC-TVmarker 7 DT2 Suddenlink 247 Raycom
#178 Marquette, Michiganmarker WLUCmarker 6 DT2 Charter Communications 306 Barrington Broadcasting
#181 Charlottesvillemarker WVIRmarker 29 DT2 Comcast 208 Waterman Broadcasting Corporation NBC 29 Weather Plus
#196 Limamarker WLIOmarker 35 DT3 Block Communications


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