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The Weather Channel (also TWC) is a U.S.marker cable and satellite television network that broadcasts weather forecasts and weather-related news 24 hours a day. In addition to its cable TV programming, TWC also provides forecasts for terrestrial and satellite radio stations, newspapers, and websites, and maintains an extensive online presence at The Weather Channel debuted its high-definition simulcast on September 26, 2007. It has its headquarters in unincorporated Cobb County, Georgiamarker, near the intersection of Interstates 75 and 285.


The Weather Channel was founded in 1981 by John Coleman and Frank Batten. It was launched on May 2, 1982.


TWC uses special proprietary equipment that inserts local weather forecast and warning information if it is viewed on a cable TV system. The original Weather Star technology has been upgraded on most cable systems to the IntelliStar, including Vocal Local to announce the current conditions, weather bulletins, and the detailed local forecast. Satellite and IPTV viewers originally saw only a roundup of local TWC forecasts for major cities across the U.S., as well as satellite and radar images, and severe weather watch and warning maps when active. However satellite customers with newer systems or interactive receivers have the choice of 'roundups' or local forecasts. For both cable and satellite viewers, Smooth Jazz music plays in the background during these segments.

The Weather Channel produces a service, based on modified versions of Weather Star technology called Weatherscan, on which a separate channel constantly displays local and regional conditions and forecasts along with The Weather Channel's logo and advertisements.

The Weather Channel is headquartered in the Cumberland/Galleria area, immediately northwest of Atlantamarker, overlooking the "Cobb Cloverleafmarker" interchange from a high-rise in the Interstate North complex. TWC's sister channel in Canadamarker is The Weather Network in English and MétéoMédia in French, which use similar technology that is currently in use in the USA. TWC also runs websites in Brazilmarker (Canal do Tempo), the United Kingdommarker (Weather Channel), Francemarker (Météo 123) and Germanymarker (Wetter 123). Apart from its stake in The Weather Network/MétéoMédia, TWC only runs their US channel, although it does produce international forecasts.

A definitive history of the network, The Weather Channel: The Improbable Rise of a Media Phenomenon, by Frank Batten and Jeffrey L. Cruikshank, was published by Harvard Business Press in May 2002, on TWC's 20th anniversary.

On July 6, 2008, NBC Universal, Bain Capital and Blackstone Group agreed to purchase The Weather Channel from Landmark Communications.NBC Universal also owned NBC Weather Plus, a rival service which was carried by and featured content from its local affiliates; that service announced its discontinuation three months later. Subchannels carrying Weather Plus have moved to The Local AccuWeather Channel, kept the Weather Plus engine, or switched programs (e.g. to This TV or the Retro Television Network). Some have shut down entirely.

From November 2008 through February 2009, The Weather Channel terminated seven long-time on-camera meteorologists: Kristina Abernathy, Eboni Deon, Kristin Dodd, Rich Johnson, Cheryl Lemke, Mark Mancuso and Dave Schwartz. With the exception of Eboni Deon, all had been on the air for more than ten years. Three of them had been employed by the network for more than twenty years.

Inevitably, the merger of NBC on-air meteorologists began in May 2009. Todd Santos, formerly of NBC Weather Plus, first appeared on the network on the second day of the month. Al Roker of NBC's "Today" show began a one-hour morning program with meteorologist Stephanie Abrams as co-host, later in the summer. However for New York-based forecasting operations (those utilized for MSNBC and CNBC forecasts, for instance), the former NBC Weather Plus forecasting, radar, and graphics systems remain in place, with banners changed to fit the Weather Channel graphics scheme.

International versions

Over the years, attempts to broadcast international versions of TWC (apart from Canada's The Weather Network/MétéoMédia and the Australian version of the Weather Channel) failed. TWC also operates websites for online localized forecasts in Brazilmarker, Francemarker, Germanymarker, Indiamarker, Latin America, and the United Kingdommarker, but some of these sites appear to have not been developed further since 2003. The Weather Channel also shares radar and forecasts with The Weather Network, particularly for the Weather Channel's Canadian forecasts.


TWC HD logo used since 2008
Weather Channel's original and most recognized logo was a blue rectangular box that debuted on TWC’s first broadcast on May 2, 1982. This logo was revised in 1996, with the corners less rounded and the logo slightly flat. The URL text was permanently added underneath the logo in 2000. On August 15, 2005, the logo was overhauled again; the blue rectangle’s corners are straight with no white trim on the edge and "The Weather Channel" text is now in title-case and left-justified, similar to The Weather Network. A 25th anniversary logo used in 2007 featured a white rectangle edged in blue connected to the current logo with "25 YEARS" inside it in blue.

Since the NBC buyout, The Weather Channel has colored its logo green twice for Green is Universal Weeks, one in November 2008 and one in April 2009. Only IntelliStars have the TWC logo changed to green; as such, the only situation during a Green is Universal Week when the logo is not green is on The Weather Channel with a working Weather Star XL, 4000, or Jr. unit.

Image:Twc logo.png|1982 to 1996: The first Weather Channel logoImage:Twc logo resized.jpg|1996 to 2005: This logo is still used on the WeatherStar 4000Image:TWClogo.svg|The current Weather Channel logo, debuted August 15, 2005Image:The Weather Channel Green Logo.png|Green is Universal/Earth Week version of logoImage:TWC HD logo.svg|The current Weather Channel High Definition logo debuted 2008

Local on the 8s

Radio and newspaper presence

The Weather Channel provides forecasts for the Sirius XM Radio satellite radio services in the United States. Both services run regional forecasts on one station and have a block of combined local weather and traffic stations for major metropolitan areas.

TWC also has content partnerships with a number of local radio stations in the USA to provide local forecasts, using announcers separate from the TV service. For some affiliates, TWC actually provides a limited amount of live coverage during local severe weather (with the Georgia-based announcers connected via ISDN). Distribution of TWC radio content is currently handled by Dial Global.

Similarly, TWC also provides weather reports for a number of US newspapers, including a half-page national forecast for USA Today.

Online services

TWC provides numerous customized forecasts for online users, including home and garden and event planning forecasts. They also provide WAP access for mobile phone users, desktop widgets for quick reference by computer users, and customized weather feeds for individual websites. They follow a two-tiered service model, with the free service bearing advertisements and their pay ("Desktop Max") service lacking ads and having enhanced radar and mapping functions. Cell Phone customers can even have their local forecast sent to their mobile handsets from TWC for a fee via SMS by sending a text message with their ZIP code to 42278 which spells 4cast. Other services include Yahoo!, in which the weather pages are produced by TWC.

2007 global-warming controversy

The web site Capital Weather published an interview with WJLAmarker meteorologist Brian van de Graaff. In this interview, Mr. van de Graaff stated:

Global warming was voted the #1 in 100 Biggest Weather Moments.

On December 21, 2006, Dr. Heidi Cullen reacted to this by posting "Junk Controversy not Junk Science" in a blog on The Weather Channel's web site. In her blog, Dr. Cullen reacted by stating:

While the anthropogenic view of global warming is aligned with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the position of decertifying or censuring dissenting meteorologists was perceived as a call to marginalize or silence opposing opinions. Cullen's position was derided by a large portion of her blog's responders as politically motivated. Responders included AMS meteorologists who also attacked her position, in particular James Spann a TV meteorologist in Alabama who also runs a weather/climate blog on his site and disagreed with Dr. Cullen's position. In a follow up blog entry "A Very Political Climate", Dr. Cullen and The Weather Channel denied any political motivation.

The Weather Channel HD

The Weather Channel HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast of The Weather Channel that launched on September 26, 2007. DirecTV was the first provider to add it. At that time, no programming was actually presented in high definition, except for a national "satellite" version of the Local on the 8s. On October 1, 2007, two new high definition programs, Epic Conditions and WeatherVentures, premiered. A new high definition series, When Weather Changed History, premiered on The Weather Channel on January 6, 2008.

Throughout the final months of 2007 to the early months of 2008, various cable companies had started to add The Weather Channel HD to their cable lineups, including the Boston, MAmarker, Austin, TXmarker, San Antonio, TXmarker, and Baton Rouge, LAmarker markets. It was added to Dish Network systems on May 13, 2008. Recently, Comcast began adding the channel in some select markets like Chicago, ILmarker. Time Warner Cable and Cablevision, both of which serve New York Metropolitan Areamarker have also recently picked up the HD channel in late July 2008. No Weather Star currently serves the HD feed, but Cablevision New York viewers get an HD forecast produced by TWC master control in Atlanta. DirecTV added Local on the 8's to its HD feed on September 29, 2009.

TWC began studio HD programming on June 2, 2008. The new HD studio features various environmentally-friendly technologies. All of TWC's schedule (except It Could Happen Tomorrow, Full Force Nature, and older episodes of Storm Stories) is currently in HD.

Current programming

Forecasting programs

Long-form programs

Series and Specials

  • Why I Love Winter (January 18-24, 2010)
  • Tornado Week (No confirmed date)
  • Why I Love Spring (March 22-27, 2010)
  • Green is Universal (No confirmed date/NBC also does this coverage and is partnered with TWC on this)
  • Great Escapes (May 3rd-9th, 2010)
  • Hurricane Week (June 6th-12th, 2010/August 1st-7th, 2010)
  • Why I Love Summer (No confirmed date)
  • Back-to-School Week (No confirmed date)
  • Survival Week (No confirmed date)
  • Why I Love Fall (No confirmed date)
  • Holiday Week (No confirmed date)
  • Celebrate! (November 30th-December 6th, 2009)
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On October 30, 2009, The Weather Channel began airing weather related movies on Friday nights. The first was The Perfect Storm, followed by March of the Penguins, Misery and Deep Blue Sea, with other films to come.

Current personalities

On-camera meteorologists

Other personalities

Notable alumni


  • "We Take The Weather Seriously, But Not Ourselves" (1982–1984)
  • "Weatherproofing America" (1984–1986)
  • "You Need Us, The Weather Channel, For Everything You Do" (June 1986–March 1991)
  • "Weather You Can Always Turn To" (March 1991–March 1996; U.K. October 1996 - April 1998; also used currently in NOAA Weather Network)
  • "No Place on Earth Has Better Weather" (March 1996–March 1998)
  • "Weather Fans You're Not Alone" (1997-1998, paired with The Front)
  • "Live By It" (June 2001–August 15, 2005; also currently used in Australian version)
  • "Bringing Weather to Life" (August 15, 2005–February 2008; This slogan is still used on and certain other materials, e.g. mailing labels)
  • "The Weather Has Never Looked Better" (June 2–late 2008; also slogan for HD broadcasting)
  • "The Sounds of Weather: Hear It. See It. Live It." (June 2009-present)

Hurricane, severe weather, and winter coverage slogans

  • "Hurricane Central" (August–October 2005)
  • "Keeping You Ahead of the Storm" (used occasionally since the late 1990s)
  • "Your Hurricane Authority" (2005, 2006 and 2008 season)
  • "Your Winter Weather Authority" (January 2008-present)
  • "The Winter Weather Authority" (2006-2007 winter season)
  • "The Hurricane Authority" (2006, 2007 and 2009 seasons)
  • "Your Severe Weather Authority" (March 2009-September 2009)
  • "The Severe Weather Authority" (September 2009-present)
  • "Alert Mode" (-2002)
  • "Storm Alert" (2003-present; mostly used during hurricane coverage)

See also


  1. " Video Submission Agreement." The Weather Channel. Retrieved on November 18, 2009.
  2. Google Maps: 300 Interstate North Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia
  3. Multichannel News October 6, 2009 DirecTV Goes HD With Weather Channel's Interactive Apps - Operator Says SD Version Has Generated Almost 1 Billion Impressions In One Year
  4. October 21, 2009 It's Always Fair Weather...on The Weather Channel

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