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    Timeline

    Timeline

    More Than 35 Years of Excellence and Achievement

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    2019
    June

    June 2019

    • Felicia Combs

    Felicia Combs joins The Weather Channel as on-camera meteorologist

    Felicia Combs joins The Weather Channel as on-camera meteorologist
    • Felicia Combs
    May

    May 2019

    • Jacqui Jeras

    Jacqui Jeras joins The Weather Channel as on-camera meteorologist

    Jacqui Jeras joins The Weather Channel as on-camera meteorologist
    • Jacqui Jeras
    2018
    June

    June 2018

    • IMR launches

    IMR launches. With Immersive Mixed Reality, the evolution of weather presentation ignites

    IMR launches. With Immersive Mixed Reality, the evolution of weather presentation ignites
    • IMR launches
    May

    May 2018

    • Tevin Wooten

    Tevin Wooten joins The Weather Channel as on-camera meteorologist

    Tevin Wooten joins The Weather Channel as on-camera meteorologist
    • Tevin Wooten
    March

    March 2018

    • Byron Allen

    Byron Allen acquires The Weather Channel adding to Entertainment Studios’ HD networks

    Byron Allen acquires The Weather Channel adding to Entertainment Studios’ HD networks
    • Byron Allen
    2017
    July

    July 2017

    • Chris Bruin

    Chris Bruin Joins The Weather Channel as On-Camera Meteorologist

    Chris Bruin Joins The Weather Channel as On-Camera Meteorologist
    • Chris Bruin
    May

    May 2017

    • Two guys at desk

    The Weather Channel Celebrates 35 Anniversary

    The Weather Channel celebrates its 35th anniversary of being on air.
    • Two guys at desk
    March

    March 2017

    • Dr. Rick Knabb

    Dr. Rick Knabb Returns to The Weather Channel as On-Camera Hurricane Expert

    Dr. Rick Knabb Returns to The Weather Channel as On-Camera Hurricane Expert
    • Dr. Rick Knabb
    2016
    October

    October 2016

    • Hurricane Matthew

    The Weather Channel Ranked #1 During Height of Hurricane Matthew Coverage Among P25-54

    The Weather Channel Ranked #1 During Height of Hurricane Matthew Coverage Among P25-54
    • Hurricane Matthew
    • Liana Brackett

    The Weather Channel Welcomes New On-Camera Meteorologist, Liana Brackett

    The Weather Channel Welcomes New On-Camera Meteorologist, Liana Brackett
    • Liana Brackett
    July

    July 2016

    • Cantore

    Jim Cantore celebrates 30 years at The Weather Channel

    Jim Cantore celebrates 30 years at The Weather Channel
    • Cantore
    June

    June 2016

    Local Now launches mobile app

    Local Now launches mobile app
    April

    April 2016

    We Love Weather,

    We Love Weather, an online community created by The Weather Channel, launched. This community is for those that share our passion and fascination for weather.
    March

    March 2016

    • Local Now Logo

    Local Now launches on on Sling TV

    Local Now is introduced. A new streaming video service, providing viewers with hyper-local weather, traffic, news and sports reports. Local Now is powered by the best content providers, delivering real-time information when and how you want it.
    • Local Now Logo
    January

    January 2016

    The Weather Channel Television Network becomes its own business when it officially breaks from The Weather Company an IBM Business.

    The Weather Channel Television Network becomes its own business when it officially breaks from The Weather Company, an IBM Business.
    2015
    October

    October 2015

    IBM Announces Plan to Acquire The Weather Company’s Product and Technology Businesse

    IBM announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The Weather Company’s B2B, mobile and cloud-based web properties, including WSI, weather.com, Weather Underground and The Weather Company brand. The TV segment – The Weather Channel – will not be acquired by IBM, but will license weather forecast data and analytics from IBM under a long-term contract.
    August

    August 2015

    • WUTV Logo

    Weather Underground premieres on The Weather Channel

    Weather Underground premieres on The Weather Channel
    • WUTV Logo
    May

    May 2015

    • Tropical Replay

    The Weather Channel launches live interactive augmented reality weather presentations

    The Weather Channel launches live interactive augmented reality weather presentations
    • Tropical Replay
    March

    March 2015

    IBM and The Weather Company Partner

    The Weather Company, through its global B2B division WSI, announced a partnership with IBM to form a ground breaking global strategic alliance to integrate real-time weather insights into business to improve operational performance and decision making.
    2014
    March

    March 2014

    The Weather Channel debuts new morning show, AMHQ with Sam Champion.

    The Weather Channel debuts new morning show, AMHQ with Sam Champion.
    2013
    May

    May 2013

    (May) - The Weather Channel is named the number 2 all-time free app for iPad and number 7 all-time free app for iPhone.

    The Weather Channel is named the number 2 all-time free app for iPad and number 7 all-time free app for iPhone.?

    April

    April 2013

    Innovation: The Weather Channel surpasses 100 million cumulative app downloads.

    Innovation: The Weather Channel surpasses 100 million cumulative app downloads.

    March

    March 2013

    Innovation: (March) - The Weather Company launches LocalFX.

    Innovation: The Weather Company launches LocalFX.?

    February

    February 2013

    (February) - The Weather Channel introduces native ad product, branded backgrounds for mobile.

    The Weather Channel introduces native ad product, branded backgrounds for mobile.

    2012
    October

    October 2012

    (October) - The Weather Channel Companies become The Weather Company.

    The Weather Channel Companies become The Weather Company.?

    • Winter Storm Names 2013-2014 Graphic

    (October) - The Weather Channel becomes the first national organization in North America to proactively name winter storms. PHOTO: NAMING_WINTER_STORMS_650X366

    The Weather Channel becomes the first national organization in North America to proactively name winter storms.

    • Winter Storm Names 2013-2014 Graphic

    (October) - First livestream of The Weather Channel on YouTube during Superstorm Sandy, which resulted in all-time number one day across platform.

    First livestream of The Weather Channel on YouTube during Superstorm Sandy, which resulted in all-time number one day across platform.

    September

    September 2012

    Innovation: (September) - The Weather Company launches WeatherFX.

    Innovation:?The Weather Company launches WeatherFX.

    August

    August 2012

    Weather Services International (WSI) acquires Weather Central.

    Weather Services International (WSI) acquires Weather Central.
    July

    July 2012

    (July) The Weather Company acquires Weather Underground.

    The Weather Company acquires Weather Underground.

    2011
    March

    March 2011

    A mobile leader since joining the mobile space, The Weather Channel surpasses 50 million cumulative app downloads on all smart phones and tablets.

    A mobile leader since joining the mobile space, The Weather Channel surpasses 50 million cumulative app downloads on all smart phones and tablets.

    2010
    December

    December 2010

    • Newsroom, The Weather Channel

    Viewership Milestone: 100 Million Households

    The Weather Channel reaches the 100-million-household milestone, making it one of the most widely distributed cable networks in the U.S.

    Innovation: First launch of private cross-platform ad exchange.

    Viewership Milestone: 100 Million Households

    • Newsroom, The Weather Channel
    2009
    November

    November 2009

    • Wake Up With Al, 2009

    Viewership Milestone: More Than 99 Million Households

    The Weather Channel launches Wake Up With Al, a new kind of primetime morning show exploring all aspects of the day's weather, hosted by Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams.

    Innovation: First availability of segmentation targeting on mobile web.?

    Viewership Milestone: More Than 99 Million Households

    • Wake Up With Al, 2009
    2008
    September

    September 2008

    • HD Studio Photo, 2008

    Viewership Milestone: More Than 98 Million Households

    The new TWC HD Studio opens. In September, The Weather Channel Companies is purchased by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.?

    Innovation: Video advertising is available on mobile web.

    Innovation: WSI launches TruVu Max, offering next-generation weather graphics to media broadcasters nationwide

    Viewership Milestone: More Than 98 Million Households

    • HD Studio Photo, 2008
    2007
    March

    March 2007

    • Timeline Photo - 2007 - HD

    Viewership Milestone: More Than 96 Million Households

    Launch of The Weather Channel HD and construction of new 12,500-sq.-ft. facility for presentation of all studio programming in HD in 2008. ?

    weather.com reaches 35 million monthly unique users and weather mobile averages 6 million users per month (No. 2 website behind Yahoo!)

    Viewership Milestone: More Than 96 Million Households

    • Timeline Photo - 2007 - HD
    2006
    August

    August 2006

    • Timeline - Image - 2006 - It Could Happen Tomorrow

    Viewership Milestone: Nearly 90 Million Households

    Launch of new series, It Could Happen Tomorrow which sustained ratings increases averaging 53 percent for its time period compared to the year before; other new program launches include nightly series Abrams & Bettes – Beyond the Forecast and TV’s only weekly climate change program, Forecast Earth with Dr. Heidi Cullen.

    Innovation: Advertisers begin to customize content by target audience; launching weather-triggered advertising opportunities on all platforms (TV, online and mobile).

    Viewership Milestone: Nearly 90 Million Households

    • Timeline - Image - 2006 - It Could Happen Tomorrow
    April

    April 2006

    CCTV-China selects Weather Central broadcast graphics solutions

    CCTV-China selects Weather Central broadcast graphics solutions

    2005
    August

    August 2005

    • Timeline - Image - 2005 - Hurricane Katrina

    Viewership Milestone: More Than 89 Million Households

    TWC sets new record with total day rating of 2.2 during Hurricane Katrina coverage and participates in MobiTV launch for wireless.

    Viewership Milestone: More Than 89 Million Households

    • Timeline - Image - 2005 - Hurricane Katrina
    2004
    March

    March 2004

    • Timeline Photo - 2004

    weather.com sets records with 25 million unique users and Nielsen-rated top 10 online site.

    weather.com sets records with 25 million unique users and Nielsen-rated top 10 online site.

    • Timeline Photo - 2004
    2003
    April

    April 2003

    Innovation: WSI offers first 3D display of a hurricane using NEXRAD Level II data (Hurricane Isabel)

    Personalized weather alerts for mobile, web devices (patented) (The Weather Channel)

    Innovation: WSI offers first 3D display of a hurricane using NEXRAD Level II data (Hurricane Isabel)

    March

    March 2003

    • Storm Stories

    Viewership Milestone: More Than 85 Million Households

    Launch of first-ever primetime series, Storm Stories.

    Innovation: Launches HIRADtm system, dramatically increases accuracy of weather condition information and increases frequency of updated forecasts. Increases accuracy of weather gathering information from 1,500 locations in the US (based on National Weather Service observational data) to 470,000 unique locations in the US (based on multi-dimensional information including satellite data, radar, observed conditions) which provides unsurpassed accuracy.

    Viewership Milestone: More Than 85 Million Households

    • Storm Stories
    2002
    April

    April 2002

    WSI launches Spanish WeatherNow

    WSI launches Spanish WeatherNow

    March

    March 2002

    Viewership Milestone: 85 Million Households

    The Weather Channel is honored with a Beacon Award in the media category for its Rays Awareness sun safety campaign.

    The Weather Channel Mobile offers paid applications for feature phones.

    Innovation: First availability of customized weather information for OnStar mobile services.

    Viewership Milestone: 85 Million Households

    2001
    March

    March 2001

    Viewership Milestone: 80 Million Households

    Weather Underground launches its network of Personal Weather Stations

    Viewership Milestone: 80 Million Households

    2000
    March

    March 2000

    The Weather Channel launches alert products.

    Innovation: First provider to deliver custom weather alerts to desktop, mobile and landline phones. First ubiquitous availability of content on TV, online wireless.

    The Weather Channel launches alert products.

    1999
    November

    November 1999

    • Weatherscan

    Innovation: The Weather Channel launches Weatherscan channel on select cable systems delivering exclusively local weather conditions; no national forecast. First availability of 24-hour local conditions from a national provider.

    Innovation: The Weather Channel launches Weatherscan channel on select cable systems delivering exclusively local weather conditions; no national forecast. First availability of 24-hour local conditions from a national provider.

    • Weatherscan
    October

    October 1999

    WSI launches a satellite-delivered weather service to South America

    WSI launches a satellite-delivered weather service to South America?

    September

    September 1999

    Weather Underground launches its first mobile website.

    Weather Underground launches its first mobile website.?

    August

    August 1999

    • Hurricane Brett

    During coverage of the first storm of 1999, TWC achieves its largest single day audience delivery ever of one million households.

    During coverage of the first storm of 1999, TWC achieves its largest single day audience delivery ever of one million households.

    • Hurricane Brett
    1998
    February

    February 1998

    Continuous growth in broadband activities with launch of first wireless weather content in 1998.The Weather Channel mobile content launches (Palm PDA), making The Weather Channel the first to provide ubiquitous availability of weather content across all screens - television, mobile and web.

    Continuous growth in broadband activities with launch of first wireless weather content in 1998.The Weather Channel mobile content launches (Palm PDA), making The Weather Channel the first to provide ubiquitous availability of weather content across all screens - television, mobile and web.?

    1995
    April

    April 1995

    Launch of Intellicast, WSI’s ad-sponsored Internet site at intellicast.com

    Launch of Intellicast, WSI’s ad-sponsored Internet site at intellicast.com

    March

    March 1995

    • weather.com launches

    weather.com launches

    weather.com launches

    • weather.com launches
    February

    February 1995

    "Weather Underground launches the first commercial weather website at weatherunderground.com. "

    Weather Underground launches the first commercial weather website at weatherunderground.com.

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    1991
    June

    June 1991

    Weather Underground launches a Telnet service at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Weather Underground launches a Telnet service at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    February

    February 1991

    • Cindy Preszler - Dennis Smith

    The Weather Channel wins Golden CableACE from the National Academy of Cable Programming for coverage of Hurricane Hugo.

    The Weather Channel wins Golden CableACE from the National Academy of Cable Programming for coverage of Hurricane Hugo.

    • Cindy Preszler - Dennis Smith
    1989
    March

    March 1989

    WSI is first to demonstrate weather in the cockpit to FAA, with LincolnLab (WSI)

    WSI is first to demonstrate weather in the cockpit to FAA, with LincolnLab (WSI)

    1988
    September

    September 1988

    • Hurricane Hugo

    WSI is first to provide mosaic radar imagery with the announcement of NOWrad. Later displays the first NOWrad view of a hurricane structure on television of Hurricane Hugo in 1989

    WSI is first to provide mosaic radar imagery with the announcement of NOWrad. Later displays the first NOWrad view of a hurricane structure on television of Hurricane Hugo in 1989

    • Hurricane Hugo
    June

    June 1988

    The Weather Channel commits to breaking news, covering the drought and Hurricane Gilbert.

    The Weather Channel commits to breaking news, covering the drought and Hurricane Gilbert.

    1987
    January

    January 1987

    The Weather Channel produces its first one-hour special.

    The Weather Channel produces its first one-hour special.

    1986
    January

    January 1986

    • Early 80s Weather Channel

    The Weather Channel upgrades talent, adopts the anchor concept and adds more video footage.

    The Weather Channel upgrades talent, adopts the anchor concept and adds more video footage.

    • Early 80s Weather Channel
    1983
    January

    January 1983

    • Frank Batten, Sr.

    Some are ready to pull the plug. But the company makes hard decisions to stay on the air; dramatic progress is made a year later with a 44 percent increase in subscribers.

    Some are ready to pull the plug. But the company makes hard decisions to stay on the air; dramatic progress is made a year later with a 44 percent increase in subscribers.

    • Frank Batten, Sr.
    1982
    June

    June 1982

    Innovation: The Weather Channel is the first 24-hour network devoted to weather programming and the first national TV network able to automatically customize content based on viewer location.

    Innovation: The Weather Channel is the first 24-hour network devoted to weather programming and the first national TV network able to automatically customize content based on viewer location.

    May

    May 1982

    • Two guys at desk

    Despite naysayers, Frank Batten, Sr., gives the go-ahead for The Weather Channel? which launches May 2, 1982 amid much fanfare.

    Despite naysayers, Frank Batten, Sr., gives the go-ahead for The Weather Channel? which launches May 2, 1982 amid much fanfare.?

    • Two guys at desk

    WSI Media Group delivers its first satellite image, produced at TASC, to WBZ in Boston

    WSI Media Group delivers its first satellite image, produced at TASC, to WBZ in Boston

    1980
    January

    January 1980

    Expansion into aviation weather systems. WSI is the first to provide aviation weather briefings via dial-up, called Pilotbrief

    Expansion into aviation weather systems. WSI is the first to provide aviation weather briefings via dial-up, called Pilotbrief?

    Expansion into aviation weather systems. WSI is the first to provide aviation weather briefings via dial-up, called Pilotbrief

    Expansion into aviation weather systems. WSI is the first to provide aviation weather briefings via dial-up, called Pilotbrief?

    1978
    December

    December 1978

    WSI is founded December 29, 1978 (WSI)

    WSI is founded December 29, 1978 (WSI)

    1974
    January

    January 1974

    Weather Central develops the first on-air weather system using computer graphics

    Weather Central develops the first on-air weather system using computer graphics

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