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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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