The purest nuts-and-bolts television channel that will ever be created, The Weather Channel
is a 24-hour American cable weather network based just outside Atlanta, Georgia dedicated to telling you what to expect outside every morning, afternoon, evening and night, and little else. (This has changed recently as it has started showing speculative documentaries
.) The network is well known for its CNN-like
weather coverage, and will usually be the first to send reporters, usually meteorologists themselves, to report live on site at major weather events; something that can quickly become awesome, if not crowningly so, if it involves the words "hurricane" or "tornado" occurring within visual range. The Weather Channel is owned not by Time Warner, but by Comcast
/ NBC Universal
and two private equity firms, The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital
(before that, Landmark Communications).
Its Canadian counterpart is The Weather Network
Tropes invoked by The Weather Channel include:
Programs featured by the Network include:
- Cantore Stories: Jim Cantore visits various places and showcases a variety of history, culture, and weather of the regions he visits. Unfortunately the series was canceled.
- Coast Guard Alaska and Coast Guard Florida: A reality series that showcases the every day duties the Coast Guard serve in Alaska and Florida. Weather can help make or break situations the Coast Guard face daily.
- Deadliest Space Weather: A documentary showcasing the weather of other planets in the Milky Way and what would happen to the Earth if the weather of other planets ever affected Earth. The show was canceled.
- Forcasting The End: A Speculative Documentary that looks at forcasting possible events that could end the Earth one day.
- From The Edgewith Peter Lik: A series that has Peter Lik traveling all over the United States in hopes of taking perfect pictures of the regions he visits. Weather can help make or break his attempts at photographing locations. The series was canceled.
- Full Force Nature: A documentary examining actual serious weather incidents, using user video of the event, newscasts, and interviews of people who were there in the incident at the time it happened.
- Hacking The Planet: A series that looks into what scientists are doing to try and manually change the weather and other natural phenomena to redirect, lessen or eliminate the severe impact weather and natural phenomena can cause.
- Hawaii Air Rescue: A reality series focused around Hawaii Life Flight as they balance living in paradise with the stress and emotional drama of saving lives on a daily basis including during severe weather. This series was canceled.
- Hurricane Hunters: A reality series showing the Hurricane Hunters, a team tasked to analyzing potential tropical cyclones and confirmed tropical cyclones of various strengths from Depression to full-on major hurricanes. This series was canceled.
- Ice Pilots: A reality series showcasing the day to day operations of Buffalo Airways as they fly across the Artic. This series was canceled.
- Iron Men: A reality series that looks at the iron workers of New York as they construct and the impact of weather on the job.
- It Could Happen Tomorrow: A Speculative Documentary series where the results of a serious weather incident like a hurricane or tornado, or natural disaster like an earthquake or levee break, would affect a major American city.
- Lifeguard!Southern California: A series that follows the daily events that lifeguards face on a 150-mile stretch of beach in south California. The series was canceled.