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  • Anvilicious: Apparently got this way in regards to global warming for awhile, to the point where various personalities from the channel were actually making threats against AGW skeptics. This prompted some wags to suggest a new byline of, "The Weather Channel: We know where you live". They still tend to get rather preachy about it on a regular basis.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Anything that is a documented program, such as Highway Thru Hell, Fat Guys in the Wood will get scorn from longtime fans due to not focusing on weather and especially the fact they will often be aired in place of live weather programming in the weekday nights and majority of Saturday and Sunday (which means there's more hours of these type of programing than live weather broadcasting). At least a few of them such as Storm Stories and Full Force Natre has something to do with weather.
  • Awesome Music:
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    • The tunes played over "Local on the 8s", which could range from stock light music, smooth jazz music, odd tunes including the instrumental theme to Clorox 2 ads in the 1980s, to well-known instrumental rock tracks like "Oscillate Wildly" by The Smiths.
    • Weatherscan plays very beautiful music 24 hours a day all while providing weather information. Some even tune in to the channel simply for the music, with many leaving it on in the background during the day or overnight as great snoozing music. Here is a playlist of all of the songs that can currently be heard on the channel.
    • The song often used during major hurricanes. As long as it's not headed for your area.
  • Broken Base: The channel's Network Decay. Some people don't mind the added programming as long as they can still get reliable weather news, forecasts, and updates. Everyone else wants The Weather Channel to go back to round-the-clock coverage of weather news, forecasts, and updates.
    • Naming the winter storms. Was it a good idea to do so or was it a bad idea to attract viewers by pulling the same gimmick as hurricane names?
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    • Weather All the Time (the slogan it been used since 2013) is a mixed bag to the viewers. Some like the addition of weather information running 24/7. Others doesn't like how they ditched monthly playlists in favor of production music (which play the same tracks too much where it sounds repetitive), the bland map design, and still hate that the reality shows are still eating up the channel, especially during the weekends where there's only 8 hours of live weather broadcasting.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Jim Cantore joined the Weather Channel back in 1986. Those who watched him since the beginning, no one was expecting him to be the face of the network, often making live appearances during bad weather.
    • Mike Siedel has been on the Weather Channel since the 90s, as a meteorologist. Eventually, like Cantore, he would be the staple of reporting live from different places, often during bad weather and big events.
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    • Dave Schwartz, joined TWC as an intern in the 80s, but worked his way up to become a full-time meteorologist sometimes in the 90s. As a result, his comedic presentation impress viewers. It helps that after he was fired in 2008, they brought him back 6 years later, continuing his iconic humor. Unfortunately, he died too soon with cancer in 2016.
    • Stephanie Abrams and Mike Bettes both joined in 2003. Because of their unique presentation, they were given their own show between 2006-2009. They remain paired up together even when they moved to the mornings, although Abrams went to report in New York with Al Roker for the show Wake Up with Al (2009-2015) and eventually Bettes would become the Weather Underground host.
  • Fun for Some: One of the ultimate examples of a default "start channel" on a cable system and one that is watched for hours by those either fascinated by weather systems or not energetic enough to change the channel.
  • Funny Moments:
    • Jim Cantore and Thundersnow. Seriously, the guy just absolutely flips out and it's hilarious.
    • Almost anything the late Dave Schwartz said while reporting the weather is humorous that made him a fan favorite among viewers.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The very first episode (as originally scheduled) of It Could Happen Tomorrow... which was titled "New Orleans Hurricane". It had been scheduled to air a month after the 2005 hurricane, and was eventually released as "Katrina: The Lost Episode".
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Like that one episode of a reality show you saw last week? Unless there are major severe weather outbreaks, be ready to see the same episode be encored. FREQUENTLY.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Back then, most music enthusiasts would watch the channel's Local on the 8s to listen to the smooth jazz music.
    • Nowadays, some male viewers admit that they only watch TWC to see the gorgeous female meteorologists, whom their dress code has changed tremendously over the years. There's even websites and Youtube accounts (such as https://www.youtube.com/user/paustn31634) dedicated to them.
    • Ever since the decline in quality, for those who has given up following on the channel regularly, viewers will only tune in when there's bad weather, especially winter storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Luckily, they will omit long-form documentaries on certain days just to get more hours of live weather coverage.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moment of Awesome: The channel's coverage of most hurricanes could qualify - and definitely its coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The beeping sound that is heard whenever a Severe Weather Watch bulletin finishes showing the whole issue.
    • For music enthusiasts, Allen Jackson's narration might be a nuisance, especially when he read most of the local forecast info, which drowns out the music. For similar reasons, some viewers find the overplaying of production music since its Weather All the Time relaunch in 2013 to be obnoxious as well.
  • Never Live It Down: Some of the meteorologists layouts can be considered this if you're a fan of their presentation, but the most extreme example was Nicole Mitchell's firing. Apparently, serving in the Navy while being a meteorologist is against the law in NBCU's eyes. Thankfully, she sued them a year and a half after her sudden termination.
  • Sadist: Many of the TV personalities seem like this when covering a horrific Hurricane or Tornado but are smiling for joy like children on Christmas Morning (and can't contain their excitement or joy). Makes for a disturbing contrast with the clips of property being damages by weather or the people dumbstruck because they have lost everything.
    • Most assuredly not the case, however, when reporting live from the damage zone.
  • Tear Jerker: Jim Cantore's heartbreaking tribute to John Hope on the day of his passing.
    • The tributes to Dave Schwartz. Especially heartbreaking since his cancer treatments had seemed to be working until a very sudden downturn.
    • The moment when Mike Bettes himself teared up on camera while covering tornado damage in Joplin, Missouri, in 2010.
  • The Scrappy: When Al Roker was on TWC, he got flak from fans who believe his weather presentation aren't professional. He (and arguably Abrams and Bettes) can also be considered Replacement Scrappy for those who grew up with Heather Tesch and Marshall Seese during the mornings.
    • Sam Champion when he was on TWC for a couple years. Many people thought his morning show "AMHQ" was boring.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Oh, so much when NBC got its hooks into the channel and started having the channel air more weather reality programming. They also got rid of fan favorite OCMs during their early days, added more rock music and music from movies much to the chagrin of smooth jazz fans (and to make things worse, the genre is completely gone in 2012) reduce the local forecast length from 2 minutes to 1 minute. Luckily, they no longer own it as of 2018, but the damage has been done.
    • The Weather Channel's Network Decay scenarios is divided by the different demographic. Viewers who grew up watching TWC between 1982-1999 will claim to say the channel went downhill when they started adding documented programing/long-forms during the early 2000s, such as Storm Stories. Some would even say it got worse when it changed its logo in 2005 and thought "Bringing Weather to Life" wasn't as charming as the "Live By It" era. As for the people who grew up with the channel in the 2000s, some will admit the channel went downhill when NBC brought it, but it didn't become completely bad until the early 2010s.
  • Win Back the Crowd: The channel has attempted to win back the alienated viewers by adding Weather Underground in 2015. It's usually the last live program to air on the weekdays.
    • As of 2016, smooth jazz music returns, but only on certain days. Sadly, monthly playlists has yet to return (which means the same production music are used) and they're all songs from The Weather Channel's Smooth Jazz CDs.

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