This Day in History - May 2nd, 1982 - Weather Channel Debuts on Cable

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

It was on this day in 1982 that a cable network launched that was dedicated to meteorological events: The Weather Channel.

The network was founded by John Coleman, and launched on May 2nd, 1982, combining national weather forecasts from the studios in Atlanta with local forecasts provided with a system known as WeatherStar, which was operated by local cable companies.

The network would become a huge success through the 80s and 90s, with many major weather events covered from Hurricane Andrew to the Blizzard of 1993.

In recent years, however, instead of 24 hours of weather, the network has been criticized for introducing reality shows, with some critics also claiming it has a bias involving the global warming debate.

The Weather Channel currently faces competition in the form of WeatherNation, and the company Accuweather has also discussed launching a 24-hour weather TV channel of their own.

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