The Local AccuWeather Channel is a 24-hour, weather-oriented, commercially-sponsored broadcast/cable television network owned and operated by AccuWeather, Inc., which is headquartered in State College, Pennsylvania.
The service provides weather-related content to television affiliates for broadcast on cable, digital subchannels, and digital cable by certain broadcast television affiliates in the United States. Some stations also offer the channel via live streaming video on their websites.
The Local AccuWeather Channel has similarities and differences to its main competitors, The Weather Channel and the soon to be disbanded NBC Weather Plus. The AccuWeather programming lineup provides national and regional video forecasts. In addition, there are AccuWeather travel, sports, and lifestyle segments. Most local affiliates add their own local weather updates and some even include local news and traffic updates. Unlike The Weather Channel, The Local AccuWeather Channel has an L-bar format so that, even when the video window is playing content such as a national forecast, local information is always available around the periphery of the screen. The Channel goes into a special mode when severe weather occurs. Several of the affilates also break from Local Accuweather when breaking news occurs and the station wants to utilize the subchannel for either extended news and weather coverage, or to push main channel programming to the subchannel.
Unlike NBC Weather Plus, the broadcast television affiliates with The Local AccuWeather Channel are not affiliated with one single network. Many of the stations are affiliated with the CBS, FOX, and ABC networks. For the most part, the local stations do not label the AccuWeather service as a so-called "Local AccuWeather Channel". Instead, the local stations choose to have their own names such as "Weather Now". Also, there is no separate logo for the channel. In most places, the channel carries the station brand and either the AccuWeather.com brand or a statement such as "powered by AccuWeather.com."
There are currently seven NBC-affiliated stations that do not offer NBC Weather Plus but do instead offer The Local AccuWeather Channel: KNVN, KOBI, KOTI are all locally owned; KULR owned by Max Media; and WJHG, WILX and WMTV are owned by Gray Television.
Not all of the stations air the digital channel's complete daily transmission, a few AccuWeather affiliates also air a limited amount of syndicated programming, and may even air regularly scheduled network programming (usually sports) when the main channel cannot. For example: Oklahoma City's ABC affiliate KOCO-TV currently airs Degrassi: The Next Generation, Wild About Animals and Sports Stars of Tomorrow on its AccuWeather Channel feed on DT2, in lieu an additional digital subchannel acting as a digital-only independent station or owning an independent station (However, there aren't enough stations in Oklahoma City with unique owners or enough full-power stations in the city to allow a fourth duopoly, and there is only one independent station in Oklahoma City, which is already in a duopoly).
The left side of the bar is reserved for station identification on the top left (on local feeds, featuring that station's logo (and even web address on some stations), the middle left is reserved for various things (regional current conditions, advertisements for the local station, etc.), and the bottom left displays the current conditions (sky condition, temperature, wind speed/direction pressure, UV Index and humidity) for each city, air quality and pollen indexes, and ads for AccuWeather.com and the current time and temperature below it.
The bottom right portion of the bar displays the forecast for the next 12 hours featuring sky condition and temperature, followed by the five day forecast showing sky condition and predicted high and low temperatures. Also, displayed are descriptive forecasts and forecast UV index values. The cycle for the current condition display cycle for one city, the 12-hour forecast cycle and the five-day forecast cycle runs 10 seconds each. The middle left and bottom right portions of the bar will also feature information on active watches, warnings and advisories when they are in effect. A map showing the advisories for the entire viewing area are displayed on the middle left, the legend displaying the colors corresponding to each advisory on the bottom left, and a descriptive adivsory product with the expiration time of the adivosry and a list of counties/parishes/boroughs in the advisory on the bottom right (though not always airing simultaneously with the watch/warning display to the left).
|DMA||Market||The AccuWeather Channel Affiliate||Network Affiliation||Digital subchannel||Cable or Digital cable channel||Station Owner||Station Name|
|#1||New York City||WABC-TV 7||ABC||DT3|| Time Warner Cable 163 |
Cablevision 108 (NY/NJ) or 117 (CT)
|Disney/ABC||Eyewitness News Now|
|#2||Los Angeles, CA||KABC-TV 7||ABC||DT3|| Charter Communications or Time Warner Cable|
175, 228, or 305
|Disney/ABC||ABC 7 Weather Now|
|#3||Chicago, IL||WLS-TV 7||ABC||DT3||n/a||Disney/ABC||ABC 7 News Now|
|#4||Philadelphia, PA||WPVI 6||ABC||DT3||Comcast 246||Disney/ABC||Action News Now|
|#5||San Francisco, CA||KGO-TV 7||ABC||n/a||Comcast 195||Disney/ABC||AccuWeather Now|
|#10||Houston, TX||KTRK-TV 13||ABC||DT3||Comcast 315||Disney/ABC||ABC13 Weather Now|
|#12||Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL||WFTS 28||ABC||DT2||Bright House 629||The E.W. Scripps Company||ABC Accu-Weather|
|#13||Phoenix, AZ||KNXV 15||ABC||DT2||95 (cox digital cable)||The E.W. Scripps Company||GoAZ.TV|
|#14||Seattle/Tacoma, WA||KCPQ 13||FOX||DT2||Comcast 116||Tribune Broadcasting||Q13 Fox First Forecast|
|#20||Sacramento, CA||KXTV 10||ABC||DT2||Charter Communications 61 Comcast 191||Gannett||News 10.2|
|#22||Pittsburgh||WTAE 4||ABC||DT2||Comcast cable 204, former Adelphia systems channel 100||Hearst-Argyle Television||Weather & Traffic Watch 4 24/7|
|#25||Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill||WSOC 9||ABC||DT2||Time Warner Cable 236||Cox||Severe Weather Center 9 NOW|
|#29||Raleigh/Durham, NC||WTVD 11||ABC||DT3||Time Warner Cable 219||Disney/ABC||Eyewitness News Now|
|#31||Kansas City||KMBC 9||ABC||DT2||Time Warner Cable and Comcast 12||Hearst-Argyle Television||Local. Live. Coverage You Can Count On.|
|#38||West Palm Beach, FL||WPBF 25||ABC||DT2||Comcast 208||Hearst-Argyle Television||Weather First TV|
|#55||Fresno, CA||KFSN-TV 30||ABC||DT3||Comcast Channel 193||Disney/ABC||ABC 30 Weather Now|
|#59||Dayton, OH||WHIO-TV 7||CBS||DT2||Time Warner Cable 708 and http://www.whiotv.com||Cox Broadcasting||7 Weather Now|
|#66||Flint, MI||WJRT-TV 12||ABC||DT3|| Comcast 247|
Charter Communications 431
|Disney/ABC||ABC 12 Weather|
|#71||Toledo, OH||WTVG 13||ABC||DT3||Buckeye CableSystem 615||Disney/ABC||13 ABC Weather Now|
|#72||Honolulu, HI||KITV 4||ABC||DT2||Oceanic Time Warner Cable 0126||Hearst-Argyle Television||Island Weather Now|
|#73||Des Moines, IA||KCCI 8||CBS||DT2||MediaCom 247||Hearst-Argyle Television||Weather Now|
|#75||Omaha, NE||KETV 7||ABC||DT2|| Cox 123|
Time Warner Cable 103
|Hearst-Argyle Television||Weather Now|
|#76||Portland, Maine||WMTW-TV 8||ABC||DT2||Time Warner Cable 165||Hearst-Argyle Television||News 8 Now|
|#85||Madison, WI||WMTV 15||NBC||DT2||Charter Communications 247||Gray Television||TrueView Weather 24/7|
|#110||Reno, NV||KTVN 2||CBS||DT3||Charter Communications 222||Sarkes Tarzian, Inc.||Storm Watch 24/7|
|#112||Lansing, MI||WILX-TV 10||NBC||DT2|| Comcast 249|
|Gray Television||Sky Team 10 Weather Source|
|#114||Augusta, GA||WRDW-TV 12||CBS||DT3||Comcast 247||Gray Television||StormTeam 12 24/7 Weather Source|
|#117||Montgomery, AL||WCOV-TV 20||FOX||n/a||Charter Communications or Knology 247||Woods Communications Corporation||FOX AccuWeather 24/7|
|#127||Columbus, GA||WTVM 9||ABC||DT2|| Knology 170|
|#130||Chico, CA||KNVN 24||NBC||DT2||Comcast 193 and Charter Communications 284||Evans Broadcasting||Northstate AccuWeather TV|
|#132||Columbus, MS||WCBI-TV 4||CBS||DT2||Cable One 35||Morris Multimedia||WCBI First Alert|
|#133||Rockford, IL||WIFR 23||CBS||DT2||n/a||Gray Television||23 Storm Team|
|#134||Wausau, WI||WSAW 7||CBS||DT3||Charter Communications 247||Gray Television||24/7 Weather Channel|
|#140||Medford/Klamath Falls, OR||KOBI 5 / KOTI 2||NBC||DT2||Charter Communications 285||California Oregon Broadcasting, Inc.||NBC 5 WeatherNOW|
|#144||Palm Desert, CA||KESQ||ABC||DT2, Analog 42||52||Gulf Cal. Bdcst||First Alert|
|#147||Lubbock, TX||KJTV-TV 34||FOX||DT2 and Analog channel 32|| NTS Communications 32|
|Ramar Communications||FOX AccuWeather Channel|
|#154||Panama City, FL||WJHG||NBC||Analog 7||8||Gray Television|
|#166||Clarksburg, WV||WDTV 5||CBS||n/a||Time Warner Cable 6||Withers Broadcasting||AccuWeather|
|#170||Billings, MT||KULR||NBC||Analog 8||11||Max Media|
|#178||Harrisonburg, VA||WHSV||ABC||Analog 3||Comcast 204||Gray Television||First Alert 24/7|
|#181||Charlottesville, VA||WCAV||CBS||Analog 19||Gray Television|