The_Local_AccuWeather_Channel

The Local AccuWeather Channel

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).

Local forecasts

Programming

Viewers of the Local AccuWeather Channel can see the local forecasts for their respective area. These forecasts are usually shown after most national forecast segments, and aired as frequently as they are on NBC Weather Plus, airing for two to three minutes eight times an hour. Pre-recorded weather segments featuring local weather information from meteorologists of participating AccuWeather Channel affiliates are shown proceeding weather information. In many areas, a feed of that station's doppler radar may be shown and in some areas, it may be aired with that city's NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards feed (airing over the radar image instead of airing on a separate Secondary Audio Program channel, while other stations may air the NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards feed on a separate SAP channel).

The "L" Bar

Like NBC Weather Plus, the Local AccuWeather Channel uses an "L-Bar" across the left side third and bottom third of the screen to continuously air local weather information, even during commercial breaks. Although, AccuWeather's "L" Bar takes up more space than NBC Weather Plus' therefore making the screen displaying local weather segments and AccuWeather programming smaller. However, information on the AccuWeather Channel's "L" Bar is more broader based.

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).

On-Air Talent

  • Kate Bilo
  • Jack Boston
  • Jeannette Calle
  • Angelica Campos
  • Karah Donovan
  • Katie Fehlinger
  • Jason Handman
  • Jim Kosek
  • Joe Lundberg
  • Paul Pastelok
  • Jon Porter
  • Jared Plushnick
  • Bernie Rayno
  • Kari Chessario
  • Dr. Joe Sobel
  • Katrina Voss
  • Eric Wilhelm
  • Caitlin Roth
  • Matt Madigan

Programming

  • Weather Detectives with Jacqueline Noto. Exploring the files of AccuWeather.com’s weather detectives, Weather Detectives profiles the fascinating science of forensic meteorology.
  • Headline Earth with Katie Fehlinger. Headline Earth takes an unbiased look at climate change, bringing global warming back to the basics – the science.
  • Travel Talk with Jason Handman. Each week Jason takes viewers to top vacation spots around the US.
  • Entertainment Weather with Karah Donovan. From a newly redesigned set, Karah’s unique reports tie together weekend weather and its impact on entertainment options.
  • Weather Health with Katrina Voss. AccuWeather reports on the fact and fiction surrounding the links between the weather and your health.

Local Station Affiliates

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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
Comcast 246
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
Millennium 454
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
MediaCom 810
Raycom Media WeatherNow
#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
Suddenlink Communications112
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

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