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The WeatherSTAR began to debut in cable head ends nationwide upon TWC's first broadcast on May 2nd, 1982.
Small percentages of cable companies carried TWC at first, and even smaller numbers installed this WeatherSTAR computer.
When hooked up at these cable companies, the WeatherSTAR would dial-up to receive the latest weather conditions and forecasts for its local area.
Then, when queued by TWC, would override TWC's viewing signal with its current conditions and forecast broadcast product, and transmit that through cable wires to its viewer's TV sets.
The Local Forecast was born, and without that method of breaking away to display local information, TWC couldn't have been a success.
The idea was perfect, the product however wasn't quite.
The original WeatherSTAR suffered from garbled text issues.
While receiving that data, the signal might have have endured some interference creating a mixed up output.
Furthermore, although meeting with the FCC's regulations, the WeatherSTAR was outputting so much radiation that it would interfere with VHF Channel 2.
In 1983, TWC had begun work to reduce its radiation interference with VHF Channel 2 and allowed each unit to receive its weather transmissions twice.
If one transmission didn't match the other, they were both thrown out and the STAR would await the next update.
By 1984 those changes had achieved completion, and the newly updated WeatherSTAR officially became the WeatherSTAR II.
The WeatherSTAR II performed much more smoothly than the original WeatherSTAR.
In 1985, the FCC began a plan to create more room for geosynchronous satellites.
As a result, TWC needed to change the way their current STARs were receiving data.
With some help from Wegener Communications and 2 million dollars later, TWC had once again upgraded the WeatherSTAR.
By this time, it had become known as the WeatherSTAR III.
February 20, 1991
WeatherSTAR Jr. Timeline