Articles / WeatherSTAR XL Timeline
In late 1998 - early 1999, The Weather Channel began to roll out a sophisticated take on an old concept - a computer used at each cable company to generate local forecast data and deliver it to said cable company's households.
Only now, the graphics are of superior quality.
Icons that actually move, rather than rotate through colors; fonts that match TWC broadcasts; transitions between maps; an easy to customize format for different areas of the US; and a colorful cloud wallpaper over a computer drawn solid or gradient background (as used in previous WeatherStars).
Although the flavors between the WeatherStar 4000 (versions 4/5) were setup almost identically to the WeatherStar XL version 1's, the maps themselves had some minor tune-ups: the Latest Observations changed from a 7 city text based screen to a 2 page, 8 city, icon based screen.
Cities were added, removed, or changed and zones were realigned on the regional maps, versus their layouts on the 4000, and the 36 Hour Forecast (still from the National Weather Service at the time) were now in lowercase, as opposed to the 4000, and the radar now provided 3 hours of precipitation movement history, whereas the 4000 only provided an hour and a half.
Late April 2002