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Local Forecast Intros

Despite The Weather Channel having a local forecast segment since day one, there was no official "intro" until 1989.

The next intro came in February, 1991 with the advent of the "Weather You Can Always Turn To" campaign. Two intros came and went in 1995.

Two more came in early 1996. The second one as a result of the local forecast being renamed "Local On The 8s."

A series of intros came in 1998. Each one had a different video based on the time of the day. These lasted until 2002 when another series of intros debuted.


For the first 25 years or so of The Weather Channel's existence, satellite viewers did not have their own local forecast.

Instead, when the local forecast segment aired, they saw an evolving series of backgrounds and weather graphics.

During the first 10 years or so, they saw some sort of background image. After that, they started seeing a slightly stripped-down version of the Travel Cities Forecast.

In the mid-90s, they replaced the Travel Cities Forecast with a series of weather maps, radars, and satellite images.


Originally called WeatherScan Local (the "local" part was dropped after a few years), this cable-only extension of The Weather Channel provided viewers with a local forecast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Unlike the original local forecast, WeatherScan's local forecast was a continuous loop. As a result, the background music was a set of songs that played in their entirety (as opposed to the short clips played on the original local forecast). Initially, all of the songs were by Trammell Starks. Songs by other composers were added in 2003.

Video Clips

While watching these clips, you may notice that some of them have audio that is choppy at times. I'm not sure why this is. (And I've tried a number of things to fix it.) All clips were contributed by Travis E.

WeatherSTAR 4000 Simulated Local Forecasts

Below are some video clips I made of the WeatherSTAR 4000 Simulator program in action several years ago. The current version is much better. (My computer is too old to support the new version, so I can't update these clips.) You can download a copy of the latest version of the program on the Taiganet forum.

Location: Omaha, NE<br />Flavor: D
"From The Heart" by Steve Haun
Location: Omaha, NE
Flavor: D
Location: Omaha, NE<br />Flavor: E
"Face In The Photograph" by Yanni
Location: Omaha, NE
Flavor: E
Location: Minneapolis, MN<br />Flavor: J
"Where Angels Dance" by Steve Haun
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Flavor: J
Location: Milwaukee, WI<br />Flavor: K
"Talk To Me" by Sam Riney
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Flavor: K
Location: Newark, NJ<br />Flavor: L
"But She" by Andy Summers
Location: Newark, NJ
Flavor: L
Location: Green Bay, WI<br />Flavor: M
"On American Shores" by John Tesh
Location: Green Bay, WI
Flavor: M