30 Years of The Weather Channel

By Alex Weprin 

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30 years ago today, the world of cable television changed forever with a very simple idea: what if there was a channel where viewers could turn to and get the latest weather?

And with that simple idea, The Weather Channel was born.

Now, of course, people get their weather forecasts online or on their phones (usually through Weather.com, which gets a redesign today, or an app made by Weather Channel), but The Weather Channel stays with us. Whenever there is a big weather event like a hurricane or blizzard, The Weather Channel is still the first place people turn to for their meteorological news and information.

Via Cablevision’s Jim Maiella, check out this 1982 ad for The Weather Channel: