By RENEE SUMMERS, A&E Editor
If you’re going to be hosting an outdoor barbecue, there’s one place you might go to make certain the weather is going to cooperate with your plans: The Weather Channel (TWC). TWC has been a staple on basic cable operating and satellite television systems since 1982. Based in Atlanta, it has become the scientific authority on all things weather-related. TWC provides local and national weather forecasts. The channel also takes an interest in both educating and entertaining its viewers beyond what a seven-day forecast can do.
Beginning in 2013, TWC began airing original programming intended to both entertain and examine the science aspect of weather and natural occurrences. Reality shows like “Fat Guys in the Woods,” which emphasized survival in the wild and “Prospectors” were added to the channel’s lineup as entertainment fare.
According to Variety Magazine, TWC eventually decided in 2015 to drop the reality shows in favor of programming that was science-based and added to the channel’s appeal as a source of authority on weather. Currently, all original programming on TWC has some basis in science yet remains entertaining, too. Regular programs on TWC include “Storm Riders,” and “Tornado Road,” both focusing on storm chasers. The storm chasers in “Storm Riders” are meteorologists and both shows offer excitement, thrilling video and informative story lines.
“Weather Caught on Camera” is exactly what it says it is and features exciting video footage of dust storms, typhoons and even avalanches. Another show, “Extreme Weather: The Survivors” features the people who get caught up in such weather phenomenon. “Tornado Alley,” deals with all things tornado, according to TWC’s home page. The show covers real stories, myths, conspiracies and factual explanations. It airs on weekend afternoons and evenings. Additionally, TWC offers special programs to its regular lineup such as “Top Ten Weather Disasters” and “Most Bizarre Weather.”
Original programming on TWC is interesting and informal. Don’t think of these shows as long boring documentaries, because they are not. Each episode is an hour long; brief enough to keep you engaged, and not so long that you’ll be reaching for the remote. But don’t fret just yet; even though TWC aims to educate its viewers on weather occurrences, both normal and abnormal, its main focus remains being the go-to source for reliable weather information. All while the shows are airing, your local forecast plays along the bottom of the screen.
If you love science and weather, check out the original programs on TWC. You can find a program list and air times at tv.twcc.com/listings/weather-channel.