Every day over 1.5 billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly and Minute by Minute™ forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smart phones, tablets, free wired and mobile Internet sites via AccuWeather.com, connected TVs, and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, newspapers and the AccuWeather Network cable channel.
Established in 1962 by Founder, President, and Chairman Dr. Joel N. Myers - a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs - AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites.
On November 15, 1962, Joel N. Myers began forecasting the weather for a gas utility company in Pennsylvania. A graduate student at the Pennsylvania State University, he combined his firm grasp of weather patterns with insight into the impact of the weather on businesses and people, and how accurate forecasts could improve their ability to plan for, and cope with, the weather.
Myers’ customer base grew to include other businesses and government agencies. The first ski area was served in 1963, and the first forensic customer in 1965. In 1967, the first government agency subscribed to the Snow Warning Service™, and services customized for fuel oil dealers and construction companies began in 1968. Myers’ service was focused on the winter season, providing custom forecasts and warnings to highway departments, utility companies, construction companies, ski resorts, and other weather-sensitive businesses and agencies.
Year-Round and Media Service Begins
In 1971, the company expanded its operations to a year-round service and began using the AccuWeather® brand name. The first radio station to be served by AccuWeather was WARM-AM in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA, and the first television station served was WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, in 1972. Another early radio customer was WINS in New York City. Five of the first seven broadcast stations served by AccuWeather in the early 1970s, remain customers today.
Television Systems and Services
AccuWeather has a long history of innovation in television. In 1975, AccuWeather was the first to introduce seven-day local forecasts for television, and we began offering ready-for-air color television weather graphics in 1983. In 1986, AccuWeather began satellite delivery of ready-for-air satellite, radar and weather graphics. AccuWeather became a full-fledged video production facility in 1998, when it added video uplink, studio, and control room capability supporting WeatherTeam Live™ video programming.
In the late 1980s, AccuWeather's television offerings were expanded to include graphics systems, which continued to evolve along with computer technology. Along with our graphics systems, we have offered television stations a series of specialized devices and services. The FirstWarn® Screencrawler™, introduced in 1992 and subsequently enhanced several times, offers television stations a platform to quickly air critical watch and warning information. The FirstWarn Neighborhood Doppler™, introduced in 1999, offers stations the best value in a street-level, storm-tracker radar system.
AccuWeather began to supply turnkey weather solutions to cable channels in 1996, with the introduction of Local Cable Weather™. Significantly enhanced in 2000 as Local Digital Weather™, the system was soon on the air as the Local AccuWeather Channel™ for WFMZ-TV. In 2003, AccuWeather posted yet another milestone as the first vendor to provide native high definition weather via our Local Digital Weather HD system and service. This new technology went on air immediately with Cablevision's VOOM direct broadcast satellite network.
In 2005 AccuWeather introduced 24/7 local weather channels for television stations and other customers under the name Local AccuWeather Channel™. The ABC Television Group became the first group to sign up for this service, on August 31, 2005.
A significant advancement in television newsroom technology occurred in 2012 with AccuWeather’s release of StoryTeller™, an interactive touchscreen system. StoryTeller includes specialized applications for news, sports, elections, traffic, and weather presentations and enables newsrooms to incorporate live HD and SD video, graphic images, movies, and web and social media content into their presentations. StoryTeller is currently in use in 14 of the top 15 U.S. television markets.
AccuWeather further expanded its television broadcast capabilities with the launch of the 24/7 AccuWeather Network on the Verizon FiOS cable system in March 2015. Featuring “All Weather, All the Time”™ information-based weather, the network complements our existing broad multimedia reach across newspapers, radio stations, local television stations, digital signage, online, mobile, apps, and more. It provides up-to-the-minute national, regional, and local weather updates with the most accurate forecasts.
AccuWeather began serving newspapers in 1974 and has led the way in using technology to produce newspaper weather presentations. In 1983, AccuWeather began transmitting weather data and text directly to newspapers' typesetting computers, and AccuWeather pioneered the electronic delivery of complete weather pages for newspapers in 1986 with its MacWeather® service, the first electronic delivery of any kind of page to newspapers. In 1987, AccuWeather introduced electronic color newspaper weather pages.
AccuWeather began to offer weather information over the Internet in 1995, selling content to Internet sites with the development of the AccuNet® and netWeather™ Internet services.
AccuWeather.com® first appeared on the Internet as a free site in 1996 and was followed the next year by the introduction of our first premium site, and by the launch of AccuWeather.com Professional in 2003. The website launched streaming video in 2000, followed by the AccuWeather.com Desktop™ bug in 2002, and a variety of other features in 2005.
In 1997, AccuWeather introduced WeatherPager®, an alert service issued to pagers. AccuWeather continued to expand its offerings in the arena of proactive electronic notification with the addition of AccuWeather.com Alert™ email services in 2001.
AccuWeather began service to PDAs and cell phones in 2002 and, in 2003, AccuWeather's graphical weather content for wireless devices won the "Best of Show" award at Internet World Essentials. Today, AccuWeather content is available from nearly all of the major mobile phone service providers, and we continue to innovate with services for new handsets, streaming video broadcasts, and enhancements to our existing services.
Specialized Commercial Services
Through the years, AccuWeather has also developed numerous forecasts geared to the specific needs of various niche and specialized users. For example, the company currently offers customized forecasts and warnings for utilities, highway departments, school districts, agriculture, boaters, hotels, construction, golf tournaments, emergency management agencies, and many more categories.
AccuWeather has a long history of innovation for transportation companies. Temperature band maps are now taken for granted, but these maps did not exist until AccuWeather developed them and sent them to trucking companies by telecopier in 1972. Later, AccuWeather introduced the first forecasts geared specifically to interstate highways and other major trucking routes.
Among the other important innovations developed for commercial customers were the Window of Movement™ display (now called Forecast Eye Path™), developed in 1981 for our hurricane / tropical storm warning customers, and the first graphical representation of the forecast path of tropical storms. The AccuWeather Fax™ product, introduced in 1992, put the AccuWeather forecast on the front desks of 2,000 hotels across the country. 1-900-Weather, introduced by AccuWeather in 1989 under sponsorship of American Express, was the first weather forecast service that used audiotex technology, combining prerecorded words and phrases to create the audio forecasts. The version of this service we created for AccuWeather, AccuCall 2000™, won the "1994 Golden Phone" award as the best general news service available by telephone. In 2005, our innovative use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) was recognized with the first ESRI Special Achievement in GIS Award ever awarded to a weather company.
One of our important products, The AccuNet™/AP® Multimedia Archive, is not related to weather, but was inspired by and a result of our relationship with The Associated Press and our history in serving educational institutions. With this service, we are the exclusive online provider of the AP's photo, graphics, audio and text archives to universities, colleges, schools and libraries.
Innovative Weather Metrics
AccuWeather has been a leader in developing new weather metrics and communications tools to inform its customers about weather events. In 1994, AccuWeather introduced its current and forecast Ultraviolet (UV) Index, as the world's first local UV Index available with current and hour-by-hour forecasts. In 1997, AccuWeather developed the patented Exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperature™. This year-round measure of how temperature is really perceived supersedes the outmoded and misleading wind chill and heat indices.
In 1997, AccuWeather also introduced 10-Day Hour-by-Hour™ forecasts for 55,000 cities, and subsequently extended this capability to fifteen days, with worldwide coverage for more than one million locations.
In 2002, AccuWeather invented the patent-pending AccuPOP™, the first multi-period three-hour probability of precipitation, and in 2004 AccuWeather initiated the patent-pending StormRisc™, a clear and succinct summary of severe weather threats.
In 2004, AccuWeather introduced new tropical weather symbols and terminology, in order to better convey to the public the potential hazard of tropical systems, even after they are downgraded from hurricanes and tropical storms. In 2005, AccuWeather introduced several new weather indices for specific advertisers, including the Arthritis Index and Flu Index.
AccuWeather served a small number of international customers in the 1970s, mainly Canadian radio stations and snow warning customers. Our international services have grown to the point where today we serve customers around the world, providing forecasts of weather and crop progress for agricultural commodities, worldwide energy usage forecasts, and forecasts for the world's major ports and shipping areas. AccuWeather graphics systems and services are used by television stations from the Philippines to the Middle East to South America. We also provide weather pages for newspapers around the globe, and have added many newspaper customers in Canada and the U.K.