October 17, 2014

Grand Rapids forecaster falls victim to spider prank

National Face Your Fears Day was Oct. 14 and one station saw that as opportunity to play a prank on one of its own. Kelly Smith, a forecaster at the Grand Rapids, Mich. Fox affiliate WXMI-TV, has a bit arachnophobia — something that was apparently well known around the station. So her thoughtful production team […]

October 3, 2014

Philly ABC WX promo: ‘Who do you think I am?’

WPVI-TV, the ABC O&O in Philadelphia is airing promos spotlighting forecaster Cecily Tynan centering around the theme of her name being synonymous with weather forecasting. The first scene includes two office workers speculating on the weekend’s weather. The overly enthusiastic male worker is eager to plant begonias, while his gloomy female coworker responds with a sarcastic […]

October 2, 2014

‘Giant’ bee ‘attacks’ Indiana forecaster

Poor Jennifer Ketchmark. The Indianapolis forecaster was going about her business giving her daily weather update when a “giant” bee had to go and ruin it for her. The (curious?) bee decided to check out the camera Ketchmark was using to show a bird’s eye … err, bee’s eye … view of the city and flew into […]

September 17, 2014

Houston station ‘reinvents’ the wheel with hourly forecasts

KHOU-TV, the Gannett CBS affiliate in Houston, has a new gimmick for its weather forecasts — the “Weather Wheel.” The wheel, which, quite naturally, is sponsored by a local car dealership, is basically a fancy way of presenting an hour-by-hour forecast. During select forecasts, the station uses an animated half circle full screen graphic that […]

August 8, 2014

Fox Atlanta prepares to launch redefining studio

WAGA-TV, Fox 5 Atlanta, is preparing to launch a new studio Monday, designed by Devlin Design Group. DDG says the “set re-defines and changes scenic storytelling, forever!” “Team DDG congratulates WAGA-TV and Fox Television for their fearless embrace of groundbreaking innovation in Atlanta,” said Dan Devlin of Devlin Design Group. “We always enjoy working directly […]

August 7, 2014

Atlanta Fox teases new studio

Fox owned WAGA-TV will debut its new studio on Monday, designed by Devlin Design Group. The station put together this tease video to showoff the studio and its many camera positions: The set includes a large rotating anchor desk, video wall, interview area, backlit color changing paneling, working weather center and touchscreen technology. We’ll have […]

July 15, 2014

Al Roker gets ‘halo’ from WX map

Twitter user @SondoBill noticed that NBC’s Al Roker appeared to get “sainted” on Monday’s “NBC Nightly News” when the sun in a weather map behind Roker gave his head a glowing halo. Roker was making an appearance on “Nightly” to discuss the weather when a graphic showing severe storms across the country featuring a virtual […]

June 19, 2014

CBS Chicago debuts WX vehicle

WBBM-TV, the CBS O&O in Chicago, unveiled its new Mobile Weather Lab on Thursday morning’s newscast. The modified BMW is a black vehicle with a blue, green and silver printed wrapper that seems to be closer to the CBS O&O Pyburn Films graphics package than the new look that debuted last fall. The vehicle, which took […]

June 18, 2014

Chicago CBS rolling out mobile weather lab

WBBM-TV, the CBS O&O in Chicago, is planning to unveil what it calls the city’s first mobile weather lab. The modified BMW, which is also sponsored by BMW, has been teased on Twitter and Instagram, but doesn’t hit the road officially until Thursday morning. The exact configuration and capabilities of the vehicle are expected to […]

June 12, 2014 launches cleaner look for hompage

The Weather Channel has launched a redesigned website. The centerpiece of the redesign is a new homepage that boasts a large featured image that also includes a current conditions box to the left. Below this, smaller boxes point users to additional featured content. The remainder of the page includes headline scrapes grouped into categories […]