In Ike's Wake, The Weather Channel Updates Episode Schedule; Season Two Premiere to Tell Story of 1900 Galveston Hurricane
The recent landfall of Hurricane Ike on Galveston, Texas, is a chilling reminder that history often repeats itself. In response, The Weather Channel® has scheduled the "Galveston Hurricane of 1900" episode to open the second season of When Weather Changed History. This compelling episode examines how the deadliest natural event in U.S history also altered the economic future of an entire region. The Weather Channel looks at what lessons were learned and acted upon after that devastating hurricane. The "Galveston Hurricane of 1900" will premiere on Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET. The episode originally scheduled for premiere week, "The Great Chicago Fire," has been rescheduled for Oct. 12.
"At The Weather Channel, our goal is to inform and protect people in both our live and long-form programming," said Ray Ban, executive vice president, programming and meteorology. "We knew a program about the lessons from Galveston -- with parallels between the 1900 hurricane and the recent impact of Ike - would be very relevant for our viewers and needed to be our season premiere."
In 1900, a hurricane swept away the booming city of Galveston, changing the future of Texas and opening the door for Houston to flourish. The 1900 event killed thousands and caused more fatalities than Hurricane Katrina, the September 11 attacks and the Chicago Fire combined. The premiere of When Weather Changed History explores some of the personal stories from the 1900 storm and also details the actions taken in the years that followed to protect Galveston - many of which were a factor during the approach and impact of Hurricane Ike.
Each new episode of When Weather Changed History will premiere Sundays at 9 p.m. and 12 a.m. ET, with a number of repeats throughout the following week. The series is produced by Towers Productions, and season two will provide insights to weather's effect on momentous historic events ranging more than a century such as D-Day, the Titanic and the Hindenburg as well as in-depth exposition about well-known American experiences like the Dust Bowl and the Great Chicago Fire. Encore presentations will be presented Monday through Saturday at 9 p.m. and 12 a.m. ET.
The original series from The Weather Channel won awards and broke viewership records after its premiere in January 2008. The 14 new episodes explore weather-related circumstances known to affect the outcome of history and reveal the sometimes-surprising connections of weather on the course of events.
More than 21 million viewers* tuned into the series premiere in January, making When Weather Changed History the most-viewed series premiere ever on The Weather Channel. Two of the episodes were honored with Silver Telly Awards in the TV documentary category.
Each program gives viewers a unique vantage point about historical events, highlighting how weather influenced important happenings in politics, exploration, the military, sports, entertainment and religion. Through use of dramatic video and insider personal stories, When Weather Changed History uncovers key moments and discloses unexpected facts about each event. A theme running throughout the series is the epic struggle of man against the power of nature - and the dangers of underestimating that power.
In conjunction with the series, The Weather Channel will offer new content from When Weather Changed History at www.weather.com/tv including sneak previews of upcoming episodes, a lesson plan for teachers, and a sweepstakes.
*Nielsen Media Research/NPower, 1/06/08-1/13/08
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