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November 20, 2008

Storm Session: Hurricane Season 2008 Reviews One of the Costliest Hurricane Seasons in U.S. History

Program Debuting November 24 on The Weather Channel Will Look Back at the Season's Most Significant Moments and Its Place In History

The Weather Channel will present Storm Session: Hurricane Season 2008, a recap of this year's hurricane season featuring insight and experiences from the Hurricane Authority -- The Weather Channel.   Premiering on Monday, November 24 at 8 p.m. ET, the program will feature four key meteorologists from the network's hurricane coverage team sharing their stories, expert analysis and first-hand field accounts from covering one of the most destructive hurricane seasons in history.

Program host Jim Cantore -- along with Stephanie Abrams and Mike Bettes, co-hosts of Abrams & Bettes - Beyond the Forecast -- will go back to areas most impacted this season.  They will share their perspectives and provide updates on the progress these communities have made towards recovery.  Hurricane Expert Dr. Steve Lyons will provide analysis about the most severe storms, which ones were so severe that their names will be retired from the hurricane list, the 2008 season as a whole, and historical perspective on where this season ranked. 

"Storms such as Hurricane Ike come along as infrequently as every 20 years or less and that hurricane alone would have made 2008 a season to remember.  But six other severe storms and hurricanes also struck the U.S. coastline, thus making this one of the most destructive hurricane seasons in U.S. history," noted Dr. Lyons. 

Storm Session: Hurricane Season 2008 will showcase the network's in-the-field hurricane coverage team in the following locations:

  • Galveston, TX - Jim Cantore returns to the area where he witnessed damage caused by the destructive winds of Hurricane Ike.
  • Houston, TX - Mike Bettes reports from Seabrook, TX, near Houston, where he was literally blown over during Hurricane Ike.
  • New Orleans, LA - Stephanie Abrams visits New Orleans where all the country watched as the city dodged a bullet when Hurricane Gustav did not deliver another devastating blow to the city as feared.

"In fulfilling our mission to keep America ahead of the storm, we were there every step of the way to keep people informed.  And now we are bringing our experts together for a final look back at this incredible season," said Ray Ban, executive vice president of programming and meteorology. 

Storm Session: Hurricane Season 2008 will highlight video clips from this year's season that illustrate and bring to life the hurricane coverage team's experiences and what it was like behind the scenes.  Other features will include the personal story of a man who rode out Ike in his home on the Bolivar Peninsula while all the houses around him were destroyed and an insightful explanation of how the 15-foot-high seawall at Galveston helped save the city from reliving the disaster of 1900.  More information is available at www.weather.com/tv

In addition to the premiere on Monday, November 24, at 8 p.m. ET, Storm Session: Hurricane Season 2008 will be presented on Monday, November 24, at 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET; Tuesday, November 25, at 2 p.m. ET; Thursday, November 27, at 9 p.m., 11 p.m., and 2 a.m. ET; Saturday, November 29, at 2 p.m. ET; and Sunday, November 30, at 2 p.m. ET.


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