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January 5, 2012

The Weather Channel Taps Thomas Niziol as Winter Weather Expert

The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) today announced Thomas Niziol, a 30-year veteran of the National Weather Service, has joined the company as its new winter weather expert. In this role, Niziol will be the primary source of meteorological content, expertise and analysis for winter weather. Niziol will be featured regularly during winter weather coverage on The Weather Channel and contribute his expertise with content on its digital platforms including weather.comonline and on mobile, its category-leading mobile and tablet applications and across social media.

"Tom is a seasoned meteorologist who makes a great addition to The Weather Channel team to help build on our leadership in winter weather forecasting," said Bob Walker, executive vice president and general manager for The Weather Channel Companies. "He will work to ensure that our consumers, no matter where they are located, are ready for winter weather."

Niziol joins TWCC from the National Weather Service in Buffalo, NY where he was meteorologist-in-charge, supervising full warning and forecast operations for public, marine and aviation interests across western New York. He also directed research and science operations and coordinated with partners including Emergency Management and other local and national government agencies. Prior to that, Niziol was science and operations officer for the National Weather Service in Buffalo, NY. In that role, he was responsible for initiating, planning, coordinating and overseeing the transfer of new and emerging scientific technologies and forecast techniques from the research community to the operational forecast and warning environment. Prior to the National Weather Service, Niziol was an associate atmosphere scientist at Calspan Corporation in Buffalo, NY. There, he conducted all phases of scientific research from field studies through contract publications for atmospheric studies.

Niziol holds a bachelor's degree in meteorology from the State University of New York at Oswego. Throughout his career, Niziol has authored several research papers and poster sessions on winter weather forecasting and has toured the country speaking at numerous meteorological conferences. Niziol will be working out of The Weather Channel Companies headquarters in Atlanta, GA.


About The Weather Channel Companies
The Weather Channel companies (TWCC) are made up of The Weather Channel® television network, The Weather Channel digital properties, and WSI. The Weather Channel is based in Atlanta and is seen in more than 100 million U.S. households. TWCC also operates Weatherscan®, a 24-hour all-local weather network; The Weather Channel Radio Network; and The Weather Channel HD. The most popular source of weather news and information, TWCC properties reach 60 million monthly Web consumers (weather.com and Desktop) and 32 million monthly mobile users (mobile Web and applications) and offers the second most popular mobile app on all smartphones. WSI, headquartered in Andover, MA, primarily provides business-to-business weather services, particularly for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. TWCC is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit www.weather.com/press.