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September 29, 2016

The Weather Channel Ramps Up Original Programming In October

Network Announces “Storm Wranglers” Two-Week Event and “Weather Gone Viral” Returns for Second Season

ATLANTA (September 29, 2016) -- The Weather Channel television network announced today a pair of new programs set to debut this October including the return of “Weather Gone Viral.”
 
The sophomore season kicks off Sunday, October 16 at 9 p.m. EST and continues to document the most extreme weather moments.  From a tough day at the office, to vacations from hell, to weather ruining an entire wedding ceremony; "Weather Gone Viral" uses video clips and interviews to demonstrate how meteorological moments around the world affect people in their every day lives. These unbelievable, and often funny, clips will include commentary from our meteorologists, interviews and graphics that will keep viewers on their toes. 
 
The Weather Channel will also bow “Storm Wranglers,” a special two-week event kicking off Sunday, October 9 at 9 p.m. EST. Storm Tracker Kelley Williamson and partner Randy Yarnall go head-to-head with every storm imaginable including powerful tornadoes and supercell thunderstorms. The Missourian duo truly love tracking storms and it comes across in a down-home, authentic way.

A farmer by trade, Kelley started storm tracking after his wife Carol got caught in an EF4 tornado in 2008. The twister picked up her van leading to her breaking every bone in her body. The incident ignited Kelley’s passion, and since he has become the eyes and ears on the ground for the network when viewers need help the most.
 
"Kelley in particular is such an interesting and passionate character, and we feel lucky to have him as part of our family,” said Howard Sappington, vice president, programming for The Weather Channel. “We believe both ‘Storm Wranglers’ and ‘Weather Gone Viral’ will not only prove to be very exciting to audiences but deliver on our promise to viewers to return to our weather roots." 
 
The programs join the network’s “23.5 Degrees with Sam Champion” which will continue to air new episodes in October.
 
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The Weather Channel television network
For more than 34 years, The Weather Channel television network has been the leader in severe weather coverage, providing the most comprehensive analysis of any media outlet. For six years in a row, Harris Poll has ranked The Weather Channel as the “TV News Brand of the Year.” With trusted meteorologists who analyze, forecast and report the weather - its expertise is unrivaled.  Engaging with fans and delivering content to feed their fascination with all things weather is paramount to the network’s mission.  With the recently launched community platform, weloveweather.tv, the network created a 2-way dialogue with fans, establishing an ongoing relationship with those that have a passion for weather. For more information visit weathergroup.com.