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OCM arrivals
Kelly Cass, Melissa Barrington, and Jon Scala.

OCM departures
Bruce Edwards.

In the summer, the network's first traditional documentary program in nearly four years is broadcast.

January 2000

Your Weather Today
"Your Weather Today", a daily two-hour morning program debuts. It stars Marshall Seese and Heather Tesch (anchors), as well Dennis Smith (travel analyst) and Jon Scala (storm analyst). The show includes a new set in the TWC Forecast Center.

March 2000

First Outlook
"First Outlook", an early-morning program geared toward early-rising professionals debuts. Rick Griffin and Cheryl Lemke host.

Narration returns to the local forecast
Computerized narration is added to portions of the WeatherSTAR XL.

Weekend Now
"Weekend Now", a new weekend morning program with Bill Keneely, Mark Mancuso, Kelly Cass and Melissa Barrington debuts.

August 2000

TWC's first regularly-scheduled scripted long-form program, "Atmospheres" debuts. The show airs Wednesdays at 8pm. Original broadcasts air until early 2003. Jim Cantore hosts with Boston weathercaster Mish Michaels. It is produced in partnership with an outside production company.


Evening Edition
"Evening Edition", a two-hour program from 9-11 pm ET weeknights debuts in the summer. Original hosts include Paul Goodloe, Carl Parker, Jennifer Lopez and Kristina Abernathy.

OCM departures
Mike Bono and Will Annen.

Storm Week
Long-form programming development continues with "Storm Week," which includes four new documentary specials premiering over a four-day period.

WeatherSTAR XL update
WeatherSTAR XL's on-air appearance and flavor-lineups are altered that fall to coincide with the network's new on-air appearance.

February 2001 relaunch's appearance is upgraded once again.

June 2001

Network relaunch
Yet another overhaul of on-air promos and intros is unveiled.


First Outlook
Nick Walker and Kim Perez succeed Rick Griffin and Cheryl Lemke as hosts of "First Outlook."

Your local 36 hour forecast
The National Weather Service-provided 36-hour forecasts on the WeatherStar XL are dropped in favor of The Weather Channel's own forecast products. Eventually, National Weather Service forecasts are phased out on all WeatherStar platforms.

May 2002

The Weather Channel turns 20
The network commemorates its 20th anniversary with a retrospective and behind-the-scenes special. Around the same time, former Landmark Communications CEO Frank Batten's "The Weather Channel: The Improbable Rise of a Media Phenomenon" hits book stores nationwide.