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Page updated: April 27, 2016

The WeatherSTAR began to debut in cable head ends nationwide upon TWC's first broadcast on May 2nd, 1982.

Small percentages of cable companies carried TWC at first, and even smaller numbers installed this WeatherSTAR computer.

When hooked up at these cable companies, the WeatherSTAR would dial-up to receive the latest weather conditions and forecasts for its local area.

Then, when queued by TWC, would override TWC's viewing signal with its current conditions and forecast broadcast product, and transmit that through cable wires to its viewer's TV sets.

The Local Forecast was born, and without that method of breaking away to display local information, TWC couldn't have been a success.

The idea was perfect, the product however wasn't quite.

The original WeatherSTAR suffered from garbled text issues.

While receiving that data, the signal might have have endured some interference creating a mixed up output.

Furthermore, although meeting with the FCC's regulations, the WeatherSTAR was outputting so much radiation that it would interfere with VHF Channel 2.

In 1983, TWC had begun work to reduce its radiation interference with VHF Channel 2 and allowed each unit to receive its weather transmissions twice.

If one transmission didn't match the other, they were both thrown out and the STAR would await the next update.

By 1984 those changes had achieved completion, and the newly updated WeatherSTAR officially became the WeatherSTAR II.

The WeatherSTAR II performed much more smoothly than the original WeatherSTAR.

In 1985, the FCC began a plan to create more room for geosynchronous satellites.

As a result, TWC needed to change the way their current STARs were receiving data.

With some help from Wegener Communications and 2 million dollars later, TWC had once again upgraded the WeatherSTAR.

By this time, it had become known as the WeatherSTAR III.

  • The WeatherSTAR 4000 debuts in select cable systems. When this happens, the WeatherSTAR III is renamed to the WeatherSTAR 3000.
February 20, 1991
  • The L Flavor Local Forecast is born.
July 1991
  • Dan Chandler re-records the narration for the WeatherSTAR 3000.
Autumn 1992
  • Dan Chandler does one final set of narration for the WeatherSTAR 3000. The 36 Hour Forecast is now narrated to have come from The National Weather Service.
Fall 1993
  • The Extended Forecast becomes simplified - The text forecast from the NWS is replaced with a three column three day forecast.
  • The page title for the 36 hour forecast changes from "NWS 36 HOUR FORECAST - ZONE XXXX" to just "NWS 36 HOUR FORECAST" on the first page.
Summer 2002
  • The page title for the 36 hour forecast changes from "NWS 36 HOUR FORECAST" on the first page to "YOUR TWC FORECAST" on all 3 pages. This is due to TWC's discontinuation of using NOAA's text forecasts in place of TWC's own text forecasts.

WeatherSTAR Jr. Timeline

  • Wegener Corporation assembled a graphics display unit identical to the WeatherSTAR 3000 but with a cleaner font (the very similar one to the WeatherSTAR 4000's), but more importantly, was created as a lower cost, text only star, that is used at smaller cable companies that are not serving a large enough audience to be afford to be provided with an IntelliSTAR, XL, or even WeatherSTAR 4000 unit.