Global Weather Media Company -- Trusted for Superior Accuracy -- Looks Ahead to Next 50 Years
STATE COLLEGE, PA - November 15, 2012 - AccuWeather, Inc. marks 50 years of operation today by launching a year-long recognition of the company's 50th anniversary through a series of events, as well as retrospective stories and videos on AccuWeather.com. Founded in 1962 by Dr. Joel N. Myers, AccuWeather has grown from a weather company providing forecasts for businesses into an international weather media company that reaches more than half a billion users worldwide daily.
Trusted around the globe for its superior accuracy, AccuWeather serves a worldwide audience from its headquarters in State College, PA, and its Severe Weather Center in Wichita, KS. AccuWeather provides hourly forecasts for more than 2.7 million locations worldwide, reaching consumers via smart phones, tablets, free wired and mobile internet sites, and smart appliances, as well as via radio, television, and newspapers. Customized solutions to media, business, government, and institutions are also a key part of AccuWeather's services.
The company's Founder and President, Dr. Joel N. Myers, is credited with many of the advances in the way consumers receive their weather information. "I was passionate about the weather at a very early age, and I also knew I would be able to combine my love of forecasting with a business that would save lives and help people know more about what the weather had in store for them on a daily basis," said Dr. Myers. "We are constantly reinventing ourselves as technology changes how people access our accurate forecasts."
Under Dr. Myers' leadership, AccuWeather was in turn the first to introduce the seven-day, ten-day, fifteen-day hourly, and, most recently, the 25-day hourly forecast. AccuWeather is noted for patented weather measures such as the RealFeel Temperature® - the only weather index to incorporate eight key variables to show what the temperature really feels like - as well as dozens of lifestyle forecasts, which show how the weather will affect travel, health, hobbies, sports, and more.
On the mobile and wired web, AccuWeather has experienced spectacular growth, becoming a major news destination and the leading weather mobile site in the U.S. and in Europe. AccuWeather has built a comprehensive portfolio of partnerships with major digital equipment manufacturers worldwide, including Smart TV providers, Panasonic, LG, Vizio, Sony, and Samsung, the top ten mobile device manufacturers worldwide (accounting for 85% of all mobile devices sold) and leading manufacturers of tablets and next-generation PCs, including Apple, Dell, Lenovo, and others.
The outstanding quality of AccuWeather's digital media has achieved widespread recognition. AccuWeather was selected by Apple for launch on the iPad, was the winner of the Best iPhone App at the 2012 Mobie Awards, and AccuWeather's Android applications are consistently chosen as top ranked apps by users. On an average day, AccuWeather receives almost three billion data requests from internet-capable smart phones, tablets, and appliances around the world.
As the gold standard in weather forecasting, AccuWeather is the number one supplier of customized, pinpoint weather warnings to large enterprises, as well as a vital information source for worldwide weather forecasts, data and meteorological consulting services, serving six of the ten largest companies in America.
AccuWeather supplies weather content to hundreds of newspapers across the planet, including USA Today, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. AccuWeather's forecasts and content appear on over 72,000 third-party websites, and its radio broadcasts are heard on nearly 750 stations. The 24x7, The AccuWeather Television Network, is available to 38 million TV households in North America.
AccuWeather believes the next 50 years will produce even greater demand for its powerful blend of global reach, customized service, and superior accuracy. "The discussion about climate change, and its causes and responses, will go on for decades," said Barry Lee Myers, CEO of AccuWeather, Inc., noting that, "Days after Superstorm Sandy, Governor Cuomo said, ‘Anyone who says there is not a dramatic change in weather patterns is denying reality. We have a 100-year flood every two years now.'"
"As weather systems - from superstorms to droughts and snow - increasingly capture the headlines," Barry Lee Myers concluded, "the daily importance and value of AccuWeather will continue to grow."
About AccuWeather, Inc., and AccuWeather.com
Every day, over 600 million people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides the most accurate and detailed hourly forecasts for every location where people live and work worldwide (more than 2.7 million locations), with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smart phones, tablets, wired and mobile internet sites, and smart TVs and appliances, as well as on radio and television and in newspapers. Founded in 1962 by Dr. Joel N. Myers - recognized as one of the top 528 entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs - AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news and weather content and video for more than 72,000 third-party websites, including The Wall Street Journal, CBS News Mobile, and The New York Times.
AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in weather information </strong>and digital media, today announced the revolutionary commercial weather portal which provides a customizable interface for clients to merge powerful, geographic information systems-integrated (GIS-integrated) weather components in one easy view for enhanced access to powerful business intelligence and situational awareness in decision making. As the gold standard in weather forecasting with Superior Accuracy™, AccuWeather is the number one supplier of customized, pinpoint weather warnings to large enterprises, as well as a vital information source for worldwide weather forecasts, data, and meteorological consulting services. AccuWeather now offers these unparalleled services through one proprietary, centralized point of access for enterprises.
AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in weather information and digital media, today introduced AccUcast™, an exciting interactive crowdsourcing feature available in the AccuWeather universal iOS app where users can now share their local weather updates. AccUcast is the only crowdsourcing tool with live crowdsourced weather maps that provide current weather conditions submitted by users in a global animation display. AccuWeather designed and developed AccUcast to help people worldwide make more informed decisions, providing a new level of localization and user interactivity in weather forecasting.
AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced that AccuWeather Founder, President, and Chairman Dr. Joel N. Myers will serve as the keynote speaker for the second annual Weather Track at the 2015 Esri International User Conference. The presentation entitled "Transformational Change Driven by Big Data" will take place on July 21st from 1:30 to 2:00 PM in Ballroom 20.
AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced it is now offering AccuWeather MinuteCast(R) in 13 countries with plans to provide its unique hyper-local forecast in additional countries worldwide, continuing its rapid expansion. The patented forecast includes precipitation type and intensity, as well as start and end times for precipitation by the minute for the next two hours, localized to a person's exact street address or GPS location. Award-winning AccuWeather apps and AccuWeather.com website provide the MinuteCast feature free of charge to users.
AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in weather information and digital media, announced today that fans can share their favorite weather photos on the AccuWeather Facebook page for their chance to be featured on AccuWeather.com. Users are invited to share their favorite weather photos, such as weather selfies, friends and family having fun in the great outdoors, and their pets enjoying the weather, by posting their images and captions to the AccuWeather Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AccuWeather. Fans can also enter on Twitter by using the hashtag #FanFriday with their weather photo.
AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in weather information and digital media, is pleased to announce its continuing alliance with the American Red Cross to assist weather disaster victims everywhere. Today is “All in 1 Day” – the inaugural Red Cross Giving Day and a nationwide campaign to increase awareness of all that the Red Cross does throughout the year.
AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in weather information and digital media, is celebrating the passage of the innovative bill H.R. 1561, known as the Weather Forecast and Innovations Act of 2015. The bill is the first step toward giving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the authority to acquire high-value commercial and academic weather data and will help NOAA advance its global forecasting superiority in weather prediction.
AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, and Huafeng Media Group, the commercial weather media company owned by the China Meteorological Administration, have formed a unique one-of-a-kind joint venture for the distribution of enhanced weather information in China. The partnership expands AccuWeather's forecast locations and offers people throughout China enhanced weather forecasts of many kinds never before available in China.
AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in weather information and digital media, has been recognized with a Governor's ImPAct Award, a result of the company's global leadership, expansive reach, and continued growth. The award is in the Export Impact category in recognition of AccuWeather as "a company that has significantly increased its export sales" and consequently has brought outside revenue and new jobs to Pennsylvania.
AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced an exciting new sweepstakes event May 1 - 20. The AccuWeather "20 Days of Giveaways" sweepstakes invites users to enter each day for a chance to win on the AccuWeather Facebook page.