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, the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced the University of Oklahoma Office of Technology Development has signed a patent licensing agreement for the use of AccuWeather's proprietary patents to benefit University advancements in technology innovation, including OU’s mPING app.
AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced its patented MinuteCast minute-by-minute precipitation forecasts are now available to drivers via AppLink using Ford's new SYNC 3 in-car communications and entertainment system, initially available in Ford's Mondeo, S-MAX, and Galaxy models.
AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, has announced the appointment of Steven Hickson as Chief Financial Officer. Hickson is a proven finance leader with media and management experience in guiding organizational growth on a global scale, providing financial leadership for organizations around the world including significant expansions in Latin America, Asia, Europe, and more.
Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder, President, and Chairman of AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, has been recognized by The Pennsylvania State University with the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest recognition the University bestows on an individual. The Penn State Board of Trustees selected eight alumni in 2016 for this honor.
AccuWeather is recognized for its weather accuracy leadership in a new global report from ForecastWatch, a leading third-party weather forecast monitoring and assessment company. The study’s twelve-month evaluation names AccuWeather the most accurate source of overall temperature forecasts measured through mean absolute error and forecasts within three degrees. AccuWeather is also first in high temperature forecast accuracy measured through mean absolute error and forecasts within three degrees, in addition to the #1 ranking in low temperature forecast accuracy measured in mean absolute error (tied) and forecasts within three degrees.
AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced the launch of the all-new AccuWeather app for Apple TV. The innovative category-leading app revolutionizes the weather viewing experience for Apple TV users and further expands AccuWeather's global reach across platforms -- users can rely on AccuWeather's Superior Accuracy across devices and locations to improve their lives.
AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced it has appointed Bill Boss as Director of Product Development, Display Systems and Services. Reporting directly to Ryan Ayres, Vice President of Display Systems and Services, Bill brings 30 years of experience in the meteorological industry working in sales, marketing, product management, and executive roles in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific region. He has comprehensive product experience spanning multiple industry verticals including broadcast media, insurance, and aviation.
AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, announces the launch of StormDirector+, the all-new weather system that provides the most interactive, customizable, and complete local weather presentations with Superior Accuracy to television stations. AccuWeather demonstrates StormDirector+ live at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show through April 21, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV – AccuWeather booth #SL6010.
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AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced industry-leading innovations in StoryTeller® Interactive Touchscreen Solution, the only complete, interactive touchscreen solution for all aspects of the on-air presentation. AccuWeather will demonstrate these revolutionary advancements live at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show today through April 21, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV – AccuWeather booth #SL6010.