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 is working with Samsung to provide a pre-loaded weather app on the newly announced Samsung Galaxy S5. This is the latest step in a strong relationship between the two companies.
Timed to coincide with the recent expansion of BBM™ -- now available on iPhone and Android as well as BlackBerry® smartphones – AccuWeather has launched its own premiere BBM Channel. The new AccuWeather BBM Channel will offer a range of breaking weather information, including severe weather updates, breaking stories, local weather images, radar and more for BBM subscribers across mobile platforms.
AccuWeather today announced it has joined the Tizen Association Partner Program to help further the development and deployment of the Tizen Operating System (OS) platform. The Tizen Association is an industry consortium that supports the development of an open-source software platform and operating system – Tizen – for a wide range of connected devices. As a Tizen Association Partner, AccuWeather will have the opportunity to join relevant Tizen Association Working Groups and to participate in Tizen Association meetings, giving the company more insight and potential input into the development of the Tizen OS.
The day of the Big Game finally arrived and football fans everywhere -- whether watching the game from their living rooms or the 50 yard line – were ready for weather conditions and their possible impacts, thanks to AccuWeather forecasts. For a full 45 days before game day, AccuWeather was accurately predicting no snow.
With next week's start of the 94th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society, AccuWeather reaffirms its full support, commitment, and appreciation for the foundational weather sets, models, and core infrastructure the government, academic research professionals, and meteorologists in all parts of the weather enterprise contribute to the safety of the national and global populations. As the world’s largest and fastest-growing multi-media weather company and a leading member of the meteorological community, AccuWeather believes this expression of support is especially important at this time.
With less than a week to go before SundayÃ‚Â’s Big Game, the question on everyoneÃ‚Â’s minds has been whether or not it will snow. AccuWeather has been tracking conditions since December 18 on www.WillitSnow.com and the latest forecast indicates players may expect a typical winter day and average chilly temperatures when they take to the field at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
Since the announcement of the launch of the 24/7 AccuWeather Channel in the third quarter of 2014, the company has seen a groundswell of positive support. In AccuWeather continued commitment to put its audience first, the company responds to audience needs by keeping the focus on forecasts, not fluff -- All Weather, All the Time.
AccuWeather is pleased to announce it will launch a 24X7 weather channel, to be known as the AccuWeather Channel, in the third quarter of 2014.
During the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, AccuWeather announces its partnership with BT Software and the Kaliki Audio Newsstand to allow drivers to get access to current weather conditions and forecasts on-demand in GM vehicles in 2014.
AccuWeather today announced that it has launched www.WillitSnow.com, providing the most accurate forecasts for the game day and all days leading up to it.