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STATE COLLEGE, PA, March 21, 2008 - Joel N. Myers, Founder and President of AccuWeather.com, has acquired what is considered the world's largest collection of thermometers, consisting of more than 4,000 items. The collection, purchased from a private collector, is currently being inventoried while considerations are made for public display in a museum.
The extensive collection has been cited in the Guinness Book of World Records and by Ripley's Believe it or Not and contains an eclectic mix of thermometers of all types from the mundane to the extraordinary, including: an earring thermometer, rescued from a 1650 whaling ship. A thermometer from the Yukon which gauges temperatures down to -100 degrees Celsius. A pill-sized thermometer like the one swallowed by John Glenn in his 1998 mission. A model woman's shoe with a miniature thermometer sewn into the side (a prize from a Cracker Jack box). A 150-year-old thermometer embedded into a French woodcut. An 1887 thermometer designed to hang underneath a chandelier which is readable from all directions.
"Since I was a young boy, weather and weather forecasting have been my passions," said Myers. "This collection reminds one of the breadth and history of our desire as a people to understand and accurately measure weather conditions; a need that our free web site AccuWeather.com continues to serve to this day."
Myers has long maintained what may be the world's largest collection of antique barometers, part of which is on display at AccuWeather.com headquarters.
Myers intends to place his new thermometer collection in a museum for the enjoyment and education of weather and history enthusiasts. He is currently reviewing facilities appropriate for display of the collection.
About AccuWeather, Inc. and AccuWeather.com
AccuWeather, The World's Weather Authority®, presents accurate, localized, branded forecasts and severe weather bulletins to over 110 million Americans each day via the Internet, mobile devices and IPTV, through the airwaves, in print and on digital signage. The 113 meteorologists at AccuWeather deliver a portfolio of customized products and services to media, business, government, and institutions, and inform millions of visitors worldwide through the free AccuWeather.com website. AccuWeather also provides content onto more than 20,000 third party Internet sites, including CNN Interactive, ABC-owned and operated stations, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Visit www.accuweather.com for more information.
Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder, President and Chairman of AccuWeather, Inc. has been reappointed to the Team Pennsylvania Foundation Board of Directors, providing the organization with leadership and expertise on the private business sector. This reappointment by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett establishes Myers as one of the longest-serving board members for Team PA Foundation, having served on the board for more than 16 years under governors of both political parties.
AccuWeather Enterprise Services provides Intelligent Data Portal users with high-resolution radar to track local storms, lightning strikes, wildfire reports, hurricanes, and other environmental factors. They also provide the most up-to-date watches and warnings; helping agents in the field make the best informed decisions when lives may be at stake.
AccuWeather, a leading global digital media company, was honored during Internet Week New York with the 2014 APPY Award for Mobile Weather Apps. AccuWeather’s award is in recognition of the company’s newly-designed iPhone app reimagined for iOS 7, AccuWeather – Weather for Life™, which showcases AccuWeather’s exclusive MinuteCast™.
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AccuWeather, the leading global digital media company, announced today that the innovative AccuWeather MinuteCast™ is now available on its web and mobile websites for Canadian locations as well as for the continental U.S. The Minute by Minute™ forecasts help users make decisions on the spot, wherever they go.
The AccuWeather Channel is building momentum with TV industry leaders as a smarter weather choice that combines value, a multi-platform experience, and a trusted brand that delivers Superior Accuracy™ to audiences around the world.
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With drone technology, journalists have a whole new way to get better angles on stories and bring viewers closer to the action. Drone and remote location videos can now be integrated live with StoryTeller interactive presentations, revolutionizing the newsroom. Best of all, downloading and using StoryTeller applications and features that allow the integration of remote video is now as fast and easy as adding an app to a smartphone.
Social media has the unique advantage of giving newsrooms instant feedback, opinions, and visual content from viewers as stories are breaking. With the launch of the improved StoryTeller Social Media App at the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, newsrooms will now have the ability to import popular social media feeds with viewer comments and images with greater ease and effectiveness in StoryTeller Interactive Touchscreen Solution created by AccuWeather. New features also allow the app to import video and dynamically screen and sort all content for on-air use. Best of all, downloading and using the expanded Social Media App is as fast and easy as adding an app to a smartphone.
AccuWeather, Inc. has accepted an invitation to participate in the Microsoft Corp. Perceptive Pixel Pilot Partner Program. The official agreement allows AccuWeather, as one of a select number of program partners, to bring Microsoft’s latest touchscreen products to its broad range of business partners and customers that span across a variety of industries.