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May 22, 2015

AccuWeather Announces Groundbreaking Joint Venture with Government's Commercial Weather Company in China, Expanding Global Reach

AccuWeather will provide more locations and unique forecasts never before available, for China, including MinuteCast and longer-range forecast technology

AccuWeather Global Weather Center -- May 22, 2015 -- 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.

This is may be the largest and most dramatic single event to occur in the provision of weather information on a country and global scale in the history of the weather industry.

The Joint Venture is the only company sanctioned under the new Meteorological Law of China to distribute a full and detailed set of official weather information and forecasts of the China Meteorological Administration and the unique forecasting techniques and Chinese patents of AccuWeather.

The new company, Huafeng-AccuWeather (Beijing) Co., Ltd., will advance, enhance, share, and distribute weather forecasts with AccuWeather's Superior Accuracy(tm) for China. As part of the joint venture, AccuWeather will participate in expanding its weather forecasting locations throughout China, offer unique and longer-range forecasts, and form distribution partnerships with Chinese companies.

"AccuWeather is pleased to introduce a groundbreaking endeavor with China to serve the China market," said Barry Lee Myers, CEO of AccuWeather. "AccuWeather's technical and meteorological innovations, including our unique forecasting products and longer-range forecasts, will provide new value to the people of China. We are committed to providing forecasts with Superior Accuracy that offer the most innovative weather information available, helping people in all parts of the world to make informed decisions, protect their property and business interest and protect the lives of citizens."

AccuWeather will deliver products that provide consumers in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau with greater value, including comprehensive longer-range forecasts, as well as hourly forecasts and the AccuWeather MinuteCast(r). These forecasts are geared for distribution initially for any mobile platform including smart phones, connected cars, wearables, and other emerging platforms. This will provide manufacturers of such devices the only appropriate selection for a weather partner and will completely dovetail with AccuWeather solutions for the rest of the world. AccuWeather will provide technological innovations including SmartWarn(r), SkyGuard(r), AccuWeather StoryTeller(r), and location-based patented technology.

About AccuWeather, Inc. and Every day over a billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly and Minute by Minute(tm) forecasts with Superior Accuracy(tm) with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smart phones, tablets, free wired and mobile Internet sites, connected TVs, and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, and newspapers. Established in 1962 by Founder, President, and Chairman Dr. Joel N. Myers -- a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top 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, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites. AccuWeather's CEO, Barry Lee Myers, is an award winning leader in global weather information issues and one of the world's most recognized advocates for cooperative relationships between government weather agencies and the weather industry. He is a leader in the digital weather information space.

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