September 28, 2008 8:40 PM
The descent of Hurricane Ike on Galveston, Texas, earlier this month, prompted the Weather Channel to change its plans and lead off the new season of “When Weather Changes History” with an episode about the famous Galveston Hurricane of 1900 that wiped out the city and led to the growth of Houston. Why would people in the hard-hit Gulf Coast want to hear any more about devastating storms? “At the Weather Channel, our goal is to inform and protect people in both our live and long-form programming,” said Ray Ban, executive VP for programming and meteorology. “We knew a program about the lessons from Galveston—with parallels between the 1900 hurricane and the recent impact of Ike—would be very relevant for our viewers and needed to be our season premiere.” Originally the Weather Channel planned to launch the season on Oct. 5 with a show about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. That episode will air Oct. 12.