Press release from The Weather Channel, July 27, 2017:
Today, The Weather Channel announced a full-slate of programming for “The Total Solar Eclipse,” which will take place across the country on Monday, August 21. The network will cover the event with meteorologists broadcasting live from seven locations across the country, allowing viewers to see the eclipse in totality, no matter where they are located. The network will also deploy its award-winning augmented reality technology to take viewers into space and help those watching at home understand the science behind this once-in-a-lifetime, global astronomical phenomenon.
LIVE PROGRAMMING TAKEOVER
Starting at 6:00AM EST on Monday, August 21 and sponsored by DISH and Jeep, The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore and Stephanie Abrams will broadcast live from Madras, OR and Carbondale, IL to kick off the day-of coverage on the network’s signature morning show AMHQ. Cantore and Abrams will anchor live coverage of the eclipse as it crosses the country over the course of the day. In the days leading up to the eclipse, The Weather Channel will air an “Official Countdown to The Total Solar Eclipse” presented by DISH.
Additional meteorologists will report live from each time zone across the country and along the eclipse’s path of totality, immersing viewers in the once-in-a-lifetime experience. In partnership with Royal Caribbean, the network will broadcast live from the Total Eclipse Cruise in the Atlantic, to show viewers at home the totality of the eclipse from sea. Experts at The Weather Channel’s studio headquarters will also drive up-to-the-minute weather forecasting to show how current weather conditions, such as cloud density and rain, might impact eclipse visibility across the country.
The broadcast locations include:
- Stephanie Abrams in Madras, OR
- Alex Wilson and Chris Bruin in Jackson Hole, WY
- Jim Cantore and Reynolds Wolf at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL
- Maria LaRosa at Clemson University in Clemson, SC
- Jen Carfagno in Nashville, TN
- Mike Seidel driving throughout the Southeast
- Dave Malkoff from the Royal Caribbean Total Eclipse Cruise
Additional live content will be pulled from telescopes, cameras, and with live-hits from viewers at home, to help observers both in and outside of the path get their own perfect view of the eclipse. From highlighting user-generated social media content, to dialing people in via Skype calls, The Weather Channel’s viewers will be able to connect with experts and Americans across the country to see how they are marking this momentous occasion.
IN-STUDIO AUGMENTED + MIXED REALITY EXPLAINERS
Using its award-winning augmented and mixed reality technology, The Weather Channel will take viewers inside “The Total Solar Eclipse” – from Earth, to space and beyond, giving viewers a deep dive into the science that drives it.
The Weather Channel will bring the wonder of space straight to living rooms, exploring the planets, moons, and sun to explain the science behind a total solar eclipse. From augmented reality renderings of the umbra to the penumbra, orbits, and the path of totality, The Weather Channel experts will take viewers on a fascinating and informative look behind the science of where space meets planet Earth.
Using advanced mixed-reality technology, The Weather Channel will take viewers outside, and through the entire big day in just a few minutes. With dramatic shots and 3D graphics, viewers will be transported to the beginning, middle and end of the event — and even into outer space — to get a close-up perspective of the amazing phenomenon.
EXPERIENCE THE ECLIPSE FROM 35,000 FEET
In partnership with Alaska Airlines, The Weather Channel is also offering viewers a unique opportunity to experience the eclipse from a chartered Alaska Airlines flight over the Pacific Ocean. Viewers who enter the contest at www.weloveweather.tv can win a trip for two to see the once-in-a-century experience like never before.