A.M. Weather

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A.M. Weather
Directed by Jimm Revelle
Presented by Carl Weiss, Joan von Ahn, Wayne Winston, et al
Theme music composer Mark Roumelis
Don Barto
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Lori Evans
Producer(s) Kay Bond
Location(s) Owings Mills, Maryland
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 15 minutes
Production company(s) Maryland Public Television
NOAA
Broadcast
Original channel PBS
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run October 30, 1978 (1978-10-30)  – February 3, 1995 (1995-02-03)
Chronology
Preceded by Aviation Weather (1972–1976)

A.M. Weather[1] was an American weather news program that ran from October 30, 1978 to February 3, 1995 and was broadcast on PBS member stations throughout the United States. The 15-minute daily program, which aired fifteen minutes before or after the hour (depending on the station's scheduling of the program) and was produced by Maryland Public Television (MPT), featured detailed forecasts presented by meteorologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The program led the way in the use of computer graphics for televised weather reports, but had previously used hand-drawn maps and the show's trademark yellow pointer.

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The show's progression usually started with a satellite and radar segment, followed by the current conditions around the U.S. (vice-versa in early years), then the forecast (especially in terms of temperatures and precipitation), followed by an aviation forecast (locations of MVFR and IFR, aircraft icing, turbulence and winds aloft) and ended (when necessary) with an inclement weather report, called "WeatherWatch".

The program aired its final edition on February 3, 1995; one of the reasons behind A.M. Weather's cancellation was that MPT wanted to expand on its morning business news enterprise with Bloomberg L.P.

Hosts included NOAA meteorologists Carl Weiss, Joan von Ahn and Wayne Winston, as well as H. Michael Mogil, Rich Warren, Dale Bryan and Barry Richwein. Other notable substitute hosts included: Regis Walter, Steve Zubrick (now the president of the National Weather Association), Gary Petti (a meteorologist with National Weather Service and National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), now retired), and George Lessens (now the chief meteorologist at WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan).

Funding was provided by various aviation-related companies and government agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (and its Air Safety Foundation arm), Phillips 66, Gorman-Rupp pumps, Hilton Hotels Corporation, the National Business Aviation Association, Inc. (known at the time during the show's run as the National Business Aircraft Association), the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, Showalter Flying Services (a fixed-base operator in Orlando, Florida), Republic Airlines, and Beech Aircraft Corporation, among others.

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