Morning Rush (The Weather Channel)
|Presented by||Mike Bettes
|Country of origin||United States|
New York City, New York
|Running time||180 minutes|
|Original channel||The Weather Channel|
|Picture format||480i (SD)
|Original run||As Your Weather Today
January 3, 2000 – November 9, 2012
As Morning Rush
November 12, 2012 – present
Morning Rush (formerly Your Weather Today) is a morning television program on The Weather Channel, an American television station, which airs Monday through Fridays from 7-10 a.m. Eastern Time. It focuses on morning weather conditions around the country and more recently, news and business information that does not pertain to weather.
In 2000, The Weather Channel began a multi-year reformatting of its program schedule, converting from a one-program approach (embodied in Weather Center) to a multi-program system. TWC started with its morning schedule, formerly composed of solely Weather Center AM. Two programs were carved out of Weather Center AM at first, First Outlook and Your Weather Today (a third "morning" program, Day Planner, premiered in 2003). At its launch, Your Weather Today's anchor pair was Heather Tesch (who made her TWC debut the year prior) and Marshall Seese. For Your Weather Today, the Local on the 8s concept was revived (specifically the brand). The "Travel Desk" segment focuses on air travel and highway travel conditions.
In 2008, Your Weather Today underwent a total graphic relaunch as part of a major TWC move to high-definition; between June 2 and August 12, all of The Weather Channel's live weather programming moved to the HD format and new HD studio. Marshall Seese retired in November of that year, and was replaced by Nicole Mitchell. In March 2009, Tesch left Your Weather Today for Day Planner, and was permanently replaced by Kevin Robinson. Also at this point, storm tracker Jim Cantore joined the show from Evening Edition, which was canceled around that time.
On June 22, 2009, Stephanie Abrams and Mike Bettes, both of whom previously hosted Beyond the Forecast (which was also canceled), took over hosting duties of the show. Due to the fact Abrams fills in for Al Roker on NBC's Today, which broadcasts from New York City, Jen Carfagno and Eric Fisher both commonly host as fill-ins.
A new graphics and music package debuted for Your Weather Today on April 5, 2010. This revamp removed the "with Abrams & Bettes" from the on screen graphics, however the show title remains Your Weather Today with Abrams & Bettes on interactive programming guides and weather.com. In 2010, Carfagno's appearances on the show have increased significantly in recent months, due to Bettes' absence during the course of Vortex 2, May 1 through June 15, and Abrams' absence working on the 2nd season WeatherProof. The move coincides with the cancellation of the controversial Flick and a Forecast movie series, which Carfagno hosted. Chris Warren fills in when a second substitute is needed.
In 2011, Mike Bettes has headed out again for the third year in a row on Vortex 2, now called "The Great Tornado Hunt", from May 9 to June 3. Mike Bettes and Stephanie Abrams will continue to anchor Your Weather Today from 7-10 a.m. ET, and this year, unlike last when Stephanie Abrams was making WeatherProof, she will not miss episodes of Your Weather Today during The Great Tornado Hunt. This year the program will be slightly shorter, due to the fact they are on their own, and the Vortex 2 project itself has ended.
On April 16, 2012, the program was revamped with new on-air graphics. Some other changes were also made: Stephanie Abrams began co-hosting the show from New York from 7-9 a.m. ET only. For the 9 a.m. hour, Mike Bettes was joined by either Eric Fisher, Jen Carfagno, or Maria LaRosa from Atlanta. This format was used by the network as a three-month trial, and if successful, Abrams would move New York permanently.
On July 30, 2012, Stephanie Abrams returned to the Atlanta studios and she and Mike Bettes resumed hosting the show for all three hours. However, two weeks after that, on August 13, Stephanie Abrams moved to New York permanently. She and Mike Bettes continued to host the show from 7-9 a.m. while Maria LaRosa joined Mike Bettes for the 9 a.m. hour.
On November 9, 2012, Your Weather Today aired their final broadcast, after twelve years. A new program, with the same hosts, was launched November 12, 2012 called Morning Rush.
On December 2, 2013, The Weather Channel announced that Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion will be joining the network. He will host a new morning show starting in early 2014 that will replace Morning Rush. It is unknown at this point what will happen to Mike Bettes.
If there is an ongoing, significant weather event (severe weather outbreak, winter storm, hurricane threatening the U.S.), Morning Rush will extend one hour, and air until 11 a.m., thus pre-empting the 10 a.m. version of Wake Up With Al.
- Rise & Shine
- Weather Headlines (formerly "In the Weather: In the News")
- Weather Out Your Window
- What We're Watching
- Severe/Tropical/Winter Weather Update
- Morning Pulse
- MSNBC News Headlines
- CNBC Business Barometer
- Morning Rush
- The Weather Ripple Effect
- On The Road & In The Air
- The Science Behind ......
- Weather WOW
- Big 4cast
- Weather In Play
Schedule and hosts of Morning Rush
- Jen Carfagno (2012) (left for Weekend View)
- Eric Fisher (2012) (left for Weekend View and left TWC in 2013; now at WBZ-TV 4 in Boston)
- Nicole Mitchell (2008-2009) (left to anchor Weather Center; now no longer at TWC)
- Kevin Robinson (2009) (left to anchor Weather Center; now at WLWT 5 in Cincinnati)
- Marshall Seese (2000-2008) (retired after being on the show for eight years and being employed with The Weather Channel for over 20 years)
- Heather Tesch (2000-2009) (left for Day Planner and Weekend Now and left TWC on October 31, 2012)
- Jim Cantore - storm tracker (2009) (left for Weather Center)
- Nicole Mitchell - travel analyst (2004-2008) (left to become co-anchor of Your Weather Today)
- Dennis Smith - travel analyst (2000-2003) (left Your Weather Today and eventually left TWC in 2008)
- Alexandra Steele - travel analyst (2003-2004) (left for Evening Edition; left the network in September 2010, now at CNN)