A.M. Weather

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A.M. Weather
Directed byJimm Revelle
Presented byCarl Weiss, Joan von Ahn, Wayne Winston, et al
Theme music composerMark Roumelis
Don Barto
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Lori Evans
Producer(s)Dorothy Peterson, Kay Bond
Production location(s)Owings Mills, Maryland
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time15 minutes
Production company(s)Maryland Public Television
Original networkPBS
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseOctober 30, 1978; 40 years ago (1978-10-30)
Preceded byAviation Weather (1972–1976)

A.M. Weather[1] was an American weather news program that ran from October 30, 1978. 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.


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 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 Petroleum Company, 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.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2010-03-19.

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