It Could Happen Tomorrow

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It Could Happen Tomorrow
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Created by Jim Cantore
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 33
Running time 30 minutes
Original network The Weather Channel
Picture format 480i (SD)
Original release January 15, 2006 – July 29, 2007
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It Could Happen Tomorrow is a television series that premiered on January 15, 2006 on The Weather Channel. It explores the possibilities of various weather and other natural phenomena severely damaging or destroying America's cities. This includes: a Category 3 hurricane hitting New York City, an F4 tornado destroying Washington, D.C., dormant volcano Mount Rainier re-activating and destroying towns in the surrounding valleys, a tsunami flooding the Pacific Northwest coast, an intraplate earthquake impacting Memphis, Tennessee, wildfires spreading into the heart of San Diego, a huge earthquake leveling San Francisco, a flash flood in Boulder, Colorado, and a flood in Sacramento. Newer episodes that were aired included an earthquake in Las Vegas, an F5 tornado ripping its way through Chicago and Dallas, and more.

So far, the only scenario that has come true is the Colorado floods, which started on September 9, 2013. Because Hurricane Sandy was only a category 1 and not a 3 when New York was hit, the first episode technically hasn't come true ― yet, although Sandy was the closest call since the series was ended.


Each episode is broken into several segments: "It Did Happen", a segment that talks about similar disasters happening in other parts of America (or even earlier in the target city featured); "When It Happens/How It Would Happen", which talks about how the disaster would unfold; and a third segment about how to prepare for the disaster, and interviews with residents in the threatened areas about what they think of the disaster threat. Sometimes there is a segment called "Before It Happens", which shows what is being done to prepare for the disaster.


"It Could Happen Tomorrow" was produced by Atlas Media Corporation. Executive Producer: Bruce David Klein. Supervising Producer: Cheryl Houser.

Episode list[edit]

Season 1: 2006[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1 "New York City Hurricane Express" January 15, 2006 (2006-01-15)
A category 3 hurricane is headed for New York City, what catastrophic damage would this cause? Examine the very real possibilities of this devastating act of nature.
2 "Dallas Tornado Danger" January 23, 2006 (2006-01-23)
A massive supercell has given birth to a F5 tornado and it is headed straight for Dallas, Texas. Get a look at what if anything will be left standing once mother nature unleashes this beast.
3 "Living in Mount Rainier's Shadow" January 30, 2006 (2006-01-30)
Beautiful Mount Rainier in Washington is the home of a potential disaster. Located inside Mount Rainier National Park, the devastation from an eruption could be catastrophic.
4 "West Coast Tsunami" February 27, 2006 (2006-02-27)
A massive earthquake hits off the coast of Alaska. The Tsunami that would follow would cause catastrophic damage to the entire west coast of the United States and beyond.
5 "New Madrid Fault" March 13, 2006 (2006-03-13)
The New Madrid Fault has been in hibernation since the early 1800s. If a massive earthquake was to start, the effects would be deadly. Near by Memphis, Tennessee would suffer a terrible loss of life and property.
6 "Sacramento Floods" March 20, 2006 (2006-03-20)
The streets of Sacramento, California are filling with water. With no where for the water to go, what damage will be left behind?
7 "California Wildfires" March 27, 2006 (2006-03-27)
A small fire starts in California, before personnel know it is raging and consuming thousands of acres. Where could it go if firefighters are unable to contain it?
8 "San Francisco 8.0 Earthquake" April 10, 2006 (2006-04-10)
San Francisco, California, the earth starts to move under everyone’s feet. A massive earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter Scale has just occurred. What devastating effects will this have on the city and the powerful aftershocks that follow?
9 "Colorado Flash Floods" April 17, 2006 (2006-04-17)
Heavy rain fall in Boulder, Colorado has resulted in flash flooding. Massive amounts of damage and loss of property and life will result when and if mother nature unleashes water on the city.
10 "Katrina" June 5, 2006 (2006-06-05)
Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast in August 2005. The catastrophic damage is outlined as well as what is being done to prevent another disaster. †

†Hour long special, see Katrina episode section below

Season 2: 2007[edit]

Number Event Location Based On Airdate
11 F5 Tornado Chicago Plainfield Tornado January 7, 2007
12 Category 5 Hurricane Houston, Texas Hurricane Carla January 7, 2007
13 F5 Tornado St. Louis, Missouri 1974 Super Outbreak January 21, 2007
14 Tsunami Hawaii April Fool's Day Tsunami January 21, 2007
15 Earthquake Seattle, Washington Loma Prieta earthquake January 28, 2007
16 Wildfire Austin, Texas Oakland Hills firestorm January 28, 2007
17 Earthquake Las Vegas, Nevada 1971 San Fernando earthquake February 11, 2007
18 F4 Tornado Washington, D.C. La Plata, Maryland Tornado of 2002 March 11, 2007
19 Category 5 Hurricane Miami Hurricane Andrew June 3, 2007
20 Category 4 Hurricane Savannah, Georgia Hurricane Hugo June 10, 2007
21 Earthquake Charleston, South Carolina Charleston Earthquake of 1886 July 1, 2007
22 Wildfire Los Angeles 1993 Malibu wildfire July 8, 2007
23 Category 4 Hurricane Tampa Bay Area Hurricane Charley July 29, 2007

Katrina episode[edit]

Coincidentally, the original Category 5 hurricane episode was to involve New Orleans. It was conceived and scripted months before Hurricane Katrina ever struck New Orleans. After Katrina, the debut episode was changed to instead show such a storm striking New York City (reducing the storm to a Category 3 as it is believed that is the strongest such storm that would strike the city; such a storm in 1938 missed New York City by just 75 miles, and historical records also show that a similar storm directly hit the city in 1821). On June 4, 2006 The Weather Channel aired this episode, titled "Katrina: The Lost Episode." Unlike most episodes, this episode was one hour in length and combined clips of the "lost" episode with a Storm Stories-style retelling of Katrina's effects.


It Could Happen Tomorrow continued running on TWC until April 2010, when The Weather Channel began aired many other new weather shows; it was replaced by Storm Stories and Full Force Nature. On March 12, 2011, It Could Happen Tomorrow was brought back to the schedule. As of July 2013, two episodes aired Fridays at 4-5 pm, but as of October 2013, it is no longer on TWC's schedule.

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