Can we talk about The Weather Channel?

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A couple years back, I found some videos on YouTube of the Weather Channel from the 1990s. Hours of it, to be exact. I even saw Jim Cantore in one of them from like 30 years ago. I gotta say, he was hot then, and he’s hot now! BTW, Jim, if you ever find this, hi!

Anyways, I remember seeing the Weather Channel as a kid at other people’s houses, since like I mentioned before, we didn’t have cable. As a kid, I thought it was the dumbest channel on the planet, and wondered why it even existed in the first place. We had the weather reports on three of the local channels (one of which didn’t come in worth shyt, and still doesn’t), the daily paper, and a special phone number you could call for the current time and temperature from a local hospital.

Fast forward to a couple years ago. I needed to do some research for that year’s NaNoWriMo, for some ideas on a few key details, and I found the old recordings on YouTube. Some were from 1993, others from a few years later, and of course, I had to watch them. I had them on as background noise in my headphones while I worked on stuff for my day job. When I needed to stop and bounce ideas around in my head, I’d switch over to my goof-off browser window and watch the footage.

It blows my mind that someone would think to record the Weather Channel of all things, and throw it up on YouTube decades after the fact, but they did. They probably didn’t realize what they were doing at the time would end up on the internet someday. I’m guessing they probably had those old tapes knocking around in their basement or somewhere else, and figured they’d never see the light of day again. Technology marches on, after all.

As I watched those old Weather Channel recordings, I felt like they took me back in time to Christmas Day 1994, and summer 1993. The music felt quite peaceful, particularly with the Christmas Day 1994 video. Some of the commercials in both those videos also aired on the local channels, and they were the ones I somehow forgot about. Talk about a stroll down memory lane, eh?

I also fell in love with the outfit Jill Brown had on in the 1994 video, and I feel like it would totally work today. It really says “holiday time,” but I feel like it would be great for Valentine’s Day, too. Now, if I could just find something similar in my size, don’t care what brand it is at this point, haha. I’m also interested to know what the special on the weather on D-Day was like, too, but that was from a video recorded earlier that year.

The Weather Channel’s changed a lot since then, obviously. One of my local channels has a subchannel just for my state’s weather, and while I’ll have it on the TV sometimes as background noise, it’s just not the same.

Over to you, readers. Do you ever find yourselves watching these types of videos on YouTube? Spill it below, and let’s get a convo going.



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