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TWC Fan Art / pjfrix's (TWC) Fan Art
« on: November 24, 2023, 05:33:59 PM »
Might as well make a thread of my own for containing these, even if people don't check these boards much anymore.

Starting off with a Weather Star XL v2 "Traffic Flow" concept, taking inspiration from TWCZach's concept from 2009:

Contributions / Re: WeatherStar XL Graphics for WeatherScan Emulator!
« on: November 04, 2023, 09:31:23 PM »
Do you still have a copy of the emulator? The CINE registration got shut down due to inactivity.
Even if you had a copy of the emulator, you will still need a CINE account to operate it normally.

And since registrations are closed, there's not much else to say in regards to that.

Programming and Graphics / TWC's Retro 8s Live
« on: June 28, 2023, 07:14:11 AM »
Seems that around June 27 of this year (yesterday as of writing), The Weather Channel went and "brought back" their Weather Star 4000 for a nightly hour-long (around 4-5 AM eastern, including commercial breaks) set of looping national forecasts known as Retro 8's Live. Rather than actually bringing back such old hardware/software, they replicated its graphics (and even intros) in a modern fashion (likely using Max or whatever graphics engine they rely on.) In a way, some may say that they made their own simulation of the 4000.

Other than a few differences from the real deal (for example, the lack of Current Conditions icons (the only icon set used throughout is the smaller ones from the Regional Forecast segments), the fonts used and a date in the upper right instead of being both a clock and date), it's still quite interesting!

11-06-23 EDIT: Seems that as of this week, The Weather Channel is no longer airing it. Matter of fact, the entire evening/nightly programming block (which included this and an English language iteration of Twilight, which seems to have been exclusive to The Weather Channel en Espaņol) has been replaced with long-form programming.

General Emulator Discussion / Re: How do you create an emulator?
« on: October 28, 2021, 01:50:42 PM »
How is a 3000 or 4000 emulator created? I would like to learn how. I've seen http://www.taiganet.com/ 4000 emulators, but still don't know how.

Programming, mostly. Taiganet's WS4000 simulator was programmed with C++.

Though that's not to say all simulators are built with that. Some simulators use video editing software, some use PowerPoint, and heck, some of them are even built with HTML/JS. (weatherscan.net; qconrad's 'IntelliSTAR Emulator'; WeatherStar 4000+)

General Discussion / Re: WeatherScan App (weatherscan.app) Discussion
« on: December 16, 2020, 07:10:19 PM »
Unfortunately this program no loner works because of the Weather Underground API discontinuation.
Weatherscan.app did not use Weather Underground, it used the Yahoo Weather API, which has been discontinued back in 2019.

Local Forecast / Re: the Real WeatherSTAR 4000 Lives again.
« on: May 08, 2020, 11:09:45 PM »
Now THAT is really interesting. Never before would I see a 4000 functioning in some form that isn't simulated before.

General Discussion / Re: Charles Abel-Lear 1980-2019
« on: November 15, 2019, 11:18:59 AM »
Charles' videos were basically how I became interested in The Weather Channel and inspired me to make my own emulations in the first place. Hearing that he's no longer with us anymore really makes me sad. He contributed quite a lot of things to the community and created some outstanding & professional graphics.

I would feel like this community would've been a whole lot different without him and his work. Condolences to his family and everybody else. He will definitely not be forgotten...  :cry:

I'm probably late to this, but this is some pretty neat stuff! Can't wait to see what this'll look like once it's finished!

News and Updates / Re: Public Release Now Available (Dec 2017)
« on: December 15, 2017, 01:55:05 PM »
Glad to hear.

I was watching cc17926's latest YouTube stream, and Weatherscan is apparently still on in Willow Grove, PA (they also have Xfinity too).
And it looks like his is gone, too.

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