Local Across the 48s

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Local Across the 48s, abbreviated as LAT48s, is the name of a community event within The Weather Channel fandom in which members across the United States organize to record the network's Local on the 8s segment at the same time and date.


The first instances of a Local Across the 48s event were organized by well-known fandom members Charles Abel-Lear (The Weather Chazz) and Matt Marron, owner of TWC Classics, as part of an effort to draw in more audience members to the latter's site following a rebrand in 2004. Over the years, LAT48s events were held there and on the TWC Today forums, especially once the two forums merged in 2010. The events capitalized on the wide diversity of how the Local on the 8s segment appeared in differing parts of the country, due to the use of different Weather Star computer units by local cable companies. Once the more visually unique Weather Star units were retired in 2014 and 2015, interest in holding the event began to decline, as did the general outlook of the community for the network. Local Across the 48s events continue to be held occasionally, although with the rise of multiple separate groups within the community following the rise of instant messaging platforms like Discord and Telegram, there is no longer a central place from which the events begin. The last major LAT48s event was held on May 2, 2022 at 8:18pm ET, to honor the 40th anniversary of The Weather Channel. The event was organized by the wxTV Studios Discord server, one of the largest in the community at the time.

List of events

  • January 10, 2004, 10:58am ET - TWC Classics event
  • February 12, 2008, 9:08pm ET - TWC Today event
  • July 9th, 2008, 7:58pm ET - Third TWC Today event[1]
  • June 25, 2009, 7:58pm ET - TWC Today event[2]
  • December 21, 2010, 8:58pm ET - First day of winter; TWC Today event[3]
  • December 22, 2011, 7:58pm ET - TWC Today event
  • June 25, 2011, 7:58 PM ET - 4th anniversary of the TWC Today forums; TWC Today event[4]
  • July 9, 2020, 8:18 and 8:48pm ET - wxTV Studios event
  • October 31, 2021, 9:18pm ET - wxTV Studios event
  • May 2, 2022, 8:18pm ET - 40th anniversary of The Weather Channel; wxTV Studios event

See also


  1. TWCFan2006 (July 9, 2008). "Emulated Local Across the 48s". YouTube. Retrieved December 12, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. TWCToday (June 25, 2009). "Local Across The 48s #4- Submissions!". TWC Today. Retrieved December 12, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. TWCToday (December 20, 2010). "Local Across the 48s- Date?". TWC Today. Retrieved December 12, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. brbjambajuice (June 25, 2011). "Local Across The 48s- TWCT 4th Year Anniversary". TWC Today. Retrieved December 12, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)