The Weather Channel Bias and Reliability Overview

The Weather Channel is a TV channel and website focusing on the weather and related content. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the channel was started in 1982. The TV channel is accessed more than 79 million households, while the website records 325 million visits each month. Ad Fontes Media rates The Weather Channel in the middle category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

The following are The Weather Channel’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 50.08

Bias: -0.96

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to + 42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URLBiasReliability
Warmer Minnesota Summers Lead to End of Musk Oxen at Zoo as Final Pair Is Euthanized-3.6748.67
Philadelphia Turns Lights Out for Migrating Birds-1.6748.67
Pair of Large Earthquakes Leave at Least 3 Dead, Dozens Injured in China049.67
Evacuations Lifted In Louisiana Dam Failure049.67
At Least 15 Dead After Congo's Mount Nyiragongo Volcano Erupts; Lava Engulfs Neighborhood048.67
'Imminent' Collapse at Florida Phosphate Plant Wastewater Pond Threatens Tampa Bay, Surrounding Neighborhoods049.67
Mystery Solved: Here's How Eagles Are Being Killed in Lakes in the Southeast U.S.052.33
Loss of World's Forests Accelerated in 2020 Despite Pandemic051.33
Years After Hurricane Maria, President Biden to Make Billions in Aid Available to Puerto Rico-4.6745.67
A Brief History of the Flu Vaccine052.33
Record-Setting Cyclone Gati Leaves Death, Destruction in Somalia049.33
It's Gone: Mysterious Monolith in Utah Disappears048.67
Frigid Temperatures, Coronavirus Pandemic Significantly Add to Homeless Shelters' Burdens048.67
30 Storms in a Record Hurricane Season; Here's How Many More Could Form-0.1153.67
Death Toll Rises in North Carolina Flooding Fueled By Eta054.93
Southern California Wildfire Keeps 8,000 People From Their Homes-245.33
Isaias Spawns Deadly Tornado, Burns Homes in North Carolina, Knocks Out Power to Hundreds of Thousands0.6748.67
Coronavirus Plus Flu Season: Get Your Flu Shot ASAP, Experts Advise-2.3349
Isaias Power Outages Could Continue for Days in Northeast; Governors Lash Out at Utility Providers Over Response1.3352
NOAA Raises Hurricane Forecast, Predicts 'Extremely Active' Season-156.33
Severe Thunderstorms, Heavy Rain Moved Across the South and East053.33
Polar Bear Found Wandering in Russian Village Is Returned to Its Home-4.7543.75
Deadly Myanmar Landslide at Jade Mine May Have Killed More Than 50-2.6752.67
The Deadliest Weather of 2018 May Surprise You051.75
Drought-Plagued Rio Grande at a 'Complete Turnaround' from Last Year, New Mexico Water Managers Say-453