Fox Weather launched Monday after months of headline-making hires. Meteorologist Britta Merwin spoke to TheWrap ahead of the streaming platform’s premiere and said “of course” the outlet will be covering climate change, in contrast to the speculative jokes people first made when it was announced that Fox News Media was launching a weather service as its eighth platform.
“Yes, of course we’re going to address it,” she said. “Climate change is part of our world and it’s part of how weather impacts you every day. Our goal at Fox Weather is to prepare you with the forecast and help you live with the weather and that’s exactly what we’re going to do: We’re going to cover every type of weather pattern and how it’s going to impact you in your daily life.”
Merwin, who came to Fox Weather from Houston NBC affiliate KPRC-TV, told TheWrap that the new streaming platform from Fox News Media is designed to help Americans across every region of the country prepare for the weather ahead while learning more about weather and the climate at large.
“We’ll be touching on weather across America,” she explained, but noted that during the live streaming coverage viewers can expect on the app and website, she and her colleagues will also cover weather news stories, like wildfires in California or volcanic eruptions elsewhere in the world. “You’ll hear us cover these stories and bring you the news element of what’s happening — environmentally and weather-wise — and then, of course, you’ll see actual forecasts as well.”
Merwin noted that Fox Weather has hired “people from every different kind of background and every different part of the U.S.” to make sure that regional weather stories are reported accurately by people who understand them — and the impact they’ll have on locals.
With its live programming and forecasts, Fox Weather provides users with a “unique way” of getting their weather updates, Merwin said, which translates to “a more personal experience.” Plus, it’s free.
Fox Weather launched Monday at 6 a.m. ET with a live broadcast of “Fox Weather Sunrise” co-hosted by Merwin and Jason Frazer. Watch it here.