You don’t even have to be a weather geek to appreciate the sublime beauty that once was the Weather Channel’s local forecast segment. In addition to the classically spartan graphics — courtesy the vintage WeatherStar I, II, III, and 4000 systems — the 1980s and ’90s brought us viewers perhaps the greatest collection of smooth jazz and New Age music ever.
Bands and songs that I would not normally listen to under most circumstances somehow become not just tolerable but enjoyable when paired with those charmingly simple graphics and radar loops. And thanks to the yeoman-like effort put in over at The Weather Channel Classics, the names of many of those songs are readily available.
So I decided to take my love of those old forecasts to the next level but compiling a Spotify Weather Channel Soundtrack playlist made up of nothing but the music heard on local forecast segments up through about the mid-1990s. It’s still a work in progress but it now has almost 200 songs taking up nearly 15 hours of playing time.
So enjoy classic Weather Channel music from the likes of Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Yellowjackets, Spyro Gyra, the Rippingtons, and many more! Spotify users who subscribe to my playlist will get updated when I add new songs.