Thunder is a mobile Storm Alert Weather Center that allows WRCB meteorologists and reporters to provide unmatched weather coverage from across the Tennessee Valley.

Thunder can also appear at community events from anywhere in WRCB’s 16-county viewing area. WRCB schedules weekly appearances based on the weather forecast, news coverage, community events, and requests from viewers.

What event qualifies for a Thunder appearance?

  • The event should be newsworthy and of interest to the community.
  • The public should be invited to the event.
  • The location of the event should provide enough room for the public to explore Thunder.
  • A request for appearance should be submitted three weeks in advance to ensure proper staffing and technical clearances.

What should I expect for a Thunder appearance?

  • WRCB will provide a photojournalist and meteorologist on-site to showcase Thunder. The team may provide on-air weather segments from the location of the event that are managed and controlled by producers in the newsroom based on the needs of news programs.
  • These appearances can take place during the following weekday broadcasts. Appearances in
  • Eyewitness News Weekend Today may be considered on occasion as well.
  • Eyewitness News Today (4:30 a.m. – 7 a.m.)
  • Eyewitness News at Noon (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • First at 4 p.m. (4 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
  • Live at 5 p.m. (5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
  • Live at 5:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Eyewitness News at 6 p.m. (6 – 6:30 p.m.)
  • Appearances can take place at community events outside of news time if staffing permits.
  • WRCB will ask that you have a representative on-site to coordinate with WRCB team members.
  • A Thunder appearance may be canceled on short notice due to breaking news or weather.

How do I submit a request for Thunder to appear at my event?

  • Download the appearance application below.
  • Email your completed application to
  • You will be contacted about pricing within five business days.