It Could Happen Tomorrow
Format Documentary
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 23
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel The Weather Channel
Picture format 480i (SD)
Original run January 15, 2006 - July 29, 2007
External links
Official website

It Could Happen Tomorrow is a television series that premiered on January 15, 2006 on The Weather Channel. It explores the possibilities of various weather and other natural phenomena severely damaging or destroying America's cities. This includes: a Category 3 hurricane hitting New York City, an F5 tornado destroying Downtown Dallas, dormant volcano Mount Rainier re-activating and destroying towns in the surrounding valleys, a tsunami flooding the Pacific Northwest coast, an intraplate earthquake impacting Memphis, Tennessee, wildfires spreading into the heart of San Diego, a huge earthquake leveling San Francisco, a flash flood in Boulder, Colorado, and a flood in Sacramento, California. Newer episodes that were aired included an earthquake in Las Vegas, Nevada, an F5 tornado ripping its way through Chicago and St. Louis, and more.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Each episode is broken into several segments: "It Did Happen"-this segment talks about similar disasters happening in other parts of America (or even earlier in the target city featured); "When It Happens/How It Would Happen"-this talks about how the disaster would unfold; and a third segment about how to prepare for the disaster, and interviews with residents in the threatened areas about what they think of the disaster threat. Sometimes there is a segment called "Before It Happens", which shows what's being done to prepare for the disaster.

Production[edit | edit source]

"It Could Happen Tomorrow" was produced by Atlas Media Corporation. Executive Producer: Bruce David Klein. Supervising Producer: Cheryl Houser.

Episode list[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

Number Event Location Based On Airdate
1 Category 3 Hurricane New York City New England Hurricane of 1938 January 15, 2006
2 F5 Tornado Dallas, Texas 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak January 22, 2006
3 Mount Rainier Orting, Washington 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens January 29, 2006
4 Tsunami Pacific Northwest Coast Good Friday Earthquake February 4, 2006
5 Earthquake Memphis, Tennessee New Madrid earthquake &
1994 Northridge earthquake
March 12, 2006
6 Flood Sacramento, California Hurricane Katrina March 19, 2006
7 Wildfire San Diego, California Cedar Fire March 26, 2006
8 Earthquake San Francisco, California 1906 San Francisco Earthquake April 9, 2006
9 Flash flood Boulder, Colorado Big Thompson Canyon Flood April 16, 2006
10 Hurricane Katrina† New Orleans, Louisiana June 4, 2006

†Hour long special, see Katrina episode section below

Season 2[edit | edit source]

Number Event Location Based On Airdate
11 F5 Tornad Chicago Plainfield Tornado January 7, 2007
12 Hurricane Houston, Texas Hurricane Carla January 7, 2007
13 F5 Tornado St. Louis, Missouri Super Outbreak January 21, 2007
14 Tsunami] Hawaii April Fool's Day Tsunami January 21, 2007
15 Earthquake Seattle, Washington Loma Prieta earthquake January 28, 2007
16 Wildfire] Austin, Texas Oakland Hills firestorm January 28, 2007
17 Earthquake Las Vegas, Nevada 1971 San Fernando earthquake February 11, 2007
18 F4 Tornado Washington, D.C. La Plata, Maryland Tornado of 2002 March 11, 2007
19 Category 5 Hurricane Miami Hurricane Andrew June 3, 2007
20 Category 4 Hurricane Savannah, Georgia Hurricane Hugo June 10, 2007
21 Earthquake Charleston, South Carolina Charleston Earthquake of 1886 July 1, 2007
22 Wildfire Los Angeles 1993 Malibu wildfire July 8, 2007
23 Category 4 Hurricane Tampa Bay Area Hurricane Charley July 29, 2007

Katrina episode[edit | edit source]

Ironically, the original Category 5 hurricane episode was to involve New Orleans. It was conceived and scripted months before Hurricane Katrina ever struck New Orleans. After Katrina, the debut episode was changed to instead show such a storm striking New York City (reducing the storm to a Category 3 as it is believed that is the strongest such storm that would strike the city; such a storm in 1938 missed New York City by just 75 miles, and historical records also show that a similar storm directly hit the city in 1821). On June 4, 2006 The Weather Channel aired this episode, titled "Katrina: The Lost Episode." Unlike most episodes, this episode was one hour in length and combined clips of the "lost" episode with a Storm Stories-style retelling of Katrina's effects.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

No longer Airing.

See also[edit | edit source]

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