Fox Weather has revealed a series of weather vans dubbed “Fox Weather Beasts,” four of which are set to be published.
Built on a Ford F-250 chassis and built for all weather, the trucks include a 385-horsepower V8 engine, a 2-inch body lift, and ride on an improved suspension system with 35-inch all-terrain tires.
The trucks were built by Accelerated Media Technologies, which also provided “rapid response vehicles” with a full ENG reporting suite for Fox News.
Along with a KU satellite link for reporting from remote or affected areas and a Live U bonded cellular transmitter, the trucks include a roof-mounted FLIR PTZ camera, a 4K monitor, and an onboard Airmar mobile weather station that can measure temperature, humidity, dew point and wind speed .
Other features include an 8-kilowatt inverter and a backup battery pack capable of running the truck for 12 hours with the engine off.
On board, Marshall Electronics provides audio mixing with Blackmagic Design’s Smart VideoHub and SmartView which provides video routing and monitoring.
Tom Jennings of AMT notes that this is the most advanced weather truck the company has developed.
Two of the “Monsters” will be based in Nashville, one in Miami, and one in Atlanta. Interestingly, not two of these markets feature a Fox-owned station to serve as a base—with WAGA in Atlanta owned by the network.