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Info note No.64

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World Weather Information Service in Russian launched today


Geneva, 18 March 2011 (WMO) - Under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), in collaboration with the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (ROSHYDROMET), today launched the Russian-language version of the World Weather Information Service (WWIS) website (

WWIS pools together the latest official weather forecasts of over 1,300 cities around the world issued by their National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs).  The WWIS is now serving the international public in the following nine languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

The Secretary-General of WMO, Mr Michel Jarraud, congratulated ROSHYDROMET for hosting the Russian version of the WWIS Website “which will greatly facilitate access by Russian speakers to high quality, official city forecasts as provided by WMO Members”.

The Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Dr Lee Boon-ying, stressed “the excellent collaboration with the meteorological authority of the Russian Federation in this endeavour”. 
Dr Lee welcomed the fact that more countries are joining this WMO project.“ Travellers, for instance, find the service useful for accessing weather information at their destination, in their own language”.

The Consul General of the Russian Federation in Hong Kong, China, Mr Sergey N. Gritsay, said “this website is an excellent example of cooperation among authoritative providers of weather information that directly benefits the people”.

At the initiative of Hong Kong, China, the WMO decided to establish an official website on world weather and entrusted HKO to develop and operate this website. The WWIS website ( is the world's first and unique website for official city forecasts issued by the respective national meteorological services.  WWIS has been fully operational since 2005 and in 2008 won the prestigious Stockholm Challenge Award in the Environment Category.

At present, 127 WMO Members supply official weather forecasts for 1,347 cities for WWIS. 
The Website also contains climatological data, and links to the websites of individual NMHSs for additional information.  Page visits to WWIS since its launch amount to more than 850 million.

The Russian version of WWIS website can be accessed through or via WWIS English website (  click "Pycckuu".

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Contact information:

At the WMO Communications and Public Affairs Office:

Carine Richard-Van Maele, Chief, Tel: + 41 (0) 22 730 8315; +(41 79) 406 47 30 (cell); E-mail:

Ms Clare Nullis, Press Officer, Tel: +(41 22) 730 8478; (cell); E-mail:  WMO website:

At the Hong Kong Observatory:

Mr John Y.K. Leung, SWIC and WWIS Coordinator, E-mail:

At Roshydromet:

Dr Dmitry Kiktev, E-mail:





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