New language versions of MyWorldWeather app launched at Hong Kong Observatory ceremony
MyWorldWeather, a free mobile application (app) with official weather forecasts across the globe, has introduced new language versions to reach a growing number of people on the move.
Developed by the Hong Kong Observatory on behalf of the World Meteorological Organization, MyWorldWeather is now available on both iPhone and Android platforms in Chinese, English, German, Korean, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish.
The Director of the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), Mr Shun Chi-ming, performed a launch ceremony for the MyWorldWeather with officiating guests including the President of the WMO, Mr David Grimes; the Deputy Administrator of the China Meteorological Administration, Shen Xiaonong; and Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Andrew Wong on 23 March, marking World Meteorological Day and the 130th anniversary of the Hong Kong Observatory. “Without the close collaboration and partnership that we have enjoyed in the past years, the Observatory alone could not have reached its current level of development and sophistication,” he said.
“The Observatory has contributed greatly to the growth of the WMO, including the World Weather Watch Programme, in recent decades,” said Mr Grimes. “Looking ahead, the meteorological services shall live up to the needs of the community. To meet the challenges resulting from emerging service requirements, closer partnership shall be formed among institutions and advantage of new technologies shall be better taken. No doubt, the Observatory will serve as a model of excellence in protecting lives and building a better society through science,” he said.
The theme for World Meteorological Day this year was “Watching the Weather to Protect Life and Property”. It also marked the 50th anniversary of the World Weather Watch.
“The improved meteorological monitoring networks in both the Mainland and Hong Kong have laid a solid foundation for disaster preparedness and mitigation, as well as response to climate change,” said Mr Shen of CMA. “We will continue to pursue all-round and multi-level exchange and co-operation, jointly making an even greater contribution to China and the global meteorological community at large.”
Official Forecasts from 1,600 Cities
MyWorldWeather features the WMO’s World Weather Information Service, with authoritative weather forecasts for more than 1,600 cities, supplied by 133 WMO Members. Unlike other weather apps, MyWorldWeather forecasts are official as they are provided by National Meteorological and Hydrological Services.
The mobile app was first launched on iPhone platform in October 2011. Equipped with location-based technology to detect the user’s location, the app automatically displays the latest official weather forecasts and climatological information of the city nearest to the user. Since its launch, more than 60,000 copies have been downloaded and installed and it has now been expanded to the Android platform in response to popular demand. Both versions are free of charge.
The app makes the World Weather Information Service (WWIS) website (http://worldweather.wmo.int/) available to a mobile audience. The website, developed and maintained by the Hong Kong Observatory, has exceeded 1.1 billion page visits since it was launched in 2001. It is also available in 10 different languages, serving the international public in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
MyWorldWeather is downloadable at the following links:
Further details on Hong Kong Observatory http://www.weather.gov.hk/130thAnniversary/130th_home_e.htm