The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) and the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) have launched the Korean language version of the World Weather Information Service (WWIS) website of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The launch on 8 December was officiated by Dr Ko Yunhwa, Administrator of the KMA, and Mr Shun Chi-ming, Director of the HKO, after their meeting held at the HKO to discuss cooperation under a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations signed in 2012.
The WWIS pools the latest official weather forecast of over 1,800 cities around the world. The new website enables the Korean speaking communities to browse the latest weather information in their native language.
Mr Shun Chi-ming, Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, said, “We are very pleased to collaborate with the Korea Meteorological Administration to jointly launch the Korean language version of the WWIS website. It is exciting that more countries are joining this meaningful WMO project to better serve the public around the world. Travellers in particular will find the service useful when it comes to accessing weather information of the cities they plan to visit in their native languages.”
Dr Ko Yunhwa, Administrator of the Korea Meteorological Administration, said, “I am very delighted to launch the Korean language version of the WWIS. This website in Korean language is an excellent example of how co-operation between Korea and Hong Kong contribute positively to the exchange of authoritative weather information on a common platform for the benefit of people around the globe.”
In 2000, WMO decided to establish an official website on world weather and entrusted the HKO to develop and operate this website. The WWIS website is the world’s first website featuring global official city forecasts issued by the respective national weather forecasters. The WWIS was declared operational by WMO in 2005. In 2008, WWIS won the prestigious Stockholm Challenge Award in the Environment Category.
At present, 134 WMO members supply official weather forecasts for 1,859 cities to WWIS. The website also contains climatological data for the cities, which is useful for travel planning. The cumulative total number of page visits to WWIS reached 1.5 billion up to 2014.
To visit the Korean language version of the WWIS website, users can either go to the link http://worldweather.wmo.int/kr or via the WWIS English website (http://worldweather.wmo.int) and click “한국어”. MyWorldWeather, the mobile application of WWIS, is also available in Korean language version for iPhone and Android.
With the launch of the Korean language version, WWIS is now serving the international communities in eleven different languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.