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GENEVA / HONG KONG, China, 10 October 2011 (WMO/HKO) - The World Meteorological Organization and the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today announced the launch of “MyWeather” – a mobile app on iPhone platform featuring the World Weather Information Service (WWIS). It is the world’s first ever location-specific weather service providing official city weather forecasts around the world for people on the move.
“MyWeather” is developed by the Hong Kong Observatory on behalf of the WMO. Equipped with location-based technology to detect the user’s location, the application automatically displays the latest official weather forecasts and climatological information of the city nearest to the user. It provides a quick search function that allows users to obtain the latest official weather information from over 1,400 cities around the world. The application also enables users to create bookmarks for easy access to weather forecasts for cities of their choice in the future.
“MyWeather” provides a convenient channel for the global community to obtain reliable weather forecasts for cities around the world. It is an excellent example of collaboration between the international meteorological community to better serve the public worldwide,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.
Hong Kong Observatory Director Shun Chi-ming said: “With the ever-increasing number of smartphone users, “MyWeather” provides a new means for the international community to obtain ready-to-use official weather information while on the move. We are very proud to have played a central role in developing this application.”
“MyWeather” is a free mobile application downloadable at http://www.wmo.int/iphoneapp
The website of WWIS (http://worldweather.wmo.int) is the first and the only one website presenting official weather observations, weather forecasts and climatological information for cities worldwide. WWIS aims to provide a one-stop shop of authoritative and reliable weather information around the world to all Internet users and media. The WWIS website was developed and maintained by the HKO on behalf of the WMO. At present, 131 WMO Members supply official weather forecasts for 1,453 cities to WWIS. By August 2011, the cumulative total number of page visits to the WWIS website - in all nine language versions - was 11,630,809.
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For more information, please contact:
Clare Nullis, Media Officer, World Meteorological Organization, Tel: +41 (0)22 730 8478; +(41 79) 7091397 (cell), e-mail: cnullis[at]wmo.int
Mr Armstrong YC Cheng, WMO WWIS Coordinator, Hong Kong Observatory, Email: cityforecast[at]hko.gov.hk