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Hong Kong launches GIS-based weather portal

Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) has launched two new online weather portals which aims to provide citizens with more personalised and location-based weather information.

The new website my.weather.gov.hk has user-customisable content, while another, maps.weather.gov.hk, is a regional weather webpage based on the GIS, which integrates a variety of weather information on the same map.

The Hong Kong observatory has been consistent in innovating its public information platforms as part of its efforts to disseminate timely, relevant and useful weather information to the public. Just last year, the agency launched new online weather services which includes special weather tips and icons, location-specific rainfall forecasting on mobile devices, and a revamped page for senior citizens. All of which were well-received by the public.

Hong Kong Observatory director Shun Chi-ming shared that a recent market survey found the public was satisfied with the agency’s typhoon warnings, and felt nearly 80 per cent of weather forecasts are accurate.

“In addition, online platforms have become increasingly popular. Both the HKO website and the mobile app ‘MyObservatory’ attained record-breaking new heights in visitor statistics, reaching 30 billion and 9.2 billion page views respectively in 2012. They both amounted to almost five times the corresponding figures in 2011,” Shun said.

He also revealed that plans are underway to launch a digital regional weather forecast service in the near future.

Source: Future Gov