The "Weather Observation and Weather Photos Competition" award ceremony, generously supported by the Tsim Sha Tsui District Kai Fong Welfare Association, was successfully held in the Association's grand hall on 10 May 2014 with the participation of more than 200 teachers and students. To echo the theme of "Weather and Climate: Engaging Youth" for World Meteorological Day 2014, Mr SHUN Chi-ming, Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, and Mr LI Chan-wing, a media veteran, jointly hosted a special session of "Weather Chit Chat with Young People", debunking myths surrounding various climate change and extreme weather phenomena in an interactive and interesting manner. The participants all agreed that they had enhanced their knowledge and understanding of the topics presented.
The event was jointly organized by Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre, the Hong Kong Observatory, the Hong Kong Meteorological Society and the Community Weather Information Network (CoWIN). It encourages young people to develop an interest in weather and observations through the sharing of weather photos and videos on the Community Weather Observing Scheme (CWOS) platform. Focusing on topics relating to the spring weather of 2014, participating teams were required to compile an investigative study report and to produce a 1-minute video in competing for various awards. In deciding the ultimate winner, short videos produced by the three selected teams in the final round were shown for assessment by the adjudicating panel and live voting by the audience.
The list of competition award winners can be found at http://www.hokoon.edu.hk/Competitions/Weather2014/bi_sai_jie_guo.html
Footage of the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASKeLlsJg4o
Figure 1: Officiating guests and adjudicators taking a group photo with the winning teams at the award presentation ceremony.
Figure 2: Mr SHUN Chi-ming (left), Director of the Observatory, and Mr LI Chan-wing (right), media veteran, debunking weather myths at the award ceremony.