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 The Observatory adds more real-time weather photos
(9 June 2010)

 
The Hong Kong Observatory is enhancing the content of regional weather information on its website today (9 June) by adding real-time weather photos at Sha Lo Wan, Tolo Harbour and the eastern waters of Cheung Chau.

The weather camera at Sha Lo Wan captures images that reveal the weather conditions, such as the amount of cloud and the visibility, near the Hong Kong International Airport. The camera that provides weather photos at Tolo Harbour is installed at Tai Po Kau. Locals and tourists can know the weather conditions at various tourist spots in Tolo Harbour, Tai Mei Tuk and Plover Cove Reservoir through the weather photos, which helps them to better plan their travels. The camera at Cheung Chau Tung Wan provides weather photos of the eastern waters of Cheung Chau. The weather photos not only provide a good source of information of real-time weather conditions for people engaged in water activities, but also help monitor the sea conditions, particularly when there is a strong monsoon or tropical cyclone near Hong Kong.

These weather photos are also useful for aviation and marine users, such as helicopter pilots and ship masters, to understand the latest weather conditions for better navigation safety.

In addition to the weather photos taken at these three sites, the number of locations where real-time weather photos are accessible has increased to 15. These photos are available from 6am to 9pm everyday and are updated every 15 minutes at the Regional Weather webpage of the Hong Kong Observatory website (http://www.hko.gov.hk/wxinfo/ts/index_e_webcam.htm) or PDA webpage (http://pda.weather.gov.hk/wxphotoe.htm).

 
Figure 1: The Observatory's "Regional Weather" webpage showing weather photos of 15 different places. (Locations of the cameras at Sha Lo Wan, Tai Po Kau and Cheung Chau Tung Wan are marked by red circles in the figure)
Figure 1: The Observatory's "Regional Weather" webpage showing weather photos of 15 different places. (Locations of the cameras at Sha Lo Wan, Tai Po Kau and Cheung Chau Tung Wan are marked by red circles in the figure)

 
Figure 2: Weather photo of the Hong Kong International Airport taken by the weather camera at Sha Lo Wan.
Figure 2: Weather photo of the Hong Kong International Airport taken by the weather camera at Sha Lo Wan.

 
Figure 3: Weather photo of Tolo Harbour, Tai Mei Tuk and Plover Cove taken by the weather camera at Tai Po Kau.
Figure 3: Weather photo of Tolo Harbour, Tai Mei Tuk and Plover Cove taken by the weather camera at Tai Po Kau.

 
Weather conditions over the eastern waters of Cheung Chau at 1pm, July 11, 2009.
Weather conditions over the eastern waters of Cheung Chau at 1pm, July 11, 2009.

Figure 4: The weather conditions over the eastern waters of Cheung Chau deteriorated rapidly at 2pm with the approach of Tropical Storm Soudelor on July 11, 2009.
Figure 4: The weather conditions over the eastern waters of Cheung Chau deteriorated rapidly at 2pm with the approach of Tropical Storm Soudelor
on July 11, 2009.
 

Last revision date: <21 Dec 2012>