The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) has launched a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) Website today (April 8). This PDA website enables the public to obtain weather information such as weather radar images, rainfall distribution maps and regional weather data anytime anywhere.
HKO has developed the PDA website to meet the increasing public demand for weather information. The website's contents include updated weather warnings, weather reports and forecasts. The public can also view the latest satellite and radar imageries, weather charts, rainfall maps and regional weather information from the PDA. For the convenience of tourists, weather information of a large number of world cities is also available on the website.
Most PDAs can access the Internet wirelessly if fitted with suitable accessories. In rapidly changing weather situations, especially during severe weather, hikers, for example, can use the PDA to obtain the most recent
weather information and decide on suitable precautionary actions such as altering the hiking route or seeking temporary shelter. Many shopping malls are now equipped with high-speed wireless internet connections. This allows shoppers to make use of their PDAs for obtaining updated weather information such as rainstorm warnings to consider their next activity.
The public are welcome to browse the PDA websites: http://pda.weather.gov.hk or http://pda.hko.gov.hk.
The Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Dr Wong Ming-chung announcing the launch of the HKO Personal Digital Assistant Website