The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Mr Michel Jarraud, visited the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today (December 9) and celebrated with the Observatory staff the achievement of having more than 1,000 city weather forecasts on WMO World Weather Information Service (WWIS) Website which is hosted and operated by HKO.
He presented letters of thanks to Observatory staff who had contributed to the development and operation of the two world weather websites of WMO, namely the WWIS and the Severe Weather Information Centre (SWIC).
Mr Jarraud is in Hong Kong attending the once-in-four-year regional gathering of the Directors and senior officials of meteorological services from the Asian Region. He expressed his satisfaction with the progress made in the worldwide distribution of official weather information through the internet and encouraged members of the public to make good use of the WWIS website http://www.worldweather.org.
He said, "With the recent addition of new features such as maps of cloudiness and rain, the content of WWIS has become even more comprehensive. For both the public and the media, WWIS has developed into a convenient one-stop source of official weather observations, forecasts and climatological data for major cities around the world."
The Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Mr Lam Chiu-ying, said, "We are proud to assist WMO in serving the global community by making available official city forecasts on the internet. With Mongolia, Costa Rica and Paraguay adding official city forecasts to WWIS recently, the number of city forecasts has surged beyond 1,000. This achievement means a lot to HKO, as it represents a new milestone in international cooperation under the direction of WMO. It also provides a window through which official observations and forecasts from developing or least developed countries can be seen by the rest of the world. It enhances the popularity of these countries and brings them closer to the global community."
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Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization, Mr. Michel Jarraud, and Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Mr. LAM Chiu-ying, officiate at the celebration ceremony
A group photo of Mr. Michel Jarraud, the Secretary-General of the WMO and Mr. LAM Chiu-ying, the Director of the Hong Kong Observatory with the colleagues who contributed to the development and operation of the WWIS and the Severe Weather Information Centre (SWIC) websites.