The Hong Kong Observatory launches a new version of the Weather Wizard gadget
The Hong Kong Observatory launches
a new version of the Weather Wizard gadget
The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) launches a new version of the Weather Wizard gadget today (10 December). Weather Wizard 2.0 can be downloaded from the HKO website at: http://www.hko.gov.hk/en/en/wxinfo/wxwizard/wxwizard.htm or http://www.weather.gov.hk/en/en/wxinfo/wxwizard/wxwizard.htm.
The Weather Wizard gadget was first launched in May 2008. Up to early December, over 100,000 copies have been downloaded and more than 100 million counts of data retrievals have been registered. Compliments and encouragements have been received from the public praising the gadget's ease of use and effectiveness in keeping track of the weather situation.
Weather Wizard 2.0 is full of new features based on suggestions from the public to make it even more user-friendly and informative. In this enhanced version, users can select to display the hourly air temperature and relative humidity readings from any of 27 locations in Hong Kong. The latest weather condition and UV index are also displayed. Furthermore, the Pre - No. 8 Special Announcement for tropical cyclone warning will be passed to Weather Wizard 2.0 users.
The Weather Wizard is a simple-to-use PC-based gadget developed and operated by the HKO. At regular intervals, Weather Wizard retrieves the latest weather information and warnings from HKO web servers, and displays them on the "Toolbar" at the bottom of the screen. A dialog box will pop up with an audio alarm to alert users when there is a change in the warning status. Thus, users can remain focused on their work while being kept constantly informed of the latest warning status.