The World Meteorological Organisation has enhanced its Severe Weather Information Centre website by launching the SWIdget service which allows people to obtain severe weather warnings issued by participating official weather services in real time.
SWIdget is a software tool developed by the Hong Kong Observatory on behalf of the organisation for accessing information from the centre. It allows users to select and display automatically in their personal computers weather warnings in different regions.
After installing SWIdget, users can select the region, city or warning they are interested in. A dialogue box will pop up with an audio alarm on the user’s personal computer when there is a change of warning status issued by the selected official weather services.
Presently warnings of the three participating weather services in Hong Kong, Macau and Guam are available in this beta version of SWIdget. More weather services will be invited to join the service.
Click here to download SWIdget.
More information is also available at the Hong Kong observatory website.