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Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 18:00
HKO app tops in first UN met agency contest category
By Xinhua
Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 18:00 By Xinhua

This Aug 8, 2019 file photo shows a view of the building of the World Meteorological Organization hosting the 50th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Geneva. (PHOTO / AFP)

HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) Wednesday announced that the mobile application "MyObservatory" it developed has won in the World Meteorological Organization's first international weather apps competition.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced on Dec 15 that the mobile application "MyObservatory" developed by the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) won in the "Public weather forecasts and information - information content" category and earned an honorable mention in the "Specialised apps award - weather warnings" category at the WMO International Weather Apps Awards 2020 (WIWAA).

The mobile application "MyObservatory" won in the "Public weather forecasts and information - information content" category 

"MyObservatory" is the official weather mobile application developed by the HKO, and has been downloaded more than 8 million times.

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"MyObservatory" provides a range of personalized weather information services, including location-based rainfall and lightning forecasts, which provides rainfall and lightning forecasts in users' or designated locations based on artificial intelligence technologies, and the trial "Dr Tin" Chatbot Service, which provides a convenient and interactive means for users to enquire about weather information.

The WMO is a specialized agency in weather and climate under the United Nations. The WMO WIWAA was organized for the first time in this year to recognize well-designed mobile applications for providing reliable weather and climate information. The competition received more than 110 entries from all over the world.

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