Weather updates only a click away

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By Sarafina Sanerivi, 18 February 2017

Have you ever wished that there was an easy way available to provide you with the latest weather updates every day?

Well you don’t have to worry anymore.

There is now a weather app available just for you so you can prevent yourself making a trip across town to be updated about the weather.

This follows the launching of a new weather app by the Samoa Meteorology Office and is now available on goggle play, by searching “Samoa Weather.”

And with just one click, you will be able to get all the weather updates, anytime, anywhere and any day. 

According to Luteru Tauvale of the Meterology Office, the availability of various smart phones and tablet devices with 3G capabilities was the reason they developed the app.

This will enable users to stay in touch with the latest weather conditions regardless of their current condition. 

“The App was developed to make use of the available smart phones, to receive weather and meteorological information,” said Mr. Tauvale.

“It targets people with Smart phones, to make use of the available technology (mobile phones), so that meteorological information which includes weather forecasts, warnings etc can be easily received by people.”

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The Management team at the Met Office initiated the plan.

“It was one of the subjects that has been discussed in regional and international meetings, as part of our efforts to improve and provide a more effective early warning system.”

It only took them a few months to develop the app with the help of an I.T. Specialist Volunteer from Japan. 

So how can this benefit you?

“Meteorological information especially weather forecast will be easy to receive by mobile users who will download the app,” he said.

“So if every single family has a family member with the App, I believe, every family will receive weather information faster than before, especially in time of severe weather events (cyclones).”

How does it work?

“Very similar to other mobile app,” said Mr. Tauvale.

“You just download it and when you have it, you can just click on the App Icon, then latest weather forecast will pop up.” 

“Once there is a warning, we will notify everyone and everyone with the app will immediately get the notification on their phones.”

However, the app is only available for android phones at the moment. 

“We are working on having the same for apple phones and devices at the moment.”

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By Sarafina Sanerivi, 18 February 2017

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