The ‘Weather Observations Website‘ (WOW) is a platform that enables anyone to get involved and submit, share and visualise their weather observations.
WOW was launched in 2011 and since then we’ve received over 850 million observations from 200 countries around the world. The platform is now used by National Meteorological Services around the globe including Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
This month we’ve launched the new WOW website which will make it easier than ever to share experiences of the weather and join in the nation’s favourite conversation. The website is easy to navigate and works on whatever platform it is accessed from: PC, mobile or tablet.
As WOW continues to grow we have the potential to collect exciting new weather observations from all around the world. New technology in the latest release will enable us to capture additional sources of observations, such as those provided automatically from moving platforms i.e. cars.
Using WOW, you can send us local observations of weather in your area. These observations can be ones you have recorded on scientific weather stations or just by looking out of the window or sending in a photo. You can share current weather observations from all around the globe, regardless of where they come from, what level of detail or the frequency of reports.
To provide accurate weather forecasts and to understand the impacts of the resulting weather we need high quality, information-rich global observations. The photographs, videos and information collected in WOW will provide us with a powerful tool to create a more visual, localised picture of the weather and its impacts, enabling us to improve forecasting and warning services to all.
You can hear more about WOW by visiting our stand at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition (RSSSE) at the Royal Society in central London between 4th-10th July. We invite you to get involved by sharing your weather impact reports and pictures over the summer!