23 November 2011 - Since its launch in June, the Weather Observations Website - WOW, has received more than 12.5 million weather observations from weather enthusiasts all over the world.
WOW was launched earlier this year by the Met Office in partnership with the Royal Meteorological Society and supported by the Department of Education. The aim was to help educate children about the weather and encourage further growth in the UK's amateur weather observing community, creating the UK's largest source of weather observations.
There has been huge interest in WOW which receives observations from weather enthusiasts in 116 countries across the world. Storuman in Sweden provides WOW with the most northern observations, while Whitehorse in Canada is WOW's most western observation. Oamaru and Wairoa in New Zealand provide the most southern and eastern observations submitted to the site.
Aidan Green, Land and Marine Observations Manager at the Met Office, said: "With an average of 2 million observations submitted every month, WOW has really captured the imagination of weather enthusiasts. It demonstrates how easy it is for anyone to get involved and share current weather observations to generate a picture of how the weather varies from place to place and moves across the world."
Since the launch in June, users have provided feedback on WOW and a number of improvements have followed, including:
The Met Office thinks users will welcome these enhancements, some of which have been driven from the feedback received. Together this will make the site much more interesting and appealing to the weather enthusiast community.
There is still huge potential for WOW, with plans to further develop links with education and grow the network of international observations.
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