The application provides:
Local weather forecasts 24-28 hours in advance for Southeast Asia;
Near real-time rainfall maps from satellites;
Near real-time rainfall maps from infrared satellites;
Runoff forecasts for important river basins in southern Thailand, and;
Near real-time global earthquake reports.
The app was developed by Prof Dr Chinnawat Surussavadee, director of the PSU Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Earth System Science and Andaman Natural Disaster Management (ESSAND).
“People may be bored of the traditional Thai weather forecast that says there is, for example, a 60 per cent chance of rain in a particular area, which was why I developed this app and the weather forecast website,” Prof Chinnawat said.
“Weather forecasting in Thailand is harder than in Europe, for example, because of the convective instability of our wet, hot weather,” he noted.
“This application will show weather in deep detail for the specific times, and how heavily it will rain at any point. That way people can be prepared before they leave home or when natural disasters occur,” he explained.
The app is currently available only for Android phones, from Google Play Store (search for WMApp). There is also a link on the official website, www.worldmeteorology.com. The service is available in Thai, English and Chinese.
Prof Chinnawat said that he is working on a version for iPhones.