The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau is to avoid using vague
phrases such as "at times" and "in some areas" in its forecasts
this year in a bid to make them more specific and accurate.
And the forecasts will detail weather conditions in eastern,
western, southern and northern Shanghai separately.
"For example, if rain hits some areas in the city, people can
decide whether to bring an umbrella according to their location,"
said bureau spokesman Feng Lei.
The bureau is now talking with several districts about
broadcasting forecasts on large screens at major landmarks such as
the Bund and the People's square.
"We expect people to know the weather condition as soon as
possible when disastrous weather hits," said Feng.
The bureau will also cooperate with two mobile communication
companies - China Mobile and China Unicom - this year, to send
weather alerts to cell phone users according to their location.
"For instance, if a rainstorm hits Chongming County, there's no
need to send an alert to people downtown. We'll use the regional
short message broadcasting technology to send alerts to anyone in
the affected area," Feng said.
More practical information, such as pollen count and sunstroke
alerts, will be published on the bureau's Website
(www.soweather.com) this year, to enable people to take
The bureau will also release forecasts in sign language for
people with hearing difficulties.
The bureau will be drawing up a map charting how bad weather has
affected different districts over the years.
(Shanghai Daily February 5, 2008)