WeatherWatch.co.nz has gone into partnership with global weather giant Weather.com/Wunderground. This new deal means that WeatherWatch.co.nz’s new weather app has over 1000 forecast locations in New Zealand – compared to just 100 from both of NZ’s Government forecasters combined.
WeatherWatch.co.nz continues to provide our detailed forecasts for the main centres of Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin – but our new app means we can now live track too, and cover many places previously not represented.
The new app not only has 10 day forecasts but also more weather maps, including an animated wind map and a GPS function to find ‘your nearest forecast’ – this also means it will find the nearest weather station to you and weather observations (i.e. we don’t just use airport weather stations). This GPS function means we now have all of New Zealand’s smallest communities with 10 day forecasts and % of rain. This gives WeatherWatch.co.nz a huge advantage over our government-owned competitors.
By the end of Autumn our website will carry the same GPS function to find your nearest forecast, opening up over 1500 forecast locations on to our website too – all wrapped up with WeatherWatch.co.nz commentary, forecasts, infographics and breaking news updates.
If you want the 1500 locations today – then download the app on your phone or device! For Apple and Android only.
ACCURACY ISSUES WITH 10 DAY FORECASTS
Since 2005 WeatherWatch.co.nz has trusted the data from Weather.com. In recent years they have merged with Wunderground, which means many of your weather stations are now linked up to the data we use, and in time we will display current obs from this network – and your stations – too. Now IBM owns Wunderground.
As for long range, anything beyond 5 days will chop and change. Our advice is NOT to focus on the icons so much – ie, all sun or all rain, but instead focus on temperatures, wind direction and the % of rain. In fact the % of rain is one of the strongest guides for long range forecasting. If you see a rain icon and 40% chance of rain then chances are the day may well be quite dry. If it says 70% chance of rain a week out there’s a good chance rain clouds will be in the area then, so worthy of monitoring future updates. Sometimes it bounces back and forth – and over a few days you’ll probably notice a theme forming – when you match up with our rain maps it may make even more sense to you.
We are working to lift the standards of these 10 day forecasts, and the icons used, as we know improvements can be made. But just because long range forecasts change doesn’t mean they aren’t useful. For over 11 years we have trusted Weather.com long range forecasts – in conjunction with other maps and data they are a very useful guide.
Overall, 10 day data is helpful, especially in the big picture of farming and growing. We truly believe Weather.com has the best data for New Zealand long range – and with over 120 meteorologists working on this data, plus numerous supercomputers, you know it’s reliable.
WEATHER.COM AND WEATHERWATCH.CO.NZ
Weather.com – which recently has developed special deals with Google and Apple – is choosing to work with WeatherWatch.co.nz specifically to improve the quality of all forecasts in New Zealand and we are very excited, and proud, to be associated with them. Weather.com has recently been bought by IBM.
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on 22/04/2016 4:22am
Great stuff WW, my iphone self updated a while back and I have noticed the large improvement in these forecasts and as a result I am using the app more than any other. It is also good to look at and easy to navigate.
Along with your usual news and weather blogs it is a great app to have.
on 22/02/2016 11:58pm
All great stuff WW and is great to see. My WW app on my iPhone auto updated a few days ago to the WU one and I was wondering what had happened so now all is clear.
I did guess that you may have joined forces which gives you a real advantage. I always go by the WW forecasts compared to the others as I find them to be the most accurate and tell how it is. Whereas others give a general impression and most times too extreme one way or the other.
Great news and keep up the excellent work you all do there.
on 23/02/2016 10:11pm
DITTO—-GREAT NEWS PHILIP & TEAM THEY KNOW YOUR THE BEST & THEY ARE LUCKY TO HAVE YOUR EXPERTISE
& KNOWLEDGE. GO HE KIWI`S.