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Over a year of work behind the scenes but today launches a new look website, along with brand new maps and rainfall data as we embrace this exciting new decade.

The changes bring several new maps, including…

  • Accumulated Rainfall (how much is going to fall) 
  • Hourly and Daily rainfall amounts in every single forecast, for every single location in New Zealand (That’s thousands of locations compared to around just 100 with both tax funded Niwa & MetService combined)
  • 24 hour nationwide Rain Radar loop via the Government.
  • Brand new Thunderstorm Outlooks (to compliment tax funded Thunderstorm Outlooks from Government).
  • Maximum Temperature maps
  • Minimum Temperature maps
  • Frost maps (below zero)
  • Additional air pressure charts
  • And Coming Soon – API for direct weather data purchases (brand new for NZ!)

This massive upgrade brings much more stability and, most significantly, allows the platform to grow in the future as gears up to also sell high resolution granular weather data.

Rather than having to buy clunky packages from Government providers that can cost a fortune and are often a ‘one size fits all’ solution (no matter how big or tiny your project is) is moving towards a product that lets you shape what you need – taking some free bits here, adding a few paid pieces here. All low cost designed to help sole traders and small to medium businesses – not to mention every day weather enthusiasts! 

The upgrade also fixes bugs and performance issues in our free app.

Over the past 14 months WeatherWatch was rebuilt from the ground up to improve speed, performance and to prepare for the future of providing even more data to a lot of people at prices anyone in this country can afford. On top of that, our free services continue as usual.  The private upgrade cost for the new look site is 6 figures yet has more data than both Government forecasters combined. Also, just last year MetService upgraded their Government Agency website yet again, this time at a cost of 1.7 million dollars – money that wasn’t returned back to the tax payer.

The new website will also be utilising the power of AMAZON Web Services – this is for fasting processing, data services, map generation and site hosting – or in simple terms, when a storm hits then our platforms will stay strong – or if we’re building you something for your business it will be backed by a robust infrastructure.

This significant private investment has been made by people from New Zealand for the people of New Zealand, to help lift standards further within our weather industry and to ensure the focus stays in the right place – giving the power of data back to the people who use it.


**Side note: will also be shifting to the fast, stronger, Amazon platform later this month!

As with any big platform change we expect a few issues to pop up. Some may be easily fixed, others may need a bit more work. Here are the basics:

With your mobile phone, if you’re finding issues the simplest solution is to restart the device. Any further issues try a clean re-install. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via social media or on our website if you need help though – or any problem keeps occurring.

You will find links you may have saved will now be broken, so you may need to resave a few of your ‘favourites’/bookmarks.
If you’re having any bigger issues, try clearing your cache and if that doesn’t work please let us know.
Some older systems may not be supported by this upgrade – this is outside of our control to Apple and Android no longer servicing some older devices from many years back.


Dan on 2/03/2020 8:33am

Congratulations on the new website. It looks great!

Allan on 2/03/2020 6:10am

It’s a little unfortunate that things got spread out and made bigger on screen. I liked being able to see everything at a glance on the forecasts page, now I have to scroll down or shrink the whole page manually.
But I guess you can’t please every audience at the same time.

Martine on 2/03/2020 5:21am

Awesome new website! As a daily visitor it’s easy to navigate and great info as always. Nice work.

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