Twitter is latest tool for weather safety in NZ

October 19, 2015

MetService announced today the launch of its automated Severe Weather information service on Twitter, to complement the weather safety information available on its websites, apps and email services.

A new @MetServiceWARN Twitter account enables New Zealanders to receive official severe weather warnings and watches for severe gales, heavy snow, heavy rain and thunderstorms on their mobile devices or via Twitter on desktop. With almost 30,000 followers already on its main @MetService Twitter account, MetService General Manager Corporate Affairs Jacqui Bridges explained the reason for the new account:

“We use our main Twitter account for many types of interaction with the public – for example, tweeting maps and rain radar images with links to draw attention to specific forecasts or severe weather; sharing great weather photos; answering queries and re-tweeting other important information.

“Setting up a dedicated warnings account enables people to use their Twitter account and device settings to get severe weather notifications via their Twitter app or text message, without alerts also appearing for all the other information we share on our main account,” said Bridges.

“Of course, we would love it if everyone followed both our Twitter accounts. While our websites metservice.com and m.metservice.com are the ‘one stop shop’ for all the weather information you need, our apps and social media activity help personalise the weather even more. New Zealand’s weather is so changeable that having access to the latest MetService information wherever you are is the best way to stay on top of it,” Bridges added.

This week we are looking at a couple of calmer days to start, but watches have already been issued ahead of a bout of wilder weather during the middle of the week, with warnings expected as the event approaches. Monday and Tuesday are fine for most, but later on Tuesday winds turn northwesterly down south ahead of a front which moves up the country late Wednesday into Thursday. Rain will become heavy for the western South Island, and northwesterly winds rise to severe gale in the east from inland Southland up to central Hawkes Bay. There will be severe weather alerts for this event, and these will all be tweeted on @MetServiceWARN.

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts and any watches/warnings at metservice.com or on mobile devices at m.metservice.com. You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, at MetService New Zealand on Facebook@metservice and @MetServiceWARN on Twitter and at blog.metservice.com

For further information please contact:
Jacqui Bridges GM Communications (04)4700 777


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MetService issues Warnings, Watches and Outlooks for severe weather over New Zealand.
Warnings are about taking action:
* When severe weather is imminent or is occurring
* Issued only when required
* Recommendation: ACT
Watches are about being alert:
* When severe weather is possible, but not sufficiently imminent or certain for a Warning to be issued
* Issued only when required
* Recommendation: BE READY
Outlooks are about looking ahead:
* To provide advance information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings
* Issued routinely once or twice a day
* Recommendation: PLAN
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