A new mobile app designed to provide residents with up-to-date weather forecasts and information while on the go has been launched by the Cayman Islands National Weather Service.
The free app is available to users of iOS, Blackberry and Android platforms and will give people the option to check the current weather, current radar, or a five-day forecast.
The weather interface will show the weather in Fahrenheit and Celsius, with icons that depict weather conditions including sky conditions, and precipitation or cloudiness. The user will also have the option to view weather conditions from a 30-mile range to a 250-mile range.
The five-day forecast will provide details about expected sky conditions, chance of rain, wind speed and direction, sea conditions and sunrise and sunset times.
During hurricane season or instances where severe weather is expected, the app will also provide marine and flood warnings, as well as hurricane warnings to enable residents to be prepared.
John Tibbetts, weather service director general, said the app would provide a graphic image of possible rainfall across the Cayman Islands, while the five-day forecast would give a summarized view of anticipated weather conditions for the coming week.
“When people are going about their daily business they want a forecast that will indicate possible weather changes in the near future,” Mr. Tibbetts said.
“I am pleased that we have succeeded in channeling our trusted weather data into a format that is truly mobile and accessible from anywhere, and I encourage all residents and visitors to download the app.”
Minister Moses Kirkconnell, whose ministry covers the National Weather Service, said the app is a convenient portal for getting information specific to the Cayman Islands.
“As well as enhancing people’s safety both on land and at sea by alerting them of impending weather events, the forecasts also have significant relevance to the aviation industry and can even help to reduce uncertainty when planing ahead for events by allowing time for contingencies to be put in place if needs be,” Mr. Kirkconnell said.
The app was developed as part of the Weather Radar Project, which gave the Cayman Islands Airport Authority access to $4.16 million from the European Commission to install an early warning Doppler radar system.