Weather warning via the web

Europe's weather services are presenting new warning pages on the Internet

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In the face of climate change and increasingly frequent extreme events such as storms or floods, the early warning of weather-related hazards is becoming increasingly important. The European meteorological services and authorities have now reacted and created a common website with warnings.

The infrastructure of the industrialized countries is now highly dependent on the weather. However, as Orkan Kyrill impressively demonstrated in January, good weather alert management combined with civil protection and media can help limit personal and property damage. Just in time for the World Meteorological Day, 21 national meteorological services launched the joint website with warnings for the whole of Europe at www.meteoalarm.eu.

Fast, Europe-wide information

An overview map with simple symbols, color codes and 17 selectable languages ​​allows the user to find his way quickly. It is thus possible to safely plan a journey or a transport of valuable goods within the next 48 hours - or to prepare other activities that could be influenced by weather events. There is evidence of heavy rainfall, which could lead to floods or dense fog, resulting in delays in air traffic. Warnings are given against storms, avalanches, extreme heat, forest fires, thunderstorms, icy glaciers, etc., in direct analogy to the warnings page of the German Weather Service (www.wettergefahren.de), which has been in existence since 2002.

Warning card of the website © www.meteoalarm.eu

Current, public and free

For each country, the displayed color indicates which weather-related risk is currently prevailing there. The four levels range from "no dangerous weather phenomena (green) to yellow and orange to" particularly dangerous weather conditions "(red). In doing so, the definition of levels of national importance has been adapted, as 20 cm of fresh snow have a different impact in Portugal than in Switzerland. The new Internet portal is powered by the respective national weather service warning systems. A mouse click on the country or the logo of the national service leads to the national warning page with further, detailed information. The service is continuously updated, is public and free.

Not only trade, transport, media or private travelers will use the system. Also official bodies, auxiliary services such as distress rescue, mountain rescue, technical support services, disaster relief facilities and the like. benefit from the information provided there. display

(DWD, 26.03.2007 - NPO)