The Canadian Weather Bureau has updated its forecast tools to allow users to make better forecasts.
The agency said the update, which is currently rolling out in its app, will allow users “to track precipitation, wind, clouds, hail, rain, hail intensity and snowfall” with “new tools to make predictions and better use of their smartphones and tablets.”
Users can choose between two different tools, which can be enabled via a button on the forecast tool.
Users will need to log in with their email address or username to use either tool.
Weather forecasters will be able to view precipitation, storm intensity, wind and cloud heights.
There will also be a new section on wind, snow and hail.
Users can select from multiple weather forecasts, including those from the Weather Centre.
“The new forecast tools make it easier for people to see when their local weather station is closest to their location and forecast the most appropriate time to leave for work, school or errands,” the agency said.
Weather forecasters can now set up a new location for the forecast.
“You can set up your own custom location to get accurate weather forecasts and a quick peek at what’s coming up on the ground,” the weather bureau said.
The update will go live on Monday.
A spokesperson for the agency declined to comment further on the update.
Weather bureau chief executive officer John DeSimone said in a statement that the update is a welcome change.
“Our forecast is an accurate picture of the weather and we are very proud of our forecasting capabilities.
It’s also important to remember that forecasting isn’t just about our forecast, it’s also about the way we communicate it,” DeSimon said.
“We have a lot of tools at our disposal to help Canadians and the world with our weather, but it’s really important that our citizens and communities have access to the information that is needed to make informed decisions about their weather and safety.”
The weather bureau says the new forecast features will be available to users in two flavours: one for users who have installed the app and another for those who don’t.
The new forecast will be updated once a day and users will be asked to update their forecast before it goes live.
The updated forecast tools will be rolled out on a trial basis to those who have not yet downloaded the app.
The weather agency said it will continue to develop new weather forecasts in the future.