Wed, Aug 07, 2013 - Page 3 News List

Weather bureau launches forecast service in stations

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Starting yesterday, people can find the latest information on the weather at the nation’s 140 train stations by scanning the quick response (QR) code on large cardboard cutouts, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The life-sized cardboard cutouts feature Chou Szu-chi (周思齊) and Peng “Chia Chia” Cheng-min (彭政閔), two star players of the professional baseball team the Brother Elephants.

Asked why the bureau decided to work with the baseball team on the project, the bureau said that Taiwanese care deeply about professional baseball.

The weather determines whether a game can continue as planned, which is a perfect example of how people use weather forecasts in their daily lives, it said.

“These two star players are known for their refreshing and energetic images. They are also an example of how athletes should continue fighting until the end and stand by their fans, no matter what happens. Their images match that of the Central Weather Bureau, in which the weather forecasters work hard daily to provide the public with the latest weather forecast,” said Liu Kuo-long (劉國隆), deputy director of the bureau’s weather information center.

Bureau director general Shin Tzay-chyn (辛在勤) said the bureau provides the best weather forecasts in the nation in terms of accuracy, adding it has been improving the technology used to make the forecasts, while making the weather forecast more easily understandable to the public.

To get the latest weather forecast in a certain locality, people need to open the decoding application for QR code on their mobile phones and aim their device at the code, the bureau said.

People can also find the QR code for weather updates on the bureau’s Web site.

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