Date
21 September 2018
Hong Kong's Observatory was left red-faced after its system sent a crazy weather alert to some mobile phone users on Sunday. Photos: CNSA, Screen shot of HKO Automatic Regional Weather Forecast
Hong Kong's Observatory was left red-faced after its system sent a crazy weather alert to some mobile phone users on Sunday. Photos: CNSA, Screen shot of HKO Automatic Regional Weather Forecast

Observatory blames system error for wrong phone alert

The Hong Kong Observatory admitted its forecast sent to some mobile phone users for Monday’s temperature readings showed wrong data at one point, attributing the error to a computer system glitch.

The forecast in question was put out automatically by computer without human review, and hence it might have been discrepant from what the Observatory or individual weather stations announced, the agency said.

The statement of correction came after some citizens received an “Automatic Regional Weather Forecast” on their iPhones from the Hong Kong Observatory Sunday noon, informing them that the temperature in the city will fall to -1 degree Celsius at 8 pm Monday.

However, the three-hour Nowcast was as high as 30 degrees Celsius, suggesting temperature would drop significantly in just one day, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

However, there was no such huge discrepancy found in the temperature forecast sent to Android-based phones.

The Observatory said maintenance of its computer system has been under way.

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