Forecasts Via Mobile
The Met Office have launched a 'Time
& Place' service which provides local forecasts so golfers can
find out what the weather will be like on their courses at the press
of a button on their mobile phones.
Although the new service is primarily
aimed at the golfing public, it will clearly be of value to golf
course operators, greenkeepers and golf day organisers too.
The service - using a WAP handset or
the basic text messaging service SMS - gives weather updates with
postcode accuracy on the hour every hour if required. It can also
allow you to plan up to five days ahead.
Gareth John from the Met Office said
"We know that golfers are prepared to play in most weather conditions
but thunderstorms and lightning pose a real threat if you're caught
out halfway through a round. It's a real technological first - like
having one of the most powerful forecasting computer systems in
the world in the palm of your hand. You can call up and find out
the conditions on a particular course for the weekend coming up."
To take up the new service, access
the Met Office website at www.metoffice.gov.uk
where you can register and stipulate the information
you wish to receive. The subscription for the service costs a minimum
of £10 at an average of 20p per message.