Visits to UN weather agency's website exceed one billion

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Indigenous Hmong women plant rice shoots in Bac Ha, Viet Nam.

There have been more than one billion visits to the World Weather Information Service website, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced on Friday.

The service provides information about the weather around the globe which helps people to plan various activities such as sowing, planting, harvesting crops, sailing or engaging in other travels.

The information also helps people prepare for impending natural hazards such as hurricanes.

Clare Nullis is WMO's spokesperson in Geneva.

"The World Weather Information Service website, we've just exceeded 1 billion page visits since the website was launched in 2001. It's a website which is developed and maintained on WMO's behalf by the Hong Kong Observatory. We provide the official, authoritative information. It is based on official sources which means its chances of accuracy are obviously much higher. We provide weather forecasts on more than 1,000 cities around the world."

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