Following complaints from Internet users, Météo France’s weather alert information is changing on social networks and its website

Following complaints from Internet users, Météo France’s weather alert information is changing on social networks and its website
Following complaints from Internet users, Météo France’s weather alert information is changing on social networks and its website

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Considered unreadable by some Internet users, the information strategy of Météo France’s Weather Alert has been modified on social networks and the website.

Small change at Météo France. The public weather forecasting agency is changing its strategy on social networks and on its website. “The objective: improve understanding of the system (location of dangerous phenomena, chronology of events, etc.) and increase its dissemination to the population.” explains Météo France in its press release.

How? “Since 2001, Vigilance has been informing citizens, the media and public authorities in the event of dangerous weather phenomena. It is available permanently on the Météo-France website and mobile application, with an update at least twice a day (6 a.m. and 4 p.m.). The information covers the current day, but also the following day (for mainland France and Corsica).” But this format was considered illegible by some. Indeed, posting a forecast for the day and the following day a few hours apart tended to create confusion among Internet users.

“Everyone will be able to see when the dangerous phenomena will be particularly marked”

“Previously, two separate vignettes were relayed for the next two days. From now on, a single visual will present the maps for today and the next day. This unique production improves the understanding of events that may occur in the coming hours, and can be more easily re-shared,” says Météo France.

In addition, “previously, the chronology of events did not appear. Now, everyone will be able to see when dangerous phenomena will be particularly marked, and their evolution. A text will also complete each publication with the level of Vigilance activated, the number of departments concerned, and the link to the Vigilance site.” concludes the Weather organization.

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