Take a weather app with you

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While boat­ies may not ac­tu­ally be able to take the weather with them, hav­ing the MetSer­vice Marine app might be the next best thing.

MetSer­vice Marine opens with to­day’s recre­ational marine fore­cast for the de­fault lo­ca­tion of your choice, and in­cludes fore­casts for all New Zealand coastal and recre­ational marine ar­eas, plus se­vere weather, tide, rain radar and other in­for­ma­tion.

The app is a hit with boat­ies and is now be­ing used on av­er­age more than 250,000 times a month. It has been down­loaded more than 210,000 times and on av­er­age has nearly 5,000 new users each month.

‘‘These re­sults are great news,’’ Mar­itime NZ Di­rec­tor Keith Manch says.

‘‘Check the marine weather fore­cast is a safer boat­ing key mes­sage, and it’s great to see such an in­crease in peo­ple do­ing that.

‘‘Boat­ies have to be sure it is a marine fore­cast they are us­ing. Land fore­casts are dif­fer­ent and will not help you on a boat.’’

Land and gen­eral fore­casts do not take into ac­count wind speed over water (which is dou­ble tha­tover land) or the waves or swell. If a land fore­cast does give wind speed, it is in km/hr and that is an in­di­ca­tor that you are lis­ten­ing to the wrong fore­cast.

‘‘Bad weather makes the en­vi­ron­ment on board a boat ex­tremely haz­ardous. Too many recre­ational boat­ing fa­tal­i­ties hap­pen be­cause of bad weather. Add to that weather-re­lated in­juries, boats sink­ing, dam­age and the cost of res­cue, and then you see why check­ing the marine fore­cast is so im­por­tant,’’ Mr

‘‘Boat­ies have to be sure it is a marine fore­cast they are us­ing. Land fore­casts are dif­fer­ent and will not help you on a boat’’

Manch says.

MetSer­vice Gen­eral Man­ager Cor­po­rate Af­fairs, Jac­qui Bridges, says the beauty of MetSer­vice Marine is its sim­plic­ity.

‘‘It is a great way to bring the marine fore­cast to life in an easy to use way.’’

It works hand-in- hand with Mar­itime NZ’s ‘‘MarineMate’’ app. MarineMate uses your lo­ca­tion to pro­vide lo­cal by­laws about life­jack­ets, speed lim­its, boat ramp lo­ca­tions, tow­ing ac­cess lanes, fishing rules and much more.

Both apps are avail­able free from the App Store and Google Play. MetSer­vice Marine and MarineMate.

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RE­BEKAH PAR­SONS-KING/FAIR­FAX NZ

From sun­shine and blue skies to omi­nous clouds and high winds, the weather has turned in Whanga­mata on the first day of the year.

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