As Unpredictable ‘Ghost Rain’ Confounds Forecasts, South Koreans Turn to Foreign Weather Apps

SEOUL, Jul. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea is experiencing a phenomenon known as “ghost rain” – simultaneous heavy downpours and heat waves that have defied weather predictions – leaving citizens increasingly frustrated with inaccurate forecasts. This meteorological anomaly has sparked a trend of “weather migration,” with many South Koreans abandoning the national weather service’s app [...]The post As Unpredictable ‘Ghost Rain’ Confounds Forecasts, South Koreans Turn to Foreign Weather Apps appeared first on Be Korea-savvy.

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the U.S. weather information app AccuWeather saw a significant boost in its download rankings on the Google Play Store in South Korea last week.

(Image from AccuWeather webpage) SEOUL, Jul. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea is experiencing a phenomenon known as “ghost rain” – simultaneous heavy downpours and heat waves that have defied weather predictions – leaving citizens increasingly frustrated with inaccurate forecasts. This meteorological anomaly has sparked a trend of “weather migration,” with many South Koreans abandoning the national weather service’s app in favor of foreign alternatives.



According to Data.ai, an app analysis platform, the U.S.

weather information app AccuWeather saw a significant boost in its download rankings on the Google Play Store in South Korea last week. From July 1 to 7, it climbed five spots to reach seventh place, up from 12th the previous week. While still trailing behind the Korea Meteorological Administration’s (KMA) official app, which stands in fifth place, the shift in user preference has become increasingly apparent as the rainy season intensifies.

AccuWeather, a private meteorological company founded in Pennsylvania in 1962, is known for providing detailed weather information for approximately 6,000 locations across South Korea. This year’s monsoon season has seen numerous forecast misses. On July 8, the KMA predicted a maximum rainfall of 100mm for North Gyeongsang Province.

However, the region was inundated with .