Google Public Alerts Launches Severe Weather Notifications for Canada

Google has announced today it will now support severe weather notifications for Canada on Google Public Alerts, in both French and English:

With floods and spring showers in the forecast, Canadians can now receive warnings of drastic weather changes directly to their mobile device or desktop.

Today we’re launching official severe weather notifications for Canada in English and French on Google Public Alerts. Relevant severe weather alerts will now appear on the Google Public Alerts page, in Google Search and Google Maps on both desktop and mobile, and in Google Now.

Essentially when you search for relevant keywords or location-based queries, alerts will pop up on mobile and desktop screens. This new addition is a collaboration between Google along with Public Safety Canada and Environment Canada.

Below are a couple examples of what alerts will look like when seen on search and Google Maps (Android device example below):

GWS Mobile  en GMM en CA Storm Surge Warning

There are currently no weather warnings in Canada right now so we were unable to test this feature on our iOS devices. According to reader Jon Snow, a steward from the Night’s Watch, when “winter is coming” in seven months this will be a handy feature.

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