Video Of The Week - Climate Portal Allows Travelers To Experience Worldwide Weather

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Photo Credit: Swedavia Airports

Can't decide between vacationing in the hot and arid deserts of Dubai or the freezing Arctic tundra? Then you may want to head to Stockholm’s Arlanda airport where an innovative climate portal allows travelers to experience worldwide weather with just a touch of a button.

The portal, which will be open to visitors until the end of August offers visitors three choices — "Go Hot," "Go Cold," or "Go Big." The first two allows travelers to experience destinations with extreme climates while the third transports them to metropolitan cities like London or Hong Kong.

Photo Credit: Swedavia Airports

The portal begins by retrieving the stipulated destination's most recent climate data from weather stations around the world. The conditions are then re-created with the help of temperature controllers and wind generators. Appropriate sound effects and images complete the experience allowing the visitor to imagine that he/she is actually at the desired location.

For example, visitors wanting to experience the weather in Reykjavik, Iceland, will feel the chill of cold northern winds, hear the barking of the Greenland huskies and also see the country's icy landscape. Those that "Go Big," may feel the sweltering summer temperatures in Mumbai, India, and hear the constant honking by frustrated drivers trying to make their way across the city's congested roads.

Photo Credit: Swedavia Airports

Yvonne Boe, the Communications Manager of Stockholm Airport, calls the portal a "direct link to the whole world." She believes it prepares passengers for their journey and ensures that they have all the right gear they need, to enjoy the perfect vacation!

Resources: gizmag.com, cnn.com, accuweather.com

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  • A.W.E.S.O.M.EFriday, May 5, 2017 at 11:46 am
    I love this
    • chickenfriedric
      chickenfriedricFriday, March 31, 2017 at 10:29 am
      is it free???
      • we are unitedSaturday, October 8, 2016 at 2:16 pm
        I think this ''portal'' should be in every air-port or even rest stops maybe this is the future.
        • iifreeze
          iifreezeSaturday, October 1, 2016 at 10:49 am
          There is a thing called the Weather Channel...
          • waterlily1255
            waterlily1255Friday, September 30, 2016 at 12:57 pm
            That would be cool, but why not just look at the weather there on your phone and know, oh it will be cold there?
            • lemonade05
              lemonade05Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 2:20 am
              amazing
              • StudentThursday, March 24, 2016 at 6:39 am
                Please show a proto tipe so I know how it works
                • personSunday, March 6, 2016 at 4:53 pm
                  i have to agree with mellisa
                  • mellisaWednesday, February 24, 2016 at 10:58 am
                    i want to go in the climate portal
                    • NameTuesday, February 2, 2016 at 11:05 am
                      i mean want to go in it

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