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Web Performance and Availability during Atlantic Hurricane Season 2013 [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Posted on November 8th, 2013 by Boyana Peeva in Tech

 2013 Hurricane Season alert sites downtime and response times

Thankfully, the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season was relatively quiet this year, as no land-falling hurricane was reported in the United States, according to climatecentral.org. Although the season is not officially over until November 30, forecasters say it is unlikely that upcoming storms would go above average for the remaining period.

Despite the quiet hurricane season, however, the alert websites had to be prepared to bear possible high traffic load in case of emergency. We monitored 5 of the most popular websites which were expected to be flooded with traffic from August until October, from three different locations in the United States – Trumbull, CT, San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL- and diligently recorded their measurements every 15 minutes throughout the period. We precisely chose to monitortheir uptime and response time as the most important metrics for the availability and the reliability of any web-based operation. Needless to say, during an upcoming storm, the web traffic increases and if these websites do not load or are slow, visitors would not be able to access important information.

Availability

Although there was no major hurricane warning this year, one of the websites was not available for a total of 72 hours, meaning visitors who were trying to reach this website, had most likely gone to a competitor that was up and running the whole period. In contrast, another website demonstrated the enviable no downtime – nhc.noaa.gov was perfectly prepared to bear heavy traffic load.

Performance

As far as web performance is concerned, we observed the same trend among the monitored websites - the one with the highest downtime had also the highest response time, and the website with no downtime had also the lowest response time.

As you can see from the infographic below, the ‘winners’ with the highest availability and performance in 2013 are nhc.noaa.gov, weather.com and redcross.com.

To see detailed stats of all monitored targets day-by-day, go to  WebSitePulse 2013 Hurricane Season Web Performance and Uptime Report.

Boyana Peeva

Believes that the glass is rather half-full and that nothing is bigger than the little things. Enjoys writing, reading and sharing content – information is power.

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