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WebSitePulse 2015 Hurricane Season Web Performance and Uptime Report

There is no joke when it comes to nature. Hurricanes season is near and we should all be alert to ensure our safety.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there is 70% likelihood of:

"- 6-11 named storms (including May's Tropical Storm Ana)
- 3-6 of which would become hurricanes
- 0-2 major hurricanes – those of at least Category 3 strength on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale."

On another note, according to meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford of the Weather Channel Professional Division, “Both the dynamical models and our proprietary statistical models suggest a relatively quiet tropical season this year.”(weather.com) Although the hurricane season this year is said to be “below-normal”, the major websites for natural disasters and emergency situations must be up and running 24/7. After all, it’s hurricane season - forecasts may simply be false, and people must have an immediate access to life-saving information. If traffic to these websites is too heavy, they may crash and that might cause serious troubles.

That is why we decided to monitor 5 of the most used websites for weather and natural disasters and emergency situations. We will be recording their response time (performance) and uptime (availability) during the whole hurricane season. At the end of the season, we will release statistics of which websites were most reliable and well-prepared to bear heavy traffic load.