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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.

The Reports reflect the most common performance criteria: response time and availability - but in-debt analytical information is also collected and stored in the WebSitePulse system for future references.

An RSS feed from the daily Reports is added for more convenience for those interested in the performance of the monitored websites.

Daily Report for November 01, 2015See report for:

WebSitePulse reports the following results from web performance measurement of the Hurricane- and disaster-related websites:

The daily Average Response time from all monitored websites was 0.526 sec.

The Average Response time as measured from the US East Coast (Trumbull, CT) was: 0.437 sec.
The Average Response time as measured from the US West Coast (San Francisco, CA) was:0.657 sec.
The Average Response time as measured from the US Central was (Chicago, IL):0.483 sec.

The Best Response time measured from US East Coast (Trumbull, CT):0.071 sec.
The Best Response time measured from US West Coast (San Francisco, CA):0.237 sec.
The Best Response time measured from US Central was (Chicago, IL):0.127 sec.

The typical shopping transaction took the least time for salvationarmy.org visitors - 0.145 sec., while the visitors of floridadisaster.org had to be the most patient, as the shopping transaction there took in average of 1.186 sec.
Two of the monitored websites delivered above-the-average response times for their transactions, while three of them demonstrated below-the-average daily performance.

The daily Average Uptime for the entire Group was 100%.

All websites were available with no interruptions.

Report Highlights

No events of particular importance or possible negative impact on the online visitors' interaction with the Websites included into the 2015 Hurricane Season report were detected during the reported period, and according to WebSitePulse, the Group delivered the expected levels of End-User experience and Customer satisfaction.

Please, scroll down for Detailed Reports and Charts provided by WebSitePulse:

Daily Response Times
    nhc.noaa.gov     weather     redcross.org     floridadisaster.org     salvationarmy.org 

Average Response Times for November 01, 2015
#TargetTrumbullSan FranciscoChicagoAvg. resp. time

Average Response Times August 03, 2014 - November 01, 2015
#TargetTrumbullSan FranciscoChicagoAvg. resp. time

Hourly Average Response Times
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Average response times by hour for November 01, 2015

Average response times by hour August 03, 2014 - November 01, 2015


Uptime November 01, 2015
#TargetTrumbullSan FranciscoChicagoAvg. uptime

Uptime August 03, 2014 - November 01, 2015
#TargetTrumbullSan FranciscoChicagoAvg. uptime

WebSitePulse Performance Reports measure Uptime and Response Time as the most important metrics for the availability and the reliability of any web-based operation. Performance measurement takes place daily, every 15 minutes during the entire Hurricane season. The WebSitePulse website monitoring service is used to collect data and to create the reports.
The simultaneous monitoring is performed from 3 US locations of the WebSitePulse monitoring network: Trumbull, CT, San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL. In case of a detected malfunction or unavailability, the system performs automated error verification from 3 independent resources and only after the above procedure is performed and has returned consistent results, the detected error is confirmed, recorded, and included in the daily performance reports. In these cases, an advanced WebSitePulse exclusive feature comes into play - Forced Monitoring - which automatically switches to a 3 minute - monitoring interval for increased accuracy.

About WebSitePulse:
WebSitePulse is a leading provider of global, independent, and objective availability and performance monitoring of web sites, servers, network components, web applications, e-business- and email round-trip transactions.

For more information about this report please contact:
George T., CTO
phone: 1-407-380-1600

WebSitePulse launched the Performance and Uptime Reports program to keep the general public and the Internet community informed about the performance of specific websites and the challenges their webmasters, owners and operators are facing on a daily basis, especially when the web traffic intensifies due to some special events through the year. Some of the most popular web destinations, related to each particular event, are selected for the purpose of the Reports, and data from their performance measurements is made available on the WebSitePulse public website.

With the intention to broadly disseminate this information for the benefit of the Internet community, we encourage the use of this information without prior approval and under the following Terms and Conditions:
  • WebSitePulse should be referred as the "Source" of the information;
  • WebSitePulse should be acknowledged as the owner of the copyrights of the information in the Reports;
  • The texts of the Reports could be changed or altered to better suit the needs and the style of the publisher without prior notice to WebSitePulse. However, the integrity and the meaning of the information should be preserved;

The Data from the performance measurements cannot be changed or manipulated and should be used "as is".