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WebSitePulse 2017 Hurricane Season Web Performance and Uptime Report Intro

Planning a vacation in Florida or the Caribbean? Before you go to the beach, however, you might want to consider that the hurricane season has just began. The Atlantic hurricane season is an ongoing event in the annual formation of tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin. The season officially began on June 1, and will end on October 31, 2017. However, most of these storms hit during peak hurricane season between August and October.

The Climate Prediction Center classifies hurricane seasons as:
  • above-normal (between 12 and 28 tropical storms and between seven and 15 hurricanes);
  • near-normal (between 10 and 15 tropical storms and between four and nine hurricanes);
  • below-normal (between four and nine tropical storms and two to four hurricanes).

The 2017 hurricane season is likely to be an above-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic, according to the Climate Prediction Center. The region has a 70% chance of experiencing between 11 and 17 storms with sustained winds of 39 mph or higher. Between five and nine of these storms may become hurricanes, or storms with sustained winds of 74 mph or higher. And anywhere from two to four of these storms could become major-category 3 to 5 hurricanes with sustained winds of 111 mph or higher.

For 12th year in a row, WebSitePulse will provide free monitoring and notifications during 2017 hurricane season to 5 of the most popular websites that present their users with real-time forecasts, emergency information and donation opportunities in times of hurricanes, floods, and other natural or man-caused disasters.

The WebSitePulse Performance Reports will measure the websites’ uptime and response time as the most important metrics for the availability and the reliability of any web-based operation, critical for the End Users' overall online experience. Measurements of web transactions will be made every 15 minutes, simultaneously from 3 different monitoring locations. In-depth analytical information is also collected and stored in the WebSitePulse system for future references.