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WebSitePulse 2019 Hurricane Season Web Performance Report Summary

Thankfully, the hurricane season has come to an end, and we have finished tracking five of the most popular weather forecasts websites for our annual Hurricane Season Report.

For this Performance Report, we at WebSitePulse monitoring service measured the performance of the websites home pages as well as a complete interaction with the website as an end-user would do.

The report measures Uptime and Response Time as the most important metrics for the availability and the reliability of all web-based operations. Measurements of the multi-step online transactions were made every 15 minutes, simultaneously from 3 different monitoring locations: Trumbull, CT (US East Coast), San Francisco, CA (US West Coast), and Chicago, IL (US Central).

This year’s hurricane season was quite intense. At the east coast in the Atlantic basin we observed:

  • 2 Tropical depression (Three and Fifteen)
  • 2 Subtropical storms (Andrea and Rebekah)
  • 9 Tropical storms (Chantal, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Imelda, Karen, Melissa, Nestor, and Olga)
  • 2 Category 1 hurricanes (Barry and Pablo)
  • 1 Category 2 hurricane (Jerry)
  • 1 Category 3 hurricane (Humberto)
  • 2 Category 5 hurricanes (Dorian and Lorenz
The total damage from the Atlantic storms is more than $11.456 billion and 85 deaths.

The storms on the west coast in the Pacific basin caused less damage (total $16.1 million and seven deaths):

  • 1 Tropical depression (Four-E)
  • 11 Tropical storms (Akoni, Cosme, Dalila, Ema, Gil, Henriette, Ivo, Mario, Narda, Octave, and Priscilla)
  • 3 Category 1 hurricanes (Alvin, Flossie, and Lorena)
  • 1 Category 3 hurricane (Juliette)
  • 3 Category 4 hurricanes (Barbara, Erik, and Kiko)

Despite that fact, the overall uptime and speed of the monitored weather websites were quite good during the whole period with exception of a few little fluctuations.

We have found out the daily average response time from all monitored websites was 0.684 sec. The daily average responses by locations are as follow:

  • Trumbull, CT (US East Coast) – 0.697 sec
  • San Francisco, CA (US West Coast) – 0.769 sec
  • Chicago, IL (US Central) – 0.585 sec

For the third year in a row, The National Hurricane Center (nhc.noaa.gov) was the speed leader among the five monitored websites with an average response time of 0.254 seconds, followed by redcross.org (0.420 sec). Far away at the bottom of the table once again was weather.com with 1.220 seconds average response time, which may have frustrated some of its visitors.

Comparing to the last year’s performance, the two leaders decreased their response time by average of 0.057 seconds while the slowest site this year performed on average 0.577 seconds faster than in 2017 Hurricane Season monitored period.

The daily average uptime for the entire group of 5 websites for the 2019 hurricane season was 99.94%. The daily average uptime by locations are as follow:

  • Trumbull, CT (US East Coast) – 99.94%
  • San Francisco, CA (US West Coast) – 99.94%
  • Chicago, IL (US Central) – 99.93%

  • The winner for this year’s hurricane season is redcross.org, with 99.998% uptime, closely followed by salvationarmy.org and nhc.noaa.gov (both with 99.997%). At the bottom of the availability chart once again stands floridadisaster.org with 99.772% which means it was not accessible to its customers for around 4 hours during the monitored period.

Average Response times for the whole period
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Average Uptime for the whole period
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Best regards, and takeITeasy™ with WebSitePulse™

Iavor Marinoff, CEO

Report Methodology:
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 took place daily, every 15 minutes during the entire Hurricane season, between the hours of 6AM and 3AM EST. The WebSitePulse website monitoring service was 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:

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