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Posted at 4:27 PM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Weather Service Web site falters at critical time

By Jason Samenow

Anyone attempting the to access the National Weather Service (NWS) Web site over the last day or two has likely encountered significant problems. The website's performance has been persistently sluggish and, at times, content - including forecasts and warnings -- has been inaccessible.

This comes at a time when a massive, life threatening storm is affecting more than 100 million people with warnings and advisories in 20 states.

For NWS, a government agency whose mission includes "protection of life and property", dissemination of timely information during hazardous weather events is vital. Recall that just yesterday I wrote about the importance of effectively leveraging technology to communicate information during hazardous weather.

NWS staff noticed the problem Sunday, according to spokesman Curtis Carey, and had staff in Kansas City and Silver Spring working on it quickly. Equipment was replaced and the problem is now "stabilized," Carey said.

Continue reading at the Capital Weather Gang >>>

By Jason Samenow  | February 1, 2011; 4:27 PM ET
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