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NOUS74 KEHU 181303

Alert Administrative Message
National Weather Service
Southern Region Headquarters
752 AM CDT Thu May 18 2017

TO:       All Southern Region Offices
FROM:     Southern Region Headquarters
SUBJECT:  Critical Weather Day(s) Declared, GOES-E RSO in
          effect, ROC Level Change

A GOES-E Rapid Scan Operation is in effect today from 17Z through
06Z Friday.  A GOES-16 MDS is also in effect for the Southern Plains
during this period.


The SR ROC has increased to Level 2 operations due to the severe
weather potential today.  Under Level 2 operations, the SR ROC may
expand hours as needed based on office and partner needs.

The ROC may be contacted via the primary number, 682-703-3747.  If
no one answers, we are likely on the other line or have stepped
out for a minute.  Please leave a message and we will get back to
you as soon as possible.  For any emergencies overnight when we
are not here, press "0" to reach the ROC Duty Officer.

You may also reach us via NWSChat in the sr-roc chatroom or via
email at


NCEP has declared a critical weather day for Southern Region in
effect now through 12Z on Sat May 20th due to the severe
weather potential.

Critical weather days are designed to maintain the stability of our
NWS internet services, and to reduce the latency of
products/services to our partners and the public.  Please help us
achieve this goal by adhering to the following rules:

  1) No installation of local system patches or other changes.

  2) No streaming of audio or other continuous feed products, unless
this is the only means by which your office can obtain critical
weather-related information during hazardous weather events.

  3) No other excessively large file uploads or other bandwidth-
intensive use of the internet beyond what is operationally required.

  4) No AWIPS upgrades for offices within the impact area.

REMEMBER:  Our individual internet use can, and often does,
collectively impact our entire region`s network resources. Please be
mindful of our mission, and show restraint during this period of
active weather, even if you are not in the impacted area. This will
ensure that our critical services reach our customers unimpeded when
they need them most.


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