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ALERT ADMINISTRATIVE MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
SOUTHERN REGION HEADQUARTERS
131 PM CST FRI DEC 19 2014

TO:       ALL SOUTHERN REGION NWS OFFICES

FROM:   SR ROC

SUBJECT:  PLANNED SILVER SPRING POWER OUTAGE ON SATURDAY DECEMBER
19TH

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE WAS SENT OUT FROM NWS HQ PUBLIC AFFAIRS ON THE
PLANNED OUTAGE IN SILVER SPRING TOMORROW (SATURDAY DECEMBER 20TH).
THW WORK WILL START AT 0530 EST AND WILL LAST 13 HOURS. NIDS IS
FAILING OVER ALL URL`S TO THE MO SITE ON SATURDAY AND TAKING EVERY
APPROPRIATE ACTION TO ENSURE THAT NO OUTAGE OR DEGREDATION OCCURS.
IF...HOWEVER...YOU NOTICE ANY ISSUES WITH WEB PAGES PLEASE CONTACT
THE SR ROC VIA THE "SR-ROC" NWSCHAT ROOM AND WE WILL PASS THE
INFORMATION UP TO NIDS.

PLEASE NOTE THAT DURING THIS OUTAGE CMS SITES WILL NOT HAVE THE
ABILITY TO MAKE CHANGES TO THEIR SITES. THIS MEANS THAT YOU WILL NOT
BE ABLE TO UPDATE ANY WEBSITE HEADLINES OR LEFT HAND MENU ITEMS.
CLIMATE PAGES AND AHPS CONFIGURATIONS WILL ALSO NOT BE AVAILABLE.
OTHER IMPACTS INCLUDE DOWNLOADS FROM TGFTP.NWS.NOAA.GOV AND
WEATHER.NOAA.GOV WILL BE UNAVAILABLE.

ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, THERE WILL BE SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE TO
ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT THAT, IN PART, SUPPLIES POWER TO THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE SYSTEM THAT ENABLES USERS TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD
PRODUCTS AND SERVICES VIA THE WEB. THIS PROACTIVE MAINTENANCE IS
EXPECTED TO TAKE NINE HOURS (APPROXIMATELY FROM 7AM TO 5PM ET).
FAILURE TO PROACTIVELY ADDRESS THIS ISSUE WOULD POSE A SIGNIFICANT
RISK TO THE SAFETY OF NOAA PERSONNEL AND MAY RESULT IN AN UNPLANNED
OUTAGE LASTING AT LEAST 48 HOURS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS BEGUN TAKING MEASURES TO REDUCE OR
ELIMINATE ANY POTENTIAL AFFECTS DURING THIS TIME BY ACTIVATING
CONTINGENCY PLANS AND PLANNING AGGRESSIVE MONITORING OF ALL SYSTEMS
WHILE THE MAINTENANCE IS PERFORMED. PART OF THE CONTINGENCY PLAN
INVOLVES SWITCHING TO THE BACKUP SERVER, AS DESIGNED, TO PROVIDE
PRODUCTS AND SERVICE VIA THE WEB. THE PUBLIC-FACING WEATHER.GOV,
LOCAL NWS OFFICE WEBSITES AND INDIVIDUAL CITY FORECAST PAGES ARE NOT
EXPECTED TO BE IMPACTED. THE PROCESSING OF MODEL RUNS AND THEIR
TIMING WILL ALSO NOT BE AFFECTED. HOWEVER, THE DISSEMINATION
SERVICES PROVIDED BY WEATHER.NOAA.GOV, TGFTP.NWS.NOAA.GOVAND
SYSTEMS HOSTED BY THE NOAA CENTER FOR WEATHER AND CLIMATE
PREDICTION, SUCH AS THE WEBSITES FOR NATIONAL OPERATIONAL MODEL
ARCHIVE AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM (NOMADS), MODEL ANALYSES AND
GUIDANCE (MAG) AND FTPPRD.NCEP.NOAA.GOV FOR DOWNLOADING DATA, AND
THE PUBLIC WEBSITES FOR THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER AND
ENVIRONMENTAL MODELING CENTER, MAY BE SLOW.

ALL NWS SYSTEMS, SUCH AS ADVANCED WEATHER INTERACTIVE PROCESSING
SYSTEM (AWIPS) AT OUR FORECAST OFFICES, WILL BE OPERATING NORMALLY
AND THERE WILL BE MANY CRITICAL DISSEMINATION SYSTEMS THAT WONT BE
AFFECTED SUCH AS NOAAPORT/SATELLITE BROADCAST NETWORK, EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT WEATHER INFORMATION NETWORK (EMWIN) SATELLITE BROADCAST,
NOAA WEATHER WIRE SERVICE (NWWS), NOAA WEATHER RADIO (NWR).  THESE
SYSTEMS DO NOT RELY ON INTERNET CONNECTIVITY TO OPERATE OR DELIVER
FUNCTIONS.

$$

MCNATT
SR ROC


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