Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Charleston, SC

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000 NOUS42 KCHS 192141 PNSCHS GAZ087-088-099>101-114>119-137>141-SCZ040-042>045-047>052-201930- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC 441 PM EST FRI DEC 19 2014 ...POWER OUTAGE TO IMPACT SOME SERVICES FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE... TO: SUBSCRIBERS -FAMILY OF SERVICES -NOAA WEATHER WIRE SERVICE -EMERGENCY MANAGERS WEATHER INFORMATION NETWORK -NOAAPORT OTHER NWS PARTNERS AND EMPLOYEES FROM: DEIRDRE JONES ACTING DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF OPERATIONAL SYSTEMS SUBJECT: PLANNED SILVER SPRING POWER OUTAGE AND IMPACTS TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SYSTEM THAT ENABLES USERS TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD PRODUCTS AND SERVICES VIA THE WEB SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2014 ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2014, 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 9 HOURS (APPROXIMATELY FROM 7 AM TO 5 PM EST). FAILURE TO PROACTIVELY ADDRESS THIS ISSUE WOULD POSE A SIGNIFICANT RISK TO THE SAFETY OF NOAA PERSONNEL AND COULD 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 ESTABLISHED BACKUP SERVER 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.GOV AND 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. THERE WILL BE MANY CRITICAL DISSEMINATION SYSTEMS THAT WONT BE AFFECTED SUCH AS NOAAPORT/SATELLITE BROADCAST NETWORK, THE 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. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: DEIRDRE JONES DEIRDRE.JONES@NOAA.GOV NATIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS ARE ONLINE AT: HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OS/NOTIF.HTM $$

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