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Alert Administrative Message
National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters
1230 PM CDT Mon Mar 19 2018

TO:      All Southern Region Offices

FROM:    Southern Region Headquarters

SUBJECT: Critical Weather Day(s) Declared

NCEP has declared a Critical Weather Day for Southern Region from
20Z Today March 19th through 18Z on Tuesday March 20th due to
moderate risk of severe weather.

Critical Weather days are designed to maintain the stability of our
NWS internet services, and to reduce the latency of products and
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.

Thank you for your assistance and support.


Felecia Bowser
Southern Region ROC is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.