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Alert Administrative Message
National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters
636 AM CDT Tue Apr 17 2018

TO:       All Southern Region Offices

FROM:     Southern Region Headquarters

SUBJECT:  Critical Weather Day(s) Declared

NCEP SDM has declared a critical weather day for Southern Region
from 1200z Tuesday April 17, 2018 through 1200z Wednesday, April 18,
2018 due to the extremely critical fire weather conditions across
portions of New Mexico and west Texas and western Oklahoma.

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.

Thank you for your assistance and support.


Brian Hoeth
National Weather Service
Southern Region Headquarters
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