Heavy Internet weather

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:44 PM GMT on October 27, 2008

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The tropical Atlantic remains quiet today. There are no threat areas to discuss, and none of our reliable models are calling for tropical storm formation over the next seven days. I'll have a full analysis of what the rest of the hurricane season might bring on Friday. I do think we have one more storm coming this year.

Heavy Internet weather
A record six consecutive tropical storms and hurricanes pounded the U.S. this hurricane season, creating some serious "Internet weather"--a flood of high Internet traffic. On September 12, as Hurricane Ike bore down on the Texas coast, our popular weather web site wunderground.com recorded its busiest day ever--28 million page views, triple its normal traffic. We vaulted from a ranking of 107th to 75th on the Quantcast, Inc. list of most-trafficked web sites in September, thanks to the huge amount of web traffic created by Tropical Storm Fay, Hurricane Gustav, Hurricane Hanna, and Hurricane Ike. As hurricane season winds down, so has our ranking--we're down to 138th on the list of most-trafficked web sites. The ranking will rise again as we enter winter and winter storms begin pounding our population centers.

Historically, hurricanes have caused many Internet-wide bandwidth spikes, as people flocked to weather web sites for the latest advisories. The earliest such spike occurred on August 19, 1991, when Hurricane Bob roared into New England as a Category 2 storm with 100 mph winds. At the time, I was a Ph.D. student working in a University of Michigan weather research lab called MADLAB, run by Professor Perry Samson. Earlier that year, I had written a piece of software called "UM-weather" that allowed anyone at the University to access current weather information using a text-based menu system (this was back before the days of web browsers). The Internet backbone was centered in Ann Arbor and controlled by Merit Networking, Inc. in those days. The networking gurus at Merit showed us how to make "UM-weather" available to anyone on the Internet, and we launched the Internet's first global weather information portal in the summer of 1991. Word quickly spread via email and USENET news groups about this great new real-time Internet weather source. When Hurricane Bob hit, usage of the "UM-weather" service exploded, as tens of thousands of information-hungry Internet users consulted the latest hurricane advisories. "UM-weather" became the most popular service on the entire Internet that day, a position it held for much of 1991 and 1992, according to the experts at Merit. We expanded our educational project over the next few years with the help of National Science Foundation funding, and named it "The Weather Underground"--a tongue-in-cheek reference to the old radical group that also got its start at the University of Michigan.

With the arrival of the World Wide Web and the commercial Internet in 1995, we took our educational project and spun it off into a business. Hurricanes continued to be our biggest draws, and our biggest challenges. It's not easy to design a hardware and software system that can handle a 3x bandwidth spike. Major hurricanes like Fran of 1996 and Floyd of 1999 brought down every major commercial, government, and university weather web site for hours--sometimes days. Since the late 1990s, the industry has figured out how to handle 3x bandwidth spikes, and the days of searching in vain for a working weather web site during a major hurricane event are over.

Top Internet weather web sites as of October, 2008 according to quantcast.com:



Traffic on my blog averages about 50,000 page views per day. The record was on September 12, when 800,000 page views were recorded. Thanks for your support!

I'll have a new blog entry on Wednesday.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting pottery:
Yeah, I noticed that Cotillion can concentrate on Ladies in red, sport, weather, all at the same time.
He would make a great Hockey Mom..........


Lmao! Well, I'm not looking for a sex change anytime soon...

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30 degrees in No IL this morning. 28 forecast for tomorrow.
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Tampa,all that cold air is being driven south by the storm up here,this thing is really wrapping up/
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Quoting TampaSpin:
Enough about sports.....this is one powerful cold front for October.......its 48 in Tampa now......and expected to be near 30 tomorrow morning.....wow
Our weather guy out of Orlando said coldest in 50 years - not sure about that but assume he has stats to back it up.
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Quoting TampaSpin:
Enough about sports.....this is one powerful cold front for October.......its 48 in Tampa now......and expected to be near 30 tomorrow morning.....wow


I doubt your talking Celsius.. so that is cold for you.. we very seldom get that cold here at all.
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Yeah, I noticed that Cotillion can concentrate on Ladies in red, sport, weather, all at the same time.
He would make a great Hockey Mom..........
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Quoting NEwxguy:
Hey,Tampa,I agree,some of the worst umpiring I've ever seen in world series


The worst i have ever seen at any sport in championship games even at the collegate level.
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Hey,Tampa,I agree,some of the worst umpiring I've ever seen in world series
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Quoting NEwxguy:
Cotillion,I'm rotfl laughing you've talked about women wearing red,to Super Bowl sites,and even got in some tropical subjects,I'm impressed.


I aim to please. ;)
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Quoting HIEXPRESS:


2. Slang. A woman or girl: "I use 'broad' as a moniker of respect for a woman who [knows] how to throw a mean right" (James Wolcott).

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Copyright © 1997 The Learning Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Haha. Right, I get ya! :D
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Enough about sports.....this is one powerful cold front for October.......its 48 in Tampa now......and expected to be near 30 tomorrow morning.....wow
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Forecast for my zip code in Miami, I live inland.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 44. North wind around 13 mph.

brrrr (lol)
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Quoting Cotillion:


Huh? Did I miss something, lol?


2. Slang. A woman or girl: "I use 'broad' as a moniker of respect for a woman who [knows] how to throw a mean right" (James Wolcott).

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Excerpted from American Heritage Talking Dictionary
Copyright © 1997 The Learning Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Quoting pottery:
Cotillion, Middlesex got thumped by Trinidad in the Stanford 20/20 last night in Antigua.
Do you follow the games?


I do like a bit of cricket, though I didn't actually watch it. Good on T&T though. The big game later on should be fun, an extreme amount of money they're playing for (In cricket terms anyway, in other sports, like in the NFL for guys like Peyton Manning, it's pocket change.)
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Cotillion,I'm rotfl laughing you've talked about women wearing red,to Super Bowl sites,and even got in some tropical subjects,I'm impressed.
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Quoting leftovers:
unfornately as a umpire your job is to make the call. that ump did. one at a time not allowing the previous call to affect the recent call. meaning the is no evening out in baseball. you see what i mean? sure it looks like it is fixed but the guy is doing his job.


Sorry the umpire behind the plate was not doing his job....what are looking at when comentary was even saying the same...flat out the ump behind the plate is a crook......baseball needs to replace that ump.
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Quoting HIEXPRESS:
305. Cotillion - Talking about a "BROAD
AREA OF LOW PRESSURE".

305. Cotillion - Wanting an area of low broad pressure.

Sorry, couldn't resist.


Huh? Did I miss something, lol?
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Cotillion, Middlesex got thumped by Trinidad in the Stanford 20/20 last night in Antigua.
Do you follow the games?
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GM,all,its wild day up here in the northeast today,and looking at radar,a nasty line of storms formed south of Long Island.
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305. Cotillion - Talking about a "BROAD
AREA OF LOW PRESSURE".

305. Cotillion - Wanting an area of low broad pressure.

Sorry, couldn't resist.
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329. keywestbrat
G'day,
Put your hand up if you're freezing your butt off in florida, crikeys 68 and N 20 gusting to 32, we gotta have some wind chill going on as well LOL


Oh, the humanity!
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Speaking about sports... the NFL Commish. spoke about the possibility of having a British team.

Last year he spoke of the Superbowl being held here.

Don't do either. If he wants to expand the domestic arena, then make a team in Mexico, Canada, or even PR. The logistics would be far too difficult to ever make a team in Europe while still expecting it to travel Trans-Atlantically half of the season.

'course, games being held over here is good, but the season needs to be extended so home fans still get their 8 games of which they pay well for. There was uproar when the EPL introduced the discussion of games overseas, because of that same argument.

And even from a NFL-lovin' Brit, the Superbowl should always be played in the States.

(Now, I should probably stick to weather for the rest of the day, lest I get banned for being too off-topic...)

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Listen to this Sports talk radio station.....

Link
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Quoting lawntonlookers:


Yes they did have some bad calls, but it must have been a miserable night standing in the field with the rain and wind and cold temp. It is a wounder the both teams don't come down with colds today.
It does't look good tonight for the game to be continued either.


Sports talk radio is actually using the word fixed..with the bad calls behind home plate.....and the host is a Yankee fan...LOL
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Quoting TampaSpin:
I'm not being a sore loser....but, the umpires are really screwing the RAYS last nite calling balls and strikes...that was outragous......they should be ashamed.


Yes they did have some bad calls, but it must have been a miserable night standing in the field with the rain and wind and cold temp. It is a wounder the both teams don't come down with colds today.
It does't look good tonight for the game to be continued either.
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Good morning. 40 F in central Pa. Looks like that is about the same along the east coast. Rain forecast for today and tonight so am not sure what will happen to the World Series
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I'm not being a sore loser....but, the umpires are really screwing the RAYS last nite calling balls and strikes...that was outragous......they should be ashamed.
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Good Morning everyone......
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Quoting leftovers:
thanks dr masters 2008 might be a peak of internet traffic for a few yrs until the country gets back on its feet. i am looking for a slowdown of traffic for at least a few yrs


Wouldn't be so sure of that, to be honest. 2009 looking like we may have more of the same. This AMO period may not phase out for a few years, maybe a few decades.
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A brrr good morning to all. 49 when I left for work this morning. LOVE this weather.
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Indeed... NOGAPS shows the remnants of 92L to move through the Carib and intereacting with that trough next week.

Guess we'll see what evolves from that.
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Morning everyone!
Temp in Macon, Ga = 37.8 F, 74% humidity
WU forecast for today = 56 F
WU forecast for Wed morn = 31 F

Turned the heating system on for the first time last night, just love the smell of burning dust and cat hair!!! LOL
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Quoting vortfix:
There has not been any model runs on 92L since yesterday's 18Z.


Pretty sure that after it was noticed that nothing was going to be able to survive, that they stop bothering wasting CPU on it.
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Like always... WX patterns are quite punctual. Here in FL the coldest air temp realizes at exactly 7:30AM EDT. Pretty sure it should be the same in other places just before Sunrise.
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Quoting vortfix:
Good morning.

Wowee!






Morning...
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