Weather Websites Felt Internet Storm as Hurricane Approached


As Hurricane Katrina was about to make landfall, many major weather monitoring sites slowed to a crawl under heavy server demands, with sporadic outages reported.

Keynote Systems Inc–a website monitoring company–reports that Weather.com was largely unavailable from roughly 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. EDT on Sunday night. It is a contention Weather.com disputes. The National Weather Service held up well, with drop offs in service speed reported on midday Monday. Major news sites such as CNN.com and USAToday.com also reported slowdowns as countless users visited in search of news.