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Late Winter 2016-2017 Edition of Peak Performance!

Released – Late Winter 2016-2017 Edition of Peak Performance!

3/3/2017

The Performance and Evaluation Branch has released a late Winter 2016-2017 Peak Performance Newsletter!  In this issue, you will find the following articles:

1) NWS FY2016 Q4 Customer Satisfaction Survey Update  2) Did You Know?  3) Ask Chuck!  4) Status Update on TAF Verification Requirements and Specifications  5) Service Assessment Program  6) Status of Service Assessment Action Items    

We hope the articles peak your interest, also add value to your program areas.  If you would like to contribute to the Spring 2017 Edition of Peak Performance, please submit articles by April 7, 2017.  Submission guidelines may be found here.  We look forward to hearing from you!

                                                                                        

 

The Historic Nor’easter of January 2016

NWS Releases The Historic Nor’easter of January 2016

1/19/2017

A historic blizzard affected much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states from January   22–24, 2016.  Over 100 million people were affected by the historic Nor’easter that dumped widespread 2¬–3 foot snowfall accumulations across the region.  The snow was accompanied by winds in excess of 35 mph creating blizzard conditions over much of the area.  The combination of wind and very heavy snow created major impacts to travel, closed many major airports, and stranded hundreds of motorists on roads.

The historic Nor’easter also led to significant coastal flooding along portions of the Mid-Atlantic and northeast seaboard.  Numerous roads, homes, and businesses along the New Jersey and Delaware coasts were flooded and emergency personnel conducted numerous water rescues.  The coastal flooding along the southern portion of the Jersey shore exceeded that experienced in the area during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

Because of the significant impacts of the event, the National Weather Service formed a service assessment team to evaluate its performance before and during the historic Nor’easter.  

Late Fall 2016 Peak Performance Newsletter

Released – Late Fall 2016 Peak Performance Newsletter!

12/2/2016

The Performance and Evaluation Branch is pleased to announce the release of our Late Fall 2016 Peak Performance Newsletter!  This issue includes the following articles:                                                                                                                                                                                      
1) Google Analytics in NOAA and the NWS: A Force Multiplier  2) NWS FY2016 Q3 Customer Satisfaction Survey Update  3) On the Road Again  4) Did You Know?  5) Service Assessment Program  6) Performance and Evaluation Branch Points of Contact  7) Status of Service Assessment Action Items

We hope the articles contained in this issue are interesting, also relevant to your program areas.  If you would like to contribute to the Winter Edition of Peak Performance, please submit articles by January 6, 2017.  Submission guidelines may be found here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Summer Peak Performance Newsletter

Released – Summer 2016 Peak Performance Newsletter!

8/18/2016

The Performance and Evaluation Branch is pleased to announce the release of our Summer 2016 Edition of Peak Performance!  Inside this summer edition, you will find the following articles: 1) NWS FY2016 Q2 Customer Satisfaction Survey Update  2) Comments From the NWS FY2016 Q2 Customer Satisfaction Survey  3) Did You Know?  4) Ask Chuck!  5) Service Assessment Program  6) TAF Verification Requirements  7) Status of Service Assessment Action Items
                                                
We hope the articles are both interesting and educational, also provide information relevant to your program.  If you would like to contribute to our Fall 2016 Peak Performance Newsletter, please submit articles by September 15, 2016.  Submission guidelines may be found here.  We look forward to hearing from you!
                 

Website Maintenance

Website Offline for Maintenance: August 19 - 22

8/16/2016

Network maintenance will take place at NWS Headquarters on Saturday, August 20th and will result in the inability for users to connect to the Performance Management website.  We will take advantage of this network outage to perform some much needed maintenance on our hardware.

In order to do this, the Performance Management website will be taken offline at 3pm on Friday, August 19th and will be fully restored no later than Noon on Monday, August 22nd.   Please plan accordingly if you planned on accessing the website during this time.  

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding in our continued server maintenance efforts.

The Historic South Carolina Floods of October 1–5, 2015

NWS Releases The Historic South Carolina Floods of October 1–5, 2015

8/5/2016

The NWS has released the Historic South Carolina Floods of October 1–5, 2015.  John D. Murphy, Chief Operating Officer, NWS Office of Chief Operating Officer, signed the report July 2016.

The combination of a surface low-pressure system located along a stationary frontal boundary off the U.S. Southeast coast, a slow moving upper low to the west, and a persistent plume of tropical moisture associated with Hurricane Joaquin resulted in record rainfall over portions of South Carolina, October 1–5, 2015. 

Widespread, heavy rainfall caused major flooding in areas from the central part of South Carolina to the coast.  The historic rainfall resulted in moderate to major river flooding across South Carolina with at least 20 locations exceeding the established flood stages.  Flooding from this event resulted in 19 fatalities. 

Because of the significant impacts of the event, the National Weather Service formed a service assessment team to evaluate its performance before and during the record flooding. 

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