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Ebola-Free Nurse Nina Pham Hugs Obama in White House Visit

Before returning to her "normal life" in Texas, newly Ebola-free Dallas nurse Nina Pham got a hug from President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

Hours earlier, Pham had walked out of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, where she has been in isolation since Oct. 16, to a round of applause. She thanked everyone who cared for her since her Oct. 11 Ebola diagnosis, and said she would finally go home to her dog, Bentley.

"I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today," she told reporters, flanked by her mother and sister.

Pham, 26, contracted Ebola from Liberian national Thomas Duncan, who flew to the United States in September and was diagnosed with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Pham, a nurse there, cared for Duncan when he was especially contagious. He died on Oct. 8, and she tested positive for the deadly virus on Oct. 11.

It was the first Ebola transmission on U.S. soil.

"I am on my way back to recovery even as I reflect on others who have not been so fortunate," Pham said, reading from her prepared statement at the press conference.

PHOTO: Nina Pham is hugged by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, outside NIH in Bethesda, Md., Oct. 24, 2014.

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PHOTO: Nina Pham is hugged by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, outside NIH in Bethesda, Md., Oct. 24, 2014.

Pham's colleague, nurse Amber Vinson, 29, also tested positive for the virus on Oct. 15, and was flown from Dallas to Emory University Hospital later that night. The following day, Pham was flown to the Special Clinical Studies Unit of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Dallas hospital's request.

At the news conference announcing Pham's discharge, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said she tested negative for Ebola five times, and that it wasn't clear which treatment saved her because they were all experimental.

"I want to first tell you what a great pleasure and in many respects, a privilege ...to have the opportunity to treat and care for and get to know such an extremely courageous and lovely person," Fauci said, adding that she represents the health care workers who "put themselves on the line"

PHOTO: Ebola survivor Nina Pham appears at a press conference after she was discharged from the hospital on Oct. 24, 2014.

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PHOTO: Ebola survivor Nina Pham appears at a press conference after she was discharged from the hospital on Oct. 24, 2014.

He said he wore Pham's nursing school colors for the press conference in her honor.

"I'm going to miss Nina a lot," Fauci quipped at the end of the conference, adding that he gave her his cell phone number.

Pham also thanked Dr. Kent Brantly, the American missionary who had been treating Ebola patients in Liberia when he contracted the deadly virus in late July. Brantley was declared virus-free in September and has donated plasma to Pham and other American Ebola patients in the hopes of boosting their ability to fight the virus with his antibodies.

PHOTO: Patient Nina Pham is escorted outside of National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., Oct. 24, 2014.

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PHOTO: Patient Nina Pham is escorted outside of National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., Oct. 24, 2014.

Pham's dog, Bentley, was taken to an animal shelter following her diagnosis. He has tested negative for Ebola, but his 21-day incubation period isn't over until Nov. 1. They will likely reunite a few days later.

Vinson's family announced on Oct. 22 that she, too, tested negative for the virus at Emory.

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Why Amazon’s Much-Hyped Phone Flopped

Amazon's much-hyped Fire phone didn't even create a spark in the smartphone market.

Four months after its debut, the device, which featured what Amazon called "breakthrough" technology, is now selling on Amazon for 99 cents with a contract -- placing it at about the same price point as a fast food hamburger.

Amazon revealed in its quarterly earnings call on Thursday that it took a charge of $170 million for the "inventory evaluation and supplier commitment costs" for the Fire, according to the Associated Press.

Furthermore, the company said it had about $83 million worth of the phones left over at the end of quarter, the AP reported.

Where Amazon went wrong was creating a device geared toward drawing in new Amazon shoppers, according to Patrick Moorhead, principal technology analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy. He said the smart phone and Amazon were a classic case of a "brand mismatch."

"I think that Amazon was more interested in monetizing its buyers than actually delivering a compelling experience," Moorhead told ABC News.

The Fire phone is equipped with a feature that allows users to identify almost any product -- from a book to a game or a container of kosher salt. It then directs users to Amazon to make purchases.

The 3-D display, ideal for game play, was touted by Amazon as another breakthrough feature of the phone. From Moorhead's perspective, it's one place the company had a chance to shine but executed the technology entirely the wrong way.

"I could imagine on a 10-inch tablet playing some really cool 3-D games, but their display was too small," he said. "It was the wrong platform."

Reviews of the Fire phone, which averages about 2-stars on Amazon, range from "extremely sad and dissatisfied" and "I wanted to love you" to "five stars."

Thomas Szkutak, Amazon's chief financial officer, said on the earnings call that the company has to be "selective" in taking new projects.

"We certainly have been in several years now of what I will call in investment mode," he said. "There's still lots of opportunity in front of us but we know that we have to be very selective about which opportunities we pursue."

Despite the dismal news, Amazon reported a revenue increase of 20 percent to $20.6 billion. However, even that fell short of analysts' expectations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Nurse Nina Pham Ebola Free, Glad to Go Home to Her Dog

After weeks in isolation, Dallas nurse Nina Pham has been declared Ebola-free, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Pham, 26, contracted Ebola from Liberian national Thomas Duncan, who flew to the United States in September and was diagnosed with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Pham, a nurse there, cared for Duncan when he was especially contagious. He died on Oct. 8, and she tested positive for the deadly virus on Oct. 11.

It was the first Ebola transmission on U.S. soil.

Pham's colleague, nurse Amber Vinson, 29, tested positive for the virus on Oct. 15, and was flown from Dallas to Emory University Hospital later that night. The following day, Pham was flown to the Special Clinical Studies Unit of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Dallas hospital's request.

The NIH will hold a press conference about her discharge at 11:30 a.m. ET today.

Pham's dog, Bentley, was taken to an animal shelter following her diagnosis. He has tested negative for Ebola, but his 21-day incubation period isn't over until Nov. 1. They will likely reunite a few days later.

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Essential security apps for your phone or tablet

Kim Komando, Special for USA TODAY 7 a.m. EDT October 24, 2014

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Hackers would love to weasel their way on to your smartphone or tablet, just like they try to do your computer. That's how they steal sensitive information like account details, passwords, important texts, intimate photos and whatever else possible.

Unfortunately for them, mobile gadgets are a bit harder to crack than the average computer. So hackers have to be even sneakier and use malicious apps, hidden Wi-Fi attacks or simply walk off with your gadget.

Here are three steps you need to take now so you're not their next victim.

1. Keep viruses and malware off of your phone

Your phone isn't just vulnerable to direct attacks. Hackers use your contacts to send you malicious links. They also use "honeypot" websites to trick you into downloading vulnerable apps. The following apps protects you from both viruses and sinister tricks that hackers use to place malware on gadgets.

LOOKOUT

One of the biggest risks carrying your tablet or smartphone around is human error. It can easily slip out of your pocket, be forgotten at a coffee shop or stolen by a criminal.

Lookout for iOS comes packed with anti-virus and malware protection, but its anti-theft options are what I like most. Lookout backs up your contact data and, if your phone is stolen, tracks its location by GPS.

Why back up contact data? Malware like CryptoLocker is called "ransomware" because it can hold your device hostage. The message it sends is clear, "Pay up or else you will never see any of your information stored again!" With your contacts list backed up, safe and secure, it's a lot easier to not give in to a criminal's demands.

AVAST!

Hey, Android users: avast! is an app that can scan, remove and inoculate your phone from potential viral threats. avast! also protects against Wi-Fi threats and also locks apps with potential vulnerabilities.

2. Protect against Wi-Fi attacks

Public Wi-Fi can be one of the most dangerous places for your phone or tablet. Don't worry, your trip to the airport or coffee shop won't have to be without your trusty gadget. These apps can encrypt your connection and keep your data safe from potential snoops.

AVAST! SECURELINE VPN

If you're looking for a more fully featured VPN/anti-virus program, then avast!'s SecureLine VPN app might just be perfect for your Android phone.

The app does the same data encryption on public Wi-Fi, helps you locate your device, monitors your data usage and even lets you filter which contacts you do or don't want to hear from.

HOTSPOT SHIELD VPN

Another dedicated VPN app, HotSpot Shield VPN is one of the most popular offerings on the iOS app store. It routes your Web traffic through a secure network that hackers can't penetrate. The app has over 200 million downloads, and that's because people really value one convenient feature that HotSpot Shield VPN offers:

Have you ever been blocked from visiting a website by a public Wi-Fi hotspot? HotSpot lets you get around those restrictions. The app helps you to securely visit any website on the Internet from any Wi-Fi hotspot easily.

3. Always have a last resort

Whether you're working with an iOS device or Android, there are two very convenient apps that help you find a lost smartphone or tablet.

For Apple users, there's Find My iPhone. It helps you locate your iPhone or iPad using its built-in GPS. If you suspect that either has slipped into a hard-to-find spot in your home, you can also use Find My iPhone's Web tool to make it ring. You can remotely wipe your device if necessary to protect your personal info.

Android Device Manager does the same thing. It lets you track all of your Android devices, trigger the ringer or track them with GPS. Remote wipes work, too.

On the Kim Komando Show, the nation's largest weekend radio talk show, Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today's digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, newsletters and more, visitwww.komando.com. E-mail her at techcomments@usatoday.com.

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Doctor Isolated at NYC Hospital Tests Positive for Ebola

A preliminary Ebola test has come back positive for a doctor who recently traveled from West Africa and is being isolated at a New York City Hospital, according to an official briefed on the case.

The doctor, who has been identified as Dr. Craig Allen Spencer by New York government sources, was placed in an isolation unit today at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan after reporting Ebola-like symptoms. He had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms when he was transferred to Bellevue, according to the hospital.

Spencer was working for Doctors Without Borders, according to the organization, which did not identify him by name but said he had a fever this morning.

Law enforcement sources said the 33-year-old Spencer recently returned from Guinea, one of the West African countries currently battling an Ebola outbreak. He traveled through Brussels, Belgium, and arrived at JFK Airport, law enforcement sources said. He arrived back in the United States on Oct. 17.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said at an earlier news conference that Spencer only had symptoms for "a very brief period of time" and only had contact with "very few" people. He described the patient as "in good shape."

The city Health Department has already started to trace the patient's contacts, according to the hospital. His fiancee is under quarantine at Bellevue Hospital, although she has no symptoms of the virus.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center described Spencer as a "dedicated humanitarian ... who went to an area of medical crisis to help a desperately underserved population."

PHOTO: Members of the New York City Department of Health exit the building of a Health Care worker who is suspected to have Ebola in in the Harlem section of New York, Oct. 23, 2014.

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PHOTO: Members of the New York City Department of Health exit the building of a Health Care worker who is suspected to have Ebola in in the Harlem section of New York, Oct. 23, 2014.

Spencer's apartment was sealed off after it was cleared. Since he tested positive, a team will decontaminate his apartment in the Harlem section of New York.

Spencer is the fourth patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, tested positive for the virus at the end of September in Dallas, where he infected two nurses who cared for him: Nina Pham and Amber Vinson.

Duncan died on Oct. 8, shortly before the nurses tested positive for the virus.

Vinson has been declared virus-free, her family announced Wednesday. Pham's condition has been upgraded from "fair" to "good."

Health officials decided to test the New York City patient for Ebola because of the patient's work, symptoms and travel history, according to the Bellevue Hospital statement. Bellevue is the designated hospital for the diagnosis and treatment of Ebola patients in New York City.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may already be assembling a team, though it won't be deployed until the patient tests positive for Ebola, according to a CDC spokesperson. A CDC team was already en route to Dallas the day Duncan tested positive for Ebola, the agency said.

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Possible Ebola Patient Taken to New York City Hospital

A health care worker who recently traveled from West Africa has been placed in isolation at a New York City Hospital with Ebola-like symptoms, officials said today.

The patient returned to the United States within the last 21 days and had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms when he was transferred to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, according to a statement from the hospital.

Law enforcement sources said the patients was a 33-year-old who recently returned from Guinea, one of the West African countries currently battling an Ebola outbreak.

The patient traveled through Brussels, Belgium, and arrived at JFK Airport, law enforcement sources said.

Preliminary test results for Ebola are expected within 12 hours, the hospital said.

The health department has already started to trace the patient's contacts, according to the statement.

If the patient tests positive for Ebola, this would be the fourth patient to be diagnosed in the United States. Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, tested positive for the deadly virus at the end of September in Dallas, where he infected two nurses who cared for him: Nina Pham and Amber Vinson.

Duncan died on Oct. 8, shortly before the nurses tested positive for the virus. Vinson has been declared virus-free, her family announced Wednesday. Pham's condition has been upgraded from "fair" to "good."

Health officials decided to test the New York City patient for Ebola because of the patient's work, symptoms and travel history, according to the Bellevue Hospital statement. Bellevue is the designated hospital for the diagnosis and treatment of Ebola patients in New York state.

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Google unveils app to fix email

  • Google unveils new Inbox app for Gmail users
  • Inbox groups conversations and lets you snooze emails
  • The app is invite-only for now

(CNN) -- How do you solve a problem like email?

Google's Gmail team thinks it knows how: with a new app called Inbox.

Inbox, which launched Wednesday, offers a different way of handling the daily avalanche of email. Specifically created with mobile users in mind, it sorts and turns emails into reminders, highlights the important bits and adds outside information it thinks is helpful.

Even as people are turning to other tools to quickly communicate from their phones -- messaging apps, social networks, text -- email remains an invaluable if sometimes infuriating way of communicating from mobile devices. You can filter out spam, something Gmail excels at, but there's still a huge volume of legitimate email to deal with.

A lot of companies have taken a stab at improving the email experience. Gmail recently started categorizing emails automatically and putting them in different tabs in your inbox, like social, promotions and updates.

The popular third-party app Mailbox used folders and gestures to make sorting through emails easy. That company was snapped up by Dropbox. Inbox seems to be heavily influenced by Mailbox's time-saving, reminder-centric approach (not to mention its name). It also borrows some neat features from Google Now.

Inbox works by grouping similar messages together, like bills, in what Google calls "Bundles." You can schedule a bundle to only show up at specific intervals, say once a week. There's no need to read all the words in an email just to get to the juicy bits. Inbox will highlight what it thinks are the key parts of an email, like contact information, confirmation numbers or photos.

It's also tapping Google for related information to save you a trip to the search engine. For example, if you've set a reminder to call the dog groomer, the business's contact information will show up automatically.

Messages can be turned into reminders, reminders can be snoozed, and important emails "pinned" while the rest are whisked away.

Inbox is currently only invite only. It is available as and iOS and Android app, as well as a desktop view (for Chrome browser users only).

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Google debuts email manager Inbox

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A decade ago, Google took the wraps off Gmail, the popular e-mail service used by hundreds of millions the world over.

Now that e-mail is vibrating in pockets as often as it's pinging computers, the Internet giant is rethinking how your inbox should look and work.

The result is Inbox, a new product that Google says is a smarter way to sort e-mail. It's rolling out Wednesday by invitation only.

"We want this to be your inbox for the next 10 years," Alex Gawley, product director of Gmail and Inbox, said in an interview.

For a technology that everyone loves to hate, e-mail is stubbornly popular.

It was born in the 1970s and became the backbone of our digital lives in the 1990s.

It hasn't changed much over the decades, even as mobile devices and social media have modernized communications at home and in the workplace.

"E-mail may not be the new cool thing, but it's the workhorse that keeps performing," Forrester Research analyst Shar VanBoskirk said.

But coping with the daily deluge has gotten a lot tougher. People are getting more e-mail than ever before and often they are squinting at messages on small screens.

So Google set out two years ago to make e-mail easier to use whether on desktops, smartphones or tablets, Gawley said.

"We really want to do more of the work that our users are doing when they are trying to manage their lives through their inbox," he said.

The tech giant is not alone. Major e-mail providers as well as start-ups are working on bringing e-mail into the 21st century.

Google's new e-mail product, Inbox, on the iPhone.(Photo: Google)

Given how much time people still spend in their inboxes, "making e-mail better for e-mail users is a priority for Google," said Brian Blau, Gartner's research director of consumer technology and markets.

Gmail competes for people's time and attention with e-mail services from Microsoft, Yahoo and Apple. It's also working to lure business customers away from Microsoft Office.

"Google wants to make e-mail as compelling as possible," Blau said.

You log in with your Gmail credentials and you can switch back and forth between Gmail and Inbox.

Among the bells and whistles that Inbox has to offer: It helps users stay more organized by grouping together bank statements or receipts from purchases so they can be quickly reviewed then swiped away.

Inbox highlights important information from e-mails in the subject line, such as showing you the photos of a newborn or the document a co-worker has shared with you.

Inbox also displays useful information that wasn't in the e-mail: the real-time status of a flight you booked online or of a package being delivered to your home.

You can also add reminders to the top of your e-mail such as: pick out a present for your sister's birthday or get a gallon of milk at the store.

To help you finish a task, Inbox uses "assists." If you make a restaurant reservation online, Inbox adds a map to the confirmation e-mail. Book a flight online, Inbox gives you a link to check in.

You can also snooze e-mail and reminders and set them to return to your inbox later or when you arrive at a specific location, say the office or your house, Gawley said.

Inbox will be different from Gmail in another respect: It won't show any ads — at least not right away.

Google will be paying close attention to feedback, Gawley said.

"Maybe one day it is the replacement for Gmail," Gawley said. "I think that's something our users will tell us."

Inbox is available as of Wednesday on Android and iOS, and on desktop in Chrome.

Google is sending invitations to users and each new user will be able to invite friends. Or you can e-mail Google at inbox@google.com for an invitation.

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Google debuts Inbox, a new way to stay on top of e-mail

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A decade ago, Google took the wraps off Gmail, the popular e-mail service used by hundreds of millions the world over.

Now that e-mail is vibrating in pockets as often as it's pinging computers, the Internet giant is rethinking how your inbox should look and work.

The result is Inbox, a new product that Google says is a smarter way to sort e-mail. It's rolling out Wednesday by invitation only.

"We want this to be your inbox for the next 10 years," Alex Gawley, product director of Gmail and Inbox, said in an interview.

For a technology that everyone loves to hate, e-mail is stubbornly popular.

It was born in the 1970s and became the backbone of our digital lives in the 1990s.

It hasn't changed much over the decades, even as mobile devices and social media have modernized communications at home and in the workplace.

"E-mail may not be the new cool thing, but it's the workhorse that keeps performing," Forrester Research analyst Shar VanBoskirk said.

But coping with the daily deluge has gotten a lot tougher. People are getting more e-mail than ever before and often they are squinting at messages on small screens.

So Google set out two years ago to make e-mail easier to use whether on desktops, smartphones or tablets, Gawley said.

"We really want to do more of the work that our users are doing when they are trying to manage their lives through their inbox," he said.

The tech giant is not alone. Major e-mail providers as well as start-ups are working on bringing e-mail into the 21st century.

Google's new e-mail product, Inbox, on the iPhone.(Photo: Google)

Given how much time people still spend in their inboxes, "making e-mail better for e-mail users is a priority for Google," said Brian Blau, Gartner's research director of consumer technology and markets.

Gmail competes for people's time and attention with e-mail services from Microsoft, Yahoo and Apple. It's also working to lure business customers away from Microsoft Office.

"Google wants to make e-mail as compelling as possible," Blau said.

You log in with your Gmail credentials and you can switch back and forth between the two services.

Among the bells and whistles that Inbox has to offer: It helps users stay more organized by grouping together bank statements or receipts from purchases so they can be quickly reviewed then swiped away.

Inbox highlights important information from e-mails in the subject line, such as showing you the photos of a newborn or the document a co-worker has shared with you.

Inbox also displays useful information that wasn't in the e-mail: the real-time status of a flight you booked online or of a package being delivered to your home.

You can also add reminders to the top of your e-mail such as: pick out a present for your sister's birthday or get a gallon of milk at the store.

To help you finish a task, Inbox uses "assists." If you make a restaurant reservation online, Inbox adds a map to the confirmation e-mail. Book a flight online, Inbox gives you a link to check in.

You can also snooze e-mail and reminders and set them to return to your inbox later or when you arrive at a specific location, say the office or your house, Gawley said.

Inbox will be different from Gmail in another respect: It won't show any ads — at least not right away.

Google will be paying close attention to feedback, Gawley said.

"Maybe one day it is the replacement for Gmail," Gawley said. "I think that's something our users will tell us."

Inbox is available as of Wednesday on Android and iOS, and on desktop in Chrome.

Google is sending invitations to users and each new user will be able to invite friends. Or you can e-mail Google at inbox@google.com for an invitation.

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Weather Gang: Weather Service stops receiving satellite data, issues notice about forecast quality

Latest satellite image posted to NOAA's Geostationary Satellite Server Web site was posted at 5:45p on October 20. (NOAA)

Latest satellite image posted to NOAA’s Geostationary Satellite Server Web site was posted at 5:45p on October 20. (NOAA)

Since at least Tuesday, satellite data – an important input to weather prediction models – has stopped flowing into the National Weather Service due to an apparent network outage.

At 1 p.m. today, the National Weather Service’s National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) issued the following statement warning the outage could impact forecast quality:

NCEP HAS NOT RECEIVED A FULL FEED OF SATELLITE DATA FOR INPUT INTO THE NUMERICAL MODELS SINCE 22/0000Z…POTENTIALLY IMPACTING THE MODEL FORECASTS.NESDIS AND NCEP ARE INVESTIGATING THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE ISSUE. ONCE THE SITUATION IS RESOLVED ANOTHER MESSAGE WILL FOLLOW.

The data outage appears to be unique to the National Weather Service and would not impact forecasts from other international modeling centers such as the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasting, home of the top-performing European model, and Environment Canada.

But the outage could affect the performance of National Weather Service’s Global Forecast System (GFS), North American (NAM), and HRRR (High-Resolution Rapid Refresh) models.

Chris Vaccaro, a spokesperson for the National Weather Service, said these model forecasts can still be considered credible, despite the outage. “They [NCEP] emphasized that there’s a lot of redundancy in the observing system that can help to offset the data loss and that the model guidance will have integrity and will be sound,” he said in an email.

Capital Weather Gang’s Steve Tracton, who worked with computer models over several decades at the National Weather Service, agreed the effects of the outage would be minimal in the short term, but could increase with time. “If satellite data are not returned within 24-36 hours, there is a chance of some forecast degradation though still likely small,” he said. “It will be interesting to assess after the fact.”

Another repercussion of the outage is that all or most of the satellite imagery has stopped publishing to NOAA and National Weather Service Web sites; the apparent “current” imagery is at least a day old. This imagery is used to track and analyze storms such as the Nor’easter affecting the East Coast and the tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico. As of time of publication of this blog post, NOAA and the National Weather Service (as of time of publication) had not posted messages on relevant Web sites alerting users that the imagery is now obsolete.

Although the National Weather Service is not receiving the latest imagery, NASA satellite imagery Web sites appear up-to-date, indicating this is a National Weather Service-specific problem.

This outage is the latest in a string of network and information technology problems to afflict the National Weather Service in the last two years. In late August, the National Weather Service Web site crashed due to a barrage of data requests from an external Android application. And in May, a firewall upgrade crippled the Weather Service’s warning dissemination system.

There were also previous Web site failures before that, as Slate’s Eric Holthaus summarized:

Previous technicalities weren’t quite as serious, such as an unbelievably large flood warning in mid-April (coincidentally, the day before the movie Noah was released), and a website crash in early April (though warning products continued to be issued as normal through more traditional channels).

Note that in 2013, I penned the piece: Weather Service systems crumbling as extreme weather escalates

Also on Capital Weather Gang

Nor'easter update: Flood watch, wind advisories in effect for parts of Northeast

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