Visibility of system status – It was very clear when arriving at the website that the red script above the map implies alerts. The interactive map also demonstrates where there are active storms.
Match between systems and the real world – Following that users understand the map, there are no immediate explanations for the more complex terms or aspects of storms.
User Control and Freedom – There is no immediate control feature other than the back button on the browser or scanning through the top menu bar. There is also a search option.
Consistency and standards – There is a lot of jargon when you begin to read the reports or look further into what may be crucial information about the storm in question. If there is an emergency, users may not have time to use the tools and given resources to learn what is being posted.
Error Prevention – Once a link is clicked it continues to target site. Unless a user goes back, there is no immediate threat to data being lost.
Recognition rather than recall – Users must be familiar with a map of the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Ocean to spacially make themselves aware of where a storm is located. Once a user has clicked the same reports and map types, it becomes fairly simple to recall where to go for what is needed.
Flexibility and efficiency of use – The main page of the NHC website is manageable by non-experienced weather or storm trackers, however a little more understanding is needed. By clicking on the storm on the map and watching the predicted path and speed, a general understanding can begin to have users search further if inquiry is needed or wanted.
Aesthetics and minimalist design – The design is very simplistic but this is actually useful for pulling up information when there is low-bandwidth or information must be accessed quickly. Since it is a government funded site, there is a lack of advertisements which also helps with loading time and clutter.
Help users recognize, diagnose, and recover from errors – There were no errors encountered when navigating the website.
Help and documentation – The tools and education portion of the website was very helpful when time is available. There is a lot of information that can not only help lay people but teachers and those that are interested in seafaring.