I was connected at the same time you posted. I've been getting sub-second response time. Often the problem can be isolated to a particular region (West, Mid-west, Mid-Atlantic, FL, etc.) where the latency can be very long when it is short in another region. You can look at the weather report in a few hours (unless you want to subscribe and get real time reports) to see if this was the case.
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[This message has been edited by Mal H (edited May 18, 2000).]