Forensic Meteorology Blog

18 Dec

Ice-Snow Slip and Fall

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West Coast Weather has handled several cases relating to a defendant slipping on ice in a parking lot of a private property owner. There are two parts to this and we will briefly discuss the weather patterns and have some information on the legal side. We have worked with both the plaintiff and defendant attorneys

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11 Dec

Historical Weather Data

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Getting historical weather data is a key component that meteorologists deploy in forensic analysis. The best source for United States data is from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) The amount of data is endless and much it goes back many years. Also much of this data is free. The best regional coverage for the

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04 Dec

Litigation and weather expert

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There are times an attorney or an insurance company will need to hire a meteorologist to review historical weather data for a case that might go to court. There are many such cases and one example is a slip and fall that occurs on ice in a parking lot. Meteorologists are asked to recreate the

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17 Oct

Winter Weather 2013-2014

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ENSO (water temperatures near equator) signal can impact the Winter weather especially in the United States. This link is to the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. A great think tank. Outlook for this coming winter 2013-2014 is for Neutral conditions. Thus, many areas will have normal temperatures and rain (snow).

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09 Jul

Unstable Weather

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Summer is the time we get unstable weather over the United States and the thundershowers can be intense. If you want us to retrieve historic weather records we can do that. If you want to monitor real time conditions this site will give you a head up and click here

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06 Apr

Historic Weather

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In many cases weather data from weather stations over the United States is available back to at least 1950. In some cases one can get later data. Same thing goes for surface weather map and upper level weather data on a worldwide basis.

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17 Apr

Satellite Data

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Most of us are well aware of the GOES satellite data that are available in investigating aviation incidents and GOES data can be very helpful.  Recently, however, NASA has made available data from two low-orbiting satellites that can greatly enhance a weather analysis. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite has an onboard radar and

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