West Coast Weather – Your Weather Team

Michael R. Witiw, PhD

Michael Witiw, West Coast WeatherMr. Witiw brings 30+ years of experience to Aviation Weather Law.

He holds a Master’s degree from St. Louis University, and a PhD from the Florida Institute of Technology where he also served on the faculty.

Michael served more than two decades in the United States Air Force, and has worked in numerous global locations such as Europe, Asia, Central America, and the Middle East. His Air Force career included a four-year tour with the Hurricane Hunters, a special squadron charged with tropical storm reconnaissance for the U.S. military.

Affiliations & Certifications

  • International Civil Aviation Organization, Technical Consultant Programme, roster of experts: Aeronautical Meteorology (2002-2009)
  • Scientific committee for the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection, and Dew Member of the Panel of Reviewers for the Journal of Air Transportation (2004-2009)
  • Advisory Board Earth System Science Education Alliance (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies) (2006-2012)
  • Certified Consulting Meteorologist from the American Meteorological Society (Certificate No, 586)

Certified Consulting Meteorologist

Publications

  • Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
  • Journal of Air Transportation
  • Atmospheric Research
  • Pure and Applied Geophysics

Presentations

  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Conferences on Fog and Dew
  • Rotary clubs

Michael Fagin

Michael Fagin, West Coast WeatherMr. Fagin is the founder of West Coast Weather and has a background in weather forecasting for major expedition groups that climb Mt. Everest and other climbing venues. He is experienced in climate data retrieval and analysis for clients around the world.

Michael provides forecasting services to major engineering firms for environmental studies involving rain events and air quality issues. He is a leading resource on snow forecasts for schools, and mountain weather forecasts for the climb leaders of the Seattle Mountaineers.

He attended the University of Washington to take some classes within the Atmospheric Sciences Department, and continues to attend workshops and seminars offered through the AMS.

Affiliations & Certifications

  • American Meteorological Society: Associate Member
  • Past president of the Puget Sound Chapter, American Meteorological Society
  • National Weather Association member

Publications-Media

  • Best Rain Shadow Hikes: Western WA
  • Weekly weather/hiking segment for KUOW (Seattle NPR affiliate)
  • Freelance travel writer: Wine and Food Travel and The Real Food Traveler
  • Blogger Fagin’s Weather World

Presentations

  • Seattle Mountaineers
  • King County Bar Association Aviation Law Section
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, Chapter meeting

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