Forensic Meteorology Expert Witnesses

Forensic meteorology expert witnesses and consultants listed here may be able to form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, provide expert witness testimony at deposition and/or trial as or serve as consulting (non-testifying) experts on forensic meteorology. The forensic meteorology expert witness listings on this page are typically from fields/areas of expertise such as: Education & Schools, Environmental, Hydrology, Maritime, Meteorology, and Slip Trip & Fall.

H. Michael Mogil, CCM, CBM, NWA Digital Media Seal How The Weatherworks

Naples, Florida
Meteorology, Slip Trip & Fall - forensic meteorology, weather, weather event reconstruction, property damage, roof damage, water intrusion, personal injury, insurance claims, roof collapse, hurricanes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, snow, hail, high winds, rain, floods, lightning, highway accidents, weather-related events
H. Michael Mogil (AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist, AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, and NWA Digital Seal) is a seasoned meteorologist with nearly five decades of experience, three of which were within NOAA (NWS and NESDIS). This included severe thunderstorm and winter weather forecasting, warning, and preparedness. He has worked as a forensic meteorologist since the mid-1990's, handling a wide array of civil and criminal cases. Mike has honed his skills in local and regional meteorological data analysis, locating and using numerous weather data sets (both governmental and non-governmental), and crafting easy-to-understand, scientifically accurate, expert reports. Mike has the computer skills to create effective courtroom graphics, the speaking skills to testify clearly and understandably in courtroom and deposition settings, and the ability to determine a meteorologically-appropriate date of loss, when such date is unclear. He has even offered weather demonstration...

Morgan B Yarker, PhD, CCM Yarker Consulting

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Meteorology, Education & Schools - Forensic meteorology, data analysis, education, demonstration, severe weather, weather preparedness, PM2.5, ice, rain, snow, hail, wind
Dr. Yarker is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist with 25 years of research experience. Prior work includes analyzing and evaluating weather data, educating the public about weather forecast models, analysis of PM2.5 air quality data, and developing educational materials and demonstrations to effectively communicate meteorology concepts.

Alicia Wasula, PhD, CCM STM Weather

Cropseyville, New York
Meteorology, Hydrology - Weather, Forensic Meteorology, Severe Weather, Weather Radar, Severe Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Flooding, Weather Preparedness, Slip & Fall, Weather Related Accidents, Weather Reconstruction
Dr. Alicia Wasula, President of STM Weather, formerly Shade Tree Meteorology, earned her Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degrees in Meteorology at the University at Albany and recently earned her CCM as well. She developed a passion for severe weather and traveled to the Great Plains to study it in the field. She spent a summer in Norman, Oklahoma at the National Storm Prediction Center, doing research with Bob Johns, a prominent severe weather scientist. In graduate school, Alicia developed a skill for making difficult meteorological concepts understandable in the classroom. Alicia taught a variety of courses from upper level science to entry level courses for non science majors, earning praise for her communication style. During her post-graduate studies, Alicia continued to work closely with operational forecasters on research projects at the Albany National Weather Service Office and the the Storm Prediction Center on both her Master and Doctoral research projects. Alicia cont...

Richard A Shema, CCM WeatherGuy.com, LLP

Lakeville, Pennsylvania
Meteorology, Maritime - Weather reconstruction, forensic meteorology, weather, marine meteorology, maritime, admirality law, weather routing, ship accidents, boating accidents, consulting meteorologists, tropical cyclones, hurricanes, tropical meteorology, extreme waves, oceanography, waves, marine insurance, insurance.
• Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) by the American Meteorological Society • Over 30 years experience in meteorology and physical oceanography • I am a U.S. Navy veteran with sea duty and therefore have firsthand experience in the effects of weather on operations • Past AMS board member that certifies CCM’s for technical knowledge, communication skills, and ethics • I provide quality testimony using the scientific method • My testimony is clear, concise, and technically complicated subjects are plainly described • Sound communication skills describing complex atmospheric processes are put into easily understandable words and presentations • My written testimony is quality controlled and peer reviewed to produce an error free report that stands up to scrutiny of cross examination • I keep abreast of the latest scientific developments in meteorology and physical oceanography by attending conferences, re...

Matthew J. Bunkers, Ph.D., CCM Northern Plains Weather Services, LLC

Rapid City, South Dakota
Meteorology, Hydrology - forensic meteorology, slip and falls, heavy rain and flooding, high winds, fog, severe storms, hail, tornadoes, winter weather, heavy snow, icing, fire weather, weather-related accidents, agriculture weather, lightning verification, radar, satellite, and applied climate and meteorology
I believe that my clients deserve to have accurate and reliable weather information. My clients include lawyers and industries of construction, insurance, mining, and power generation. I have worked on cases involving: • analyses of hail/wind/tornado damage to businesses, crops, people, farm property, and housing units for insurance-related claims/lawsuits, • climate and weather analyses for a mining operation, preventative planting insurance claim, crop spraying, and livestock operations, • rainfall recurrence interval analyses for flooding of homes, • snowfall and rainfall analyses for insurance protection claims for recreational events, • climate and severe weather documentation for construction delays and adverse weather days, • cloud cover/moonlight, rainfall, fog, and icing/snow/wind analyses for automobile accidents, • slips and falls related to snowfall, icing/refreezing, and freezing drizzle, • windstorm and drought analysis for a wildfire, • fire-weather observations and ...

David L Mitchell, PhD MET Associates

Dayton, Texas
Meteorology, Environmental - weather event re-construction, air dispersion modeling, forensic meteorology, weather, air pollution, visibility, rainfall, hail, aviation accidents, marine accidents, severe storms, hurricane damage, wind analysis, tornado damage, wrongful death, property damage, personal injury
Dr. David L. Mitchell is an authority on the numerical modeling of geophysical and atmospheric data with a Doctorate in Meteorology from Purdue University. Dr. Mitchell has over 35 years of technical modeling experience in industry and consulting. Dr. Mitchell is a Court Qualified Expert in Air Modeling and Forensic Meteorology. His business experience includes various research, project management and technical consulting positions with Conoco, Getty Oil Company, Texaco, Tenneco, British Petroleum, Leviathan Gas Pipeline LLP and IBM Corporation. Dr. Mitchell has extensive knowledge of Forensic Meteorology and has published his research results on the numerical modeling of atmospheric stability and convection. Dr. Mitchell is an expert in the field of Air Pollution Meteorology with over 30 years of experience with the mathematical modeling of wave propagation in elastic media, atmospheric fluid dynamics and air dispersion modeling. He has extensive knowledge of air pollution m...

David A Sullivan, Certified Consulting Meteorologist Sullivan Environmental Consulting, Inc.

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia
Meteorology - air quality, modeling, expert witness, forensic meteorology, airborne exposure, meteorology, risk assessment, exposure assessment, AERMOD, CALPUFF, agriculture, lead, PFAS, PFOA, measurement, odor, noise, deposition, model performance, monitoring
David Sullivan is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (awarded by the American Meteorological Society in 1980) with 47 years of professional experience. His focus is on toxic air pollution including air quality modeling and air quality and meteorological monitoring. He has managed many major air quality studies for the U.S. EPA, including urban-scale studies in multiple urban centers in the U.S. and Eastern Europe, including the study that was conducted by the EPA in West Virginia in response to concerns based on the tragedy in Bhopal, India. Mr. Sullivan directed the U.S. air quality analysis in the first phase of the US Trade & Development Agency’s / US State Department’s “Breathe Easy Jakarta” project. He has been providing expert testimony since being certified in 1980. Mr. Sullivan’s testimony has included industrial airborne emissions from smelters, chemical facilities, the steel industry, pesticide exposures, wood dust exposures, salt drift, exposures associated with w...

Brock Burghardt, PhD, CCM Atmospheric, LLC

Wenatchee, Washington
Meteorology - Forensic meteorology, Weather analysis and forecasting, Decision support, Weather consulting, Education and training, Severe convective storms, Flash flooding, Winter weather, Fire Weather, Mountain meteorology, Weather observations, Numerical Weather Prediction, Accident site investigation
My name is Brock Burghardt and I am a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) with the American Meteorological Society. I received my PhD in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech University in 2017 and prior to that a MS in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013. I have 13 years of experience as a meteorologist and am a consulting member of the Association of Certified Meteorologists where I also serve on the marketing committee. My work experience has involved various roles as a researcher, developer, and forecaster for weather ranging from winter weather in the midwest, to severe storms across the southern plains, to mountain meteorology in the western United States.