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 Expert  726271

Expert in Forensic Meteorology and Severe Weather Event Reconstruction

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

New York (NY)
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Summary of Expertise:

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Dick has nearly four decades of training and experience using radar operationally to provide flooding and severe weather warnings to the public. The latter decade of that training and experience was on the National Weather Service's Doppler Weather Radar system. Specifically he has issued radar based warnings in parts of 11 different states in the eastern half of the United States and managed weather warning programs at three seperate Weather Service offices. That background has given him the skill to spot signatures of tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and excessive precipitation at a glance on a cluttered radar display. He has the knowledge and training to inperpret all of the various precipitation and wind velocity fields observed by the doppler radar.

Doppler weather radar application


weather radar

Dick began using his accrued skills and expertise in the field of meteorology to create forensic meteorological reconstructions under the tuteledge of a veteran forensic meteorologist in late 2006. His broad knowledge of meteorology, meteorological data and meteorological instrumentation acquired over a 38 year government weather career, combined with his extensive public writing and speaking opportunities in leadership positions over the latter half of that government career, gave him the ability to quickly grasp the basics of this new application of his skills. Since 2006, Dick has worked on over 200 forensic cases, a number of which have come to trial and required court testimony. Dick's written reports are clear and concise, rarely exceeding two pages, while clearly describing the pertinent facts. His ability to describe complex meteorological concepts in plain English has served his clients well in the courtroom.

forensic meteorology


meteorological data


meteorological instrumentation



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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Springfield, Massachusetts;  Chicopee, Massachusetts;  Hartford, Connecticut;  Waterbury, Connecticut;  Danbury, Connecticut;  New Britain, Connecticut;  Bristol, Connecticut;  Albany, New York;  Schenectady, New York;  and Utica, New York.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1988   B.A.   meteorology & computer science   Marshall University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2004 to







Certified Consulting Meteorologist, providing forensic research, court testimony and custom forecasting.

1994 to 2004


NOAA, National Weather Service


Albany, NY Forecast Office


Warning Coordination Meteorologist


Managed service and warning programs within the office, served as the external spokesperson for the office and liaison with local government within the portions of four states served by the office as well as serving as the primary Weather Service contact person for New York state government agencies.

1988 to 1994


NOAA, National Weather Service


Duluth, MN Local Service Office


Meteorologist In Charge


Overall manager and supervisor for a local service office providing weather services to Northern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin as well as a section of Lake Superior the size of the state of Maine.

1973 to 1988


NOAA, National Weather Service


offices in West Virginia, Illinois and Florida


Meteorological Technician/Supervisory Meteorological Technician


Served as a surface weather observer, upper air weather observer and radar operator in a series of positions of increasing complexity, culminating in five years as Official In Charge of the local warning and data acquisition office in Huntington, WV. Using G.I. Bill financing, worked on college courses throughout this period, culminating in a B.A. degree at Marshall University in 1988.

1966 to 1973


U.S. Air Force


weather stations in Korea, Germany and Florida


Weather Technician/Chief Observer


Trained as an observer, map plotter and radar operator, then climbed the Weather Technician career ladder in rapid order, culminating in a final military assignment as Chief Observer for the weather detachment at McCoy Field in Orlando Florida

Career Accomplishments:

Member, National Council of Industrial Meteorologists Member, American Meteorological Society Member, National Weather Association, Member ECOS: The Environmetal Clearinghouse of Schenectady, NY Tutor, Hudson Mohawk chapter, Literacy Volunteers of America


American Meteorological Society Certified Consulting Meteorologist (Certificate # 632)

Professional Appointments

Past President, National Council of Industrial Meteorologists; Past member and Chair, AMS Board of Certified Consulting Meteorologists; Member and past Chair, Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council; Past Board of Directors and vice president, ECOS: The Environmetal Clearinghouse of Schenectady, NY

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Description
1973 to 2004   NOAA National Weather Service   See work experience
1966 to 1973   U.S. Air Force   See work experience

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Working for a defendant's attorney in a federal court case, I was able to identify a strong downburst with winds in excess of 60 mph immediately adjacent to the damage location, significantly mitigating the defendant's liability.
  • Working for a client with wind sensitive outdoor operations, I was able to provide windows of favorably low wind in advance so the client could save money by only deploying teams when winds would be favorable.
  • Working for an insurance company, I was able to provide wind direction and speed, as well as approximate wave heights at the time and location of a past boating accident, helping them to determine their liability.
  • Working with a plaintiff's attorney, I was able to show that ice on which their client slipped and fell predated the snow flurries falling at the time of the accident, underscoring the defendant's liability.
  • Working with a defendant's attorney, I was able to show that after a long period of very cold temperatures deep frost in the ground meant that rain falling at the time of the accident would freeze on contact with the sidewalk surface, even though air temperatures were in the mid to upper 30s, thus limiting the defendant's liability.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
After retiring from government service in 2004, I established my own consulting firm and went through the American Meteorological Society certification process to earn Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) recognition in March, 2006. Then, under the tutelage of a nationally recognized forensic meteorologist and fellow CCM, I was able to learn to apply my extensive meteorological knowledge and experience to the forensic arena. I average about 30 cases per year since then, serving plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of local state and federal court cases, from severe storm assessment to wrongful death to slip and fall cases. I have also served insurance companies looking for storm verification and marine weather reconstructions.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in Meteorological Issues.
  • Dew point expert for litigation involving the dew point on a specific date, time and place.
  • Ice formation expert witnesses for consulting on slip and fall accident.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1968 to 1973   Germany   Worked as a weather observer technician at two airports in Germany.
2013 to 2014   Germany   Provided German to English translations of weather forecast and warning terms used by the German Weather Service to a private firm as they began delivering warning services to European customers.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German   After taking German in High School and college, spent five years of military time in Germany. Married a German and raised two bilingual daughters with dual citizenship.

Market Research:
My extensive government experience in gathering and interpreting weather data have given me exceptional knowledge of what is available and insight into the nuances of the data. My training and experience on every weather radar ever used operationally by the U.S. government and my long experience issuing weather warnings and managing warning and forecast programs allow me to offer insight into all of the details of weather radar information and interpretation.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

I developed and delivered seminars at several annual Science Teachers Association of New York State conferences and at one Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State conference. From 1997 through 2012, I was a mentor for the American Meteorological Society DataStreme courses for primary and secondary science teachers. I have been a pilot participant in two of those courses helping to work over draft versions and fine tune them before presenting them to teachers.


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