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Avoid Having Your Slip & Fall Case Strategy Turned Upside Down

Avoid Having Your Slip & Fall Case Strategy Turned Upside Down

In my twenty plus years as a forensic meteorologist, I have provided forensic weather analysis for cases where the weather was fairly straightforward. However, the majority of the cases I work on are anything but straightforward. Many times, an attorney will approach me after having reviewed weather data they retrieved from the internet. The initial…

Sundogs

Sundogs

So, what are sundogs? A sundog is very similar to a rainbow. Both phenomena are produced by the refraction and reflection of light through either water droplets or ice crystals. However, a rainbow appears when looking away from the sun, while a sundog appears when looking directly at the sun. In the case of sundogs,…

Watch vs. Warning – What’s the Difference?

Watch vs. Warning – What’s the Difference?

You hear the terms on the news or radio all the time – “Severe Thunderstorm Watch”, “Winter Storm Warning”, “Freeze Watch”. But what do these phrases actually mean, and what is the difference between them? Watches, warnings, and advisories are all issued by the National Weather Service. Each individual NWS office issues its own weather…

Consulting with a Weather Expert vs. a Weather Report

Consulting with a Weather Expert vs. a Weather Report

When working on a weather–related case or claim, it is important to engage with a qualified forensic weather expert to get an accurate understanding of the weather prior to making important decisions. When first engaging with a weather expert, there are two paths that can initially be taken. You can have the expert start by…

Unusual Weather Cases

Unusual Weather Cases

When you think of weather-related cases, you may think of a slip & fall on ice, or property damage due to a hurricane. However, there are some unusual cases that involve weather that we’ve worked on. An attorney contacted us and was working on a case involving paint that was peeling off a commercial fishing…

This is Only a Minor Icing Event. How Bad Could It Be?

This is Only a Minor Icing Event. How Bad Could It Be?

Ice creates arguably the most dangerous wintertime condition to pedestrians and drivers. It can be surprising to see the difference in public reaction to a “major” snowstorm compared to a “minor” icing event. In the days leading up to a major snowstorm, the media coverage is non-stop. The behavior of the public clearly changes significantly…

The Important Difference Between Sleet and Freezing Rain

The Important Difference Between Sleet and Freezing Rain

Sleet and freezing rain are forms of precipitation that occur when layers of cold and warm air overlap. More specifically, sleet and freezing rain occur when warm moist air aloft overruns a layer of freezing cold air at the surface. The precipitation initially falls as rain through the mild air aloft. Once the raindrops begin…

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