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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…

A Storm In Progress Is Often Not The Crux of a Slip and Fall Case

A Storm In Progress Is Often Not The Crux of a Slip and Fall Case

Many attorneys believe that slip and fall cases ultimately hinge on whether or not there was a storm in progress at the time the fall occurred. However, from my experience providing weather analysis and expert testimony on hundreds of slip and fall cases, that’s rarely the case. Slip and fall cases can be very complicated…

Considering Using Free Historical Weather Data? Three Questions to Think About

Considering Using Free Historical Weather Data? Three Questions to Think About

You’ve just been assigned another personal injury case. Only this time, the weather is an important factor. You must know the weather conditions at a specific time and location in order to help build your case strategy. You perform a quick Google search for “free historical weather data” on a specific date at a certain location which…

4 Mistakes Attorneys Make When Working on a Weather-Related Case

4 Mistakes Attorneys Make When Working on a Weather-Related Case

Working on a weather-related case can feel overwhelming. Oftentimes, there are many factors to consider in a case such as precipitation timing, hourly temperatures, peak wind gust, or even the angle of the sun at a specific time and location. However, when working on a weather-related case that may seem cut and dry on the surface,…

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