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Increasing the Accuracy of Forensic Studies Using Doppler Radar Analysis

Contributed by James Bria, CompuWeather Sr. Forensic Meteorologist and Weather Expert 

CompuWeather’s meteorologists understand the importance of providing accurate weather reports that are site-specific for the exact time and place where the incident occurred. There is always a challenge when dealing with localized weather conditions as they can vary greatly especially over very short distances.  Very often, when performing forensic weather studies, we come across situations where all the weather data available is not close enough to the place being studied or we know that a localized condition occurred which we do not feel was properly represented in the collected data. In these types of cases, we typically perform an analysis of Doppler Radar to assist with making an accurate determination of what really occurred.

CompuWeather meteorologists will use Doppler radar data in order to determine exactly when the precipitation occurred at your location of interest. Doppler radar allows for our meteorologists to zoom all the way down to street level to determine precipitation timing. Doppler radar is held to the same standard as the rest of the weather data that CompuWeather utilizes, meaning that all of the Doppler radar images are maintained, quality controlled and certified by the U.S. Government and are admissible as evidence in courts throughout the United States. Our meteorologists are fully trained in Doppler radar and have significant experience in using this data for litigation. Don’t take chances by only using a small portion of all the useable weather data in your case. Contact CompuWeather today to give you a truly site specific forensic weather report.