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Is This Photograph Real? When to Believe or Not to Believe What Is In the Picture

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

When photos are submitted into evidence, have you ever wondered if those photos really represent conditions at the location of the incident around the time in question? CompuWeather has come across scenarios like this many times working on forensic weather cases. Our meteorologists are well prepared with the knowledge, expertise and experience to determine if the photo actually shows what it is purported to represent.

CompuWeather’s meteorologists use past weather data to determine the weather conditions at the time the photo was reported to be taken. By using snow cover, temperatures, visibility, winds and weather conditions, among other variables, CompuWeather’s meteorologists can determine if the photograph matches up with the actual weather conditions from that day. location and time period. Every photograph has clues, some more subtle than others, that when analyzed by a  trained meteorologist can provide you with answers to questions that you may not have even realized could have even been addressed.

In a recent case, our meteorologists were able to calculate the angle and the location of the sun in the sky. This information was then compared to a photograph to determine that the time of the day that was actually being shown in the photo did in fact match up with the time that it was supposed to be showing. This information was very important in this case to determine if the picture used to show the damage was taken after the weather event or before. If it had been determined that the picture was taken prior to the weather event, the picture would be have been unusable for litigation.

Contact CompuWeather anytime to have our meteorologists examine your photos from your claim or case and to help you determine their accuracy and value.