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What Sources Do You (CompuWeather) Use to Prepare Past Weather Reports?

Contributed by Kim Cuozzo, Marketing Associate, Forensic Weather Marketing Team

Doppler_Radar_Precipitation_ExampleVery often clients wonder what sources our meteorologists use when preparing our site-specific past weather reports. This is a great question and one that should be asked of any weather expert prior to using or engaging them for work on your case or claim. Clients want to know what we have access to that’s different than what they can typically and easily find on the Internet. We use many different dependable sources of data and information, depending on what type of weather report we are preparing. All of the data sources that we use can be certified for use in court and they are all reliable, quality controlled sources. Understanding which sources to use for a specific report and relevant to the nature of the analysis is something that only a professional forensic weather expert should do.

When we start to prepare a report for a case, the first step is to research all available information that is relevant to the loss location. One source that we use is Doppler radar images, which show precipitation information at numerous sites across the country. These images come from the government and are very useful for figuring out when precipitation started or ended at a specific loss location rather than at the nearest observing site. The images also show how much precipitation fell at a particular location. For our maritime weather reports, we use a wide global network of data sources. These include buoy data, satellite data that measure wind speeds over the ocean, and weather observations from ships across the world. And that list just scrapes the surface.

When you choose CompuWeather to figure out what the weather was, rest assured that the report you’ll be getting will be backed up by multiple reliable information sources.