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Sandstorms, Earthquakes, Sink Holes, Road Closures and States of Emergency

Contributed by Patti Robertson, CompuWeather Forensic Order Specialist and Account Executive

We love the fact that our clients like to think of CompuWeather as their one-stop-shopping place for all things weather.  However, not all things that they come to us for are technically weather.   The title of this blog lists some phenomena that we are asked to document that, strictly speaking, are not weather events and therefore there is no weather data that we can analyze to verify the condition.  These conditions are outside our area of expertise.  We can certainly tell you what the wind speed/wind direction was that may have created a sandstorm, or what the magnitude and epicenter of the earthquake were, but not which towns or areas were affected.  Sink holes?  Nothing there and definitely not weather related.  As for states of emergency and road closures, the County Highway Department or State Police near the loss location are your best sources for that type of information.  In short, if what you’re trying to determine was caused by weather,  but is not actually a weather condition, we will be unable to assist you with that particular case or claim.