Weather and Witness Credibility
Contributed by Patti Robertson, CompuWeather Forensic Order Specialist and Account Executive
Occasionally CompuWeather receives a request from a client to verify weather conditions as part of a strategy to cast doubt on the credibility of a witness in a lawsuit. These are not cases or claims involving weather causing damage to property or personal injury, but rather verifying (or not!) whether a witness’s statement makes sense in the context of the weather. For example, if someone claims that they were swimming in an outdoor pool during the hours that a particular incident occurred, but the temperatures that day in that location were in the low 50’s, the veracity of the witness is questionable. Although this type of verification is often used in criminal cases, it can be applied to any situation where someone makes a statement that is weather related, that sounds fishy, and that can be verified by CompuWeather meteorologists.