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CompuWeather Forensic Weather Blog

This blog contains a variety of information and articles written by members of the CompuWeather Team and from other well respected industry experts. Regular contributions are provided by members of our marketing team, sales team, meteorological team and weather expert team. We encourage them to provide postings containing topics that they encounter when dealing with clients from their individual perspectives. Please feel free to contact us with any requests you might have for future postings.

My Case is Complicated; Can CompuWeather Still Help?

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

CompuWeather is prepared to help you no matter how simple or complex a case may be. An example of a complex case would be a case involving flooding at multiple locations and you need to know not only how much rain fell at each location, but hourly rainfall totals, how often that amount of rain fell over the past 20 years, and what the likelihood is of receiving that amount of rainfall in any given year. Or maybe you need us to not only give an opinion about what the weather was like on a certain day, but also to review the opposing expert’s report and see what we think of that. Your case may be complicated and multifaceted, but CompuWeather can break it down piece by piece and work with you to give you all the results that you need. If CompuWeather can’t cover your requests with one of our many standard reports and available options, we can easily work with you on a time & materials (T&M) basis to satisfy all of your needs. In many cases, this option provides flexibility and a very cost-effective solution. No matter how convoluted your case, CompuWeather is there to help and get the job done for you!

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.

CompuWeather Celebrates 40 Years In Business in 2016

Congratulations CompuWeather on your 40th Birthday!CompuWeather_40th_Anniversary_2016

Established in 1976, CompuWeather proudly celebrates 40 years of business in 2016. During this time CompuWeather is proud to have become the the #1 Professional Source for Past Weather for Insurance Professionals, Attorneys and Engineers. We share this special moment in our history with all of our very wonderful clients. We are proud to have earned your trust and loyalty over many years and  look forward to serving you for many more years into the future. We cannot thank you enough for your business and it is truly our pleasure to work with you each and every day.

The Washington Post: Ten years ago, Hurricane Wilma underwent most extreme intensification in Atlantic history

imrs.phpTen years ago, Hurricane Wilma underwent most extreme intensification in Atlantic history
Great article from: The Washington Post – 10/19/2015

Wired.com: How Rain Turns Dirt Into Disaster

How Rain Turns Dirt Into Disaster
Great Article from: Wired – 10/22/2015

National Geographic: What Makes Patricia the Most Powerful Hurricane Ever?

What Makes Patricia the Most Powerful Hurricane Ever?

Part of the reason the storm intensified so quickly is an unusually deep pool of warm water off Mexico’s coast.

Great article from: National Geographic News – 10/23/2015

CompuWeather to Exhibit at the 17th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference in Orlando, Florida

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 6.27.16 PMCompuWeather will once again be exhibiting at the 17th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference on February 1-4, 2016 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL. in Expo Booth #300. The conference and exhibition is produced by the Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. (WIND) which is the education association for windstorm claims industry professionals. Representatives from all segments of the windstorm insurance claims industry convene for the three-day event to address the impact of past hurricane seasons and important windstorm insurance issues. In addition to professional development and networking, the conference offers continuing education credits for numerous states, bar associations, and professional designations.  Join CompuWeather and hundreds of windstorm claims industry professionals to discuss current trends and recent developments in the windstorm and property insurance industry. More than 1000 industry professionals attend the conference each year from all across the United States. Insurance company claims managers, adjusters, underwriters, agents, engineers, accountants, consultants, attorneys, and numerous industry-related professionals and vendors are some of the attendees who have enjoyed previous conferences. CompuWeather welcomes you to stop by our booth and meet our Director of Sales and Marketing, Jess Hurwitz and Forensic Marketing Associate, Kim Cuozzo. Please contact us and let us know if you are a CompuWeather client and will be attending the conference by CLICKING HERE.

CompuWeather to Exhibit at the 16th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana

WIND2015registratinographicCompuWeather will once again be exhibiting at the 16th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference on January 19-22, 2015 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, LA in Expo Booth #200. The conference and exhibition is produced by the Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. (WIND) which is the education association for windstorm claims industry professionals. Representatives from all segments of the windstorm insurance claims industry convene for the three-day event to address the impact of past hurricane seasons and important windstorm insurance issues. In addition to professional development and networking, the conference offers continuing education credits for numerous states, bar associations, and professional designations.  Join CompuWeather and hundreds of windstorm claims industry professionals to discuss current trends and recent developments in the windstorm and property insurance industry. More than 1,200 industry professionals attended the 2014 conference and a similar attendance in New Orleans in 2015 is expected.  Insurance company claims managers, adjusters, underwriters, agents, engineers, accountants, consultants, attorneys, and numerous industry-related professionals are some of the attendees who have enjoyed previous conferences. CompuWeather welcomes you to stop CAH_0675by our booth and meet our Director of Sales and Marketing, Jess Hurwitz and Forensic Marketing Associate, Kim Cuozzo. Please contact us and let us know if you are a CompuWeather client and will be attending the conference by CLICKING HERE.

November 2014 CompuWeather Monthly Specials

Happy_ThanksgivingSave $50 on any Telephone Consultation
Save $30 on any Site-Specific Rainfall / Flooding Report
Save $50 on any Threshold Study (wind, rain, snowfall or temperature)

Contact CompuWeather for more information or to place an order. The above offers are good through November 30, 2014. Clients may use each discount as many times as needed throughout November. Above offers cannot be combined with other CompuWeather discounts or volume pricing plans.

Thoughts on Choosing a Weather Expert for Your Next Case

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

The choice of which weather expert to use in your case is not one to be taken lightly. CompuWeather’s experts are among the best out there when it comes to weather-related testimony. Why? They are certified consulting meteorologists – CCMs. This is a designation given by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) for individuals who meet a certain level of technical competence, character, and experience. It ensures that they are of a certain caliber in order to give the best advice possible to the public. Secondly, our experts have a great deal of courtroom experience. They have testified in all types of cases (slip & falls, wind damage, flooding, etc.) in courtrooms all over the country (local, county, state and federal). Just a few of the states they have testified in are New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, West Virginia, Georgia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Florida, and Louisiana. They also have numerous depositions in multiple states. Our experts are available for video depositions as well. In addition, our expert meteorologists are available for you from the first steps to the courtroom. They can consult with you via phone, author your site-specific weather reports, provide an affidavit review, review documents, and more. Working on forensic weather cases and claims are their main job, unlike other experts whose main job and experience may be in broadcasting, teaching or forecasting.They can give you their full attention and help whenever you need it. Our experts are friendly, knowledgeable, and skillful, and are here to help you whether you’re just starting to work on a weather-related case or you’re about to go to trial in a few days.

CLICK HERE to view the CompuWeather Weather Expert Team

How Detailed With Precipitation Timing Can You Get in Weather Reports?

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

Our clients often ask us what level of detail we can provide in our site-specific reports with regard to precipitation amounts and start/stop times.  The answer varies depending on what type of precipitation occurred during the period covered in the report.  Weather data, as recorded at official National Weather Service reporting stations, provides liquid precipitation amounts on an hourly basis.  These hourly totals are used by our meteorologists, along with other weather parameters, to calculate the estimated hourly snowfall amounts.  Hourly snowfall is often asked for when the case or claim involves a maintenance contract with a minimum number of “inches on the ground” before plowing or treating the surface is required.  Unlike snowfall amounts, rainfall can be broken down into even smaller increments of 5-6 minutes using Doppler radar images.  Our forensic meteorologists are often asked to determine how much rain fell in the 15 minutes prior to an auto accident, and this is the only way that can be done.  Doppler radar is also used to fine tune start and stop times of precipitation in specific locations, especially when the weather stations in the area conflict with each other.

September 2014 CompuWeather Monthly Specials

September ApplesSave $50 on any Telephone Consultation
Save $50 on any Marine Accident Report
Save $150 on any Weather Expert Testimony Retainer

Contact CompuWeather for more information or to place an order. The above offers are good through September 30, 2014. Clients may use each discount as many times as needed throughout September. Above offers cannot be combined with other CompuWeather discounts or volume pricing plans.

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.

CompuWeather Can Assist You During Hurricane Season

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

hurricane_seasonThe 2014 Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1st. What will this season bring? Will it be quiet like last season, or an extremely busy one similar to 2005? Either way, CompuWeather can help you out with any issues that you encounter during the season or many years thereafter. People usually call in asking how we can help them with documenting their hurricane case or claim.  The first thing we do after a major storm is produce a set of reference maps for the affected area that cover maximum winds, rainfall, etc. We have timeline reports that cover such variables as storm tide, peak wind speeds and gusts, wind direction, rainfall, etc. over the course of the storm. These timelines are useful if you have a specific address, town or zip code area in mind. We also have expanded narrative reports that detail the storm’s formation, path, characteristics, and eventual landfall. We have a team of highly experienced hurricane experts who are available for testimony on any hurricane-related case.  How soon can we assist you after a storm hits? Usually within a couple of days, our hurricane team  has analyzed the relevant data and can provide you with the forensic weather products that are right for you. So if you have any tropical storm or hurricane related issues this season, get in touch with CompuWeather and we can assist you!

Ordering Certified Weather Data Prior to An Expert’s Analysis; A Common Mistake That Leads to an Unnecessary Expense

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

Many times our clients preempt getting an expert weather analysis by purchasing certified weather data from a source other than CompuWeather and then come to us for an expert opinion on the weather conditions at the site of loss. Prior to consulting with the client or preparing a written report, CompuWeather’s research team will perform an extensive data search and radar analysis (if appropriate). When it’s time to make or respond to a motion, or when preparing for trial, the client will invariably want to include the certified data that they purchased prior to our involvement in the case and this is where the problem arises. In almost all cases, our research and data selection encompasses additional data that we used for our analysis, but was not included in the client’s certified data package. This usually happens either because the client wasn’t aware of all of the reporting stations near the accident location, or there were other types of weather data that were included in our survey, important to our conclusion, but not known to the client. In order to have the complete data set, the certified data must be reordered, leading to an unnecessary and unfortunate duplicate expense. This can be avoided by allowing CompuWeather’s data experts to order all the appropriate and relevant data for your case after we provide you with our expert opinion.

CompuWeather Is Here to Help, Educate and Train

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

By now you probably are quite familiar with how we can help you to professionally document past weather on your cases and claims, but did you know that we can help you in other ways? We attend and take part in many symposiums, conferences, and trade shows all around the country. We can give presentations or talks at these events, or be a sponsor with an exhibit or booth. We are also available to come in and give a presentation at your law firm, engineering firm, or insurance company office. If you use our service and would like your colleagues to know more about us, or if you have never used us and want a more thorough introduction to our services, we would be happy to discuss paying you a visit or providing you with a web conference or meeting. We are here to educate and train, and to inform people about what we do. Get in touch with us if you are interested in having us visit your location, or having us present or sponsor an event! Contact CompuWeather

Did Hail or Wind Damage My Roof? Can CompuWeather Help Me?

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

Our customers often need to define or eliminate hail and wind as the causative factors in roof damage.  CompuWeather’s HailTrail and HailTrail SearchPlus products are effective tools used to determine if damaging hail was at or near the loss location on a specific day, or over a period of months or years. If you need to evaluate wind speeds at the same location over the same period of time, we have 2 types of reports to assist you:

  • Wind Summary Report
  • Wind Threshold Study

A Wind Summary Report provides a table of daily peak wind speeds and wind direction for every day in the period.

A Wind Threshold Study, which is a more focused and manageable report because it only provides dates when the maximum wind speed was greater than a threshold number in miles per hour that you select.  The maximum wind speed is provided for each date that meets the threshold.

By combining our HailTrail SearchPlus report with either of our long term wind studies, you can get a comprehensive history of hail and wind events at your loss location.

Hurricane/Tropical Data for the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season from Unisys

View tracks and associated data (wind speed, pressure, location, etc.) for all hurricanes and tropical activity for 2014 in the Atlantic. CLICK HERE to view this useful resource from Unisys.

The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins: 6 Things to Know

Hurricane SandyThe 2014 Atlantic Season runs from June 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014. Here is a good article from CBS News that talks about the start of hurricane season and 6 important things to know about the 2014 season. Thanks CBS!

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season begins: 6 things to know

June 2014 CompuWeather Monthly Specials

June_RosesSave $50 on any Hurricane Sandy Report or Timeline Chart
Save $25 on any general Wind Report
Save $50 on any Wind Threshold Study 

Contact CompuWeather for more information or to place an order. The above offers are good through June 30, 2014. Clients may use each discount as many times as needed throughout June. Above offers cannot be combined with other CompuWeather discounts or volume pricing plans.

CompuWeather’s HailTrail Products Celebrate 4th Anniversary

May 2014 – CompuWeather’s HailTrail Products Celebrate 4th Anniversary

HailTrail from CompuWeatherCompuWeather is pleased to announce the 4th Anniversary of their HailTrail Professional Hail Analysis products in May 2014. CompuWeather’s very popular HailTrail products are the leading choice of Insurance Professionals, Engineers and Attorneys for professionally investigating and documenting insurance claims and legal cases involving damaging hail. CompuWeather’s HailTrail products are designed specifically for professionals tasked with managing hail claims. Our products take advantage of the latest hail detection technology and also offer the most comprehensive set of useful features, enhancements and information. More information about our HailTrail products are available at www.hailtrail.com or by contacting CompuWeather at 845-227-8500. In celebration of this anniversary, CompuWeather is offering specials and discounts on the entire HailTrail product line during the month of May: CLICK HERE to view the HailTrail Specials.

How Far Back in Time Can CompuWeather Go?

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

Legal cases are not always tried quickly. Sometimes a case with a date of loss from 20 years ago may finally be heading for trial. Other times it may be necessary to go back decades in time to see what the weather has historically been like for a certain location, whether it be an issue of rainfall, wind, snowfall, or another phenomenon. CompuWeather can search quite far in time to document what the weather was at a particular location. The question of exactly how far back we can go depends on the data available for a particular location. Some locations have data that was recorded back in the late 1800’s. Other times, data may only be available for the past 30 years. The best thing to do is to always give us a call, discuss your case with our forensic order specialists and ask us what time frame and location you are looking for. Our data research analysts can then check to see what data is available, and in the vast majority of cases, we will be able to help you out!

Lingering Effects of a Very Harsh Winter

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

Snow_On_Building_RooftopThe winter of 2013-2014 will be remembered as bitterly cold, very snowy and quite challenging.  Although it has finally loosened its grip on most of us, there are new problems that surface as Spring rains fall, at times with great intensity.  The long weeks and months of frequent snowfall and cold temperatures caused many areas to have a near constant snow cover or “snow pack”.   This snow pack, a mixture of snow and ice, lay on roofs for weeks, causing these structures to support tremendous weight from snow load.  No doubt, these unusually heavy snow loads caused stress to roofs, and cracks or holes may have developed as a result.  Now with the arrival of Spring, heavy rainfall may bring water intrusion to structures that have been damaged from supporting months of snow and ice.

CompuWeather’s meteorologists are able to provide a report for the entire winter season that provides, on a daily basis, snowfall amounts, snow depth (snow pack), the liquid equivalent of the snow depth (used to calculate the weight of the snow depth), as well as high and low temperatures.  This information is then used to determine if the roof or structure was subjected to an unusual amount of weight, causing the structure to fail.  This type of report is called a Snow Load Summary Report, and is available for any winter season.

Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Season

Contributed by James Bria, CCM, CompuWeather Sr. Forensic Meteorologist, Weather Expert & Certified Consulting Meteorologist

2010_tornadoes_stovepipeThe peak time for severe thunderstorms season in the Great Plains is currently upon us. A severe thunderstorms is considered any thunderstorm with winds in excess of 57 mph, hail of 1 inch or greater and/or tornadoes. This season had gotten off to a slower and later start than usual but has been picking up over the past few weeks. This delayed beginning is mostly due to the strength and longevity of this past winter season. The very cold air has lingered much longer and later than during past years. In fact, areas of Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota are still seeing winter storms. Severe thunderstorms develop as of a result of the precise mix of hot and humid air from the Gulf of Mexico, cold air from Canada and a warm or cold front to provide the lifting mechanism. Without these three ingredients, these severe thunderstorms will not develop. Usually, the severe thunderstorm season begins in Texas in April then slowly migrates north and into the Dakotas by June. It remains to be seen if the late start to the season will mean it will linger longer or if the season will be shorter than normal. It really will just depend on when the cold air finally retreats back into northern Canada.

May 2014 CompuWeather Monthly Specials

**Special 4th Anniversary HailTrail Specials**

HailTrail from CompuWeatherSave $25 on any HailTrail Series Product:

Save $25 on any Hailtrail™ Hail Analysis Report (single day)
Save $25 on any HailTrail SEARCH PLUS Hail Search (Radar Enhanced & Storm Reports)
Save $25 on any Hailtrail™ PLUS Wind Report (Hail & Wind)

Contact CompuWeather for more information or to place an order. The above offers are good through May 31, 2014. Clients may use each discount as many times as needed throughout May. Above offers cannot be combined with other CompuWeather discounts or volume pricing plans.

Which CompuWeather HailTrail™ product is right for your case or claim?

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

HailTrail from CompuWeatherWith hail season upon us, a refresher on CompuWeather’s unique HailTrail™ products may be useful in deciding which product is the best solution for your investigation. Our HailTrail™ products are the most popular professional tools for documenting hail-related insurance claims, legal cases and engineering investigations.

HailTrail™:  This report provides a site-specific hail analysis for an exact location over a 24-hour period. It graphically illustrates the size and path of damaging hail, larger than 0.75”, with respect to the requested location on a detailed Google™ map. There is also a narrative overview of the storm event prepared by a meteorologist, which includes the time that the storm(s) affected the location in question.  This is a great tool for documenting hail claims when it is necessary to determine whether damaging hail was or was not present at a specific location and time. Optionally, we can also upgrade your HailTrail™ report to include a wind analysis if this is needed.

HailTrail Search Plus™:  If you’re not sure if and when hail may have affected a location over any period of time, our HailTrail Search Plus™ Report can assist you in this important task. It can be used to search for hail reports for any period from 1 day to 25 years.  It provides a comprehensive detailed listing of all hail reports in time and date order within 25 miles of your requested location with a description of each hail report (date, time, distance, hail size, report source, city, state, county, etc.). HailTrail Search Plus™ also includes a radar enhanced hail search component. This technology is able to estimate the maximum size hail at your loss location, and within 1, 3, and 10 miles of the location.  Utilizing both the radar enhanced technology in combination with the observed hail reports is a more comprehensive approach to professionally verifying hail events. CompuWeather is the only company to provide both items in a single report.

If you’re still in doubt as to which product best suits your needs, our Forensic Sales professionals are available to answer your questions and advise you.

Are CompuWeather and FleetWeather Related?

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

You may have heard of both CompuWeather and FleetWeather and wondered if the two companies were connected. They are – we are all under one roof and work together on many projects and issues. CompuWeather is our forensic weather division, which provides site-specific past weather reports for insurance claims and legal cases. We cover all types of weather phenomena. FleetWeather is our marine services division which provides a wide range of services (weather routing, vessel performance and analytics, marine forensics, business intelligence services and more) to commercial shipping companies and maritime attorneys throughout the world.

Sometimes the needs of our clients require experts from both CompuWeather and FleetWeather to collaborate and work together on joint marine cases and forensic projects. We are one of the few entities in the world that have both land and marine forensic weather experts under one roof. Many cases and claims that occur either in open water or at the coast require documentation of both weather and sea conditions to properly understand the entire event and damaging conditions while others may simply require the weather conditions and not the marine conditions. If your case is on or near water, we will review your needs and assign the most appropriate meteorologist to prepare your report so you can get the answers you need. CompuWeather provides you with the widest range of options for all of your domestic and international marine cases and claims.

A Polar Vortex Winter

Contributed by James Bria, CCM, CompuWeather Sr. Forensic Meteorologist, Weather Expert & Certified Consulting Meteorologist

The polar vortex has been discussed in great lengths this past winter due to the abnormally cold and snowy conditions that many locations experienced. The polar vortex is normal and exists over the North Pole every winter. The difference during the winter of 2013-2014 was the location and the strength of the vortex. The vortex this past winter season was actually weaker than normal, which allowed pieces of very cold air from the vortex to move further south than normal. This resulted in much colder than normal temperatures for most of the past winter. There has been much discussion on the reason for the strength and placement of this vortex with some suggestions that the milder arctic winters are the driving force of this change. There remains a lot of uncertainty about if this was a short term anomaly or the beginning of a longer term trend. At this point there are no clear answers. All that we can do is just wait and see what trends start to develop next winter and beyond.

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.

The Value of Using a Weather Expert for Insurance Claims and Legal Cases

Contributed by Steve Roberts, CCM – CompuWeather Sr. Forensic Meteorologist, Weather Expert and Certified Consulting Meteorologist

In today’s society where information is as close as our nearest mobile device, it is important to understand the risks associated with obtaining and reviewing Internet weather data for the professional evaluation of a weather-related legal case or insurance claim.

First and foremost not all weather data available is accurate. Even government certifiable data can contain inaccuracies that only a trained meteorologist can recognize and supplement. Data can also be missing from some weather stations while giving the appearance that the type of missing weather data did not occur during that period. For example, many daily weather stations do not include daily snowfall totals or existing snow and ice depth. This can provide the appearance that no snow or ice existed during the period in question, while the reality could be quite different.

A forensic meteorologist has access to many sources of credible weather data and the knowledge to interpret the data with respect to accuracy and relevance for an incident location. Doppler radar imagery is a very helpful tool for determining weather conditions for the areas in between weather stations. Doppler can be used for determining the magnitude and characteristics of precipitation and wind for a precise location. While Doppler radar is a very useful tool, it requires a trained meteorologist with an education and background in Remote Sensing technology to provide an accurate interpretation of the data. Geography and climatology are also very important aspects to consider when it comes to determining the weather for a location of incident. In many cases the closest available data is not always the most representative data based on the local geography and climatology.

Decisions made without the interpretation of a qualified meteorologist can lead to the inaccurate evaluations of cases or claims resulting in serious implications as a case or claim matures. To avoid this it is always best to consult with a forensic meteorologist to gain the peace of mind that good decisions are made from the beginning to avoid any unwanted surprises down the road.

April Showers Bring May Flowers…And FLOODING

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

Beware_Road_Subject_To_FloodingDuring the recent cold and snowy winter, hundreds of our clients used our forensic weather reports for slip and fall cases, where it is important to determine the exact amount of snow and ice at a specific location.  As we move into Spring, we want to remind you that the same Doppler radar technology used for snow and ice cases is also used to determine exact amounts of rainfall at specific locations.  We call this type of analysis our Rainfall/Flooding Report. It includes hourly rainfall totals and normals, 24 hour rainfall totals and normals, as well as an evaluation of the frequency of a rainfall of this magnitude, which helps to determine if the rainfall experienced was unusual for this location.  In some cases, you may want to couple the Rainfall/Flooding Report with a Rainfall Threshold Study, which looks at historical data over many years or decades to see how often a specific location has been exposed to the amount of rainfall determined in the Rainfall/Flooding report.

Rainfall amounts can vary greatly by location, especially when thunderstorm related.  By analyzing Doppler radar images, we can provide you with a report that is specific to your location, rather than relying solely on information from a reporting station miles away.

April 2014 CompuWeather Monthly Specials

April_FlowersSave $50 on any Aviation or Marine Accident Report
Save $50 on any Telephone Consultation
Save $25 on any Wind Analysis Report
Save $20 on any Hailtrail™ Hail Analysis Report (single day)

Contact CompuWeather for more information or to place an order. The above offers are good through April 30, 2014. Clients may use each discount as many times as needed throughout April. Above offers cannot be combined with other CompuWeather discounts or volume pricing plans.

 

 

Never Assume – Ways to Contact CompuWeather for Assistance

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

Recently, Contact_Us_graphica client sent an order to me via email, with this note “Thank you for allowing me the convenience of emailing this order to you. You’ll be getting a lot more orders from me now”.   Her statement seemed unusual to me, so I called and asked her what she meant by it.  Turns out we had created a customized Weather Information Request Form (WIRF) for her company a long time ago that was distributed to all the claims personnel to use.  This customer found it to be inconvenient because she had to fill it out by hand, then fax or scan/email it to me.  One day, she couldn’t find the form so she called me and asked if, just this once, could she email me with the claim details, and of course the answer was “YES!”

I always “assumed” that our clients know they can use any means that they prefer to get their order to us.  I was wrong.  Let’s review the choices:

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We look forward to hearing from you – by any means!

Common Question – Which Side, Plaintiff or Defense, Does CompuWeather Work For?

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

Sometimes a client wonders if we only do work for plaintiff attorneys, or only do work for insurance defense attorneys. The answer is that we can work for either side and we do typically work for both sides (but obviously only 1 at a time on a single case). We will represent whoever gets in touch with us first and engages us to work on a case . We don’t have a bias towards one side or another and are comfortable working on either side. When our meteorologists perform work on a case, it is not relevant to them to know which side we are working for, but simply to answer the questions at hand in an accurate and unbiased manner. No matter which side of a case we are working for, our weather conclusions do not change. Knowing which side we are working for is only important when we initially take on a case since it is part of our conflict checking process. Our conflict checking process requires multiple internal checks prior to us ever commencing work on a case to make sure we are not already working for the other side. On an average week we probably decline work on 3-7 cases due to conflicts determined in our engagement process.

No Snow or Ice Cover – How Did the Slip and Fall Take Place?

Contributed by James Bria, CCM, CompuWeather Sr. Forensic Meteorologist, Weather Expert & Certified Consulting Meteorologist

Slip and Fall“Snow and ice cover” is defined as snow and ice on untreated, undisturbed and exposed outdoor surfaces. Basically that is considered snow and ice untouched by human activity. When snow or ice cover is no longer present due to a sufficient period of above freezing temperatures, you may  ask…..how is it possible that a person could slip and fall on ice? Well there are various instances when ice could result in a slip and fall even though all of the snow or ice cover has melted away. These instances are usually the result of the freezing of residual moisture in the vicinity of the accident.

If a rain event occurs and temperatures rapidly fall below freezing after the event has ended, black ice can form and result in slippery conditions. Another common instance of this is with snow piles that have been created as a result of human activity (shoveling, plowing, snow blowing, etc.) . The largest of these snow piles can often last for months after the snow and ice cover has completely melted away. Every day, these piles of snow will melt during the day then the water will runoff from the piles and refreeze at night as temperatures fall back below freezing. Another instance of this is when sprinklers are watering grass at night and the temperature falls below freezing. The below freezing temperatures can result in the formation of ice on all surfaces exposed to this water. CompuWeather meteorologists understand when and how these situations can occur even if there is not any pre-existing snow or ice cover, and if there has not been any wintry precipitation to contribute to the ground conditions.

Choosing the Best Weather Expert for Your Next Case or Claim

Contributed by James Bria, CCM, CompuWeather Sr. Forensic Meteorologist, Weather Expert & Certified Consulting Meteorologist

There are many qualified weather experts to choose from out there, so how do you know which one to pick. What sets weather experts apart? Luckily, a certification is available which highlights professional meteorologists with a high level of technical competence, character and experience. This qualification is called a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) and was introduced in 1957 to establish and maintain a high level of professional competency and to provide a basis on which a client seeking assistance on meteorological problems can be confident of mature, competent and ethical professional counsel. In order to achieve this high standard of competency, a meteorologist must pass a rigorous three part test. The first portion of the test is to submit a forensic weather analysis highlighting the consulting work of a meteorologist, the second is a written examination that is meant to test general knowledge of concepts in meteorology and the last is an oral examination in front of the board of certified consulting meteorologists.

CompuWeather has numerous meteorologists that have achieved the level of Certified Consulting Meteorologist. We recognize that there are many tough decisions to make when hiring an expert. CompuWeather’s meteorologists have achieved this certification in order to make your decision easier. You can rest assured when using CompuWeather that you are hiring professional meteorologists that are experienced and come with a high level of technical competence in their field.

Spring is the Season to Turn to CompuWeather!

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

For most of the country, spring is the season that brings the widest variety of weather, and it’s just around the corner. Warm air starts to creep further northward, while cold air is stubborn to retreat back towards the Arctic. One day it might be 70 degrees, the next it might be 30 degrees. Snowstorms and ice storms are still a possibility, while thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes start to make a comeback. Flooding from snowmelt and heavy rains is often an issue during this season as well. It’s been a long active winter for many of us, and who knows what this year’s spring will bring! We can document all types of weather issues that you may encounter this spring. From the last gasp of wintry weather to the first appearances of severe weather, we’re ready and waiting to figure out what happened at the site of loss and to help you resolve your case or claim as quickly as possible. If you’ve only used us for one type of weather issue in the past, remember that we can prepare reports for all types of weather. We look forward to working with you this spring!

Phone Consult or Written Report: Which One is Right for My Case?

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

woman-smile-headsetIn most cases, our clients approach us with a new case and ask for a written report right up front.  But sometimes, a telephone consultation may be a better option.  Here are some situations where you may opt to get a verbal analysis first:

  • If you’re trying to decide whether you should take the case, finding out if the weather conditions will help you or hurt you can be a deciding factor. You may not need a lengthy written  analysis;  a brief summation by one of our experts in a 10-15 minute phone call will probably do the trick.
  • You may be trying to plan a case strategy, and you need to know how the weather conditions fit into that strategy.  Once again, this is a situation where a conversation may be more conducive to deciding your next move.  Our experts have extensive courtroom experience, and have suggested ideas to our clients that have proven to be case winners, often when the client felt they had no case.
  • You may think you have a losing case, based on witness testimony, and you don’t want to invest a lot.  A telephone consultation is a cost effective solution when budget is a consideration.
  • You may be under a time constraint, and can’t wait a week for a written  report.  We can typically schedule a consult for you the next business day, and same day rush service is also available.

Once you’ve completed your consultation with one of our experts, you can either a) do nothing else, b) order a written report right away, c) order a written report at some time in the future, or d) prepare an affidavit based on the consultation that the expert will review, sign and notarize. 

The telephone consultation is CompuWeather’s fastest growing service.  Why not give it a try on your next case?

CompuWeather to be a Silver Sponsor for the 2014 WIND Regional Symposium – May 9, 2014, Newark NJ

2014-03-05 18_55_31-2014 WIND Regional Symposium _ Windstorm Insurance Network5th Annual WIND Regional Symposium
May 9, 2014 • 8 am – 5 pm 
 – Hilton Penn Station • Newark, New Jersey

Conference Title: SUPERSTORM SANDY: One Year Later: Lessons Learned, What Now?

CompuWeather has proudly signed on to be a Silver Sponsor for the 5th Annual Windstorm Insurance Network Regional Symposium in Newark, NJ.

This event will provide an opportunity for professionals from many disciplines to discuss and educate themselves on a variety of subjects important to those engaged in windstorm insurance claims. The WIND Regional Symposium is designed to provide both a general session/panel discussion and educational breakout sessions for windstorm insurance professionals, including company claims managers and adjusters, independent and policyholder adjusters, attorneys, engineers, accountants, contractors, salvors, vendors, and other related professions in the windstorm claims insurance industry.  Breakout sessions will include important windstorm insurance claims hot topic issues, such as a panel discussion on High Value Complex Claims, Late Notice and Supplemental claims, Appraisal Nuts & Bolts, Adjuster Ethics and Professionalism and Anti-Concurrent Cause: Wind vs. Flood.

For more information or to register for the event, please CLICK HERE

March 2014 CompuWeather Monthly Specials

March_SnowSave $50 on any SNOW LOAD Report (for structural collapses & failures)
Save $40 on any RAINFALL / FLOODING Report
Save $25 on any Hailtrail™ PLUS Wind Report (Hail & Wind)

Contact CompuWeather for more information or to place an order.
The above offers are good through March 31, 2014.
Clients may use each discount as many times as needed throughout March.
Above offers cannot be combined with other CompuWeather discounts or volume pricing plans.

James Bria of CompuWeather Earns the AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) Designation

Jim Bria Weather ExpertCongratulations to James Bria, CompuWeather Sr. Forensic Meteorologist and Weather Expert, for earning the nationally recognized Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) designation by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). James has worked for CompuWeather for the past 11 years and is a regular contributor to CompuWeather’s Forensic Weather Blog. We are very proud of his accomplishment!

The CCM designation is issued by the Society to highly qualified meteorologists providing research and services to a wide variety of users of weather information, including agriculture, business, industry, and various sectors of government.  These services extend beyond the traditional public service functions and statutory responsibilities of the National Weather Service. To earn the CCM credential, a meteorologist must make application for the designation, be recommended by three associates, amsccmwebpass a stringent written examination, and pass an oral examination before a national board of examiners.  The CCM designation is granted only to those who demonstrate a broad background in meteorology together with detailed knowledge in a particular field of specialization.  CCMs must demonstrate exemplary qualities of character and devotion to high professional standards. CCMs are highly regarded by their peers in meteorology.  They are considered experts in the application of weather information to a host of practical challenges ranging from specialized forecasts to engineering design support and expert testimony on weather-related court cases.  Certification enables users of meteorological services to select consultants or employees with greater confidence in the quality and reliability of the products or services they will receive.

CLICK HERE to view the CompuWeather Team of Weather Experts. CONTACT US for more information or to discuss using one of our experts for an upcoming case.

Custom Reports Are Our Specialty at CompuWeather

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

Last week one of our clients called to talk about several claims he was working on.   He has routinely ordered our “slip and fall” report – and only our slip and fall report – for many years.  This new set of claims he was reviewing was a cluster of structural failures  in a specific geographic area caused by either the weight of snow and ice on the roof, or wind speeds, or both.  He knew he needed our help, but he wasn’t sure if our typical slip and fall report that he was so used to would contain the right information in the right format for this type of claim.  He was right.  In fact, nothing on our current product list was exactly what he needed, so we did what we always do in these situations – we created a custom product just for this type of claim.  He now has a cost effective and standardized solution for every time he gets a claim of this nature.

Our clients often come to us on a regular basis to order just one type of report to document just one weather condition, i.e., hail or snow and ice or lightning or wind, etc., and they don’t realize that we can provide past weather reports for ANY type of weather, land or sea, worldwide.  Plus, if we don’t have exactly what you need, we’ll create it just for you! We have many options, tools and formats to choose from to create a document that precisely and clealry communicates to you the answers to all of your weather questions.

What Makes CompuWeather’s Past Weather Reports Stand Out?

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

IMG04567CompuWeather’s past weather reports stand out and are unique compared to reports prepared by other forensic weather companies. The reports we write typically include charts and graphs along with a written description of the site-specific weather that occurred during the period in question. Charts and graphs help our clients more easily visualize the weather that happened. It makes it easier to see the trends in temperature or precipitation, whether it is only for a couple of days or spanning a few months. Many of our competitors don’t take the time to include visual aids in their reports, which can make it more difficult to read and interpret their reports. Our reports are written in plain English and have a clear conclusion that addresses the specific weather conditions at the time of loss, which our clients find very useful. In addition, we can include many types of add-ons to our reports such as hourly temperatures, hourly snowfall, forecasts that were issued, visibility, sunrise/sunset time, and much more. Take a look at the sample reports on our website to see the format of our reports as well as the various types of reports that we prepare! CompuWeather’s reports are designed to answer and address your specific weather questions and all of our reports are prepared and quality controlled by experienced meteorologists.

Did Someone Say “Recurrence Interval” – What Is That?

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

A recurrence interval is an estimate of the likelihood that an event will occur. The most common use of a recurrence interval as a meteorologist is to determine the magnitude of a rainfall during a specific duration. The duration can range from 5 minutes to as long as 60 days. CompuWeather  meteorologists are able to provide site specific rainfall amounts using Doppler radar and the duration of the rainfall. After calculating the rainfall total and the time period in which it occurred, CompuWeather meteorologists will determine the magnitude of such an event. The use of a meteorologist to determine the rainfall amount and duration is extremely important in order to calculate the recurrence interval. Often times, rainfall totals can vary greatly over small regions so it is not relevant to just use the closest rainfall data. It is important to note that not all rainfalls are equal and just knowing the rainfall total is not enough. Five inches of rain over 24 hours will most likely have less impact than five inches in 2 hour period. The 24 hour event may be considered a 5 year event while the 2 hour event may be considered 100 year event.

A 100 hundred year rainfall event can occur more than once every 100 years and if that happens it does not change the statistical probability of that of a 100 year event. A 100 year rainfall just means that there is 1 percent chance of that event occurring during any given year. There is also a difference between a 100 year rainfall and a 100 year flood. It is possible to have one and not the other. A flood event can often times occur when the sky is clear and no rain is falling. This can result from snow melting from the mountains and filtering into a river or even from an ice jam not allowing the river to flow as normal. CompuWeather meteorologists can be valuable to you in determining the true significance of a rainfall or flooding event that your case or claim involves.

A Busy Winter So Far!

Slip and FallContributed by Patti Robertson, CompuWeather Forensic Order Specialist and Account Executive

Anyone out there ready for spring?  Mother Nature has certainly been busy providing us with lots of snow, ice and cold temperatures, which make for an unusually high number of snow and ice related accidents.   We have already received dozens of requests for site-specific reports on  slip-and-fall and motor vehicle accidents from the storms of January.

Remember that CompuWeather works for insurance companies, plaintiff and defense attorneys and engineers. The first party that calls us on a case is the party that we represent. We perform a thorough conflict check on all service requests  The best way to ensure that CompuWeather’s staff of expert meteorologists is working for your client or insured is by calling us as soon as you receive a weather related case or claim, before another party retains us!

I’m Working on a Foreign Case, Does CompuWeather Have Weather Data For Other Countries?

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

World_GlobeWhile the majority of the cases and claims we work on occur in the United States, we do also prepare weather reports for weather-related incidents in other countries. A sample of some of the countries we have prepared reports for are Canada, South Africa, Russia, China, Mexico, Spain, Guatemala, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Pakistan, and Italy. We have covered all different types of weather issues in these countries, ranging from slip & falls to flooding. We also routinely provide marine weather reports for all over the world, across all different oceans and bodies of water, ranging from the English Channel to the Gulf of Thailand. When presented with a case from another country, we get in touch with the meteorological agency in that country to see what kind of data is available to us.  Some countries do have limited weather data and don’t record all of the variables that we are used to having here in the United States where we are accustomed to working with easily accessible and plentiful weather information. The international weather data that we have access to, whatever the amount, is much better than what the typical person can find online.  If you are working on a weather-related case or claim in a foreign country or international waters, get in touch with us to see if we can help. You may be surprised by what we can do, and most likely we will be able to assist you!

The Challenges of Forecasting and Hindcasting Winter Weather

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

Have you heard a meteorologist say, “There remains a lot of uncertainty with the exact track of this upcoming storm” and thought to yourself…..what does that even mean? Winter weather forecasting can be very difficult and subject to large variations based on the track of a storm. The wind around a low pressure system rotates counterclockwise; therefore the eastern side of a low is the mild side (winds coming from the south) and the western side is the cold side (winds coming from the north) of the low. In general, when a storm passes directly overhead or to the west of your location, that means you are on the warm side of the storm so the precipitation type is more likely to be wet rather than frozen. There are always exceptions to this rule. For instance, higher elevations tend to be colder thus frozen precipitation is more likely. When a storm passes east of a location, precipitation is more likely to be frozen rather than wet. Of course, there still has to be a supply of available cold air for a storm to tap into.

In these types of situations, there can be drastic variations in the type of precipitation over small areas. The location of the incident may be in between a weather station with rain while another equidistant station that has snow  For this reason, the utilization of a forensic meteorologist is extremely vital in determining the weather at a specific location.  CompuWeather’s meteorologists are well versed in all winter weather situations and can give you the definitive opinions you need. Our meteorologist have the experience and knowledge to understand the local tendencies that contribute to weather conditions at a specific location.

February 2014 CompuWeather Monthly Specials

February_Valentine_HeartSave $30 on any Site-Specific Doppler Radar WIND Analysis / Report
Save $50 on any Hurricane Sandy Report or Timeline Chart
Save $20 on any HailTrail SEARCH PLUS Hail Search (Radar Enhanced & Storm Reports)

Contact CompuWeather for more information or to place an order.
The above offers are good through February 28, 2014.
Clients may use each discount as many times as needed throughout February.
Above offers cannot be combined with other CompuWeather discounts or volume pricing plans.

CompuWeather to Exhibit at the 15th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference in Orlando, Florida

2014 Windstorm Conference LogoCompuWeather will be exhibiting at the 15th Anniversary Windstorm Insurance Conference on January 27 – January 30, 2014 at the  Rosen Shingle Creek Center  in Orlando, Florida in Expo Booth #303. The conference and exhibition is produced by the Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. (WIND) which is the education association for windstorm claims industry professionals. Representatives from all segments of the windstorm insurance claims industry convene for the three-day event to address the impact of past hurricane seasons and important windstorm insurance issues. In addition to professional development and networking, the conference offers continuing education credits for numerous states, bar associations, and professional designations.  Join CompuWeather and hundreds of windstorm claims industry professionals to discuss current trends and recent developments in the windstorm and property insurance industry. More than 1,300 industry professionals attended the 2013 conference and a similar attendance in Orlando in 2014 is expected.  Insurance company claims managers, adjusters, underwriters, agents, engineers, accountants, consultants, attorneys, and numerous industry-related professionals are some of the attendees who have enjoyed previous conferences. CompuWeather welcomes you to stop by our booth and meet our Director of Sales and Marketing, Jess Hurwitz and Forensic Marketing Associate, Kim Cuozzo. Please contact us and let us know if you are a CompuWeather client and will be attending the conference by CLICKING HERE.

The Weather Is The Weather, Right?

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

Occasionally, one of our customers contacts us for help with a case that we have previously worked on for another client.  In these instances, we refuse the order due to the conflict of interest taking the case would create. The next question typically is “Why can’t you help me?  The weather is what it is, right?”  The answer is:  not always.

Although our professional opinion about the weather conditions at a specific location and time is based on accepted and proven practices within the meteorological community and certifiable weather data, it is just that – a professional opinion.  Can it differ from another weather expert’s professional opinion?  Yes! For this reason, we are often asked to review the reports of weather experts working for the other side of a case in addition to providing our own expert opinion. There may be subtle (or not so subtle) differences in those opinions that may be enough to swing the outcome drastically in one direction or the other.  We have also found instances where a meteorologist has overlooked a key piece of data (such as Doppler radar images) or used data from non-certifiable sites (i.e. home, educational or experimental weather stations) that can change the opinion/conclusion substantially.

Contacting CompuWeather early in the claims or litigation process increases the possibility that we will be available to provide you with the expert assistance you need to achieve a positive and fair outcome for your client.

The Mystery of Black Ice

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

black_ice_on_roadBlack Ice is defined as a thin coating of transparent ice on a surface. Since this type of ice is transparent and not actually black, its name results from the most common surface that it is found on, asphalt, pavement or black top. Black ice is a normal occurrence during the winter season in areas that have sub-freezing temperatures and can even happen numerous times in a week. The reasons black ice is so dangerous is because it often times looks like it is just a wet surface, leaving unsuspecting motorists or pedestrians unprepared for the potential dangers associated with ice. It also usually occurs after a storm has ended, so ice may be an afterthought once the snow and ice from the winter weather event has been cleared.

Black ice can form in various ways. The most common way that it forms is the result of the melting of snow in the subsequent days after a storm. The most widespread black ice issue usually is in the first day after a winter weather event. When the temperature rises above freezing during the day, snow, ice cover and snow piles will melt into liquid water. When the temperature drops below freezing, any standing water or moisture will freeze and change to black ice. Black ice can also form when temperatures drop below freezing after a rain event. The freshly fallen rain may not have enough time to dry before the cold air changes the remaining moisture to black ice. It is important to note that black ice is not a precipitation type and is the result of freezing of already fallen water; therefore freezing rain is not the same as black ice. An accumulation of packed snow or ice is not considered to be black ice. The best practice when the threat for black ice exists is always to be extra cautious because you never know when you will come across black ice.

Should I Call CompuWeather for My Unusual Weather Case?

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

The Answer is most definitely YES!

Many of the cases and claims we handle at CompuWeather are the more typical types of weather cases, i.e. slip & falls, roof damage, motor vehicle accidents, property damage from high winds or hail, and the like. Each year CompuWeather produces approximately 3000 reports documenting 5,000-10,000 cases and claims (and sometimes more). However, we can cover any type of weather-related case or claim, even the unusual or unique ones which accounts for about 10%-15% of the work we do. Being the largest worldwide provider of forensic weather analysis has given us the opportunity to gain experience with the widest range of forensic weather work. In our 38 years in business there is not much we have not seen or worked on but we always welcome a new challenge.

Here are some examples of the more unusual types of forensic weather cases CompuWeather has worked on:

  • Frozen pipes in buildings and motor homes
  • Frozen underground water lines and utility cables
  • Criminal cases, medical malpractice cases, workers compensation cases and even employment cases
  • Chemical and paint overspray claims
  • Crop and agriculture damage
  • Cattle & livestock claims
  • Plane crashes, train derailments, ship sinkings and truck accidents
  • Snowmobile, ATV (quads) and personal watercraft (jet-ski) accidents
  • Death investigation
  • Heat-related injuries (i.e. heat stroke, high temperature and humidity, etc.)
  • Toxic tort cases
  • Construction accidents and delays
  • Cargo loss and damage
  • Damage to docks, marine facilities, barges and storage tanks
  • Damage to underwater pipelines and offshore rigs

So while your case may not be a typical one or the most common type of case we deal with, CompuWeather can certainly help you, as long as weather is involved!

Feel free to view our CompuWeather Forensic Weather Hall of Fame and Case Gallery where we showcase some on the more unique cases and claims that CompuWeather is proud to have worked on

Understanding the 4 Types of Winter Precipitation – Snow, Sleet, Freezing Rain and Plain Rain

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

There are four types of precipitation that occur in the winter: snow, sleet, freezing rain and plain rain. These four types of precipitation will almost always form as snow in the clouds. The temperature of the atmosphere between the clouds and the ground will determine what the precipitation type is by the time it reaches the surface. When the temperature in the atmosphere between the cloud and the ground remains at or below freezing (32 F) the precipitation will remain in the form of snow. When snow falls into a portion of the atmosphere where the temperature is above freezing, that snow will melt and change to plain rain. If the temperature remains above freezing from that point all the way to the surface, the precipitation will remain in the form of rain.  If the rain falls into a portion of the atmosphere at the ground where the temperature is at or below freezing, the precipitation can either reach the ground as sleet (ice pellets) or freezing rain. The precipitation type in this case is determined by the depth of the layer at or below freezing temperatures. If the depth of the layer at or below freezing air is sufficiently thick, then the rain will have enough time to freeze before reaching the surface and fall in the form of sleet. If the layer at or below freezing temperature is rather shallow and confined to the area closest to the surface, then the precipitation will impact the surface as plain rain. The rain will freeze on contact and result in freezing rain.

Freezing rain is the most dangerous form of winter precipitation and will cause all surfaces to become coated in ice. This coating of ice makes any outdoor activities difficult and sometimes nearly impossible for drivers and pedestrians. Freezing rain will accumulate on trees and power lines and when winds are gusty; this can result in major tree damage and loss of utility services. Ice storms can quickly cripple a region, even in areas that are normally accustomed to winter weather.

Why Doesn’t CompuWeather Have A Price List to Send to Me?

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

At CompuWeather, we offer a wide variety of services and products for managing all sorts of weather- related insurance claims or legal cases. Clients often ask us if we can just send them a price list, or ask why we don’t have one for download on our website. The truth is that we do have a price list but it is long and complicated and typically misunderstood by most not familiar with how to use it.

Most people do not realize how many different products and options we actually have. Each product has a different pricing structure depending on the length of information you’re looking for as well as the number of different weather variables. Some of our products include numerous weather elements for one inclusive fee while others are priced by the number of weather elements to be included. Some clients need just one day’s worth of weather information, while others need a study covering 10 or more years. There are numerous options to add onto certain reports, with different prices for each. All of these combinations make for a long and complicated price list. In the past when we did distribute a price list to clients we found that they rarely were able to determine the actual price of one of our items and in many cases their estimate was much higher than the actual price of what was needed to get the job done properly.

In our experience, the best thing to do when you have a weather-related case or claim is to contact us and speak with one of our forensic order specialists. They are used to working with insurance professionals, attorneys and engineers and are well versed on our products and their many options. Once we know the weather information you are looking for and how much information you need, we can easily provide you with a price quote and all available options. Most importantly, our job is always to find the most cost-effective way to get you the information you require to properly, professionally and accurately document your case or claim. To help keep costs down we also offer monthly specials and discounts posted on our web site as well as volume discount purchase plans for clients using CompuWeather on a regular and consistent basis.

January 2014 CompuWeather Monthly Specials

January_SkierSave $75 on any SNOW LOAD SUMMARY REPORT (for structural collapses & failures)
Save $50 on any TELEPHONE CONSULTATION with a Meteorologist
Save $50 on a THRESHOLD STUDY (wind / rain / snow / temperature) 

Contact CompuWeather for more information or to place an order.
The above offers are good through January 31, 2014.
Clients may use each discount as many times as needed throughout January.
Above offer cannot be combined with other CompuWeather discounts or volume pricing plans.

Happy New Year from CompuWeather

Happy_New_YearThe Staff and Management of CompuWeather wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year! Best wishes for 2014! We are honored to have the most amazing clients and want to thank you for your business, loyalty and trust. We are proud to be your weather partner and look forward to being able to serve you again in the near future. Please feel free to call on us for all of your forensic weather needs.

CompuWeather in the News – December 2013 – Interface Magazine – Official Journal of RCI

The following article was published in the December 2013 edition of Interface Magazine – The official journal of RCI. The article was authored by Patti Robertson, CompuWeather Forensic Order Specialist and Account Executive:

Article – The Value of Adding A Meteorologist to the Investigative Team

RCI, Incorporated is an international association of professional consultants, architects, and engineers who specialize in the specification and design of roofing, waterproofing and exterior wall systems. Their members are professionals that specialize and focus with matters regarding the portion of a building called the  “building envelope”.

Full-Service Forensic Weather Support for Marine Cases and Claims From CompuWeather

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

Did you know that, in addition to reconstructing past weather conditions for accidents that occur on land, CompuWeather can easily assist you with investigations into water-based (sea, ocean, river, lake, etc.) incidents and accidents? We have an entire division devoted specifically to marine forensics, admiralty cases and voyage reconstructions, and our marine meteorologists can reconstruct a variety of weather and sea conditions based on your needs (i.e. sea conditions, wave height, wind speed and direction, tides, tropical activity and other relevant weather factors) for any location in the world. Common marine cases that we work on include: vessel groundings, sinkings and driftings, cargo loss and damage, injuries and deaths at sea (Jones Act), personal watercraft accidents, ship damage from storms or hurricanes, and commercial speed and performance claims. Our experts have vast experience in identifying, analyzing and interpreting marine data.  We can also access marine forecasts and advisories, which are often a critical factor in determining whether a reasonable person would have known that storm conditions were predicted during the time of the voyage.

Our marine forensic reports are offered in two formats:  Standard and Expanded, depending on the level of detail you require for your case.  They are typically delivered in 10 business days from date of order, and include an opportunity for follow-up questions with one of our marine experts. We also offer telephone consultations either in lieu of, or in advance of, a written report.  A phone consult typically has a quicker turnaround time than a written report and many of our clients use this option when they need a quick answer prior to filings or motions on a case.  In addition, we offer full litigation support, worldwide testimony and special legal services, such as document review and custom graphics. Prices for “Standard” marine reports start at $595.

Hurricane/Tropical Data for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season from Unisys

View tracks and associated data (wind speed, pressure, location, etc.) for all hurricanes and tropical activity for 2013 in the Atlantic. CLICK HERE to view this useful resource from Unisys.

Snow Falling But Never Hitting the Ground; Virga

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

Sometimes snow shows up on radar but may not actually be falling to the ground. This is known as virga, and can also happen with rain or other types of precipitation. This tends to occur when the layers of air closest to the ground are very dry. The snow falls from higher, moist layers and then evaporates when it reaches the dry air layer. The air isn’t moist enough to support the snow falling all the way to the ground. The reason why it shows up on radar is that the radar beam reflects off of higher layers of the atmosphere rather than the layers closer to the ground, so it detects the snow falling up in the high moist layers. Sometimes you can see virga in the distance – it looks like wisps or shafts of precipitation trailing down from a cloud. So if it looks like it should be snowing in your town according to radar but it’s actually not, then virga is probably occurring high above you!

Happy Holidays from CompuWeather

Happy Holidays From CompuWeather!  We wish all of you and your families the best of the holiday season.Thank you for your business!Happy_Holidays

CompuWeather’s Special Monthly Discounts – What Are They All About?

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

Every month CompuWeather offers discounts and specials on specific reports or services that we want to highlight.  Some months we use these “specials” to bring attention to a product or service that our customers may not be aware of, or may have forgotten about.  Other times we choose seasonal products that reflect our most frequently requested reports.  You don’t have to be aware of the special price in order to get the discount; your Sales Representative always applies the discount to your order, even though you may not ask for it. So you could save money without even knowing it!

If you read our bi-monthly email newsletter from Harold Schwann, you already know that our specials are always listed right at the top of email. If you miss the newsletter in the many emails you receive, or you “accidentally” delete it, you can find them on our blog.  What blog, you ask?  CLICK HERE to visit the CompuWeather Blog where you can view current month’s specials and also some interesting blog entries written by our Sales, Marketing and Weather Expert staff. CLICK HERE to view just the CompuWeather specials from the last few months.

You probably have a weather-related case or claim on your desk right now.  Why not call us today and take advantage of our special pricing?  Who doesn’t love a sale?

I Don’t Need A Site-Specific Analysis, Just Weather Data, Can CompuWeather Help Me?

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

Weather_Data_SampleWhile site-specific analyses are one of the things we do best and are the most useful tool for determining what happened at a loss location, we can also provide data products for clients who only need observations from the closest reporting stations. Regular, non-certified data can be emailed to you along with a decoder to help you to read and interpret the data. Why purchase weather data from CompuWeather when you can find it on the Internet? The answer is simple. Going out on the Internet and finding data does not guarantee that the data has not been manipulated, that the data is from the proper site or that it is the most-up-to-date version. Weather data purchased from CompuWeather is quality controlled to ensure that you have the proper data from the desired location and that it is the most complete and up-to-date version available. Non-certified data can be used for reference or review but it cannot be admitted to court. For legal cases, attorneys prefer certified weather data which can be admitted as evidence in court. Certified data comes with a ribbon and seal and is certified to be accurate by the government. Certified data is also available on CD if you prefer it this way. Typically attorneys order certified weather data to admit to court and a non-certified copy of the data for their files and to review.  Ordering weather data can be confusing and time consuming. CompuWeather makes the process simple and easy and typically only takes a few minutes of your time to complete. Contact CompuWeather for more information or to order weather data for your case or claim.

So The Other Weather Expert Said What ?

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

A weather expert can be used in many different ways to assist with pending litigation. One of those valuable services can be to provide comments and feedback on previously submitted reports, affidavits, pictures, or any other information from the opposing side. CompuWeather meteorologists are well versed in providing opinions on many types of information submitted by other weather experts. We may be able to provide you with an extremely valuable review of their documents and answer any questions that have arisen as a result of oppositions report. CompuWeather meteorologists can also provide feedback on the data used for the report and even any theories that the opposing weather expert has set forth. Discovering simple mistakes, bad calculations or finding out the wrong weather data was used can all be valuable information and help you better manage your case. A common issue that we discover quite often when reviewing documents from other weather experts is the use of weather data from unapproved and improper sites. Quite often we find that weather data comes from sites that cannot be certified for court or come from educational, experimental or amateur sites. Verifying the accuracy and integrity of a weather report from the opposition is an important task that should never be overlooked or left to be done the night before going to court.

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December 2013 CompuWeather Specials

DecemberSave $50 on any TELEPHONE CONSULTATION
Save $50 on any AVIATION OR MARINE ACCIDENT REPORT
Save $150 on a WEATHER EXPERT TESTIMONY RETAINER

Contact CompuWeather for more information or to place an order.
The above offers are good through December 31, 2013.
Clients may use each discount as many times as needed throughout December.
Above offer cannot be combined with other discounts or volume pricing plans.

Can Compuweather’s Experts Testify Everywhere in the United States?

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

You know the old saying about what happens when you “assume”, right?  Well, sometimes we at CompuWeather “assume” that everyone knows that our expert services are available no matter where your case is located. Perhaps you didn’t know that, even though our offices are located in New York,  we can testify as forensic experts in any court – local, county, state, or federal – in any state in the US!  We do not have to be “admitted” to the court, unlike attorneys who must pass the bar in a state in order to practice there.

Here are some of the more common states in which our experts have testified in court:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

No matter where your case is venued, we can provide the expert legal services you need to assist you with bring your case to a successful conclusion.

CLICK HERE to view the CompuWeather Team of Weather Experts. CONTACT US for more information or to discuss using one of our experts for an upcoming case.

I Need a CompuWeather Report Now, How Fast Can I Get It?

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

Many times our clients are close to the trial date or discovery end date before they realize they need a weather report from CompuWeather. They call us in a panic, wanting to know how quickly they can obtain a site-specific report, certified data, or a phone consultation. Our standard delivery time for most of our products is typically 5 business days. Standard delivery is via email and comes included with the charge of the report. When your report is emailed to you, our Customer Service Department will give you a call to notify you that we have emailed you your report. We also offer expedited service options including  same-day, next-day and 3-day rush service. Our goal is always to try to give you what you need prior to when you absolutely need to have it. We always work hard to accommodate a client’s individual needs and deadlines to the best of our ability.

For absolute last minute emergencies, we do offer a same-day super rush service for orders placed prior to the afternoon. In some cases when same-day service is not available for a report, we are still able to provide you with an same-day phone consultation with a meteorologist to get your immediate questions answered.

Standard delivery for government certified weather data is approximately 2-3 weeks. Next-day (if ordered by 11 am) and 2-day rush service is also available for certified weather data for last minute needs or trial dates.

If you need something in a hurry, please doesn’t hesitate to contact us and to determine your options. We can certainly accommodate your urgent needs!

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.

CompuWeather’s Forensic Weather Case Gallery / Hall of Fame

CompuWeather has been in business for over 37 years. During this time we have worked on over 73,000 cases and claims. We are very proud of the work that we do and the exceptional service that our meteorological staff provides to our clients. Many of our clients can recall work that they assigned to CompuWeather in which our findings significantly made the difference in the outcome of their case. Over the years we have also worked on many cases with very outrageous or unique variables attached to them.

CompuWeather’s longtime clients may recall that we used to publish these types of case studies in our email newsletter in the “CASE OF THE WEEK” section. Since changing the format of our email newsletters, we have received hundreds of requests to reinstate this feature and are glad to be able to again provide you access to some of our case journals on our web site.

CompuWeather’s Case Gallery (or Hall of Fame as we refer to it) is available on our web site and contains some on the more unique cases and claims that CompuWeather is proud to have worked on. If you have used CompuWeather in a case or claim where our services made the difference and the case or claim has a unique twist that others may find interesting, please CLICK HERE to contact us and provide us with the details.

You may view CompuWeather’s Forensic Weather Case Gallery and Hall of Fame by CLICKING HERE. We currently have 26 posts listed on the site and add news ones from time to time.

 

Online Tornado FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

Tornado_FAQTornadoes remain one of the most puzzling and mysterious types of weather events. This online resource provides a wealth and wide-range of information pertaining to tornadoes. This resource is produced by Roger Edwards at the Storm Prediction Center (NOAA/NWS) – Thank you Roger for the great job you do! This Tornado FAQ web page is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to tornadoes. Instead, it is a quick-reference summary of tornado knowledge, which will link you to more detailed information if you desire. Information is broken down into the following sections:

  • The Basics about Tornadoes
  • Tornado Forecasting
  • Tornado Damage
  • Tornado Safety
  • Historical Tornadoes
  • Tornado Climatology and Data
  • Spotting & Chasing
  • Tornado Research
  • Scientific References

CLICK HERE to view The Online Tornado FAQ

Contact CompuWeather for assistance anytime with handling tornado-related insurance claims and legal cases.

I’m Using CompuWeather For the First Time, Do I Need to Have an Account?

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

Many new clients wonder if they need an account to do business with us. If it’s your first time using CompuWeather, don’t worry – we will make it very easy for you to place an order with us! You don’t need to have an account to use our services and we have no subscription fees either. We only charge you for the work you request us to perform and only when you need us. To get the process started, all we need is your contact information and the some details about your case, project, or claim.  No matter how you contact us to request our services (by phone, web, fax or email) a CompuWeather representative will contact you shortly to determine your exact needs and requirements, which CompuWeather product or service is best for you to use and also to provide you with a quote for our services. Typically this process takes from 5-20 minutes depending on the type of case or claim you are working on. A few things also to keep in mind that new clients typically ask:

  • Any information you provide to us is considered confidential at all times.
  • We do not proceed with any work until our consultants have had the chance to contact you, discuss your information and gain your approval to move forward and start working for you.
  • All submitted cases and claims are conflict checked prior to commencing work on them.

We love assisting new customers and look forward to working with you!

Snow Load, Water Content and Structure Failures

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

A large accumulation of snow can result in serious damage to structures and buildings depending on the water content of that snow. The water content of snow refers to the snow being heavy and wet vs. being light and fluffy. The water content of snow can vary greatly depending on a number of factors. CompuWeather meteorologists are well versed on determining all of these factors. There is a huge difference between twelve inches of dry and fluffy snow when compared to twelve inches of heavy wet snow.

The temperature at the time while the snow is occurring is the major determining factor of the water content of the snow. The closer that the temperature is to freezing, the heavier and wetter the snow will be. Snow can even occur when the temperature is above freezing yielding an even larger amount of water content.  If heavy wet snow was completely melted there would be more water present with that depth than the same depth of dry and fluffy snow at colder temperatures. The heavy wet snow can add enormous weight to structures and in some cases may be the cause or contribute to the structure failing or collapsing.

CompuWeather meteorologists are able to provide the volume of water that existed in any snow accumulation to help determine the root cause of a structure failure. Determining the exact amount of snow and the temperature at the time of the snow for the site of loss is the first step to determining the amount of water content that is involved in your case or claim. Let CompuWeather assist you with all of your winter cases and claims.

CLICK HERE to read an article on Winter Cases and Claims

Interesting Weather Fact – What is Graupel?

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

Once colder weather moves in, a variety of precipitation can fall from the sky. One of the lesser-known types of wintry precipitation is graupel. Graupel occurs when it’s not quite cold enough to snow, often in the fall or spring. It’s also known as snow pellets or soft hail. When supercooled water droplets freeze onto snow crystals in the atmosphere, the droplets freeze and cause a buildup of frozen droplets on the crystal. After awhile, so many droplets build up around the crystal that you can no longer see the original snowflake. When graupel falls, it may look like and sound like either small hail or sleet. But upon closer examination, you can tell the difference. Graupel is an opaque white pellet, while hail and sleet tend to have some clear, shiny spots on them and look to be made of ice. Graupel is also usually slightly larger than sleet, and is softer, often falling apart when touched. Another difference is that hail falls during thunderstorms, from convective clouds. Graupel falls from a stratiform cloud, as snow or non-convective rain would. Although the differences in the types of wintry precipitation may be subtle, they are significant meteorologically!

Slip and Fall Refresher – Most Requested Slip and Fall Report Add-ons and Options from CompuWeather

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

See basic information about CompuWeather’s Slip and Fall reports here

Our customers often ask us to add more detail to their slip and fall reports in order to address specific questions they have or weather conditions they are trying to determine.  We have several options available; here are a few:

  • Hourly temperatures – Did the temperature ever reach the freezing point prior to the time of the accident?  Were the temperatures below freezing long enough for ice to form?   Did the existing snow pack melt during the day and then re-freeze overnight?
  • Hourly snowfall totals –  How hard was it snowing on the date of the accident? How much snow had fallen by the time the accident occurred?  Hourly snowfall is a calculation done by a meteorologist, and is not reported in weather data.  Airports report hourly precipitation, but in liquid amounts.  If you need hourly snowfall amounts, you need us!
  • Hourly rainfall totals – For those accidents that happen in the non-winter months, or in the warmer climates all year round. The same question that customers have about snowfall rates and accumulations also apply to rainfall. Our meteorologists use Doppler radar to pinpoint rainfall rates at specific locations.
  • Visibility –  We can address lighting issues such as time of sunrise, sunset and civil twilight for cases where you may need to determine if there was sufficient light to see a hazardous condition.
  • National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts and advisories – How far in advance was the storm predicted? Was there ample time to prepare for blizzard conditions?
  • Seasonal summary –  In addition to our detailed narrative report for a few days leading up to the date of loss, some of our clients like to have an idea of what the whole winter season has been like up to that point.  In those cases, we provide a table of daily snowfall totals, snow and ice cover, and high and low temperatures for the season within the body of the report.

These are some examples of our most frequently requested options.  We are always happy to customize your report to meet your specific needs.

What is the Difference Between a Hurricane, Cyclone and Typhoon?

The only difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs

Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon; we just use different names for these storms in different places.

In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used. The same type of disturbance in the Northwest Pacific is called a “typhoon” and “cyclones” occur in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean.

The ingredients for these storms include a pre-existing weather disturbance, warm tropical oceans, moisture, and relatively light winds. If the right conditions persist long enough, they can combine to produce the violent winds, incredible waves, torrential rains, and floods we associate with this phenomenon.

In the Atlantic, hurricane season officially runs June 1 to November 30. However, while 97 percent of tropical activity occurs during this time period, there is nothing magical in these dates, and hurricanes have occurred outside of these six months.

Find more information here: What is a hurricane, typhoon, or tropical cyclone? Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

Super Typhoon Haiyan – Why everyone is talking about the super typhoon (From USA TODAY)

Super Typhoon HaiyanBy: Doyle Rice and Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY

Super Typhoon Haiyan, which slammed into the Philippines early Friday morning, is one of the strongest storms ever recorded on the planet. Here are some fast facts about the storm:

• Super Typhoon Haiyan had winds of 195 mph and gusts of 235 mph. This is one of the highest wind speeds ever recorded in a storm in world history.

• It made landfall as the most powerful typhoon or hurricane in recorded history, as based on wind speed measurements from satellites.

• The strength of Haiyan is equal to that of an extremely powerful Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic. (Typhoons are the same type of storms as hurricanes).

• No hurricane in the Atlantic has ever been this strong; Hurricane Camille hit the U.S. Gulf Coast with an estimated wind speed of 190 mph.

• The storm is over 300 miles wide: The width is about equal to the distance between Boston and Philadelphia.

CLICK HERE to read more of this article

November 2013 CompuWeather Specials

Happy_ThanksgivingSave $30 on any Slip & Fall Detailed Weather Analysis Report
Save $50 on any Threshold Study (wind, rain, snow, temps)

Contact CompuWeather for more information or to place an order.
The above offers are good through November 30, 2013
Clients may use each discount as many times as needed throughout November.
Above offer cannot be combined with other discounts or volume pricing plans.

PropertyCasualty360 Special Hurricane Sandy Web Page and Resources

Hurricane SandyThis is an excellent web resource and update on Hurricane Sandy provided by PropertyCasualty360.com. This special Sandy landing page brings readers directly to the features, news coverage and commentary related to the Oct. 29, 2012 storm that is still affecting the Northeast. … CLICK HERE to view

Thanks PC360 – great job!

About PropertyCasualty360: PropertyCasualty360.com is where buyers and sellers have access to breaking insurance news, industry research, compliance and legal updates, training and education, technology developments, data and trends, and more. The site combines the established knowledge resources and news reporting capabilities from the experts at Summit Professional Networks’ Property Casualty Group with proprietary market data and relevant content aggregated from across the Web to create one distinct and vital information source for all P&C professionals.

Can A Meteorologist Come to Me?

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

Clients often want to know if one of our meteorologists can come to their office location for a deposition, consultation, or other services. Our expert witnesses are certainly available to travel to your area, and they have worked on cases and projects all over the country. Video depositions with our meteorologists are also possible, if you don’t need them to be physically at your office. And if you prefer talking over the phone about a case, we provide phone consultations where you can discuss the case details with our experts. Phone consultations are one of our most widely used services and are very popular with attorneys and engineers. You can utilize this service either prior to or after having a written report created for your case or claim. We also perform site visits, where a meteorologist will visit the site of loss. We like to work with our clients to find the solution that best suits them. Whether that’s an in-person meeting or something more remote, we can handle it for you!

Freezing Rain With Above Freezing Temperatures

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

CompuWeather meteorologists have seen numerous instances when freezing rain occurred despite an above freezing air temperature. While this doesn’t happen often, our forensic meteorologists are familiar with this unusual situation. Typically when this occurs, the available weather data doesn’t indicate that freezing rain actually fell. In these types of cases, using an experienced meteorologist is vital to discover the truth.

Freezing rain is defined as liquid water which freezes instantly on surfaces. This occurs when snow falls through the atmosphere while the temperature is at or below freezing. The snow then reaches an atmospheric layer where the temperature is above 32 degrees F. This causes the snow to melt and change over to plain rain. As the rain continues to fall to the surface, it reaches a thin layer of the atmosphere just above the ground where the temperature once again dips below freezing. Sometimes that layer is thin enough so the rain does not have the chance to freeze before it hits the surface. Since the surface is also below freezing, the rain will freeze on ground contact, resulting in ice. With only a very thin layer of subfreezing air just above the ground, the recorded air temperature would be above freezing. Reporting stations may report plain rain as opposed to freezing rain, despite the fact that freezing rain actually fell and caused a layer of ice.

Without the use of a meteorologist, you may not know to look for this situation or be able to tell when it has actually occurred. CompuWeather meteorologists are well versed in events like these, as well as all types of unusual weather scenarios. Why not utilize the expertise of CompuWeather meteorologists to always be well informed?

Slip and Fall Refresher – Basic Services and Reports from CompuWeather

Slip and Fall Victim on IceContributed by Patti Robertson, CompuWeather Forensic Order Specialist and Account Executive

Like it or not, for those of us in the Northern Latitudes, the snow will arriving in the not-to-distant future and that means people will be slipping and falling in it, and in the ice that accompanies it.  Many of our clients have purchased our slip and fall/snow and ice reports in the past, but there are probably just as many who think we only handle weather-related property losses.  For those of you who have never tried our slip and fall reports, here is what you can expect.

The standard report is a site-specific narrative analysis of precipitation type and amount with start and stop times, daily high and low temperatures, and daily snow and ice “cover” or “depth”.  Snow and ice cover is the amount of snow and ice on the ground at the start and end of each day, taking into account what was already there, what was added during the course of the day, and what was lost due to melting and compaction of the existing snow pack. Many clients think it is necessary to have the report cover a lengthy period in order to capture the snow and ice that might still have been left on the ground from earlier storms.  However, our meteorologists are able to determine the daily snowfall depth, and by making it part of our standard report, it may shorten the period of analysis that you require.  Our reports also include tables and graphs of precipitation and temperature data for illustrative purposes.   The minimum report charge provides an analysis of up to three days of your choosing.

Keep your eye out for our future blog postings when we will talk about special options that are available to customize your slip and fall report so that it meets your specific needs. Contact Us to have a sample report sent to you.

Read about slip and fall report add-ons and options from CompuWeather here

Snowfall Total Verification Services from CompuWeather

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

If you are a Property Manager or a Snow Removal Contractor, at one time or another you have probably had the need to determine accurate snowfall totals for a winter storm event.  If so, you may be interested in CompuWeather’s site-specific snow verification reports.  Verifying the amount of snow that fell in a particular location is a service that CompuWeather provides to our customers who need to keep accurate records of each snow event. Our reports not only show the total precipitation for the event, but also provide information as to the nature of the precipitation (snow? sleet? freezing rain?) as well as start and stop times (even if there were multiple starts/stops during an event) and a brief description of the event.  What makes our service different from others is that our reports are prepared by our meteorologists, not generated by an automated computer program, thereby giving you the most accurate snow totals available.

CompuWeather’s snow verification services are offered on a seasonal contract or “per event” basis to meet your individual needs.

CLICK HERE to download a CompuWeather Snow Verification Brochure

Handling Cases and Claims with Multiple Weather Elements

Contributed by Jess Hurwitz, CompuWeather Director of Sales and Marketing / CTO

In many of the cases and claims that we work on, a single weather element is to blame for the damage and loss. In these instances properly determining the intensity, amount and/or timing of the weather is what we are typically asked to provide for our clients. Other situations involve more than one weather element; understanding how each performed individually and affected each another can be very important to understanding the true cause of the damage. Timing is also important when dealing with multiple weather elements especially in large or catastrophic losses. These very complicated forensic weather investigations require an experienced meteorologist to determine all the factors, research all of the available information and finally address all the particular concerns and questions from the client. Providing an accurate account of the event from start to finish provides you with the insight to determine what actually caused the damage and how it relates to coverage held by the insured. The type of coverage held, limits of liability and coverage, waiting periods and specific riders and options all may come into play when multiple weather factors are involved with a loss. Getting a weather expert involved with these types of claims/cases is in the best interest of all involved.

Investigating Suspicious Weather Claims

Contributed by Steve Roberts, CCM, CompuWeather Sr. Forensic Meteorologist, Weather Expert and Certified Consulting Meteorologist

In the recent past, both on TV and in major criminal cases, many have been exposed to the positive results achieved by CSI teams when asked to perform a forensic investigation of a crime scene. By conducting very intense and thorough investigations they are typically able to uncover and unlock the true facts revolving around a criminal case which may not have been so obvious prior to their involvement on the case. The same typically hold trues when dealing with weather-related insurance claims and legal cases. When in doubt, call in the professional forensic weather investigators and you may also discover results you did not originally expect or anticipate.

CompuWeather was recently contacted by an insurance company to investigate a suspicious claim of visible flood damage submitted by an insured a few days after a new policy was issued.  The claim was submitted from an extremely rural location where most of the general public would believe that historical weather data would be sparse and it would be impossible to accurately reconstruct the timing of past weather events.  CompuWeather’s knowledge and access to multiple layers of localized data in the area, including Doppler Radar precipitation estimates, proved that the heavy rainfall did indeed occur at the site of the insurance claim, but that the event occurred a few short hours before the insured purchased the new insurance policy.  Backed by a forensic weather analysis prepared by a CompuWeather Expert, the insurance company was able to verify the timing of the rainfall event and deny the fraudulent claim on the basis that the rainfall event occurred prior to the insurance coverage period.

Utilizing forensic meteorology for all of your weather-related claims and cases should always be a requirement. Not having a complete and accurate understanding of the related weather conditions ultimately leads to poor case/claim handling and management, tarnished reputation, loss of trust, higher costs and large expenditures for one or more of the parties that may not be truly warranted.

Visibility and Astronomical Options for a Forensic Weather Report

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

Often our clients handle cases where visibility at the time of the incident needs to be determined.   You may be aware that we can provide meteorological conditions that contribute to visibility, such as precipitation, cloud cover and fog, but did you know that we can provide astronomical information as well?

Most often, we are asked to include the time of sunrise, sunset and civil twilight in our visibility reports, along with an explanation of the term “civil twilight”.  However, in some motor vehicle accidents, for example, one of the parties may claim that the sun was in their eyes, so they couldn’t see the stop sign, or the pedestrian, etc.  In these cases, our meteorologists can determine the position and angle of the sun in the sky at the time of the accident, and for a period of time leading up to it.  When the accident happens at night, we are often asked to include lunar information, such as the time of moonrise/moonset and the phase and position of the moon. Astronomical data, when added to a site-specific weather analysis, provides a complete analysis of visibility at the place and time the loss occurred, and can be invaluable when reconstructing an accident.

Can CompuWeather Provide an Expert Witness if My Case Goes to Trial?

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

Clients call us to request site-specific past weather reports or weather data, and often ask if my case goes to trial, can we provide an expert witness to testify in court? For CompuWeather, the answer is always Yes!

Often we hear that this is a main concern for our clients since they want ensure full support for their case from start-to-finish from a single entity. They don’t want to get a report from one meteorologist and then find out that they are not experienced, not qualified or even worse not available to go to court or deposition when needed. Unfortunately, when dealing with many single meteorologists or small weather companies, this can and should be a huge concern.

CompuWeather has over 30 meteorologists on staff skilled in all areas of meteorology under a single roof.  We have a team of meteorologists who are expert witnesses and have appeared at numerous trials in courts all over the country. The expert witnesses prepare the site-specific weather reports, and can testify as to what the weather conditions were if the case does reach the testimony stage either for court or deposition. Interestingly enough, of the 3000+ site-specific reports we produce each year, less than 1% of cases that we work on go to trial. Many more (around 65%) utilize many of our other legal services such as phone consultations, document review, affidavit preparation and certified data fulfillment as they work through the different stages of the case. According to feedback from many of our legal clients, having an accurate, well-prepared site-specific report from CompuWeather is frequently enough to help move the case towards settlement, eliminating the need and cost of going to trial.

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Winter Weather Claims – Roof / Building Collapse

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

When dealing with a roof or building collapse due to winter weather, the weight of the accumulated winter precipitation (snow, ice, rain) is generally the factor needed to be determined. Usually in most of these cases an engineer is needed to apply weather data to structural data to determine the actual cause of the loss. In new or recently serviced structures, construction defects may also be a factor to consider. In older structures, age may affect the ability to withstand severe or even normal winter conditions.

When managing a winter roof or building collapse, CompuWeather generally recommends a full winter weather analysis for the exact point of loss. This type of report details the weather dating back to the first storm of the season. Included should be a listing of all snow and ice accumulations over time and a complete temperature history. Wind may also be a factor in cases where a partial roof collapse occurred. In these types of cases the accumulated snow may have been pushed by the wind to one side of the roof causing an imbalanced condition and the resulting failure of the structure.

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October 2013 CompuWeather Specials

October PumpkinsSave $30 on any Site-Specific Doppler Radar RAINFALL Analysis / Report
Save $30 on any Site-Specific Doppler Radar WIND Analysis / Report
Save $25 on any MOTOR-VEHICLE ACCIDENT Report (Weather & Visibility)

The above offers are good through October 31, 2013
Clients may use each discount as many times as needed throughout October
Above offer cannot be combined with other discounts or volume pricing plans.

CompuWeather Provides a Full Range of Marine Forensic Services

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

While land-based weather reports make up a large part of our business, we also do quite a bit of work with marine weather issues. CompuWeather is one of the few companies in the world to have both land and marine forensic weather specialists under one roof. We have access to wind, wave, swell, current, tide, and other marine data across the world, which allows us to pinpoint what happened at a particular point in the ocean or across an entire route of a ship. We document cases and claims dealing with cargo loss & damage, ship accidents, arrival delays, maritime personal injury, tropical systems, voyage reconstructions, and much more. We have expert witnesses who specialize in maritime issues. These experts can not only provide a detailed marine weather analysis in a report, but can also discuss your case with you in a phone consultation and testify in court. The next time you’re dealing with an issue over water, remember that we can be of service!

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The Importance of Getting the Weather Facts Straight

Contributed by Steve Roberts, CCM, CompuWeather Sr. Forensic Meteorologist, Weather Expert and Certified Consulting Meteorologist

Many weather related cases and claims can be very complicated with vast amounts of weather data to sift through.  At a glance, weather data can be very misleading to an untrained professional without the knowledge to properly analyze and interpret the data.  Data from a nearby weather reporting site may indicate that the last winter storm was a week prior to a serious slip and fall accident, but at a closer look, the ice responsible for the fall formed from melting and refreezing that occurred during the time when the slip and fall occurred.  This makes what appears to be a long lasting pre-existing condition into an event in progress, creating a game changer for both sides of a legal matter.  In addition, weather data can reveal that a severe thunderstorm outbreak containing tornadoes and high winds occurred on a day when a tree toppled onto a pedestrian, causing serious injury.  After further inspection, an arborist determines that the tree had visible signs of rot, while a forensic meteorologist combs through the data and concludes that the severe weather outbreak did not affect the local area where the incident occurred.

Forensic meteorologists have access to many more forms of data than the average person, and at a much higher resolution.  Forensic meteorologists are also capable of interpreting the weather data through their extensive meteorological training and knowledge on the limitations of each data source that they rely upon.  In the medical field, most patients would be able to review an MRI of a body part and be able to make out the basic bone and tissue structures.  However, the doctor has the knowledge and expertise to pick up on the subtle signatures that make the difference between healing the patient and a potentially life threatening situation.  Similarly, in the field of meteorology, not having a trained weather expert review your case and the associated weather data could result in the life or death of a case or claim, which ultimately can result in a significant loss of revenue and a tarnished professional reputation.

CompuWeather offers a vast array of forensic weather products that can fit into most budgets. This makes it affordable to acquire the peace of mind that there will be no surprises when it comes to the weather portion of a case or claim.  After all, what is the true cost of not knowing?

What is the Best Way to Place an Order or Request Service from CompuWeather?

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

When customers call us for the first time, one question they always ask is “How do I place my order??”  What they are really asking is “Do I have to submit something in writing?”, or “Do I have to use the Internet to make a request?”  The answer is that there are several options available, and you may use any one that you prefer and you find most convenient.  The first and most popular choice is to place a call to our Sales Department (800-825-4445 or 845-227-8500). Our Forensic Order Specialists and Account Executives are always happy to chat with our customers – new or returning. Dealing with hundreds of insurance, legal and engineering inquiries and orders each month, our forensic sales team is always prepared to advise you on the best and most economical way to professionally document your weather related case or claim and ensure that all of your questions are properly answered and addressed by our meteorologists.

You may also conveniently reach us 24/7 by using our secure online service request form located on our web site at: https://compuweather.com/request-service/ . You may use the form anytime to provide us with information about your case or claim. This form is sent directly to our team of forensic order specialists who will contact you during normal business hours within one business day of receiving your information. Any information that you provide to us is considered confidential at all times and we do not proceed with any work until our consultants have had the chance to contact you, discuss your information and gain your approval to move forward and start working for you. In addition, all submitted cases are conflict checked prior to commencing work on them.

Another way to reach us is by email: salesteam@compuweather.com. Emails sent to this address go directly to our team of forensic order specialists who will respond to your request as quickly as possible. In some cases we will respond by email and in others we will give you a live call back to discuss your needs.

Lastly, you may download our service request form and submit it to us by fax: 800-825-4441 or by scanning the form and email it to us at: salesteam@compuweather.com. The service request form can be downloaded by Clicking Here.

Whichever method you choose, we try to make the order process quick, simple and painless. In most cases a quick 5-10 minute call is all that is needed to request and commence service with us. We hope to hear from you soon!

CompuWeather to Visit NY, NJ and CT Law Firms in Late 2013 and Early 2014

Contributed by Jess Hurwitz, CompuWeather Director of Sales and Marketing / CTO

Over the next few months, CompuWeather will be visiting Law Firms in NY, NJ and CT. The purpose of our visit is to have a forensic sales specialist and a weather expert meet and educate your team on our current products and services relevant to your practice and needs. These visits also provide the opportunity for your attorneys to personally meet one of our weather experts who could be utilized for their upcoming cases. Please contact us and let us know if you are interested in having CompuWeather visit your law firm in late 2013 or early 2014. Email Jess Hurwitz with your request and information. We will contact you with more information shortly when we begin to make appointments and setup meeting schedules.

What is CompuWeather?

CompuWeather Banner - white on blue copyCompuWeather is the #1 worldwide provider of site-specific past historical weather reports for insurance professionals, engineers and attorneys. Our products provide you with the exact weather conditions experienced at the time and place of loss and are used to professionally document insurance claims and legal cases. The service CompuWeather provides cannot be found anywhere on the Internet or from online automated services.  CompuWeather can assist you with all types of past weather at any location (land or sea). CompuWeather provides a full range of specialized services for our legal clients including nationwide testimony and deposition services, certified data fulfillment, telephone consultations, affidavit and document review and full litigation support.

 

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Spending Now Saves Later

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

It’s fairly common for CompuWeather meteorologists to become involved in cases that are close to or about to begin trial. Usually the exchange begins with a panicked phone call from a client about needing an expert opinion immediately. These calls may be the result of the belief that a meteorologist was not needed earlier because someone in house could find the proper data online and interpret it correctly or that it wasn’t worth spending the money for an expert’s review. In most cases, spending money and engaging CompuWeather early on can provide substantial time and monetary savings. Accurately understanding the exact weather conditions that relate to your case in the early stages helps to ensure better management of your case through completion.

There have been many instances where CompuWeather meteorologists are asked to provide a weather opinion for a case just prior to trial for which there had been no prior review by a weather expert. The review by the expert sheds new light and in some cases a completely different and opposite conclusion of the weather conditions associated with the case.

CompuWeather meteorologists have a vast amount experience with weather data. We know which weather stations are available, which will be the most relevant in your case and more importantly which data can be certified for litigation purposes. The most common outcome in many instances where CompuWeather was involved early on is that the cases settled before actually going to trial and the total costs incurred for case were dramatically lower for all.

Why wait to use CompuWeather’s services when a small charge now may become a large one later?

Oxymoron: Site-Specific Certified Weather Report

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

At least once a day, a client requests a “certified report” from CompuWeather, but when questioned further it becomes clear that what they really want is a site-specific analysis prepared by one of our forensic meteorologists. Then the client will ask “Can I get the report certified?”. The short answer is “no”. A meteorological report is considered to be the analysis/interpretation/opinion of the author and therefore is not able to be certified. It is, for all legal purposes, hearsay. However, what can be certified is the weather data which was selected and analyzed in order to prepare the expert’s report. This data includes the ground reporting stations, storm data and also Doppler radar images, when utilized. Weather data, certified or not, is not site-specific (unless the incident occurred at the airport!), so the meteorologist’s report is vital to determining what happened at the loss location.

So if you need a “site-specific certified weather report”, you really need 2 things: a report prepared by one of our experts PLUS certified copies of the weather data used to prepare that report. We typically suggest that you order both at the same time to ensure that you do not experience panic when you discover you do not have the certified data in your file just a few short days prior to your trial.

Can You Document Weather That Just Occurred?

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

Sometimes clients wonder if a certain amount of time has to have passed before we can document and analyze the weather conditions for a legal case or insurance claim. The answer is no, as long as it is the next day after the weather occurred. We routinely get requests for weather reports where the weather in question just happened the day before. All of the same tools and information are available to us whether the incident happened the day prior, or a few years ago. So there is no need to wait if you have a weather-related issue that just occurred – get in touch right away so we can help you in a timely manner and properly document your cases and claims with accurate site-specific weather conditions for your point of loss.

September 2013 CompuWeather Specials

September ApplesSave $30 on any Slip & Fall Detailed Weather Analysis Report
Save $50 on any Telephone Consultation
Save $30 on any Hurricane Timeline Chart

The above offers are good through September 30, 2013
Clients may use each discount as many times as needed throughout September
Above offer cannot be combined with other discounts or volume pricing plans.

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.

FAQ – I Received My CompuWeather Report, When Will I Get My Invoice?

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

Up until about a year ago, we used to send out invoices for our work the day after an order was placed. Many of our clients did not like this since they would receive the invoice prior to receiving their report. They would call us and ask where there report was or did they miss something since they received our invoice already. This caused a lot of confusion and wasted our client’s time.  We studied the problem and came up with a better solution.

We simply changed our methods and added a 5-day delay to the invoicing process. As a result, if you order a report from us using our standard delivery time of 5 business days, the invoice and report should typically reach you around the same time. Since our reports are dispatched from our meteorological fulfillment team and our invoices come from our accounting department (2 separate entities), synchronizing the delivery of invoices and reports is not something we can easily do. In cases where clients order reports using our expedited or rush services (delivery under 5-days) you will receive your report on the date when promised and then your invoice a few days later. We get a lot of questions about this from clients so we thought it best to explain the way things are done. Please feel free to contact us anytime if you have any questions about this process or need another copy of your invoice. Our accounting department may be reached directly at: 845-226-8300 selecting option #5 from the main phone menu or by email at: accounting@compuweather.com