Forensic Weather Consultants, LLC is one of the United States’ most reliable weather expert firms. With a staff comprised of Certified Consulting Meteorologists (CCM), Consulting Meteorologists and Computer Modeling personnel, we provide official weather data, certified NOAA/NCEI weather records, in-depth analysis of the weather conditions at specific locations, consultations, written reports, affidavits, site visits, depositions and live trial testimony. Our weather consulting services are often utilized for incidents or accidents that are the subject of insurance claims, lawsuits, or disputes. We have been retained on thousands of cases nationwide because of our experience, attention to detail, ease of communication and our ability to tell a story to a jury at trial. Our team also stands out among meteorology companies for our intuitive acumen when it comes to creating and interpreting certified weather records and prior weather reports for their potential impact on every unique situation we evaluate. Our clients range from single member law firms or public adjusters to the largest insurance companies in the world.
Our most common cases involve slips and falls on snow/ice, slips and falls on wet floors inside of buildings, hail damage and wind damage claims, flooding events, hurricane wind vs. water cases (Katrina, Wilma, Ike, Sandy, etc.), boating and shipping incidents, heat exhaustion or hypothermia incidents, and motor vehicle accidents that occur in heavy rain, snow, fog or sun glare.
We also conduct long-term climate studies for clients such as energy companies or retail corporations needing long term weather data for business evaluation purposes such as tracking and assessing retail sales performance under different long term weather conditions.
The reports we provide contain detailed forensic meteorologist opinions, information, charts and determinations for each specific incident location we are asked to research. As weather consultants, our information, certified weather reports, affidavits, depositions and live trial testimony are then used to help resolve cases. Please refer to our Services and Sample Reports Sections for additional information.
Interested in discussing a potential case? Email us at HGA@WeatherConsultants.com or by phone at (518) 862-1800.
I highly recommend them to either side of a complex insurance litigation.
In conducting a meteorology review as part of a matter in litigation, the key criteria is to have an experienced and balanced expert - one who relies on sound, verifiable scientific data, and has extensive experience working both with policyholders and the insurance industry. Howard Altschule and Forensic Weather Consultants have consistently taken a data-driven approach, with accurate and testable opinions, sound methodology and comprehensive reports that are professionally prepared, well written and scientifically verifiable. I highly recommend them to either side of a complex insurance litigation matter.
Juries want scientific proof. Good science and meaningful and understandable presentation are essential to presenting any forensic evidence. Howard Altschule and Forensic Weather Consultants provide that service with exceptional diligence and professionalism. In a recent nine year old double homicide case they gave us the proof and showed the jury exactly what it needed to debunk a fantastic story by the now convicted killer. You can’t argue with the weather. In the criminal justice system I believe we will see this proof being presented routinely.
A Qualitative opinion
Under a very tight time frame, Howard Altschule was able to collect and analyze literally dozens of NWS reports and warnings and offered a qualitative opinion of the storm event, setting it in its proper historical context. I would recomend his services to anyone involved in litigation where weather conditions may have been a factor.
Recommended for all weather related cases
Thanks so much Howard. I will recommend you from now on all weather related cases.
"Great expert witness!"
Howard Altschule made a great expert witness in a complex motor vehicle vs. tractor trailer case where the weather played a critical role in understanding the liability aspect of the case. Howard was easy to work with and quite knowledgeable in the area of forensic meteorology. He also adapted well to some unpredictable rulings received from the Court and developed a good rapport with the jury. I would not hesitate to use Howard again in any future trials!
"Prompt and Thorough."
I have found the services of Mr. Altschule and Forensic Weather Consultants to be prompt and thorough. His use of computerized weather data is particularly effective in conveying the disparity of weather conditions frequently encountered in the varied terrain of western Pennsylvania. I would not hesitate to recommend his services, and plan to do so as the need arises in the future.