Consulting Meteorologist

A scenario, defined by Webster, is "a synopsis or outline of a plot or a drama."  The
drama in this case is the interplay between plaintiff and defendant.  A portion of the
plot may be the weather conditions as observed at a given location or instance or
those conditions leading up to a dramatic climax.  The most common types of
situations where meteorological conditions could play a role are:

A brief item in one's legal training is the fact that "weather conditions" can be obtained
from the National Weather Service archives in Washington DC. For obvious reasons,
there is no in-depth discussion into the types of, the decoding of, or the integration of
the data that is available.  A common practice, when weather may be a factor in a
case, is to enter the one page monthly summary of conditions for a specific location.  
Obviously this practice is very acceptable, but a more complete data set may exist and
can be purchased an presented in such fashion to reinforce one's position.

The basic intent of this scenario is to identify to an attorney, legal assistance, or
investigator the essentials of a meteorological overview and show, by example, those
attorneys that have used the expertise of a meteorologist.  Experience has shown that
a thorough report capsulizes pertinent facts and permits definitive conclusions.

The integration of data with definitive conclusions becomes a concise report
(overview) and it may become a key ingredient into an attorney's strategy.  The test
development might call upon the meteorologists formal academic training, research
into published works or studies, or wok related experiences.  The author of the
overview is a graduate meteorologist from and accredited university.

Each report is prepared as a technical or formal presentation. All pertinent aspects of
a case are considered with strict adherence to meteorological or atmospheric
principles.  Various types of overviews have been developed, some of which cover the
following areas of expertise:

Over the past 30 years, Johns expert testimony, some of which has been based on
prepared overviews, has been accepted in many Michigan Courts.  A list of these
Courts is identified in
John McMurray's Vitae.   

Weather observations are taken at thousands of locations throughout the country.  
Much of this data is forwarded to the National Climatic Center for checking,
publishing, and archiving.  Other data is retained in climate offices in individual
states.  The observation sites may be:


There are numerous types of data sets that could be incorporated into a
meteorological overview.  The uniqueness of a specific case requires the prudent
meteorologist to select data that portrays the total weather picture.  The more
common types of data that are readily available are:


In accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1733, properly authenticated copies or transcripts of
records or publications can be admitted into evidence.  Although this statute only
applies to Federal Counts, many states have similar provisions.  All data received
from the National Climatic Center are certified documents reflecting their
authenticity.  Additionally, work records, charts, tables, etc., that have been
compiled in the normal course of business have been accepted into evidence.