Forensic meteorology

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Forensic meteorology is meteorology, the scientific study of weather, applied to the process of reconstructing weather events for a certain time and location. This is done by acquiring and analyzing local weather reports such as surface observations, radar and satellite images, other data, and eyewitness accounts.[1] Forensic meteorology is most often used in court cases, including insurance disputes, personal injury cases, and murder investigations.[2] With increasing losses from severe weather in recent years, the demand for forensic meteorological services has also grown.[3] In the US, many forensic meteorologists are certified by the American Meteorological Society (AMS)'s rigorous Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) program.[4]

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  1. ^ Levine, Alaina G. (12 Sep 2011). "CSI: Mother Nature--Forensic Meteorology a New Growth Industry as Weather-Related Damage Intensifies". Scientific American. Archived from the original on September 16, 2011.
  2. ^ Austin, Elizabeth; Hildebrand, Peter (2014). "The art and science of forensic meteorology". Physics Today. 67 (6): 32–37. Bibcode:2014PhT....67f..32A. doi:10.1063/PT.3.2417. ISSN 0031-9228.
  3. ^ Levine, Alaina G. (14 Sep 2011). "Forensic Meteorology: Harsh Weather Spurs a Growth Industry". PBS NewsHour.
  4. ^ "Certified Consulting Meteorologist". American Meteorological Society. 8 Apr 2011.