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The extent to which forensic meteorology can go to provide supporting data, with an authoritive opinion, is considerable. To provide a full report, five aspects are considered.
 
A tiered service that supplies all the support required for the complete weather picture.

Part One - Data Assembly

To obtain all the relevant weather information covering the period in question, from all sources.

Part two - Data Evaluation
The available data is examined, the significance is fully explored, with cross reference to prtinent statistics.
 
Part Three - Interpretation
An extension od data evaluation - a full interpretation of the data into ' every day terms ', with supporting examples.
 
Part Four - Conclusions
From an in-depth study of the data, the inferences that can be drawn to form a conclusion, which can lead to -
 
Part Five - An Opinion
The presentation of an opinion may take various forms, which can include Certified Statements admissible in criminal courts.

 

Reports comply with civil courts requirements.
Certified statements are included for use in criminal courts.
 
A reports consists of the incident details, a brief description of the case, a short CV followed by the main body.
This contains data, a discussion on the data, explanation of technical terms in every day terms, and opinion.
All data used in the report are tabulated in each section and graphs used where appropriate
 
 
Although Met. Office data gives a very good picture of the weather at a particular locality there are other sources there are on occasions as important.
 
Non-Meteorological Data.
CCTV On one occasion of flooding of an industrial estate, CCTV footage was used to confirm a very heavy fall of rain in a thunderstorm.
Witness statements often confirm the meteorological data but on rare occasions suggest alternative conditions.
Road traffic accident statistics, available from the local County Council are extremely useful in determining the extent of ice formation  or flooding and assists in the timing of rain or ice formation.
 
Another very useful source is the road sensor data collected by County Councils. The data gives road surface temperature, forecast temperature, road state i.e. wet/dry etc., salt concentrations and at some sites wind.
 
The above combined with the RTA statistics gives a very good picture of conditions over time.
 
A very important element in examining conditions is the weather forecast used by the parties in making decisions. Weather forecasts, if available, are included in reports and discussed where appropriate. Comparisons are drawn between the forecast and actual conditions.
 
A very common question from instructing parties is how long will a report take to prepare.
 
The record so far is about 15 minutes. The report, required urgently, was a one page report using the Met. Office Daily Weather Diary in letter form.
 
Reports based solely on Met. Office data take between one and five working days depending on the complexity of the case. On very rare occasions a report may take well over five working days, especially where non-meterological data is required.

 

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