Weather In The Courtroom: Memoirs From A Career In Forensic Meteorology by William H. HaggardWeather In The Courtroom: Memoirs From A Career In Forensic Meteorology by William H. Haggard

Weather In The Courtroom: Memoirs From A Career In Forensic Meteorology

byWilliam H. Haggard

Paperback | December 15, 2016

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As director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center in the late 1960s and early ’70s, William H. Haggard witnessed an explosion in the number of requests from attorneys needing weather data for their cases. But while the Center offered data certified by the Department of Commerce that could be submitted as evidence in a court of law, government meteorologists could not be released from work to interpret this data in the courtroom. In their place, pioneering forensic meteorologists stepped in to serve as expert witnesses.

For a society enthralled by courtroom drama, forensics, and natural disasters, Weather in the Courtroom is a perfect storm: an exciting inside scoop on legendary court cases where the weather may—or may not—have played a crucial role. Haggard explores both the meteorological facts and human stories of a variety of high-profile cases among the hundreds in which, after retiring from the government, he served as an expert witness. Were the disappearance of Alaskan Congressman Nick Begich’s plane on October 16, 1972; the collapse of Tampa Bay’s Skyway Bridge on May 9, 1980; and the crash of Delta Flight 191 in Dallas/Fort Worth on August 2, 1985, natural or human-caused disasters? Haggard’s recounting of these and other litigations reveals just how critical the interpretation of weather and climate data in the courtroom is to our understanding of what happened—and who, if anyone, is at fault.
 
William H. Haggard is a former director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center, a certified consulting meteorologist, and a fellow and honorary member of the American Meteorological Society.  
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Title:Weather In The Courtroom: Memoirs From A Career In Forensic MeteorologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:December 15, 2016Publisher:American Meteorological SocietyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Brown v. Jonz: The Mysterious Loss of Two Congressmen
2 Nevin v. USA: The Secret Test That Killed
3 The Day the Skyway Fell: Failure to Stop and Anchor
4 Alicia and Tank 089: Revealing Oil Stains
5 Delta 191: “Lightning Out of That One”
6 Lake Coamo Flood: An Act of God?
7 White Mountain Apache Tribe v. USA: Mismanagement
8 Webb, Riding, and Charlesworth v. USA: Whiteout at Roswell
9 New England Storm of July 10, 1989: Mohawk and Black Rock
10 Downing v. Bowater: Like Driving Into a Marshmallow
11 Palatka Paper Mill: The Other Side of the Coin
12 McNair v. USA: Obstructing Clouds
13 APL China: Christmas Overboard
14 State of North Carolina v. Michael Peterson: Cool by the Pool
15 Looking Back over the Years
Acknowledgements
Appendix
About the Author
References
 

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