BILLIONS OF DOLLARS of damage
occurs each year as a result of weather
events and catastrophes that strike the
U.S. Among the biggest damage producers are large hail-producing thunderstorms that pass over populated areas.
Following these CAT hailstorms, thousands of new hail claims come pouring in
— some are legitimate and some are not.
As a result, obtaining accurate weather
information and hail reports for each specific loss location is now more important
than ever. Forensic Weather Consultants
is pleased to introduce an incredibly
reliable way to determine when hail occurred and how large it was at a specific
address. Plus, if the case proceeds to
litigation, we can provide more detailed
studies and an in-depth report that can
be used in depositions and live trial testimony. The use of reliable data sources
and qualified experts who are educated
and experienced in their field of expertise
has never been more important.
New Technology To Determine
Historical Hail Sizes and Dates
When dealing with hail claims, two of
the most common questions asked are:
1) When was the last time large hail occurred? and 2) How large was the hail on
a specific date? Many times, the reported
date of loss was on a day when there
wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Answering these
questions with accuracy used to be time
consuming and costly, but now we have introduced a reliable way to determine this.
Using multi-radar and multiple-Doppler
radar product technology, Forensic Weather Consultants now provides historical
hail information at a specific location.
Within seconds of ordering a report on
our webpage, users will receive a listing
of when hail was detected at a specific
address, what the maximum hail size
was on each of those dates, and a radar
image depicting the hail region. These
reports can be used to determine if the
date of loss occurred during the policy
period and when the last time large hail
occurred. In a day and age where due
diligence and proper investigation of a
claim is important, adjusters can use
this reliable data to quickly and efficiently
determine how to proceed with a claim.
High-Resolution Hail Swath Maps
Harnessing advanced Doppler radar,
dual-polarization technology and years
of scientific NOAA research and studies,
our Hail Swath maps help CAT teams,
adjusters and other professionals zero
in on towns, streets, and neighborhoods
that were affected by hail. Since hail
can fall on one side of town and not the
other, this high resolution data is extremely valuable and it can help identify
what policyholders, homes or businesses may have experienced hail damage.
The Importance of
Retaining the Right
As one of the only weather
expert firms in the country
to provide a full-service suite
of products, our team of
Certified Consulting Meteorologists (CCM) and Consulting
Meteorologists is positioned
to provide your company with
site-specific weather information for any type of weather
related claim — big or small.
Since it is important to get accurate weather information from someone who is a true
expert in the field, more and more insurance carriers, attorneys and engineers are
turning to Forensic Weather Consultants
to provide them with specific weather
information for the incident location itself.
Relying on a NOAA hail report 7 miles
away from a loss location just doesn’t cut
it. But having weather information specifically for a loss location goes a long way
when resolving a claim, whether it is on
the adjuster level or in Federal court.
Howard Altschule is a Certified
Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) and the
owner of Forensic Weather Consultants.
The company provides very detailed, forensic weather reports and information
for hail claims, hurricane cases, slip and
falls on snow/ice and many other types
of incidents and accidents in the U.S.
How Hail Impact Reports, High Resolution
Weather Data and Qualified Experts Can
Help Resolve Claims More Effectively
BY HOWARD ALTSCHULE, CERTIFIED CONSULTING METEOROLOGIST