Meet the AccuWeather Forensics Team

Joe Sobel

Dr. Joseph P. Sobel | Senior Vice President | Director of Forensic Services

Joe's decades of experience in forecasting and broadcasting weather information to the public, coupled with his doctoral degree, make him a real asset in the courtroom. "Dr. Joe", AccuWeather Senior Vice President and Expert Senior Meteorologist, has appeared on ABC, WABC-TV NBC Nightly News, The Today Show,  Bloomberg Television, MSNBC and CNBC. He has provided more than one million weather forecasts and discussions to radio stations across the United States since 1972. He is also a nationally-recognized meteorologist and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

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Steve Pryor | Certified Consulting Meteorologist

A Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) with a master's degree in atmospheric science, Steve has extensive and broad forensic experience, including aviation cases, severe weather and hurricanes. Steve is also a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a weather officer. At AccuWeather, Steve provides expert forensic meteorological consulting services for a wide variety of legal, insurance and corporate clients. As required, Steve writes expert reports for trial testimonies and authors reports analyzing a varoious damaging and extreme weather events. Steve also analyzes weather conditions for aircraft accidents for several major aircraft manufactures.

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Steve Wistar | Certified Consulting Meteorologist

As a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) and Senior Forensic Meteorologist, Steve has worked on numerous cases involving Hurricane Katrina, building collapses, flooding and slip and falls. He uses his tremendous attention to detail and excellent communication skills to explain meteorology to the non-scientist. At AccuWeather, Steve constructs impartial scientific weather evidence for use in courts of law, which has aided Steve in testifying over 125 times in courtrooms and depositions. Furthermore, he coordinates numerous past weather research projects using forensic meteorology, like the 250 reports Steve wrote on the impacts of Hurricane Katrina at specific locations on Gulf Coast.

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Edward R. Adams | Manager of Forensic Services

As a Senior Forensic Meteorologist, Ed has used his considerable analytic talents in thousands of forensic cases over the past 30+ years and has written hundreds of clear, concise reports. At AccuWeather, Ed has co-authored over one thousand reports documenting research project findings to determine weather conditions at particular times and places in the past using forensic meteorology. Ed is responsible for directing the forensic meteorology analysis activities of Accuweather.

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John D. Lavin | Certified Consulting Meteorologist

As a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) and Senior Storm Warning Meteorologist, John has provided forensic weather services ranging from hail verification studies to heavy rainfall and flooding situations and slip and fall cases involving the amount of snow and/or ice on the ground at a specified location. In addition, John has a wealth of experience predicting short-term weather hazards, including tornadoes, high winds, hail, flooding and winter storms over all of North America. John has provided expert weather consultation to many fortune 500 companies during major weather events, including severe thunderstorm and tornado situations and major hurricanes such as Sandy, Harvey and many others.

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Ken Clark | Expert Senior Meteorologist

Ken prepares a wide variety of forecasts across North America and the tropics, specializing in radio and television clients, tropical meteorology and micro climates of the western United States. He also performs on-air duties on a number of radio stations and writes a daily blog on with emphasis on West Coast weather. In addition, Ken is a qualified expert witness in forensic meteorology and has testified in a wide range of cases from automobile accidents to slip and fall and airline incidents.

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