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, and 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. A nationally recognized meteorologist, and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, Dr. 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 for forensic meteorology.

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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 wide variety 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 his excellent communication skills to explain meteorology to the non-scientist. At AccuWeather, Steve constructs impartial scientific weather evidence for use in courts of law to support the prosecution, which has aided Steve in testifying over 125 times in courtrooms or 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 findings of research projects 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, Inc.

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Michael Smith | Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer

Mike leads advanced research in severe weather detection for AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions. Known as “America’s Tornado Expert”, Mike is one of America’s leading authorities in the field of extreme weather and its effects on society and business; Mike has also pioneered research of microbursts and their effects on aircraft accidents. He has received 21 patents in the fields of weather science, emergency management, and search and rescue. He has written two books and has appeared on every major television news network. A board-certified consulting meteorologist and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, Mike received the AMS award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advance of Applied Meteorology and, twice, their award for Outstanding Service to Meteorology by a Corporation. In 1981, Mike founded WeatherData, Inc. Under his leadership, the company pioneered pinpoint severe-weather warning services and technologies in a variety of industries. WeatherData was acquired by AccuWeather in 2006, becoming AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, and Mike stayed on to help build AES into America’s leading provider of commercial weather services.

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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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