Meteorology and Oceanography Consultation

Certified Knowledge,
Trustworthy Interpretation,
and Real-World Experience

Expert Testimony

Rick Shema, a Certified Consulting Meteorologist, reconstructs weather events. In a timely and accurate manner, data is compiled and communicated in concise terms for expert testimony.

Marine Industry Support

WeatherGuy provides accurate weather forecasts to support go, no-go
decisions for mobilization, and deployment of high-value assets,
and routine forecasts. 

Vessel Support

When planning your vessel’s route, avoiding bad weather takes skill. WeatherGuy provides the data, interpretation, and experienced advice you can trust.

Rick Shema

Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM)

Rick is a certified consulting meteorologist specializing in three lines of work including marine industry, vessel support, and expert witness in forensic meteorology and physical oceanography. He works as a private-sector consultant to attorneys, insurance agents, project managers, and professional captains. Rick has a unique, 30 year background combining education, military service experience, and sea time on various ships including research vessels, U.S. Navy warships, and pleasure craft.

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Clients Share Their Experience

"Rick Shema provided us with outstanding expert witness services in a high value case. His thorough research and concise explanation of complex weather processes were well thought out and easy for a lay person to understand. We successfully settled our case with results that were better than anticipated, much because of Mr Shema's knowledge and professionalism."
City and County of Honolulu
Department of Corporation Counsel
“We just settled the case on favorable terms, largely due to your great work. I look forward to working with you again on future cases.”
Mike Underhill
Attorney in Charge, West Coast and Pacific Rim Office, Torts Branch, Civil Division (Admiralty), U.S. Dept. of Justice
"Rick is one of the best. In a recent race, we had three weather forecasts and Rick's was the most accurate. He is very easy to work with and, because he is a racing sailor, knows the kind of weather information racing sailor's need."
Robbie Haines
Project Manager, S/V Pyewacket
"I do not pretend to be a meteorologist on land or on the ocean.  I do know enough to know I don't know enough.  This is why I pay someone to advise me on weather.  Rick Shema has been providing me with weather information for years and has enabled me to make wise decisions about weather.  He is someone I can trust. Keep it up, you are good at what you do.  I have four years of experience with you that proves it."
Rolland Trowbridge
Nome, Alaska
"SV Apple arrived safely in Nuka Niva. Thank you, for your very detailed weather, it was 100% accurate. Yes, you were right. The waves did grow as did the wind. You we're also right that after 24 hour I noticed a slight let up & 36 hour the high winds and seas would end!! Exactly after 36 hours it did, like a switch had been suddenly turned off. Thank you so much for your detailed reports & words of encouragement."
Mike Lipscombe
SV  Apple, Jeanneau 53
Voyage from Tahiti to Marquesas
“We just completed our operation. The forecasting was spot on and really helped us during that last blow. We are on contract to do a similar installation off Kauai, Barking Sands next summer. I am sure we will require your forecasting then. Thanks again!”
Geoff, Scientist
L-3 Communications, Cable laying operations for U.S. Navy in Southern California
"I sailed singlehanded to Hawaii in July 2019. My boat was a small 25-foot trimaran, and we were dealing with two hurricanes, Erick and Flossie. All ended well. I'm reaching out to thank you for everything you did. I appreciate it so much. I've spoken about you to many people. One of the viewers asked for your contact info. I provided him your website URL. You did a great job for me and I will never forget it. Thank you again."
Dale Bowman
SV Free Spirit
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