Rick Shema, CCM
I am a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) with over 30 years of meteorological and forensic experience. My company, WeatherGuy.com, LLP was founded in 1996. My specialties include forensic marine meteorology, reconstruction of weather events, ship and boating accidents, weather routing for cruisers and racing yachts, and education and training for mariners.
I have forecast experience in all major ocean basins, Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas, and Northwest Passage. My main geographical area of expertise is North and South Pacific Oceans including but not limited to northern and southern hemispheres, Hawaiian waters, Alaska to Panama Canal coastal waters, and Galapagos to Australia.
Recently, I have completed a four year term on the American Meteorological Society Board of Certified Consulting Meteorologists, where I am an authority on certifying consulting meteorologists.
Previous to my professional career, I served in the U.S. Navy for over 24 years, which began as a commissioned Ensign and retired as a Commander. I held a top secret special compartmented information security clearance. I spent over eight years of sea duty onboard various warships including aircraft and helicopter carriers. I studied tropical cyclones and provided heavy weather avoidance tactics to evade threatening weather. On my shore assignments, I developed optimum ship route plans, forecasts, and reconstructed heavy weather events, including avoiding tropical cyclones, for Department of Defense assets in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
I love teaching meteorology classes to adult mariners. My company motto: Predict, Provide, Protect describes out commitment to safety at sea. I was a temporary, private high school teacher in physics and oceanography until a permanent hire could be located. I have been a guest speaker in various occasions including undergraduate sessions to college students and safety at sea seminars.
When I’m not working, I enjoy racing and cruising my sailboat in the Hawaiian Islands. Sailing various types of boats since childhood, I grew to appreciate the value of a good weather forecast. I have raced in sailboats across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii four times. I have also enjoyed local club races.