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, 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. On my shore assignments, I developed optimum ship route plans, forecasts, and reconstructed heavy weather events for Department of Defense assets in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. I also studied tropical cyclones and provided heavy weather avoidance tactics to evade threatening weather.
I love teaching meteorology classes to adult mariners and 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.
As a youth, I attained the rank of Eagle Scout and today am active in Scouts, BSA as a volunteer leader. I developed a Council Committee to support scouts with special needs and am a merit badge counselor for weather, oceanography, other aquatic sports, and disability awareness.
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 across the Pacific Ocean, and local club races.