What is claimed to be the first expert witness service specifically in the field of weather and meteorological forecasting has been set up.
The service was founded by Norman Lynagh, a Met Office-trained meteorologist and weather forecaster, who worked for London marine consultant Noble Denton's weather section for 20 years. The section was first approached to provide a witness service 10 years ago.
He said it was a response to the increasing number of civil and criminal cases that require information about the weather. Road accidents, major marine disasters and insurance-related cases often required accurate information about weather conditions or the responsibility of organisations accurately to predict weather, he added.
The Buckinghamshire-based Norman Lynagh Weather Consultancy says it can provide worldwide weather information.