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Mission Statement

Shade Tree Meteorology is committed to serving our clients and community with the highest level of integrity and professionalism. We believe that high quality scientific research must be communicated in clear, easy-to-understand language, and that education about weather preparedness is key to minimizing loss of life and property when hazardous weather strikes. Whether we are meeting with clients, volunteering in a classroom of students, or presenting our findings to a jury, we are driven by one goal: clear communication, interpretation and explanation of weather information in the manner best suited for each situation.

About the Shade Tree Meteorology Team

Alicia Wasula

Alicia Wasula, PhD, CCM
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Dr. Alicia Wasula, President of Shade Tree Meteorology, LLC, earned her Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees in Atmospheric Science at the University at Albany and earned her Certified Consulting Meteorological designation from the American Meteorological Society.

She developed a passion for severe weather and traveled to the Great Plains to study it in the field. She spent a summer in Norman, Oklahoma at the National Storm Prediction Center, doing research with Bob Johns, a prominent severe weather scientist.

In graduate school Alicia developed a skill for making difficult meteorological concepts understandable in the classroom. She taught a variety of courses from upper level science to entry level courses for non-science majors, earning praise for her communication style.

During her post-graduate studies, Alicia continued to work closely with operational forecasters on research projects at the Albany National Weather Service Office and the Storm Prediction Center on both her Master and Doctoral research projects.

She continues her passion for science and clear communication and delivers the real documented scientific facts to clients in terms readily understood by non-meteorologists.

In 2018 Alicia is serving a term as Chair-Elect and in 2019 will serve as Chair of the American Meteorological Society Board of Certified Consulting Meteorologists.
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Kelly Nugent

Kelly Neugent. MS
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Kelly Neugent earned her Bachelor of Science in Meteorology at the University of South Alabama and her Master of Science in Applied Meteorology at Plymouth State University. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she developed skills in data acquisition, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination. Kelly focused on the impacts of extreme weather on human health in New Hampshire for her graduate studies and has enjoyed presenting the results of that research at local and national conferences, as well as presenting the results to local and state officials and stakeholders in New Hampshire. Kelly is passionate about weather communication, education, and outreach.
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Richard (Dick) Westergard

Dick Westergard, CCM
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Richard J. (Dick) Westergard founded Shade Tree Meteorology, LLC after retiring from government service in 2004, and in 2016 sold the firm to Dr. Alicia Wasula. He plans to use his semi-retirement to do more traveling with his now retired spouse. However, currently he continues to work with Dr. Wasula at her discretion on interesting weather consulting cases.

Dick started his career in weather in 1966 as an Air Force weather observer, and then became a National Weather Service (NWS) Meteorological Technician from 1973 to 1988, when he earned his degree in meteorology and computer science. From 1988 to 1994, Dick was Meteorologist in Charge of the Duluth NWS office, and from 1994 to 2004 he was Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Albany NWS office.

Dick is past president of the National Council of Industrial Meteorologists, the premier association of private sector CCMs in the country; and was 2014 Chair of the AMS Board of Certified Consulting Meteorologists, which is the governing and examining body for the CCM program. He is also past chair of the Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council and past vice president of the NY Capital District’s ECOS, the Environmental Clearing House.

The research paper Dick co-authored, “Empowering the Forecast Consumer, is provided on the Resources page.
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