Former Brookings resident Daniel L. Schreiber, now of Del Rio, Texas, has earned the nationally recognized Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) designation by the American Meteorology Society (AMS).
Schreiber moved to Brookings in 2005 with his parents when he was 15 years old and lived here through 2010, when he left to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, Fla. Schreiber served in the Air Force for six years. He married his wife Shauna in 2015 and has a 3-year-old daughter, Addy.
During high school, Schreiber attended military school back east, but spent his summers in Brookings, where he worked as a lifeguard at the pool and delivered newspapers for the Curry Coastal Pilot. He belonged to the Civil Air Patrol cadet squadron in Brookings, where he learned aviation and leadership skills. He also learned search and rescue, as well as survival skills. In college, he received an annual scholarship from the Brookings Flying Club. He wrote his college thesis on the Brookings Chetco Effect.
Schreiber currently owns his own business, STWX Strategic Weather Consulting, which specializes in forensic meteorology consulting, servicing the entire United States.
“Forensic meteorology is expert witness type work,” Schreiber said. He testifies in cases where weather is involved in a car or airplane crash, or other disputes related to insurance claims involving weather. He testifies in cases on behalf of both those insured or the insurance company. “Either way, the facts don’t change,” he said.
Schreiber volunteers locally as an on-air meteorologist and with emergency management services in his community for weather events, whether hurricanes or hail storms.
“Basically, they don’t sound the sirens until I tell them to,” Schreiber said. “Locally, I am the de facto, go-to-weather expert.”
The CCM designation means that he is “board certified as a meteorological practitioner. I can practice without this certification as a meteorologist,” he said. “The certification gives credence to my expert witness status.”
“The CCM designation is issued by the AMS to highly qualified meteorologists providing research and services to a wide variety of users of weather information, including agriculture, business, industry, and various sectors of government,” according to an AMS press release. “These services extend beyond the traditional public service functions and statutory responsibilities of the National Weather Service.
“To earn the CCM credential, a meteorologist must make an application for the designation, be recommended by three associates, pass a stringent written examination, and pass an oral examination before a national board of examiners. The CCM designation is granted only to those who demonstrate a broad background in meteorology together with detailed knowledge in a particular field of specialization. CCMs must demonstrate exemplary qualities of character and devotion to high professional standards.”
My areas of expertise are severe weather and aviation meteorology,” Schreiber said.
“CCMs are highly regarded by their peers in meteorology,” the AMS press release says. “They are considered experts in the application of weather information to a host of practical challenges ranging from specialized forecasts to engineering design support and expert testimony on weather-related court cases. Certification enables users of meteorological services to select consultants or employees with greater confidence in the quality and reliability of the products or services they will receive.”