Serving all of your weather-related business and legal consulting matters

Northern Plains Weather Services, LLC
Matthew J. Bunkers, Ph.D.
Certified Consulting Meteorologist
Phone: 605.390.7243 (mobile)


I have 27+ years of weather analysis and forecasting experience, and have a passion for meteorology, solving problems, and helping others. My specialties include forensic meteorology, weather and forecasting, radar, satellite, severe storms, rainfall and flooding, winter weather, fire weather, applied climate and meteorology, ag weather, education and training, and technical editing. See below for relevant experience.


Based out of Rapid City, South Dakota, I provide consulting services across the United States. Past clients have been from Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

CV and Fee Schedule:

Available upon request. I have a 3-hour retainer, and bill in 10-minute increments. The initial consultations prior to being retained are free.

Relevant Experience:

  • I have worked on cases involving (i) analyses of hail/wind/tornado damage to businesses, crops, farm property (e.g., grain bins and irrigation systems), and housing units for insurance-related claims/lawsuits, (ii) climate and weather analyses for a mining operation and a preventative planting insurance claim, (iii) rainfall recurrence interval analyses for flooding of homes, (iv) snowfall and rainfall analyses for insurance claims, (v) climate and severe weather documentation for construction delays and adverse weather days, (vi) cloud cover/moonlight, rainfall, and icing/snow/wind analyses for automobile accidents, (vii) slips and falls related to snowfall and freezing drizzle, (viii) windstorm and drought analysis for a wildfire, (ix) fog analysis for an automobile accident, (x) fire-weather observations and research papers for a fellow consulting meteorologist, (xi) a technical review of a weather book, (xii) a general radar/hail project, (xiii) presentations on flash flooding, storm observing, photography, and safety, and (xiv) consulting advice for a fellow consulting meteorologist.
  • Previously, I assisted the Air Force and United States Forest Service by providing meteorological data and interpretation for an investigation of a C-130 crash that occurred during August 2012.
  • I was part of the Service Assessment team for the Rogers, Minnesota, F2 tornado that occurred on 16 September 2006.
  • I served the South Dakota legal system on 27 June 2005 by providing expert weather testimony for a homicide case.
  • I have reviewed over 100 papers for professional journals, and was recognized for this service by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Editor’s Award in 2004 for Weather and Forecasting. In addition, I was the keynote speaker for three conferences, a guest/invited speaker for 21 various events, and a presenter for at least 13 other local to national conferences, webinars, and/or workshops.
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