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Contact Information

Company Name
Logo Company Logo by in Kailua HI
Position President and Meteorologist
Online Social Profiles
Phone Number 808-291-9949
Fax Number 808-443-0889
134 S Kalaheo Ave
Kailua, HI 96734
United States

Company Details

  • Climate Change Projections, Consulting Services, Energy, Forecasting and Weather Prediction, Forensics/Expert Testimony, Hurricanes/Tropical Cyclones, Insurance/Risk Management, Marine and Coastal Weather, Seasonal and Subseasonal Forecasts, Severe Storms
  • Year Business Established
  • 1996
  • Affiliations
  • American Meteorological Society
    National Council of Industrial Meteorologists
    Marine Technology Society
    Hawaii Ocean Safety Team
    Hawaii Sail and Power Squadron
    Transpac and Pacific Cup Yacht Clubs
  • Accepted Forms of Payments
  • Credit Card, Check, Paypal, Cash, Bank Wire Transfer
  • Credentials
    Richard A. Shema 134 S. Kalaheo Avenue
    President Kailua, Hawaii 96734 Tel: 1-808-291-9949
    email: Fax: 1-808-443-0889
    • Master of Science, Naval Post Graduate School, Meteorology and Oceanography, 1988
    • Bachelor of Science, Pennsylvania State University, Biology, Marine Sciences Minor 1978
    • Navy Legal Justice School for Perspective Commanding Officers/Executive Officers, 1995
    • February 2002-Present: Consulting Meteorologist and President,, LP. The company provides innovative meteorological and oceanographic products and consultation services to Department of Defense (DoD), government, commercial, and private enterprises.
    • March 1996-February 2002: Staff Meteorologist and Oceanographer, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
    • May 1995-March 1996: Executive Officer, Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center
    • June 1993-May 1995: Operations Officer, Disaster Control Officer Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center
    • May 1991-June 1993: Chief Meteorologist onboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga CV-60
    • June 1978-May 1991: U.S. Navy at sea, overseas, and shore tours of duty.
    • Over twenty seven years’ experience providing meteorological and oceanographic products and services to DoD, commercial, and private marine vessels and other organizations worldwide.
    • Certified Consulting Meteorologist #694 by American Meteorology Society.
    • Marine weather subject matter expert for court proceeding, depositions, testimonies, insurance companies, and marine surveyors. Produces reconstruction of weather events, climatology reports, assessments and recommendations.
    • Written reports are phrased in understandable language to communicate principals of complex fluid dynamics and laws of motion that explains the reason for assessments and recommendations.
    • Provides meteorological and oceanographic support for extreme expeditions such as yacht racing, solo rowboats across ocean basins, powered para-sailors, and others.
    • Specified meteorological and oceanographic affects on U.S. Navy surface and airborne sensor and weapon systems.
    • Provided recommendations for sensor and weapon deployment during U.S. Navy operations based on meteorological and oceanographic considerations.
    • Corrected deficiencies in existing U.S. Navy funded programs of record leading to more than 125% improvement in mission performance.
    • Developed training programs and seminars for U.S. Navy sensor deployment. Instructor for meteorology courses and seminars.
    • Provided expert commentary for the book Extreme Waves by Smith, Craig B., Joseph Henry Press, 2006.
    • Shema, Richard A., “Spaghetti and Alpha Bit Soup”, Latitude and Attitude, Seafaring Edition, November/December 2002
    • Shema, Richard A., “Weather Considerations for Transpacific Yacht Races”, September 2001
    • Shema, Richard A., “Oahu Climate”, August 1998
  • Honors & Awards
  • Eagle Scout
    Meritorious Service Medal (twice), U.S. Navy
    Commendation Medal (thrice), U.S. Navy

More About

Rick Shema, January 2016

Rick is a unique weather guy. He combines over 48 years of yacht racing and cruising experience with forecast skills learned as a U.S. Navy meteorologist and oceanographer. He received dual Master of Science degrees in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA and Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University. He received the designation as Certified Consulting Meteorologist by the American Meteorology Society in 2014. While serving in the Navy, one of his responsibilities included Chief Meteorologist at sea onboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier battle group and accompanying air wing, cruiser and destroyer ships and submarines. His weather forecasting abilities were paramount for safe operation of every vessel under his surveillance. His tactical skills enabled optimization of sensor employment and weapons delivery from ships and aircraft. Ashore, Rick provided forecasts to support safety at sea of Department of Defense assets including ship routing to avoid hazardous weather.

Since Rick’s retirement from the Naval service in 2002, he began full time operations of his company,  headquartered in Hawaii. He provides clients worldwide with unique services by using his expertise acquired in the military. Rick continues to develop tailored support products and services to meet the requirements of his clients in a changing climate. The company motto: “Predict, Provide, Protect” emphasize his commitment to safety and security of the operation.  

For the past 22 years, Rick has enjoyed racing and cruising sailboats in the Hawaiian Islands. Sailing various types of boats since childhood, he grew to appreciate the value of a good weather forecast. He currently owns SV HEAT WAVE (J/110) and has raced in West Marine Pacific Cups, Transpacific Yacht races, and local club races. He lives by the beach with his wife and son. appreciates your comments and suggestions to improve the content of the website. Send comments to:
Thank you,
 Rick Shema 

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