The Shade Tree Meteorology Team

Dr. Alicia Wasula earned her Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degrees in Atmospheric Science at the University at Albany and earned her Certified Consulting Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society in 2015. 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. Alicia 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.
Alicia continues her passion for science and clear communication and delivers the real documented scientific facts to our clients in terms readily understood by non meteorologists.

Richard J. ( Dick) Westergard founded Shade Tree Meteorology, LLC, located in Niskayuna, NY after retiring from government service in 2004.He sold Shade Tree Meteorology, LLC to Alicia Wasula, PhD, CCM effective December 15, 2016. He plans to use his semi-retirement to do more traveling with his now retired spouse. However, he also hopes to continue working with Dr. Wasula at her discretion on interesting weather consulting cases for the foreseeable future.

Dick started his career in weather in 1966 as an Air Force weather observer, 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 a 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.