Certified Consulting Meteorologist, 35 years experience
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I am one of about 300 Certified Consulting Meteorologists (#579, American Meteorological Society) and specialize in how extreme weather events impact commodities and equities. I do long-range forecasting of extreme weather events up to a year in advance and apply those forecasts to trading. ...more


The First Tropical Depression Of The Hurricane Season
A low pressure center east of St. Augustine, Florida, grow stronger through mid-week, passing Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Friday.
Floods Strike The Corn Belt
Corn and soybeans are expected to rise next week due to worsening crop conditions. The Chicago Tribune reports via Reuters that the barge terminals for CHS Inc and Cargill may not ship at all next week.
Weather Events That Will Affect Stocks And Commodities Through June 30
Weather can impact the markets and here is a look at some of the weather events coming up over the next two weeks.
Dry Weather Stresses U.S. Corn Belt
Part of the Corn Belt is experiencing crop stress because it has been too dry. Conditions should improve in the next one to two weeks.
El Nino Will Continue To Send Coffee Percolating Up
A number of commodities are going to see a significant drop in production this year due to El Niño, but it’s the other black gold keeping that will be among those hit the hardest.


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El Nino Will Continue To Send Coffee Percolating Up
9 years ago
Thank you for the kind words.
In this article: DNKN, SBUX
El Nino Will Continue To Send Coffee Percolating Up
9 years ago
I go through earnings conference call transcripts and analyst webinars if they have them to find out what they are doing. For me, forecasting the weather trends is the easy part. I'm already working on next year's weather trends :-)
In this article: DNKN, SBUX
El Nino Will Continue To Send Coffee Percolating Up
9 years ago
The ones that will feel the pain will be the ones that are not diversified enough or don't have the ability to lock in long term contracts. Towards the end of El Nino and the end of the coffee price spike, those with the long term contracts like SBUX and DNKN may feel the pain as the price of coffee goes down and they are hanging onto expensive contracts. As an investor I would be watching to see how the large retailers hedge their 2016 contracts.
In this article: DNKN, SBUX
El Nino Will Continue To Send Coffee Percolating Up
9 years ago
I am not making a recommendation on this stock, but an example is JVA which has a history of tracking coffee prices. JVA has been bouncing around quite a bit the last three months or so. But that's the kind of stock you want to look for.
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Work Experience

Owner, Certified Consulting Meteorologist
Chris Orr LLC
March 2001 - Present (22 years 7 months)
Consult with investors and hedge funds and editor of several newsletters. I specialize in long range forecasting of extreme weather events (out to a year in advance) and their impact on companies and commodities. I also do forensic work reconstructing weather events for criminal and civil court cases and arbitration, as well as some short-term forecasting.
Supervisor of Forecast Operations
DTN Kavouras
June 1995 - October 2000 (5 years 5 months)
Supervised 35 member department engaged in forecasting for airlines, corporate jets, power utilities and highway departments. I also worked the overseas forecast desk doing global forecasts as well as typhoon forecasting. Acted as a company liaison with the FAA. I also got involved with more modern Doppler radar applications that are now standard ten years later. On the side I did long-range weather forecasting for commodities trading and also did some forensic work.
Owner, Meteorologist
Total Weather
April 1989 - June 1995 (6 years 4 months)
Worked for and then bought out the company. We specialized in site-specific forecasts for farms, highway projects, skyscrapers, major motion pictures, and support for research projects. I also did long-range extreme weather forecasting for commodities trading.
Various Employers
August 1982 - April 1989 (6 years 10 months)
Radio broadcast weather forecasting, long-range weather forecasting, airline and corporate jet weather, power utilities, database management, Doppler weather radar operator, training airline personnel how to take weather observations - and I did a lot of other things.


Michigan Technological University
1977 / 1979
Applied Physics