Dr. Edwin X Berry is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (#180) for the American Meteorological Society. He has been an expert witness in many legal trials and has always been on the winning side of every trial. He has published over 42 professional scientific papers.
Dr. Berry received his BS degree in Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1957, where he studied under teachers like Dr. Linus Pauling. After graduating from Caltech, he worked as a physics instructor while he studied math at Sacramento State University in 1958-59.
In 1959, Berry was awarded a teaching fellowship in physics at Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, he also studied math and philosophy under Dr. John Kemeny, a student of Albert Einstein and the inventor of Basic computer language. His master’s thesis, done under Professor Millet Morgan, concerned the effect of the polarization of high-frequency radio waves when beamed into the earth’s ionosphere. Berry received his MA degree in Physics from Dartmouth in 1960.
In 1961, Berry became the first research assistant for the new Desert Research Institute at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied meteorology under Professor Wendell Mordy and physics under Dr. Friedwardt Winterberg, top student of Heisenberg, Nobel Prize winner in Physics, in Germany, and Dr. William Scott. Berry received his PhD in Physics in 1965, with a focus on atmospheric physics.
Dr. Berry’s theoretical PhD thesis is recognized as a breakthrough in the science of rain formation and in the use of computer-based numerical models. His model of the microphysics of rain formation is summarized in cloud physics textbooks and taught in university courses.
Following his graduation, Dr. Berry became chief scientist and manager of Nevada’s Desert Research Institute airborne research facility. His team built the first low cost, airborne, earth-referenced radar display, which was later adapted by NOAA for hurricane research. He led pioneering research flights inside Alberta hailstorms and Sierra Nevada mountain effect storms. He participated in meteorological research experiments in South Africa, Puerto Rico, and St. Croix.
In 1969, Berry, invited by Dr. Pierre St. Amand of the Naval Weapons Center, was the only civilian consultant in DOD’s Top-Secret Operation Popeye that taught US Air Force pilots how to produce rain from tropical clouds near the Philippines, which the USAF pilots then used to wash out the Ho Chi Min trail and other targets in Laos and North Vietnam.
In 1973, Dr. Berry became an invited Program Manager for the National Science Foundation, Research Applied to National Needs (RANN), in Washington, DC, where he managed NSF’s leading edge national weather research projects, including the Metropolitan Meteorological Experiment (METROMEX) and the National Hail Research Experiment (NHRE).
In 1976, Dr. Berry founded Edwin X Berry & Associates in Sacramento. He developed numerical models to calculate and reduce aircraft accidents due to wind shear and proposed a method for reducing such accidents that is in use today at major airports. He performed the southern California desert wind-energy study for the California Energy Commission and performed wind‑energy evaluations for wind-energy companies. He identified Altamont Pass and Tehachapi Pass as excellent wind energy resources in 1980. He designed and manufactured the first low-cost, electronic remote data instruments for wind energy using then state-of-the-art electronics.
From 1989 through 1992, Dr. Berry managed his meteorological team to provide 24-hour weather forecasting for the US Customs Aerostat project along the southern U.S. border.
In 1992, Dr. Berry made courtroom history by developing and defending the first computer model to generate new evidence in a criminal trial. His custom software application, written in Microsoft Visual Basic, modeled human body physiological responses to changing weather and environmental conditions. This model and Berry’s testimony was a key element in the successful defense in a high-profile murder trial. Computerworld and Microsoft selected his model as one of 24 finalists out of 1300 entries for the 1993 Windows World Open where it won the overall “People’s Choice Award.” Microsoft nominated Dr. Berry for a Smithsonian Award.
In 1993, he developed his “CalWater” software which uses long-term, historical, annual streamflow data to estimate future annual steamflow for the Sacramento River Index. CalWater accurately predicted the recovery from the drought in California in 1993.
From 1994 through 2000, Dr. Berry applied mathematical artificial intelligence methods developed for weather forecasting to the valuation of single-family homes. In side-by-side testing against other home valuation methods, Berry’s method proved significantly superior. Berry is an expert in Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) for property valuations.
Since 2001, Dr. Berry has focused on the global warming problem, which is intimately tied to his expertise in cloud physics, numerical modeling, and government-sponsored research. Like 1000’s of other atmospheric scientists, Berry concludes human carbon dioxide emissions are insignificant to climate change.
During his professional career, Dr. Berry has been very active in athletic competitions.
As a competitive small-boat sailor, Dr. Berry and his wife, Valerie, as crew, won Gold Medals in the 1974 Canadian Olympic-Training Regatta in Kingston, Ontario, beating Olympic competitors and making Valerie the first woman ever to win in such high-caliber sailing competition. They won a North American championship and a US National Championship in sailing.
Dr. Berry is a pilot, with glider, power, and instrument ratings. While a graduate student at the University of Nevada, he qualified for the elite Sigma Delta Psi national athletic honorary by performing a wide variety of difficult athletic events. He placed in the top 10 in the USA in several age-group running and biking events.
In 1996, the University of Nevada Alumni Association presented Dr. Berry with its Professional Achievement Award, after he was nominated by his physics mentor, Dr. Winterberg.