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HailTrax Celebrates 10 Years as Gold Standard for Hail Verification for Roofers and Insurance Carriers

by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 4, 2011 9:16:56 AM

Critical Tool for Adjusters’ Toolbox Now has Fresh Look for Easier Look-Up

NORMAN, OK., August 4, 2011 – iMapWeather Forensics, a division of global weather industry leader Weather Decision Technologies Inc., (WDT), is celebrating its tenth year as the industry’s leading hail verificationSample_HailTrax_Reportproduct. The first of its kind, HailTrax has served as a reliable and valuable tool for hail verification, used by roofers and insurance carriers across the nation. HailTrax is now accessible by over 7,000 registered users, including roofing engineers, roofing contractors, insurance adjusters and carriers.

Prior to the inception of HailTrax, the only source of hail data was the human observation network of National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Storm Prediction Center (SPC). While SPC data was free, there was and is no training or quality assurance related to this data.

“Over a decade ago, WDT conducted a market survey with adjusters and claims managers and found a huge need for an accurate hail reporting system that could determine hail fall at a specific address, regardless of human observation,” said Matt Gaffner Director of Forensics, WDT. “Several of WDT’s senior managers had co-written a radar-based algorithm during their prior employment by NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) and this algorithm became a key factor in HailTrax’ success as ‘the hail tool in the adjuster toolbox,” said Gaffner.

Today, HailTrax remains the leader for hail verification, and HailTrax maps now have an updated fresh look for increased customer satisfaction.

About iMapWeather Forensics

iMapWeather Forensics is a division of Weather Decision Technologies, Inc (WDT). Founded in 2000, WDT has become a global leader in providing state-of-the-science weather detection, nowcasting, forecasting and forensic products and services to our partners and customers. WDT's iMapWeather Forensics team is the leader in forensic weather verification. WDT maintains operational and international offices in Norman, Oklahoma, and Atlanta, Georgia. Corporate websites: and

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