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Helping Business Weather the Storm

Matt Gaffner

Matt Gaffner

Matt joined WDT immediately after graduating from the University of Oklahoma (2006) and has served WDT in many roles during his tenure. He began his career as a Forensic Meteorologist where he analyzed various meteorological datasets to generate weather verification reports and products that are widely used in the insurance and roofing/restoration industries. Matt quickly took over management of WDTʼs Forensic Weather department where he oversaw the day to day operations and was responsible for innovation of new forensic weather products. As part of Mattʼs instrumental role in the Forensics business, he lead the effort to unify the WDT and Verisk Climate offering as that partnership was forged. Matt recently transitioned to a role in business development where he can use his strong meteorological and project management background to help prospective customers solve unique problems to make better business decisions based on WDTʼs weather products and services. Matt focuses on GIS, aviation, and government opportunities and continues to collaborate with Verisk Climate on sales into the insurance and restoration industries.

Recent Posts by Matt Gaffner:

by Matt Gaffner, on Oct 10, 2017 2:48:00 PM

Sometimes in life, you take things you know for granted. You (wrongly) assume that everyone else knows the same things. Maybe your dad was mechanically inclined and taught you how …

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Topics:GIS

by Matt Gaffner, on Aug 4, 2017 11:33:09 AM

All the best data services in the world are only as good as the application you have to display, interrogate, and analyze them. Throughout the history of GIS, most data …

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Topics:SkyWise

by Matt Gaffner, on Mar 3, 2017 10:50:30 AM

Apps are analogous to race cars and data are like drivers. Apps can be shiny. They get a lot of attention. Most apps are seemingly intuitive, especially the good ones. However, …

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Topics:SkyWiseGeographic Information Systems

by Matt Gaffner, on Feb 10, 2017 12:25:40 PM

Spring and summer are typically when we see the most tornadoes, but that doesn’t mean that tornadoes won’t happen any other time of the year. Using our TornadoTrax product, I have created …

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Topics:TornadoUtilitiesThunderstormGeographic Information Systems

by Matt Gaffner, on Jan 31, 2017 10:58:17 AM

You should resolve to be spatiotemporal this year. It’s no secret around the office that ‘spatiotemporal’ is my new favorite word. I think it should be your favorite word too. So, what exactly …

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Topics:SkyWiseGeographic Information Systems

by Matt Gaffner, on Aug 30, 2016 10:52:32 AM

Hopefully, Santa's 8 tiny reindeer weren't on summer vacation in Norway last Friday, as it was quite a sad scene for the legendary creatures. A coworker shared this article with …

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Topics:WeatherOpsLightning

by Matt Gaffner, on Apr 22, 2016 11:54:21 AM

Recently WDT published a blog about the shape of raindrops. It’s a very interesting fact that most people don’t know what the true shape of a raindrop is because we’ve all …

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Topics:PrecipitationGeographic Information Systems

by Matt Gaffner, on Jan 14, 2016 9:15:21 AM

With record heat across much of the US in December, it appears that “winter is coming” is finally an applicable phrase. If you don’t keep up with Game of Thrones, …

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Topics:Company News

by Matt Gaffner, on Dec 9, 2015 10:12:03 AM

This may seem like it’s coming out of nowhere, but it’s not. I recently heard something that struck a nerve: “The weather here is just so unpredictable.” That phrase is right …

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Topics:WeatherOps

by Matt Gaffner, on Nov 18, 2015 11:40:44 AM

The first Tornado Warning was issued at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma on March 25, 1948. Back then, the Tornado Warning was nothing more than passing on an observation …

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