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Mike Eilts

Mike Eilts

Mike and four others founded WDT in 2000 in Norman, Oklahoma. The founders of WDT all came from meteorological research organizations in Norman and WDT continues to maintain relationships with these research organizations to extract new technologies from them. Before founding WDT in April 2000, Mike was employed with the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) for 18 years, the last seven as Assistant Director. While at NSSL, Mike built and led a Division that grew from 8 to 100 people which was funded by the NWS, DOD, and FAA to develop the core automated weather detection and prediction capabilities for the NEXRAD and Terminal Doppler Weather Radar programs resulting in the successful deployment of both of those networks. Mike has written over 75 papers and is internationally recognized for his knowledge of Doppler radar and its application to severe weather warning, aviation hazard detection and prediction and precipitation estimation.

Recent Posts by Mike Eilts:

by Mike Eilts, on Oct 17, 2018 2:56:04 PM

Most people understand the value that weather forecasts bring to the general public. They tell us whether it will be a good beach day, how much to bundle up at …

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Topics:WeatherOpsOil & Gas

by Mike Eilts, on Oct 4, 2018 1:22:16 PM

In my previous blog, I wrote about the vital partnership between the National Weather Service and private weather companies and how each brings an essential function to the weather enterprise …

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Topics:WeatherOpsCross Enterprise

by Mike Eilts, on Sep 18, 2018 2:05:30 PM

There are two questions I'm often asked by friends, acquaintances, and even colleagues in the weather industry: “Is the U.S. National Weather Service a competitor of WDT?” and “What does a …

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Topics:WeatherOpsCross Enterprise

by Mike Eilts, on Jul 9, 2018 3:27:11 PM

Today’s marriage of advanced weather information and analytics, along with ever-evolving mapping abilities, produces capabilities once unimaginable. It’s now possible—from the comfort and convenience of any computer or smart device—to …

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Topics:GIS

by Mike Eilts, on Apr 4, 2018 1:59:06 PM

Every year, stadiums, concerts, speedways, and amusement parks are frequently threatened by cloud-to-ground lightning. These types of venues are incredibly vulnerable to lightning due to the large number of people …

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Topics:WeatherOpsLive EventsEvent SafetyLightning

by Mike Eilts, on Sep 8, 2017 8:34:51 PM

When I first meet people from outside the weather world and tell them I work for WDT, a private weather company, I often get the question, what does a weather …

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Topics:HurricaneWeatherOpsRadarScope

by Mike Eilts, on Jan 20, 2017 10:23:52 AM

I am writing this article on Wednesday from 36,000ft above the Rockies on my way to the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting in Seattle. With several meetings lined up …

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Topics:RadarScopeSkyWiseCross Enterprise

by Mike Eilts, on Jan 10, 2017 10:03:48 AM

One role of a President/CEO is to be a visionary and to create and continue to refine strategy for the business. It can be hard to do that if you are …

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Topics:Cross Enterprise

by Mike Eilts, on Sep 6, 2016 1:54:40 PM

On September 3, 2016, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake occurred near Pawnee, Oklahoma at about 7:02 a.m. That morning, I was viewing Doppler weather radar data in my RadarScope® app and …

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Topics:RadarScope

by Mike Eilts, on Dec 16, 2015 3:16:54 PM

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? If you live east of the Rockies, then keep dreaming. You may have noticed, if you watch football, that many locations in the …

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Topics:Futures