Damages from June 13 hailstorm in Dallas may be $2 billion

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:31 PM GMT on June 17, 2012

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Insured damage from a massive 3-hour hailstorm that pummeled Dallas, Texas on Wednesday, June 13, may reach $2 billion, said the Southwestern Insurance Information Service (SIIS) on Friday. If true, this would be the fourth billion-dollar U.S. weather disaster of 2012. A cluster of three severe thunderstorms dropped hail the size of baseballs over a heavily populated area, damaging thousands of cars, puncturing skylights at a local mall, and shattering the expensive tile roofs of hundreds of homes. It was the second major hailstorm to hit the region this year; an April 3 event cost close to $500 million, and damaged 110 airplanes at the DFW airport. You can see a radar image of the June 13 storm using our wundermap with the "go back in time" feature turned on.


Figure 1. Huge hail splashes into the waters of White Rock Lake in Dallas on June 13, 2012. Image credit: Wunderphotographer CinnamonDreams.

One of the most expensive hailstorms of all-time
The June 13 hailstorm will rank as one of the most expensive of all-time, according to statistics of billion-dollar disasters maintained by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), and a list of damaging hail events maintained at Wikipedia. Wikipedia lists only three hailstorms in U.S. history with damages exceeding $1 billion:

1) The April 10, 2001 St. Louis, Missouri hailstorm. This costliest hailstorm in U.S. history, costing $2+ billion, struck the I-70 corridor of eastern Kansas, across Missouri, into southwestern Illinois.

2) The May 5, 1995 Mayfest Storm in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. Severe thunderstorms produced hail the size of softballs, causing $1.1 billion in insured losses, and total damage of $2 billion.

3) The July 11, 1990 hailstorm in Colorado. Softball-sized hail destroyed roofs and cars, causing $625 million in total damage ($1.1 billion in damage adjusted to 2011 dollars.)


Video 1. News coverage of the June 13, 2012 hailstorm in Dallas, Texas, from local TV station News8. The aerial shots of a fog-shrouded golf course covered with ice are quite remarkable.

Six global billion-dollar weather disasters so far in 2012
There have been five global billion-dollar weather disasters as of the end of May, said Aon Benfield in their latest May Catastrophe Recap. Three of these were in the U.S. With the addition of the June 13 Dallas hailstorm, the global total would rise to six and the U.S. total to four. The most expensive weather-related disaster of 2012 has been the March 2 - 3 tornado and severe weather outbreak in the Midwest and Southeast U.S., which killed 41 people and caused $3 billion in damage. The second most expensive was the severe thunderstorms and heavy rains that hit China during late April and early May, bringing flooding, landslides, and damaging hail to the Gansu, Hunan and Jiangxi provinces. Over 143,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, with $2.68 billion in damage. Two other severe weather outbreaks in the U.S. topped the $1 billion mark in damages in 2012: the April 27 - 29 event in the Midwest ($1.5 billion in damage), and an April 2 - 4 severe weather outbreak in Texas that did a tremendous amount of hail damage near Dallas/Ft. Worth ($1 billion.) A fourth severe weather event, April 13 - 15 in the Plains and Midwest, is very close the $1 billion mark ($950 million in damage.) Another weather disasters that might approach the $1 billion mark is the frosts and freezes that decimated Midwest fruit trees after 2012's "summer in March" heat wave. Agricultural damage in Michigan alone has been estimated by the state to be $223.5 million--including $130 million to cherry and apple orchards. The pace and cost of billion-dollar weather disasters in 2012 is well below that of 2011, which had had fourteen billion-dollar weather disasters between January and May (nine in the U.S.) These 2011 disasters cost $73 billion, compared to the $10 billion price tag of 2012's five-billion dollar disasters from January - May.



Super Typhoon Guchol headed towards Tokyo
Super Typhoon Guchol , a powerful Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds, is churning through the Western Pacific towards Japan, and is expected to pass close to Tokyo late Tuesday night local time. As Guchol approaches Japan on Monday and Tuesday morning, ocean temperatures will cool below 26°C and wind shear will increase, which should cause significant weakening of the typhoon. By the time of closest approach to Tokyo, I expect Guchol will most likely be a tropical storm, but could be a Category 1 typhoon.

The Atlantic is quiet
There are no threat areas to discuss in the Atlantic today. Several models are predicting that a tropical disturbance capable of becoming a tropical depression could form in Mexico's Bay of Campeche sometime June 22 - 24.

I'll have a new post late Monday or early Tuesday. Wunderground weather historian Christopher C. Burt has a post on record hailstorms.

Jeff Masters

Bigger in Texas (JWMPER)
Dallas, TX thunderstorm dropped a few big ones today.
Bigger in Texas

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Hey all, good evening. I heard that by Wednesday an unorganized mass of storms is expected to enter the BOC. Then head Northwest towards Tex/Mex border...

I dont know how to do the runs and all that, but how is the Euro and GFS handling it as of right now?

I for one am very happy to see the return of air-mass thunderstorms here in Houston, unlike the front generated storms we only seemed to get the last couple years.

Its a very welcome change to see that blue H persistently centered over Houston choking off the vertical development to move along somewhere else.
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Just to Highlight some stuff...
Quoting HurricaneDean07:
Upped.
000
ABNT20 KNHC 180556
TWOAT

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
200 AM EDT MON JUN 18 2012

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO...

A WELL-DEFINED NON-TROPICAL SURFACE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM LOCATED
ABOUT 200 MILES NORTHEAST OF BERMUDA IS PRODUCING SCATTERED SHOWERS
AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS NEAR AND TO THE WEST OF THE CENTER AS IT
INTERACTS WITH A MID- TO UPPER-LEVEL LOW. THIS DEVELOPING GALE-AREA
COULD GRADUALLY ACQUIRE SUBTROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS AS IT MOVES
NORTH-NORTHEASTWARD AT 10 TO 15 MPH OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.
THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE...20 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A
SUBTROPICAL OR TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. FOR
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS SYSTEM...PLEASE SEE HIGH SEAS
FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OCEAN PREDICTION
CENTER.

ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS.

&&

HIGH SEAS FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CAN BE
FOUND UNDER AWIPS HEADER NFDHSFAT1 AND WMO HEADER FZNT01 KWBC.

$$
FORECASTER STEWART



Could see this go code orange later in the morning, if it were to aquire those sub-tropical characteristics, and if that occurs, could see a red circle.
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

So much for our chances for a tropical storm...
But Yikes! Thats a nasty Hurricane on the SE coastline.


No kidding! Seems to start in the gulf go across Fl. and bomb out.
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right 20% on 95L nothing yet on PRE-96L however should change as today continue
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Quoting allancalderini:
Do you think 95L would get named?

That's quite possible, but maybe as a Sub Tropical Storm (STS)...
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Man it sure looks Like japan is in for a bad time. Good luck to them.
Link

Last Friday I called for development to get going Monday in the BOC. I am going to stick with Monday but move the location to the western Caribbean.
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Quoting allancalderini:
WELL-DEFINED NON-TROPICAL SURFACE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM LOCATED
ABOUT 200 MILES NORTHEAST OF BERMUDA IS PRODUCING SCATTERED SHOWERS
AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS NEAR AND TO THE WEST OF THE CENTER AS IT
INTERACTS WITH A MID- TO UPPER-LEVEL LOW. THIS DEVELOPING GALE-AREA
COULD GRADUALLY ACQUIRE SUBTROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS AS IT MOVES
NORTH-NORTHEASTWARD AT 10 TO 15 MPH OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.
THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE...20 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A
SUBTROPICAL OR TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. FOR
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS SYSTEM...PLEASE SEE HIGH SEAS
FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OCEAN PREDICTION
CENTER.
I thoght they will put at 30% but oh well I hope it gets name.
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Quoting AtHomeInTX:
Yikes!


So much for our chances for a tropical storm...
But Yikes! Thats a nasty Hurricane on the SE coastline.
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:
95L has a 40% chance of development overall IMO
It could become a sub-tropical storm before becoming extra-tropical parallel to Maine and Nova Scotia.

Pre-96L Could become a storm too, but the uncertainty is overwhelming at this point.
50% chance of Development

95E could become Daniel, I give it a 40% chance overall to develop.

seems ok
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WELL-DEFINED NON-TROPICAL SURFACE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM LOCATED
ABOUT 200 MILES NORTHEAST OF BERMUDA IS PRODUCING SCATTERED SHOWERS
AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS NEAR AND TO THE WEST OF THE CENTER AS IT
INTERACTS WITH A MID- TO UPPER-LEVEL LOW. THIS DEVELOPING GALE-AREA
COULD GRADUALLY ACQUIRE SUBTROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS AS IT MOVES
NORTH-NORTHEASTWARD AT 10 TO 15 MPH OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.
THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE...20 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A
SUBTROPICAL OR TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. FOR
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS SYSTEM...PLEASE SEE HIGH SEAS
FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OCEAN PREDICTION
CENTER.
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Upped.
000
ABNT20 KNHC 180556
TWOAT

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
200 AM EDT MON JUN 18 2012

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO...

A WELL-DEFINED NON-TROPICAL SURFACE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM LOCATED
ABOUT 200 MILES NORTHEAST OF BERMUDA IS PRODUCING SCATTERED SHOWERS
AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS NEAR AND TO THE WEST OF THE CENTER AS IT
INTERACTS WITH A MID- TO UPPER-LEVEL LOW. THIS DEVELOPING GALE-AREA
COULD GRADUALLY ACQUIRE SUBTROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS AS IT MOVES
NORTH-NORTHEASTWARD AT 10 TO 15 MPH OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.
THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE...20 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A
SUBTROPICAL OR TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. FOR
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS SYSTEM...PLEASE SEE HIGH SEAS
FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OCEAN PREDICTION
CENTER.

ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS.

&&

HIGH SEAS FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CAN BE
FOUND UNDER AWIPS HEADER NFDHSFAT1 AND WMO HEADER FZNT01 KWBC.

$$
FORECASTER STEWART


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Yikes!

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95L has a 40% chance of development overall IMO
It could become a sub-tropical storm before becoming extra-tropical parallel to Maine and Nova Scotia.

Pre-96L Could become a storm too, but the uncertainty is overwhelming at this point.
50% chance of Development

95E could become Daniel, I give it a 40% chance overall to develop.
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Quoting NCHurricane2009:
Special update on my blog...on Invest 95-L and possible activity emerging out of the eastern Caribbean....boy the Atlantic is a bit interesting tonight!
I really like your updates continue with the good work they are very informative.
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Special update on my blog...on Invest 95-L and possible activity emerging out of the eastern Caribbean....boy the Atlantic is a bit interesting tonight!
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Quoting nigel20:

I'm good...thanks for asking.
Do you think 95L would get named?
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Quoting allancalderini:
I don`t think they would put a yellow circle in the carribean but i don`t know,Maybe it will .

well if they don't do it now they will do it sometime today
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Quoting allancalderini:
How are you?

I'm good...thanks for asking.
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
I say 95L may jump to 20% but I don't think they will but PRE-95L I think yello circle with 10%
I don`t think they would put a yellow circle in the carribean but i don`t know,Maybe it will .
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what the hell EPac again
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Quoting nigel20:

Yeah...lol.
How are you?
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Quoting allancalderini:
Again Nigel lol.

Yeah...lol.
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Quoting nigel20:
000
ABPZ20 KNHC 180543
TWOEP

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
1100 PM PDT SUN JUN 17 2012

FOR THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC...EAST OF 140 DEGREES WEST LONGITUDE..

A BROAD LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM LOCATED ABOUT 270 MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST
OF MANZANILLO MEXICO IS PRODUCING A LARGE AREA OF SHOWERS AND A FEW
THUNDERSTORMS. IN ADDITION...A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE EXTENDS
SOUTHEASTWARD FROM THE LOW ACROSS THE EASTERN PACIFIC TO NEAR THE
SOUTHERN COAST OF MEXICO. SOME SLOW DEVELOPMENT OF THIS LARGE
DISTURBANCE IS POSSIBLE DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AS IT MOVES
SLOWLY EASTWARD. THIS SYSTEM HAS A MEDIUM CHANCE...30 PERCENT...OF
BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. REGARDLESS OF
DEVELOPMENT...HEAVY RAINFALL AND THE THREAT FOR FLASH FLOODS AND
MUDSLIDES WILL CONTINUE OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHWESTERN AND
SOUTH-CENTRAL MEXICO FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS.

$$
FORECASTER STEWART
Again Nigel lol.
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000
ABPZ20 KNHC 180543
TWOEP

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
1100 PM PDT SUN JUN 17 2012

FOR THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC...EAST OF 140 DEGREES WEST LONGITUDE..

A BROAD LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM LOCATED ABOUT 270 MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST
OF MANZANILLO MEXICO IS PRODUCING A LARGE AREA OF SHOWERS AND A FEW
THUNDERSTORMS. IN ADDITION...A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE EXTENDS
SOUTHEASTWARD FROM THE LOW ACROSS THE EASTERN PACIFIC TO NEAR THE
SOUTHERN COAST OF MEXICO. SOME SLOW DEVELOPMENT OF THIS LARGE
DISTURBANCE IS POSSIBLE DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AS IT MOVES
SLOWLY EASTWARD. THIS SYSTEM HAS A MEDIUM CHANCE...30 PERCENT...OF
BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. REGARDLESS OF
DEVELOPMENT...HEAVY RAINFALL AND THE THREAT FOR FLASH FLOODS AND
MUDSLIDES WILL CONTINUE OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHWESTERN AND
SOUTH-CENTRAL MEXICO FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS.

$$
FORECASTER STEWART
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TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
1100 PM PDT SUN JUN 17 2012

FOR THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC...EAST OF 140 DEGREES WEST LONGITUDE..

A BROAD LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM LOCATED ABOUT 270 MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST
OF MANZANILLO MEXICO IS PRODUCING A LARGE AREA OF SHOWERS AND A FEW
THUNDERSTORMS. IN ADDITION...A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE EXTENDS
SOUTHEASTWARD FROM THE LOW ACROSS THE EASTERN PACIFIC TO NEAR THE
SOUTHERN COAST OF MEXICO. SOME SLOW DEVELOPMENT OF THIS LARGE
DISTURBANCE IS POSSIBLE DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AS IT MOVES
SLOWLY EASTWARD. THIS SYSTEM HAS A MEDIUM CHANCE...30 PERCENT...OF
BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. REGARDLESS OF
DEVELOPMENT...HEAVY RAINFALL AND THE THREAT FOR FLASH FLOODS AND
MUDSLIDES WILL CONTINUE OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHWESTERN AND
SOUTH-CENTRAL MEXICO FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS.
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I say 95L may jump to 20% but I don't think they will but PRE-95L I think yello circle with 10%
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:

umm 95L is in the TWO
its PRE-96L I think has a chance of being on it but I think more so at the 7am TWO
No I mean if it going to be up of the 10% that is now maybe 96L will be tomorrow.Btw hello wunderkid.
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Quoting allancalderini:
Do anyone think 95L chances would be up in the next two?

umm 95L is in the TWO
its PRE-96L I think has a chance of being on it but I think more so at the 7am TWO
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Do anyone think 95L chances would be up in the next two?
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Quoting BahaHurican:
Geez... looks like I'm the only one headed to bed... [grumps off to sleep]

I'll be off to bed pretty soon...
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Quoting nigel20:

Have a good night Baha!
Geez... looks like I'm the only one headed to bed... [grumps off to sleep]
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Quoting BahaHurican:
Whoa... fun times in the ATL... I'm heading to bed now, but will definitely check in about 5 a.m. to see what the latest gen is... Will be interesting to see if 95L can make it without the pipeline to the piping hot jet fuel pool that is the Caribbean...

Have a good night Baha!
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Whoa... fun times in the ATL... I'm heading to bed now, but will definitely check in about 5 a.m. to see what the latest gen is... Will be interesting to see if 95L can make it without the pipeline to the piping hot jet fuel pool that is the Caribbean...
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Quoting ncstorm:
The GFS has been showing that tropical wave that came from the antilles in its ensembles and operational runs..some even showing as low as a 992mb..it will be a wait and see..
992mb.......where exactly?
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
The added low in the 18z GFS just makes things way more complicated for development in the BoC.

You have the monsoonal trough lifting northward, the energy in the Caribbean and the tropical wave associated with it and now the much further south than earlier modeled trough digging down, taking out a significant portion of the moisture and sending it into the BoC. During the runs for Carlotta, I noticed exactly this on the HWRF runs though I didn't want to say anything, but it was consistently showing in the more wide range view that a system would try to take shape near Florida and move into the Gulf.


Which way is that moving? East to West like the lines?
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GFS flashes this one frame. But basically looking like the EURO with a large area of low pressure over the western GOM.

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647. Skyepony (Mod)
Now that is big hail.

Navy has Fukushima in 2 cones of doom..

Sweet GUCHOL TRMM. (beware large quicktime)

95L is what I've been calling "The sheared Atlantic blob". That's going NE. East Caribbean blob may be to south FL or Bahamas by Wednesday. It should be weak with another blob forming in the more western Caribbean competing with it til maybe they merge & all the land.

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Quoting SubtropicalHi:
Quoting bohonkweatherman:
Wonder if Mexico needs the rain like my area does?

Hopefully there will be some relief in those drought areas...
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Quoting Jedkins01:
Ok, 2 crazy photos having nothing to do with each other, both happened today on Fathers day, lol.


First, is a really weird business card left on the car door of my dad's car after we came out of Red Lobster. Now why is there flowery art with butterflies on an auto shop business card is beyond me, and seriously, who could take that name seriously? lolololol





Alright second is a huge huntsman spider I caught on the bathroom wall in my house. No don't worry, I'm not holding this monster spider! And no, I don't have small hands, this is just a huge spider! It's in a glass jar and I'm holding my hand right behind it on the glass to show just how huge this one is! I've seen these huge spiders before outside but this is the biggest one I've ever seen get in the house. While they don't give a bite that can kill unless you have an allergy to it, its venom is still extremely painful, and they are very fast and very strong spiders. It is one of the drawbacks to living in tropical/semi-tropical areas!

Though at the same time, its part of why I love living here, I love the outdoors and crazy stuff like this, I caught it and let it go in the thick woods behind my house.





I would have stepped on that nasty beast.
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Quoting Jedkins01:
Now why is there flowery art with butterflies on an auto shop business card is beyond me, and seriously, who could take that name seriously?


LOL-Someone wasn't thinking. That's funny.
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Quoting bohonkweatherman:
Wonder if Mexico needs the rain like my area does?
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642. 7544
hmm 95l maybe the carrib blob gets the tagged 96l soon too
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I think soon we will see 96L in the Caribbean soon
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Quoting AtHomeInTX:
Thanks for the reminder of that thing that crawled out the back of my daughter's dresser the other day Jed! ICK! Lol.



yeah I was a little shaky going after that spider today, but a mans gotta do what a mans gotta do, lol.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I've heard there is always a spider within 5 feet of your location. Freaks me out lol.



Hmm that sounds about right, though around here it feels more like within 2 feet, lol. I also caught another spider today was in my room, though it wasn't nearly as big, different species as well.


I'm quite thankful insects/arachnids are so small, they would all rule the earth if they were "life sized". Seriously they are like biological war machines!
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I've heard there is always a spider within 5 feet of your location. Freaks me out lol.


sigh... ;)
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Thanks for the reminder of that thing that crawled out the back of my daughter's dresser the other day Jed! ICK! Lol.
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Really everyone has been suffering from the U.S./Canada border all the way down to Mexico.



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Quoting Jedkins01:
Ok, 2 crazy photos having nothing to do with each other, both happened today on Fathers day, lol.


First, is a really weird business card left on the car door of my dad's car after we came out of Red Lobster. Now why is there flowery art with butterflies on an auto shop business card with a light purple back round is beyond me, and seriously, who could take that name seriously? lolololol





Alright second is a huge huntsman spider I caught on the bathroom wall in my house. No don't worry, I'm not holding this monster spider! And no, I don't have small hands, this is just a huge spider! It's in a glass jar and I'm holding my hand right behind it on the glass to show just how huge this one is! I've seen these huge spiders before outside but this is the biggest one I've ever seen get in the house. While they don't give a bite that can kill unless you have an allergy to it, its venom is still extremely painful, and they are very fast and very strong spiders. It is one of the drawbacks to living in tropical/semi-tropical areas!

Though at the same time, its part of why I love living here, I love the outdoors and crazy stuff like this, I caught it and let it go in the thick woods behind my house.





I've heard there is always a spider within 5 feet of your location. Freaks me out lol.
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Quoting bohonkweatherman:
Wonder if Mexico needs the rain like my area does?


I don't know how they're doing lately, couldn't find anything current. But I'm thinking they'd probably welcome the rains too. :(

Mexico wilting in worst drought on record

by Olga R. Rodriguez - Dec. 3, 2011 12:00 AM

DURANGO, Mexico - The sun-baked northern states of Mexico are suffering under the worst drought since the government began recording rainfall 70 years ago. Crops of corn, beans and oats are withering in the fields. About 1.7 million cattle have died of starvation and thirst.

Hardest hit are five states in Mexico's north, a region that is being parched by the same drought that has dried out the southwest U.S. The government is trucking water to 1,500 villages scattered across the nation's northern expanse and sending food to poor farmers who have lost all their crops.

Life isn't likely to get better soon. The next rainy season isn't due until June, and there's no guarantee normal rains will come then.


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