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

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

Share this Blog
35
+

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

Reader Comments

Comments will take a few seconds to appear.

Post Your Comments

Please sign in to post comments.

or Join

Not only will you be able to leave comments on this blog, but you'll also have the ability to upload and share your photos in our Wunder Photos section.

Display: 0, 50, 100, 200 Sort: Newest First - Order Posted

Viewing: 584 - 534

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28Blog Index


Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting yqt1001:


Staying in the Euro could be just as bad as getting out. The Greek people won't just stand around while their "leaders" simply ruin the economy again. Staying in the Euro is almost a guaranteed revolution/civil war if things don't improve fast. A revolution would be incredibly more anti-Euro than the left wing party elected a few months ago..
Nothing will occur of that magnitude out of this. Most companies and others have already moved assets appropriately for the possible collapse of the euro. Remember people have had a year for this.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Latest
Member Since: August 19, 2006 Posts: 13 Comments: 16041
Quoting Stormchaser121:

probably
Wonder if Mexico needs the rain like my area does?
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting AtHomeInTX:


Maybe. I guess it would depend on how far north the ridge is.

Seriously. The models have been running with 'no' advance knowledge of this MONSTROUS RIDGING.

Something ain't right.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
579. wxmod
Quoting yqt1001:


Staying in the Euro could be just as bad as getting out. The Greek people won't just stand around while their "leaders" simply ruin the economy again. Staying in the Euro is almost a guaranteed revolution/civil war if things don't improve fast. A revolution would be incredibly more anti-Euro than the left wing party elected a few months ago..


I'm afraid you are right. Just because people want to stay united doesn't mean they want the total austerity. And there is no easy solution for the economy. All the time tested methods have been used up.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Good evening everyone!

SST anomaly


Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting yqt1001:


Staying in the Euro could be just as bad as getting out. The Greek people won't just stand around while their "leaders" simply ruin the economy again. Staying in the Euro is almost a guaranteed revolution/civil war if things don't improve fast. A revolution would be incredibly more anti-Euro than the left wing party elected a few months ago..

They will have to accept imposed sanctions that they won't be able to meet...
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting bohonkweatherman:
So all the Moisture will likely go into Mexico?


Maybe. I guess it would depend on how far north the ridge is.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting bohonkweatherman:
So all the Moisture will likely go into Mexico?

probably
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
574. wxmod
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting sunlinepr:
Looks like now, the Europeans should breathe a sigh of relief

Greece steps back from the brink of an abyss in early poll results


Link


And the investors around the world are happy now as markets are souring in Asia and for sure will spread to Europe and U.S on Monday.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting sunlinepr:
Looks like now, the Europeans should breathe a sigh of relief

Greece steps back from the brink of an abyss in early poll results


Link


Staying in the Euro could be just as bad as getting out. The Greek people won't just stand around while their "leaders" simply ruin the economy again. Staying in the Euro is almost a guaranteed revolution/civil war if things don't improve fast. A revolution would be incredibly more anti-Euro than the left wing party elected a few months ago..
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting lottotexas:
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
343 PM CDT SUN JUN 17 2012
THE RUN-TO-RUN CONSISTENCY OF THE ECMWF HAS THE EXTENDED LEANING
TOWARDS THIS SOLUTION CONCERNING THE LATE WEEK EVOLUTION OF THE
BAY OF CAMPECHE CIRCULATION. THAT BEING OF A VERY BROAD...DIFFUSE
LOW SLOWLY MEANDERING MORE WEST THAN NORTH THROUGH DAY 7. THE GFS
AND CANADIAN ARE NOT AS AGGRESSIVE AS IN PREVIOUS RUNS...TRENDING
MORE TOWARDS THE EURO`S MESSAGE. MONSTROUS RIDGING ENVELOPES THE
U.S. PLAINS NEXT WEEKEND THAT WILL NOT ONLY SHUNT/SUPPRESS ANY
TROPICAL ACTIVITY FURTHER SOUTH BUT ALSO SHUT DOWN ANY PRECIPITATION.
AFTER AN ON-AND-OFF AGAIN SHOWERY START TO THE WEEK...IT MAY VERY
WELL END HOT AND DRY (PRECIP-WISE). 31

Looks like SE Texas won't be getting anything from Bay of Campeche by end of the week.

No mets have hinted at, much less mentioned, any MONSTROUS RIDGING. This just came up in the last 30 minutes. Yet my 10-day forecast, which is usually sleepy at best, picked up on it immediately.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting AtHomeInTX:


Yep that's what I've been reading too.
So all the Moisture will likely go into Mexico?
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting AtHomeInTX:


Yep that's what I've been reading too.

Im starting to agree
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting DavidHOUTX:




wheres this gonna go...?
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting lottotexas:
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
343 PM CDT SUN JUN 17 2012
THE RUN-TO-RUN CONSISTENCY OF THE ECMWF HAS THE EXTENDED LEANING
TOWARDS THIS SOLUTION CONCERNING THE LATE WEEK EVOLUTION OF THE
BAY OF CAMPECHE CIRCULATION. THAT BEING OF A VERY BROAD...DIFFUSE
LOW SLOWLY MEANDERING MORE WEST THAN NORTH THROUGH DAY 7. THE GFS
AND CANADIAN ARE NOT AS AGGRESSIVE AS IN PREVIOUS RUNS...TRENDING
MORE TOWARDS THE EURO`S MESSAGE. MONSTROUS RIDGING ENVELOPES THE
U.S. PLAINS NEXT WEEKEND THAT WILL NOT ONLY SHUNT/SUPPRESS ANY
TROPICAL ACTIVITY FURTHER SOUTH BUT ALSO SHUT DOWN ANY PRECIPITATION.
AFTER AN ON-AND-OFF AGAIN SHOWERY START TO THE WEEK...IT MAY VERY
WELL END HOT AND DRY (PRECIP-WISE). 31

Looks like SE Texas won't be getting anything from Bay of Campeche by end of the week.


Yep that's what I've been reading too.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
343 PM CDT SUN JUN 17 2012
THE RUN-TO-RUN CONSISTENCY OF THE ECMWF HAS THE EXTENDED LEANING
TOWARDS THIS SOLUTION CONCERNING THE LATE WEEK EVOLUTION OF THE
BAY OF CAMPECHE CIRCULATION. THAT BEING OF A VERY BROAD...DIFFUSE
LOW SLOWLY MEANDERING MORE WEST THAN NORTH THROUGH DAY 7. THE GFS
AND CANADIAN ARE NOT AS AGGRESSIVE AS IN PREVIOUS RUNS...TRENDING
MORE TOWARDS THE EURO`S MESSAGE. MONSTROUS RIDGING ENVELOPES THE
U.S. PLAINS NEXT WEEKEND THAT WILL NOT ONLY SHUNT/SUPPRESS ANY
TROPICAL ACTIVITY FURTHER SOUTH BUT ALSO SHUT DOWN ANY PRECIPITATION.
AFTER AN ON-AND-OFF AGAIN SHOWERY START TO THE WEEK...IT MAY VERY
WELL END HOT AND DRY (PRECIP-WISE). 31

Looks like SE Texas won't be getting anything from Bay of Campeche by end of the week.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Looks like now, the Europeans should breathe a sigh of relief

Greece steps back from the brink of an abyss in early poll results


Link
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Way off topic…but watched a great documentary on the 1955 Le Mans disaster.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting DavidHOUTX:
Those are some heck of outflow boundaries if you'd ask me...

Going to miss me and the Lakes off to the West but that is a very dry area where this rain is falling so good for them.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


33 MINS OLD

Bitter disappointment. You see the high pressure chasing off everything. Today my local went from 10day chance of precip to three day in Centex.

What happened? We had a promising MJO, and now nothing?
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
I'm out for now. May check in much later, to see the late night action.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Typhoon 201205 (TALIM)

Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Tornado is likely still on the ground. I hope people in Milan are taking shelter.

Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting WxGeekVA:


Well since we were just talking about how temperatures feel, I found this on Reddit and I though it was funny and relevant and appropriate.



Lol.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Happy Father's Day Gro!


Same to you Geoff!
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Happy Father's Day Gro!
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Member Since: Posts: Comments:


33 MINS OLD
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Those are some heck of outflow boundaries if you'd ask me...

Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Yep...

0-20 = Frigid
21-40 = Cold
41-60 = Cool
61-80 = Perfect
81-90 = Warm
91-110 = Hot
111 and up = Unbearable


Well since we were just talking about how temperatures feel, I found this on Reddit and I though it was funny and relevant and appropriate.

Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting MAweatherboy1:
Uh oh

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHEASTERN GRANT...
EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN ROBERTS AND SOUTHEASTERN BIG STONE COUNTIES
UNTIL 815 PM CDT...

AT 754 PM CDT...THE PUBLIC REPORTED A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS
LOCATED NEAR ODESSA...OR 8 MILES EAST OF ORTONVILLE...MOVING EAST AT
40 MPH.

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED ON BIG STONE LAKE AND IN THE
TOWN OR ORTONVILLE.


THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
CORRELL AROUND 805 PM CDT...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TO REPEAT...A TORNADO IS ON THE GROUND. TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN
INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID
WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE
CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

Very strong rotation shown on radar as the tornado went through.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Member Since: Posts: Comments:




Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Member Since: July 6, 2010 Posts: 113 Comments: 32528
Quoting MAweatherboy1:
Uh oh

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHEASTERN GRANT...
EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN ROBERTS AND SOUTHEASTERN BIG STONE COUNTIES
UNTIL 815 PM CDT...

AT 754 PM CDT...THE PUBLIC REPORTED A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS
LOCATED NEAR ODESSA...OR 8 MILES EAST OF ORTONVILLE...MOVING EAST AT
40 MPH.

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED ON BIG STONE LAKE AND IN THE
TOWN OR ORTONVILLE.


THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
CORRELL AROUND 805 PM CDT...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TO REPEAT...A TORNADO IS ON THE GROUND. TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN
INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID
WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE
CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.


That really sucks... :(
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
I'm thinking with this forecast nothing tropical is headed my way late in the week. But we will have the heat. lol

A surge of tropical moisture associated with a tropical wave will enhance shower and thunderstorm activity Monday through Wednesday. The coverage of rain and thunderstorms is 50-60%. Mostly cloudy skies with highs in the mid 80s are expected.

Thursday and Friday, the atmosphere dries out as high pressure in the middle and upper atmosphere noses into our region. No rain is expected. Highs will warm into the lower 90s.

Saturday and Sunday, afternoon temperatures will soar into the mid 90s with mainly dry weather expected.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting ncstorm:


HPC agree with it..

5 day precip map


5 days doesn't seem to be a long time from now...
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
From the NWS:
Forecast for pasadena md:
Tonight: A slight chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Southeast wind between 6 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Monday: A slight chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 74. South wind between 7 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Monday Night: A chance of showers, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. South wind between 7 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 85. South wind between 3 and 7 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71. South wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 94.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 76.

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 77.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 86.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Don' matter. Look back: someone mentioned the blob off the African coast well before either of you.
Even had an inverted V in the black&white photo.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Right...


Hey, it was worth a shot! :)
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Right...


Well according to this video, the Earth doesn't rotate but that's besides the point.
Link
Member Since: July 8, 2005 Posts: 259 Comments: 24478
Uh oh

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHEASTERN GRANT...
EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN ROBERTS AND SOUTHEASTERN BIG STONE COUNTIES
UNTIL 815 PM CDT...

AT 754 PM CDT...THE PUBLIC REPORTED A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS
LOCATED NEAR ODESSA...OR 8 MILES EAST OF ORTONVILLE...MOVING EAST AT
40 MPH.

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED ON BIG STONE LAKE AND IN THE
TOWN OR ORTONVILLE.


THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
CORRELL AROUND 805 PM CDT...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TO REPEAT...A TORNADO IS ON THE GROUND. TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN
INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID
WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE
CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
Member Since: February 11, 2012 Posts: 84 Comments: 7947
Quoting Grothar:


No, that is what I was showing. The picture was taken a while ago, so the earth probably rotated and it's not in the picture anymore.

Right...
Member Since: July 6, 2010 Posts: 113 Comments: 32528

Viewing: 584 - 534

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28Blog Index

Top of Page

About

Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.

Local Weather

Overcast
59 °F
Overcast