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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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...
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Has anybody noted that tropical wave a few hundred miles southwest of Africa? It lacks convection but it has to be one of the strongest waves so far this season with a spin clearly visible on satellite imagery loops.


And look at the one that's abut to come off of africa.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
TAWX13 Gro and I were talking about it two days ago.It may spark off development down the road in the caribbean if the MJO is still around...


Could it be?? The african wave train? I ask this the other day and was shut down and said no..
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seems to be fading slightly now

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Still has that classic major hurricane shape, but no more eye.
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
off topic
guys, for those 56 who plussed me for my graduation and valedictorian speech, here is a picture a friend of my took during the ceremony... have a peek.


CLASS OF 2012

That's in Norwalk, CT
hope u like it :)
the hats read SHU, which is Sacred Heart University right
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469 KEEPEROFTHEGATE: [animated EastCaribbean convection map

That purple haze sho do look finer than the regular fare.
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TAWX13 Gro and I were talking about it two days ago.It may spark off development down the road in the caribbean if the MJO is still around...
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

It's not cold.

88 degrees is cold compared to 94 degrees.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

Didn't know it got so cold there.

It's not cold.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

You were noting the blow-up of thunderstorm active over West Africa, Gro, not the tropical wave southwest of Cape Verde. :)


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.
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Quoting SubtropicalHi:


Where are you? Mumbai?

Couldn't be... Only 82 in Mumbai right now.
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Quoting Grothar:


So it's true, you don't read my posts. Look at #408. And I thought you were my buddy.

You were noting the blow-up of thunderstorm active over West Africa, Gro, not the tropical wave southwest of Cape Verde. :)
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NWS Key West Discussion

RAIN CHANCES WILL INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY ON TUESDAY...AS A BROAD AREA
OF LOW PRESSURE EMERGES NORTHWESTWARD OUT OF THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN
INTO THE SOUTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO...DRAGGING A TROUGH AND DEEP
TROPICAL MOISTURE NORTHWARD ACROSS OUR AREA. DEEP MOISTURE ALONG WITH
DEEP LAYERED CYCLONIC FLOW...AND HEALTHY FLOW AND FLUX NEAR THE
TROUGH AXIS WILL PROVIDE AMPLE LOW LEVEL LIFT...IN A MOIST ADIABATIC
PROFILE. THE BEST CHANCE OF RAIN APPEARS TO BE SOMEWHERE AROUND MID
WEEK. WILL MAINTAIN THE TRANSITION TO HIGH CHANCE POPS BY TUESDAY
NIGHT...LIKELY ON WEDNESDAY...AND TRENDING BACK DOWNWARD EARLY
THURSDAY. THERE IS A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY REGARDING THE EVOLUTION...BUT
A WETTER THAN NORMAL PERIOD APPEARS QUITE LIKELY. WINDS ARE EXPECTED
TO GRADUALLY DECREASE
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Has anybody noted that tropical wave a few hundred miles southwest of Africa? It lacks convection but it has to be one of the strongest waves so far this season with a spin clearly visible on satellite imagery loops.



So it's true, you don't read my posts. Look at #408. And I thought you were my buddy.
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Quoting weatherh98:


95 99% humidity 94 dew point... NOT ACTUAL NUMBERS BUT THY ARE PROLLY CLOSE


Where are you? Mumbai?
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Has anybody noted that tropical wave a few hundred miles southwest of Africa? It lacks convection but it has to be one of the strongest waves so far this season with a spin clearly visible on satellite imagery loops.


I mentioned it in paragraph P13 of my latest tropical update...and even marked it in my charts despite the TAFB analyses not marking it...
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I live in North Carolina though, LOL.

Didn't know it got so cold there.
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NWS has now bumped up Key West's chances of rain on Wed. to 60% with 50% on both sides of that Hmmmm?
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

Wow, you're in the freezer up there midweek... Here's my Wednesday and Thursday

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 70.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 94.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68

I live in North Carolina though, LOL.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

This week's forecast:

No rain!


Wow, you're in the freezer down there midweek... Here's my Wednesday and Thursday

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 70.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 94.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68
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Has anybody noted that tropical wave a few hundred miles southwest of Africa? It lacks convection but it has to be one of the strongest waves so far this season with a spin clearly visible on satellite imagery loops.

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Guys keep an eye on the area around 12N/13N 80W/81W vort is increasing at 850 in that area
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Quoting superpete:
Thats winter for us...LOL ! How are things with you? Speaking of rain, nice downpour just started this side
Things are okay so far. We have started getting some light rain but nothing too heavy. I think later tonight we will see heavier showers.
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I have a detailed tropical update on the Atlantic in my blog....just released a few minutes ago...check it out.
It has in-depth look at what happened over Bermuda today....
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Quoting stormwatcherCI:
Overnight temp lately 79-82F. :) I would love 75 right about now.
Thats winter for us...LOL ! How are things with you? Speaking of rain, nice downpour just started this side
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

This week's forecast:

No rain!

I want that... 95 by the end of the week

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Southeast wind between 5 and 15 mph.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. Southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. East wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Friday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Saturday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Sunday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.
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Quoting Levi32:


That's what scares me about Grad school.



I would be scared to live in Fairbanks cuz of the cold and I'm originally from Wisconsin.

A/C and a swimming pool helps around here.
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Quoting Levi32:
Current conditions here:

Temperature: 73F

Humidity: 30% lol

3 fans on high in my room right now because it's sweltering.


95 99% humidity 94 dew point... NOT ACTUAL NUMBERS BUT THY ARE PROLLY CLOSE
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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

This week's forecast:

No rain!

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Quoting superpete:

Levi..starting to rain here in Cayman most days now, pushing low to mid 90's during the daytime...which is very hard for me to work in..
Overnight temp lately 79-82F. :) I would love 75 right about now.
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Quoting weatherh98:


Our nighttime low hasn't been that for 2 weeks now lol


upper 60s every night, no colder.
90 and up coming next week, with no more below 70 lows.

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Quoting KeyWestwx:

hi Levi,
The green line on your graph. Does that indicate where the low originated and the direction it's heading?


It represents the tropical wave axis that is currently in the central Caribbean moving northwestward.
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Quoting Levi32:
In reference to post 439, here's the GFS 72-hour 850mb winds and vorticity:


hi Levi,
The green line on your graph. Does that indicate where the low originated and the direction it's heading?
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Current conditions here:

Temperature: 73F

Humidity: 30% lol

3 fans on high in my room right now because it's sweltering.
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so we could have chris N of bermuda, debby by e florida, and Ernesto by Mexico.

this blog would go crazy, i think we will only get 1.
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Quoting AtHomeInTX:


Lol. I was just thinking when it gets down to 75 I need to put socks on. We don't see that temp for months around here. :)


Our nighttime low hasn't been that for 2 weeks now lol
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75 is hot?



75 is vary nic weather
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Quoting BahaHurican:
LOL... I'm smiling at 75 as being hot, when for me it is the threshold to cold... I take out my jacket for highs of 75...


Lol. I was just thinking when it gets down to 75 I need to put socks on. We don't see that temp for months around here. :)
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Quoting Levi32:


It rains here too nearly every afternoon, but it's sunny in the mornings and evenings. It's darn hot too...75+ degrees F every day, which is very hard for me to work in.


I invite you to south louisiana
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Quoting Levi32:


It rains here too nearly every afternoon, but it's sunny in the mornings and evenings. It's darn hot too...75+ degrees F every day, which is very hard for me to work in.

Levi..starting to rain here in Cayman most days now, pushing low to mid 90's during the daytime...which is very hard for me to work in..
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Quoting ilovehurricanes12:
new low on the map!!

if you are talking about the one in the SW Caribbean you are late by a whole day
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Quoting Grothar:


That's great, from which school did you graduate?


Norwalk High School
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Yep...

0-20 = Frigid
21-40 = Cold
41-60 = Cool
61-80 = Perfect
81-90 = Warm
91-110 = Hot
111 and up = Unbearable
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Quoting Levi32:


That's what scares me about Grad school.


Well, we do get every other day a nice big thunderstorm with loads of lightning and cools off the temperatures to the low 70s for a while - I'm sure you'd like that!
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
off topic
guys, for those 56 who plussed me for my graduation and valedictorian speech, here is a picture a friend on mine took during the ceremony... have a peek.


CLASS OF 2012

That's in Norwalk, CT
hope u like it :)


That's great, from which school did you graduate?
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Quoting Levi32:


It rains here too nearly every afternoon, but it's sunny in the mornings and evenings. It's darn hot too...75+ degrees F every day, which is very hard for me to work in.
well i guess 110 would kill ya

thats what its to feel like here
tuseday wednesday and thursday this week


Special weather statement for:
=new= Belleville - Quinte - Northumberland
=new= Kingston - Prince Edward
=new= Peterborough - Kawartha Lakes
=new= Stirling - Tweed - South Frontenac
=new= Bancroft - Bon Echo Park
=new= Brockville - Leeds and Grenville
=new= City of Ottawa
=new= Gatineau
=new= Prescott and Russell
=new= Cornwall - Morrisburg
=new= Smiths Falls - Lanark - Sharbot Lake
=new= Parry Sound - Muskoka
=new= Haliburton
=new= Renfrew - Pembroke - Barry's Bay
=new= Algonquin
=new= Burk's Falls - Bayfield Inlet
City of Toronto
Windsor - Essex - Chatham-Kent
Sarnia - Lambton
Elgin
London - Middlesex
Simcoe - Delhi - Norfolk
Dunnville - Caledonia - Haldimand
Oxford - Brant
Niagara
City of Hamilton
Halton - Peel
York - Durham
Huron - Perth
Waterloo - Wellington
Dufferin - Innisfil
Grey - Bruce
Barrie - Orillia - Midland.

Prolonged hot and humid episode Tuesday to Thursday.


------------------------------------------------- --------------------
==discussion==
Very warm air is projected to arrive on Monday over Southwestern
Ontario. The heat is expected to intensify and overspread much of
Southern Ontario on Tuesday building into a three-day heat episode.
Monday's high temperatures are expected to kiss the thirty degree
mark in the southwest. The mercury is anticipated to soar well into
the thirties Tuesday and likely persist through Thursday, affecting
many communities across Southwestern Ontario to the greater Toronto
area. Elevated humidity levels will combine with the torrid
temperatures to give humidex values of 40 and higher. Night-time
temperatures will also remain very warm and are not expected to drop
below 22 degrees in many areas.

This will make for very uncomfortable conditions and moderate to high
readings in the air quality health index. It is advised to stay in an
air conditioned place or seek shade when possible, drink Plenty of
water and limit physical outdoor activity.

The main heat event is expected to take place from Tuesday to
Thursday over Windsor east to the greater Toronto area. As the hot
air mass progresses further east to Ottawa, regions will see a
shorter and less intense heat event starting Wednesday and into
Thursday. Humidex advisories may be issued.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment
Canada at WWW.WEATHEROFFICE.GC.CA.

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