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 allancalderini:
anyone think the low that has 10% chance could develop into a name storm?Because i don`t think so.
Me either. It's moving too fast away from the warmer waters.

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Quoting allancalderini:
anyone think the low that has 10% chance could develop into a name storm?Because i don`t think so.
It has a small window of opportunity.
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anyone think the low that has 10% chance could develop into a name storm?Because i don`t think so.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


At least the long range San Juan Radar captures part of that complex.

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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.
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...
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I want a Krispy Kreme doughnut.So good and fattening.
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
It reminds me of wrong way Lenny for some odd reason.
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Gonna watch some basketball.......Have a Great Evening and Happy Father's Day again.....Good Night...WW.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


Imagine 95 degrees with 100% humidity a lot of us get.


That's what scares me about Grad school.
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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.


Imagine 95 degrees with 100% humidity a lot of us get.
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Quoting BahaHurican:
Ooo... lemon cream biscuits... do they still make them? they were the coolest...
you can get them in newfoundland or in toronto in the newfie store
my fave was purity cream crackers loved them things still do
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
we would crush up lemon cream biscuits and add milk and eat as a ceral in the morning too
Ooo... lemon cream biscuits... do they still make them? they were the coolest...



OhOh... is that an eye clearing out?????

[duh duh duuuhhhh]
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427 HurricaneHunterJoe: Are you the CYBER POLICE?

Hardly. WUbers who do post such warnings do so to prevent valued fellow WUbers from making blogRules-breaking errors that will cause them to be banned.
Kinda like telling someone not to park in a red-zone near a police station. Ya jes assume they missed the red on the curb. Or are totally unaware that the police are so nearby: dissing the presence of cops nearly guarantees you'll get jacked up, far faster&harder than breaking a minor law in&of itself would.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

This may be it

Link


Yes that is the site. Thank you so much for the link. I will try to keep up with it this time. Thanks again.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Fine, trying to enjoy summer break if it would stop raining every freaking day. How's Alaska?


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.
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Quoting aspectre:
405 VirginIslandsVisitor: I can remember (dating myself here) when the "poor kids" in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland brought lobster sandwiches and the "rich kids" brought peanut butter sandwiches to school.

During colonial times and a bit further into the history of the US, the laws made it illegally cruel to feed indentured servants lobsters too often or too much.
Of course the cod we eat nowadays (ie the cod that isn't the fake "cod") was considered a trash sub-species of cod as late as the 1960s. When commercial fishermen caught 'em, they tossed 'em back into the ocean cuz the price wasn't high enough to justify taking those fish to shore.
we would crush up lemon cream biscuits and add milk and eat as a ceral in the morning too
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Quoting BahaHurican:
Gotta admit it keeps it from being dull in here... lol



True.....That "blob" lingering south of Hispanola-PR is making me do "double-takes" every time I look at the loops.... :)
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Quoting wxmobilejim:
Hey guys, I remember going to a site that you can get the GFS model frame by frame when it is released. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? I think they had other models on the page as well.

This may be it

Link
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Hey guys, I remember going to a site that you can get the GFS model frame by frame when it is released. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? I think they had other models on the page as well.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
18z GFS ensembles 108hr


HPC agree with it..

5 day precip map
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462. BDAwx
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 :)


Congratulations! I too recently graduated class of 2012 :).
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Quoting weathermanwannabe:
It's always a bit nerve wracking, even in mid-June, to see the Caribbean lit up like a Christmas tree and climatology would generally support 1 storm in June and another one in July before the action really gets going in August. I think the actual percentage for these two months is around 1.72% storms over these two months so another storm (we are ahead of the game this year in terms of pure numbers) over the next two weeks is certainly not out of the question whether it comes this area of disturbed weather or closer to the Bay of Campehche/Western Caribbean. Which area "wins", if at all, in the immediate short-term is anyone's guess.

Gotta admit it keeps it from being dull in here... lol

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It's always a bit nerve wracking, even in mid-June, to see the Caribbean lit up like a Christmas tree and climatology would generally support 1 storm in June and another one in July before the action really gets going in August. I think the actual percentage for these two months is around 1.72% storms over these two months so another storm (we are ahead of the game this year in terms of pure numbers) over the next two weeks is certainly not out of the question whether it comes this area of disturbed weather or closer to the Bay of Campehche/Western Caribbean. Which area "wins", if at all, in the immediate short-term is anyone's guess.

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Quoting Levi32:
In reference to post 439, here's the GFS 72-hour 850mb winds and vorticity:

Mmmm.
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18z GFS ensembles 108hr
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405 VirginIslandsVisitor: I can remember (dating myself here) when the "poor kids" in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland brought lobster sandwiches and the "rich kids" brought peanut butter sandwiches to school.

During colonial times and a bit further into the history of the US, the laws made it illegally cruel to feed indentured servants lobsters too often or too much.
Of course the cod we eat nowadays (ie the cod that isn't the fake "cod") was considered a trash sub-species of cod as late as the 1960s. When commercial fishermen caught 'em, they tossed 'em back into the ocean cuz the price wasn't high enough to justify taking those fish to shore.
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hey guys

hey teddy it is a low pressure that absorbed the Tropical wave so no wave just low pressure area

btw really really dark and wind has picked up by alot
seas are starting to roll and good amount of white cap are forming

also shear has been falling convection has been increasing
what I think is that this will be Chris this will be our next storm and what happens is that it move out of the NW caribbean and over Yucatan into the BOC then GOM then MEX/TEX much like ALEX '10
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Quoting Levi32:


Hey TA13, how's it going?

Fine, trying to enjoy summer break if it would stop raining every freaking day. How's Alaska?
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Quoting windshear1993:
i want the rainbow one that you posted earlier

Quoting windshear1993:
on coment 356
That, I think, comes from here. Pick one of the infrared icons. This is a cool site because it lets you zoom in on a particular area. You should experiment with the controls a bit.
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Quoting stormwatcherCI:
Congratulations. I take it you are the one with the big grin and thumbs up looking back.


I was at the stage
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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..
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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 :)
Congratulations. I take it you are the one with the big grin and thumbs up looking back.
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Here we go, GFS looks like it has started to weaken or even drop the BOC disturbance, that is the next step

in the next few days it will pick up development again
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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 :)
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Hi Levi. Is all on track to see something develop later this week/weekend?


I think something will definitely attempt to. It will likely be too broad to become terribly strong though, which is good news if you like rain in the NW gulf.

I doubt we'll see a true tropical disturbance in the Bahamas like has been showing up on the models today. A low may form but non-tropically, and the focus of action should be in the west-central gulf, in my opinion.
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Anyone else monitoring the storms tonight? Because there are some mean ones out there...

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In reference to post 439, here's the GFS 72-hour 850mb winds and vorticity:

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Quoting windshear1993:
i want the rainbow one that you posted earlier
on coment 356
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

This.

The next Heri :).
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Quoting BahaHurican:
It happens every now and again... I turn a page and my filter freaks out. It's working again now, after a couple refreshes.

http://www.meteo.an/Img_Sat.asp
i want the rainbow one that you posted earlier
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I hadn't noticed the ULL, then yes it would defiantly be sub-tropical.
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Quoting ncstorm:
18Z

Wow. Not often you see a blue diamond on the prob chart. Usually elongoidals. Ovals or circles.
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Hi Levi. Is all on track to see something develop later this week/weekend?
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


It's a tropical wave with nothing else in the mix, why wouldn't it be tropical - just a sheared wave.


Well the GFS clearly shows that the tropical wave axis follows the low-mid level flow straight into the western-central Gulf of Mexico. The new low in the Bahamas develops mostly of its own accord due to speed divergence aloft, with some instigation likely from the northeastern tip of the tropical wave, but the low is pretty much separate from the wave axis.
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Quoting weathermanwannabe:
Here is a link to that latest CMC run showing a storm out of the Bahama, skirting Florida, and moving up towards the Carolinas.

Link

It's a very complex situation out there at the moment and sheer is not favorable at the moment in that region. Models gonna have a tough time reaching any consensus on this possibility.


Can't see that happening within 60 hours.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Hey Levi.


Hey TA13, how's it going?
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


It's a tropical wave with nothing else in the mix, why wouldn't it be tropical - just a sheared wave.

This.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I doubt it would be tropical and would have a hard time consolidating past a low pressure area.


It's a tropical wave with nothing else in the mix, why wouldn't it be tropical - just a sheared wave.
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