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: 384 - 334

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

Finnally,some rain fell today in parts of Puerto Rico thanks to the trough that comes from that low near Bermuda. Does anyone has a radar from DR?

Member Since: April 29, 2009 Posts: 75 Comments: 14061
Member Since: July 15, 2006 Posts: 169 Comments: 53296
Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


I didn't get anybody in trouble. Now enough of this and lets move on.

alrighty.

that's why i changed the post
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Subtropical development?

Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting BahaHurican:
This is slightly earlier, but showing some serious bright whites... certainly would be interesting if we get NEITHER the BoH or the BoC....

Stop being a debby downer..J/K.
Member Since: August 14, 2010 Posts: 10 Comments: 16437


Member Since: August 19, 2006 Posts: 13 Comments: 14602
Too much shear in the Caribbean.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Looks like Puerto Rico may get hammered by "The Blob".


Eh, the DR (dominican republic) will get hit more then the PR (puerto rico)
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Happy Father's Day one and all!
Thank you and to all the Fathers out there hope your day was great.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting BahaHurican:
This is slightly earlier, but showing some serious bright whites... certainly would be interesting if we get NEITHER the BoH or the BoC....


The blobly beast
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Looks like Puerto Rico may get hammered by "The Blob".

Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting BahaHurican:
This is drawn north as in over PR / Hispaniola / Cuba?


Yes, it does. This system also appears to be rather small, so the lower resolution models like the GFS will probably underestimate the strength. Though of course - it could be the GFS spinning up ghost storms.
Member Since: July 8, 2005 Posts: 259 Comments: 23619
Happy Father's Day one and all!
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
This is slightly earlier, but showing some serious bright whites... certainly would be interesting if we get NEITHER the BoH or the BoC....

Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Looks like that little bugger wants to develop.Could my prediction of getting two storms during June come true?
Member Since: August 14, 2010 Posts: 10 Comments: 16437
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
it will degraded even more over the next 6 hrs by sunrise should be a strong tropical storm
this pleases me...
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
it will degraded even more over the next 6 hrs by sunrise should be a strong tropical storm


Not exactly.

SSTs are more than warm enough for the next few days. Windshear isn't great, but isn't bad for the next few days as well. Once the EWRC is done I could see it staying somewhere below MH intensity but above TS intensity until it really hits the wall of shear and cold waters near Japan.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
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.
Member Since: July 8, 2005 Posts: 259 Comments: 23619
The blob, now deemed "whateverhappensthisweek", looking pretty "tough"
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

The latter. Guchol is entering cooler Sea Surface Temperatures and higher wind shear.
it will degraded even more over the next 6 hrs by sunrise should be a strong tropical storm
Member Since: July 15, 2006 Posts: 169 Comments: 53296
Quoting CybrTeddy:
Interesting, what caught my eye in the 18z GFS is not our GOMEX TS being portrayed, but now it is showing that the T-Wave in the Caribbean generating showers and thunderstorms will be drawn northward from that trough we're seeing that has the non-tropical low attached to it, and begins to develop as soon as 60 hours off the South Florida coast. Makes it down to 1009mb, so it would probably only be a Bonnie type system. That's also why the GFS is trending weaker with the storm in the BOC, it wants to have a secondary low out there potentially influencing it.
This is drawn north as in over PR / Hispaniola / Cuba?
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting Articuno:


If you look at typhoons that hit japan, and the satellite animation of their full life, you will see that the all weaken at a certain point.


Tokyo really is the WPac's equivalent of NYC. Not many strengthening cyclones that far north.

I would hazard to say that Luzon also = Florida...
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Oh goody.Looks like Guchol will die a miserable death.
Member Since: August 14, 2010 Posts: 10 Comments: 16437
Good evening...what a "lovely" day in the WU hood..looks like some people are bored and have nothing else better to do than to kick up a little dust..please save your energy - we may need it soon!..lol

Happy Father's Day to all of your Dads'!

now, on to the weather...what is all of this scuttlebutt that I am hearing about something cropping up in the GOM over the next few weeks. Inquiring minds want to know as I have company coming..
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Guchol's eye is pretty much gone.



If you look at typhoons that hit japan, and the satellite animation of their full life, you will see that the all weaken at a certain point.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting Articuno:

I don't want to start this up again but you just got my best bud on here in trouble.


I didn't get anybody in trouble. Now enough of this and lets move on.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Interesting, what caught my eye in the 18z GFS is not our GOMEX TS being portrayed, but now it is showing that the T-Wave in the Caribbean generating showers and thunderstorms will be drawn northward from that trough we're seeing that has the non-tropical low attached to it, and begins to develop as soon as 60 hours off the South Florida coast. Makes it down to 1009mb, so it would probably only be a Bonnie type system. That's also why the GFS is trending weaker with the storm in the BOC, it wants to have the trough rob some of the energy out of the Caribbean that needs to be sent towards to the BOC.
Member Since: July 8, 2005 Posts: 259 Comments: 23619
Member Since: July 15, 2006 Posts: 169 Comments: 53296
Quoting BahaHurican:
Think there's any chance of it cycling out from this, or is this the beginning of the end?

The latter. Guchol is entering cooler Sea Surface Temperatures and higher wind shear.
Member Since: July 6, 2010 Posts: 113 Comments: 31535
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Guchol's eye is pretty much gone.

Think there's any chance of it cycling out from this, or is this the beginning of the end?
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


Well good.

Now that post #260 has been removed, lets return our attention to the weather.



He shouldn't get banned for it though.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Guys..please give it a rest! almost 40 posts of policing and who is a troll and who isnt! MOVE ON!!!
Member Since: August 19, 2006 Posts: 13 Comments: 14602
301.

Kind of like your posts. I doubt you're JFV like WxGeek thinks, but you're just as much as a clown.

Sorry, I had to get my turn on the soapbox while waiting for the 18z GFS to run.
Member Since: July 8, 2005 Posts: 259 Comments: 23619
That suspicious wave has a legit spin to it:

Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting 7544:
we need a invest


We have one each in the ATL and the EPac, plus two storms getting ready to impact land in the WPac... plus lovely "disturbed weather" in the W Car...

I think there's plenty to do...

lol
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Guchol's eye is pretty much gone.

Member Since: July 6, 2010 Posts: 113 Comments: 31535
Quoting AussieStorm:

I think you have the wrong Tampa.
TAMPASHIELD Member Since: April 22, 2012.
That is what you call a while?






Click for larger lop

I was sorta going by posts.. not really that high but high enough
Member Since: Posts: Comments:


Lots of convection in the Caribbean...
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
It appears we have a situation on the blog... So who is the real troll? The member who has been a consistent contributor since last hurricane season and gives all of us a good laugh, or the member who's been on less than two months and does nothing but call out the first unspecified member. You decide. Back to the weather for me...

Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting JrWeathermanFL:

You are my favorite guy on the blog. :)
Everyone else is tied for second. :P


Thank you. I'm glad to see there are people who still support me on this blog. Yes, I may post off topic images every once in a while. But I make sure they are appropriate and I don't do it a lot. I just like giving people laughs, it's part of who I am. And if a certain person doesn't like it, why don't they do like I did and put them on the ignore list if they are so against my humor or comments?
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting midgulfmom:
BTW.....does that blob in the carribbean seem to be consolidating or just my imagination?
Some of us have been thinking this is the beginning of... whateverhappensthisweek....

Member Since: Posts: Comments:
341. 7544
we need a invest
Member Since: May 6, 2007 Posts: 0 Comments: 6693
Quoting WxGeekVA:
And if anyone else has a problem with me besides this punk troll please PM me about it and we can talk it out man to man or man to woman.

You are my favorite guy on the blog. :)
Everyone else is tied for second. :P
Member Since: Posts: Comments:


Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


And what WXGeekVA was doing wasn't "trolling"?
Did u minus his post, or try to start a flame war?

You can't make him do right. But YOU can do right.

Right. I'm done. My 2 cents have been more than exhausted; I may be in blog debt...

Member Since: Posts: Comments:
"When some one has angered you to the point of no return they have then conquered you".
Member Since: August 14, 2010 Posts: 10 Comments: 16437

Viewing: 384 - 334

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

Mostly Cloudy
58 °F
Mostly Cloudy