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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333. xcool
hmmm
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Quoting xcool:
it seems like after 2008 hurricane season it has not been the same.

I just don't have no clue why

Ikr.
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BTW.....does that blob in the carribbean seem to be consolidating or just my imagination?
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Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


I hope you are not suspecting that I'm a "Troll"?

NO. There is a difference between being a troll and TROLLING the blog [though there is a thin line, as between love and hate]. I don't think u are a troll, i.e. here just to cause trouble in the blog. But you certainly have been trolling, that is, stirring up personal animosity among bloggers for your own ends. We could be talking wx, instead of pple. Because of some stuff u have been doing, we're not talking wx.

Just sayin...
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327. xcool
it seems like after 2008 hurricane season it has not been the same.

I just don't have no clue why
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Quoting BahaHurican:

'Age ain't nothin' but a number', as a song by a popular Bahamian singer opines.

TAMPASHIELD is, IMO, trolling the blog because he's fomenting the OT argument, first by making the silly replies to others' posts, then by attacking WXGeekVA personally. I think these types of posts - that is, attacking other bloggers instead of talking about weather - should be minused, regardless of who the blogger is.

Case in point: I don't particularly like JFV myself, but constantly talking about him keeps him in the blog, even when he's not actually here. If Taz gets into a talking cycle about JFV, I'm going to minus him just the way I am minusing TAMPASHIELD right now. When they post on topic, I have no problem with either of them.

Additionally, I noticed a lot of pple objected to Taz's comment about staying on topic and avoiding a ban, because shortly after it was posted enough people minused it to cause it to be minimized in my view. I certainly think that's a better reaction than getting into an argument about whether you like what the person is posting. Use the blog tools rather than taking the blog OT...

The bottom line is that the blog conversation has stopped being about the various rather interesting tropical AOIs out there and has started being about blog personalities. Even if TAMPASHIELD's behaviour doesn't fit your definition of trolling, at least we could stay on topic, and keep the posts about other bloggers and their behaviour to a minimum.

YMMV...
I thought that was an album by an artist called Aaliyah?.Any who I'm going to be begging for a tropical storm to be over me next week with whats coming(High heat and humidity with dew points in the 60's and 70's).Oh the torture!
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BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ABERDEEN SD
534 PM CDT SUN JUN 17 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ABERDEEN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHEASTERN MARSHALL COUNTY IN NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA...

* UNTIL 600 PM CDT

* AT 532 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR HILLHEAD...OR 15 MILES EAST OF BRITTON...AND
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

* THIS TORNADIC STORM WILL BE NEAR...
VEBLEN AROUND 550 PM CDT...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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.

&&

LAT...LON 4593 9724 4575 9723 4577 9752 4593 9759
TIME...MOT...LOC 2234Z 238DEG 21KT 4585 9743

$$
HINTZ
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hi all
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Quoting Patrap:
..ummmm, get the crackers and some newspaper for da drippings Auntie Em.
yes'em!!
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Quoting Articuno:

I thought about that, but then I realized TAMPASHIELD has been posting on the blog for a while.

'Age ain't nothin' but a number', as a song by a popular Bahamian singer opines.

TAMPASHIELD is, IMO, trolling the blog because he's fomenting the OT argument, first by making the silly replies to others' posts, then by attacking WXGeekVA personally. I think these types of posts - that is, attacking other bloggers instead of talking about weather - should be minused, regardless of who the blogger is.

Case in point: I don't particularly like JFV myself, but constantly talking about him keeps him in the blog, even when he's not actually here. If Taz gets into a talking cycle about JFV, I'm going to minus him just the way I am minusing TAMPASHIELD right now. When they post on topic, I have no problem with either of them.

Additionally, I noticed a lot of pple objected to Taz's comment about staying on topic and avoiding a ban, because shortly after it was posted enough people minused it to cause it to be minimized in my view. I certainly think that's a better reaction than getting into an argument about whether you like what the person is posting. Use the blog tools rather than taking the blog OT...

The bottom line is that the blog conversation has stopped being about the various rather interesting tropical AOIs out there and has started being about blog personalities. Even if TAMPASHIELD's behaviour doesn't fit your definition of trolling, at least we could stay on topic, and keep the posts about other bloggers and their behaviour to a minimum.

YMMV...
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
That's not the Guchol we had yesterday morning, that's for sure...


But just think what would be happening if it wasn't encountering these conditions... A Cat 3 or 4 into Japan? Disaster.
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..ummmm, get the crackers and some newspaper for da drippings Auntie Em.
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Quoting Articuno:

I live in Maryland, so crab is my thing. :)
Fat Lake Pontchartrain crabs in Zatarains crab boil! A+++++!
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Thanks TA14 and Patrap. While Guchol may not be as big as before, whoever gets hit will still be hurting.
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Quoting Articuno:

I thought about that, but then I realized TAMPASHIELD has been posting on the blog for a while.

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






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WP052012 - Typhoon (>=96 kt)GUCHOL



Typhoon 05W

UW-CIMSS Automated Satellite-Based
Advanced Dvorak Technique (ADT)
Version 8.1.3
Tropical Cyclone Intensity Estimation Algorithm

Current Intensity Analysis



UW - CIMSS
ADVANCED DVORAK TECHNIQUE
ADT-Version 8.1.3
Tropical Cyclone Intensity Algorithm

----- Current Analysis -----
Date : 17 JUN 2012 Time : 213000 UTC
Lat : 21:46:30 N Lon : 127:17:04 E


CI# /Pressure/ Vmax
5.9 / 939.3mb/112.4kt


Final T# Adj T# Raw T#
5.5 5.3 5.3

Estimated radius of max. wind based on IR :N/A km

Center Temp : -49.8C Cloud Region Temp : -67.8C

Scene Type : EYE

Positioning Method : SPIRAL ANALYSIS

Ocean Basin : WEST PACIFIC
Dvorak CI > MSLP Conversion Used : PACIFIC

Tno/CI Rules : Constraint Limits : NO LIMIT
Weakening Flag : ON
Rapid Dissipation Flag : OFF

C/K/Z MSLP Estimate Inputs :
- Average 34 knot radii : 147km
- Environmental MSLP : 1004mb

Satellite Viewing Angle : 32.4 degrees



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That's not the Guchol we had yesterday morning, that's for sure...

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Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


I hope you are not suspecting that I'm a "Troll"?


No I stated you weren't.
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Quoting midgulfmom:
: D Understood! I use it to remind myself hurricane season is crab boiling season...my favorite seafood!

I live in Maryland, so crab is my thing. :)
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Quoting Articuno:

I thought about that, but then I realized TAMPASHIELD has been posting on the blog for a while.


I hope you are not suspecting that I'm a "Troll"?

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Quoting Articuno:

Your avatar is making me hungry....and i just ate.
: D Understood! I use it to remind myself hurricane season is crab boiling season...my favorite seafood!
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308. VR46L
Quoting NavarreMark:
After a late start because of a rain delay, Junior wins at Michigan.

JUNIOR!!! JUNIOR!!! JUNIOR!!!


Congratulations Mark!!!!!!!!!!

The Rain moved off so they could get the race ran


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Quoting BahaHurican:
Wonder if anybody else besides me realize they're being trolled.

U can't be this easy, folks.

Thank goodness the "real" season is not in play.

I thought about that, but then I realized TAMPASHIELD has been posting on the blog for a while.
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Quoting Articuno:

You know I can report you for criticizing another user.


I am well aware of that. Unlike WxGeekVA, I have read the rules.
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Wonder if anybody else besides me realizes they're being trolled.

U can't be this easy, folks.

Thank goodness the "real" season is not in play.
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Quoting Articuno:


I don't mean to sound like a over-exaggerated parent but you still have no right to call someone a brat over it, he's just trying to be funny and give us a laugh, we need our laugh of the day.


and he's not usually the one to start all the off topicness, it's usually him replying to someone else.
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Quoting TAMPASHIELD:



Images posted on here that are no way related to the main topic of the blog.


I don't mean to sound like a over-exaggerated parent but you still have no right to call someone a brat over it, he's just trying to be funny and give us a laugh, we need our laugh of the day.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
spew it out all over north pacific and the northern hemisphere over time

you got any room down under there aussie

lets say for 6 billion

Yeah, we have a nice big desert in the middle just for the people of the USA. lol
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Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


Well done! I shall report him as well. I told him a few times that those images are not welcomed on here.

You know I can report you for criticizing another user.
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XX/XX/XXL
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Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


Not until that brat that posted (#260) stops with those annoying rubbish images.

1. He's not a brat,
2. Describe your definition of "annoying rubbish images"
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Quoting Tazmanian:



so ture hes all so posting off topic and the photos hes posting dos not have any thing too do with what where talking about here so feel free too hit ! report on him and may be post 260 will get a 24hr bannd

A majority of the images he posts are weather-related, Taz. And by that logic, we can hit the ! button on every post you write concerning JFV.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Please don't change my words around.


My apologies.
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Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


Good...
Please don't change my words around.
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Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


Not until that brat that posted (#260) stops with those annoying rubbish images.



so ture hes all so posting off topic and the photos hes posting dos not have any thing too do with what where talking about here so feel free too hit ! report on him and may be post 260 will get a 24hr bannd
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Quoting Tazmanian:



your welcome


Thank you
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Quoting WeatherfanPR:
I'm watching this area since yesterday. The NHC doesn't say anything about it so for them it's just part of the ITCZ. I'll keep watching this area just in case

For now it prolly is... I think conditions right now are not sufficiently conducive to any speedy development. I am noting, however, that we ARE getting some pretty decent Twaves off the African coast already, meaning the spark for development closer to home will definitely exist.
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Quoting BahaHurican:
Thanx 4 the reminder, Taz. It's not as busy yet as it will be, but I can see some of us are going to get into trouble because we've been posting this kind of stuff all through the off season and will forget it's "time on task" once we start getting into the heart of the season. Given the way this week seems to be shaping up, it's entirely possible we'll have a storm in 3 of the 5 Northern Hemisphere basins by the weekend. So this might be a really good time not to post the just for fun OT stuff anymore...



your welcome
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287. TXCWC
Given the model disparity this afternoon - it is best to look and see what Ensemble Means say

GFS MEAN Day 7


EURO MEAN DAY 7
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Quoting Tazmanian:
guys what did WunderBlogAdmin tell you guys this is a weather blog olny so post like 260 and 275 sould be posted in your own blogs has they are off topic and sould be posted in your owns blogs and not here on the main weather blog one day you find end up being bannd for posting off topic photos and youtubs that dos not go with this weather blog


this giveing you guys a warning you guys been warned time after time and still he lets you get a way with it well one day you end up with a 24hr bannd or may be even a 4 day bannd from the blog


so i would be care full on what you post in here
Thanx 4 the reminder, Taz. It's not as busy yet as it will be, but I can see some of us are going to get into trouble because we've been posting this kind of stuff all through the off season and will forget it's "time on task" once we start getting into the heart of the season. Given the way this week seems to be shaping up, it's entirely possible we'll have a storm in 3 of the 5 Northern Hemisphere basins by the weekend. So this might be a really good time not to post the just for fun OT stuff anymore...
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Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


Good...

You really need to stop changing people's comments and copy/pasting others to make it look like you/they said something when they really didn't...
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I'm watching this area since yesterday. The NHC doesn't say anything about it so for them it's just part of the ITCZ. I'll keep watching this area just in case

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