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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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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How was Mother's Day?


Good...
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
iam just sitting here eating a nice bowl of icecream after a nice late afternoon dinner
How was fathers day?
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iam just sitting here eating a nice bowl of icecream after a nice late afternoon dinner
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:
Shhhh. Everyone I'm Recording! lol
Just kidding... But I will be recording my First Tropical Update Tomorrow or Tuesday and will be posting it...

Take that back. Going to make a quick one, because I have the house to myself!
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Quoting BahaHurican:
Wow. I step away from the blog and it is like major superheroes...

Go figure.

He's kinda too young for that 2 b true, IIRC...

I can't believe I was the only one got that...
I know.Everyone else went with it like it was normal.
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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
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Wow. I step away from the blog and it is like major superheroes...

Go figure.

Quoting washingtonian115:
I just sounded like a concerned mother in my post didn't I?.Lol.

post 218.Is your last name Perry?.
He's kinda too young for that 2 b true, IIRC...

I can't believe I was the only one got that...
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Quoting sunlinepr:
Finally, here comes the rain....

you think that will survive and move over us?
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So, we have another one... and another one...

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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


How can I apply and get a 2nd citizenship?
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Finally, here comes the rain....

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235 MAweatherboy1: [magnitude] 6.4 [earthquake] in Japan

42miles(67kilometres) NEast of the Onagawa NuclearPowerPlant

113miles(182kilometres) NNEast of the FukushimaDaiichi NuclearPowerPlant
The lone red dot is the FukushimaDaini NuclearPowerPlant

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Quoting sunlinepr:


Hope not.....The wave that hit the Fukushima plant had nearly 25 feet and caused all that catastropic event.... So Imagine a 60 feet wave would do to what is left and exposed....
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
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Quoting BDAwx:
Hey everyone, the rain cleared up, sun came out and winds have died down quite a bit :). All seems to be well save for some leaves missing from the trees.

Also, keep in mind that BWS reports a 10-minute sustained wind, so they probably recorded tropical storm force winds for for about 1-2 hours.

looks like something (dry air?) may have taken a bite out of Guchol's northwest eyewall.
Whatever it is.I'm cheering for it!!!!.
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267. BDAwx
Hey everyone, the rain cleared up, sun came out and winds have died down quite a bit :). All seems to be well save for some leaves missing from the trees.

Also, keep in mind that BWS reports a 10-minute sustained wind, so they probably recorded tropical storm force winds for for about 1-2 hours.

looks like something (dry air?) may have taken a bite out of Guchol's northwest eyewall.
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Shhhh. Everyone I'm Recording! lol
Just kidding... But I will be recording my First Tropical Update Tomorrow or Tuesday and will be posting it...
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


You might be Spartacus, but THIS IS SPARTAAAAAAA!!!!!!



*says in shriveled up little voice*
Back to the tropics... please?
Don't hurt me!
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..................Clearwater Beach cam
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Higher and deeper SST's help.

W.NO PACIFIC -Super Typhoon Guchol Generating Extremely rough seas with wave heights to 60 feet!

Could we see a Fujiwara effect with Super Typhoon Guchol and TD6(TALIM)??


Hope not.....The wave that hit the Fukushima plant had nearly 25 feet and caused all that catastropic event.... So Imagine a 60 feet wave would do to what is left and exposed....
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Way to kill the blog buddy.

It was never dead.
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Quoting aspectre:
"Just for the record, my name isn't Dean... I feel comfortable to go ahead and say it... My name is Tyler."
"...adds that to the long list of Tyler's he knows. Seriously, I know a lot of Tyler's."
"Bet you didn't know my name was Tyler!"

No. I am Spartacus!
Spartacus is so overrated.I'm Leo from the Thunder Cats.Or better yet HE MAN!.I HAVE THE SWORD SO I HAVE THE POWER!!!.
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Quoting Articuno:

When will mother nature give them a break?


They are being hit by everything... too bad.... Where was it?
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Quoting Articuno:

:<


Way to kill the blog buddy.
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AWESOME!!!!!

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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

Probably not anytime soon :P
Not being a Debby Downer or anything...

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Hi....been lurking for a few weeks. Hope everyone's enjoying Dad's Day. Thanks to all serving in that capacity for being there for the kids. Humidity here in NOLA area is heavy in the air. Next few days should be interesting. My daughter will be headed to Japan in the next week or so. Relieved that Gujol will be waning before it reaches there. Good day all......

Your avatar is making me hungry....and i just ate.
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"Just for the record, my name isn't Dean... I feel comfortable to go ahead and say it... My name is Tyler."
"...adds that to the long list of Tyler's he knows. Seriously, I know a lot of Tyler's."
"Bet you didn't know my name was Tyler!"

No. I am Spartacus!
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Quoting Articuno:

When will mother nature give them a break?

Never unfortunately. That country was made by the same forces effecting it every second of every day.
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Are we still having a hissyfit over Florida or Texas?
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:
I guess the Western Pacific does not need the MJO like the Atlantic Basin does,they seem to keep firing up storms anyway.

Higher and deeper SST's help.

W.NO PACIFIC -Super Typhoon Guchol near 21.5N 127.2E. It is not currently near land but headed toward Kadena AFB. Currently 350 nm south of Kadena and moving north at 11 knots. Generating Extremely rough seas with wave heights to 60 feet! lt currently has max winds near 125 knots! Expected to weaken in 24 hours, as it moves in cooler sea surface temperatures. What Cat will Super Typhoon Guchol be when it hits Kadena AFB? I think low Cat 4 or high Cat 3.

Could we see a Fujiwara effect with Super Typhoon Guchol and TD6(TALIM)??
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Quoting Articuno:

When will mother nature give them a break?

Probably not anytime soon :P
Not being a Debby Downer or anything...
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Quoting winter123:


The waters are always much warmer there (i guess due to circulating from the southern hemisphere over our winter) and there always seems to be a high pressure halfway between Hawaii and Japan.
And you have lees landmass in the way vs the Atlantic.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
6.4 in Japan


When will mother nature give them a break?
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 404
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
345 PM CDT SUN JUN 17 2012

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

WESTERN MINNESOTA
SOUTHEAST NORTH DAKOTA
NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA

EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 345 PM UNTIL
1000 PM CDT.

TORNADOES...HAIL TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND
GUSTS TO 80 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 75 STATUTE
MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 35 MILES WEST OF ABERDEEN
SOUTH DAKOTA TO 45 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ALEXANDRIA MINNESOTA. FOR
A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU4).

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

DISCUSSION...SCATTERED SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO FORM
OVER NORTHEAST SD IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS...SPREADING EASTWARD
ACROSS THE WATCH AREA THROUGH THE EARLY EVENING. LOCAL VAD/PROFILER
OBSERVATIONS SUGGEST LOW LEVEL AND DEEP LAYER VERTICAL SHEAR ARE
FAVORABLE FOR ROTATING STORMS CAPABLE OF VERY LARGE HAIL AND A FEW
TORNADOES. STORMS MAY ORGANIZE INTO A BOW ECHO LATER THIS EVENING
WITH AN ENHANCED THREAT OF DAMAGING WINDS AS WELL.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 3 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 70 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 27035.


...HART

Tornadoes
Probability of 2 or more tornadoes
High (70%)


Probability of 1 or more strong (F2-F5) tornadoes
Mod (40%)


Wind
Probability of 10 or more severe wind events
High (70%)


Probability of 1 or more wind events > 65 knots
Mod (30%)


Hail
Probability of 10 or more severe hail events
High (>95%)


Probability of 1 or more hailstones > 2 inches
High (70%)


Combined Severe Hail/Wind
Probability of 6 or more combined severe hail/wind events
High (>95%)



Probably about the highest probabilities you can give a Tornado Watch without making it a PDS one.

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Quoting Hurricanes305:


Wow, why is there a solid concentration of heavy rain over South Florida???


Its going to rain more in Texas.
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:
I guess the Western Pacific does not need the MJO like the Atlantic Basin does,they seem to keep firing up storms anyway.


The waters are always much warmer there (i guess due to circulating from the southern hemisphere over our winter) and there always seems to be a high pressure halfway between Hawaii and Japan.
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Day 6-10 Euro Ensembles 500mb Height

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Quoting ncstorm:


5 day Precip


Wow, why is there a solid concentration of heavy rain over South Florida???
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Good afternoon and Happy Father's Day to all fathers, here and in the afterlife.



I'll bet a lot of Japanese are sighing with relief.
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I guess the Western Pacific does not need the MJO like the Atlantic Basin does,they seem to keep firing up storms anyway.
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 404
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
345 PM CDT SUN JUN 17 2012

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

WESTERN MINNESOTA
SOUTHEAST NORTH DAKOTA
NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA

EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 345 PM UNTIL
1000 PM CDT.

TORNADOES...HAIL TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND
GUSTS TO 80 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 75 STATUTE
MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 35 MILES WEST OF ABERDEEN
SOUTH DAKOTA TO 45 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ALEXANDRIA MINNESOTA. FOR
A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU4).

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

DISCUSSION...SCATTERED SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO FORM
OVER NORTHEAST SD IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS...SPREADING EASTWARD
ACROSS THE WATCH AREA THROUGH THE EARLY EVENING. LOCAL VAD/PROFILER
OBSERVATIONS SUGGEST LOW LEVEL AND DEEP LAYER VERTICAL SHEAR ARE
FAVORABLE FOR ROTATING STORMS CAPABLE OF VERY LARGE HAIL AND A FEW
TORNADOES. STORMS MAY ORGANIZE INTO A BOW ECHO LATER THIS EVENING
WITH AN ENHANCED THREAT OF DAMAGING WINDS AS WELL.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 3 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 70 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 27035.


...HART

Tornadoes
Probability of 2 or more tornadoes
High (70%)


Probability of 1 or more strong (F2-F5) tornadoes
Mod (40%)


Wind
Probability of 10 or more severe wind events
High (70%)


Probability of 1 or more wind events > 65 knots
Mod (30%)


Hail
Probability of 10 or more severe hail events
High (>95%)


Probability of 1 or more hailstones > 2 inches
High (70%)


Combined Severe Hail/Wind
Probability of 6 or more combined severe hail/wind events
High (>95%)


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6.4 in Japan

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Quoting fmhurricane2009:


Bet you didn't know my name was Tyler!
FM


My name is Ryan too
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