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

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Dallas, TX thunderstorm dropped a few big ones today.
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Bet you didn't know my name was Tyler!
FM


My name is Ryan too
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

* TropicalAnalystwx13 adds that to the long list of Tyler's he knows.

Seriously, I know a lot of Tyler's.

lol
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I'm off everyone...BBL
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Quoting nigel20:

Hey sunline...have you gotten any measurable rainfall since today?


Sorry nigel I went away from the PC... Last night we had almost no rain.... But it did rain in the W coast... Today is very hot and humid, no rain for the moment....
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
thats an outdated image this below is more recent


The northern eyewall Is breaking down.
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5 day Precip
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

* TropicalAnalystwx13 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!
FM
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Quoting JrWeathermanFL:

And it's 5:00 in Margaritaville.


Happy Hour?
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Undergoing ERC, Still 130kts?
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Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


Its Mother's Day in Chernobyl

And it's 5:00 in Margaritaville.
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

Just for the record, my name isn't Dean...
I feel comfortable to go ahead and say it... My name is Tyler.

* TropicalAnalystwx13 adds that to the long list of Tyler's he knows.

Seriously, I know a lot of Tyler's.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

I have a feeling that was a Cat 5 yesterday... Typically conservative JTWC didn't bump it up though.


Unlike the NHC, JTWC won't go with anything but Dvorak estimates. If Dvorak is old then they use it and are usually off a lot. :/

NHC is good in the sense that they add 5-10kts in RI situations where Dvorak is old.
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174 LargoFl: [Animated convection map]

Still find that blob that floated west from south of the CostaRica-Panama border to be the most hrrm...inducing activity going on right now.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


Relax, it's not a bad burn, I've had worse.
I just sounded like a concerned mother in my post didn't I?.Lol.

post 218.Is your last name Perry?.
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

Nice to see you guys, and everyone else on the blog today, on this fine and sunny Father's Day afternoon... Yes, I'm in a good mood.

Just for the record, my name isn't Dean...
I feel comfortable to go ahead and say it... My name is Tyler.
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Quoting JrWeathermanFL:

Dude...It's Fathers day.
Flip your calendar.


Its Mother's Day in Chernobyl
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Quoting yqt1001:
Why must I miss epic storms!? :(


I have a feeling that was a Cat 5 yesterday... Typically conservative JTWC didn't bump it up though.
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Send Some Tropical rains this way Please. June Rainfall in Texas is pretty good in some places. Dallas with almost 3 inches, Galveston over 2.5, Houston 3.5. Abilene over 2 inches Lubbock almost 2 inches but where I live south of Austin nothing. If I could i would have a tropical system come right over South Central Texas and it would move West into West Texas then into New Mexico and Colorado and help with the fires but since I cannot I will keep hoping. Texas Summers I hope for the best but I expect the worst but most places are in good shape except south, south central and west texas.
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Quoting JrWeathermanFL:

Hello Dean!
Quoting nigel20:

Good afternoon Dean!

Nice to see you guys, and everyone else on the blog today, on this fine and sunny Father's Day afternoon... Yes, I'm in a good mood.
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Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


Happy Mother's day!

Dude...It's Fathers day.
Flip your calendar.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
i don't even think it will be that

mod tropical storm more than likly

That's why I said Cat. 1, Tops.
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Why must I miss epic storms!? :(

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Quoting washingtonian115:
That typhoon is starting to look ugly,and weakening.Thank goodness.Bye bye Guchol haha.


Happy Mother's day!
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

Japan may catch a break... Category 1 forecasted to make landfall, tops.
Yay! No global nuclear catastrophe!
Hello everyone...
i don't even think it will be that

mod tropical storm more than likly
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

Japan may catch a break... Category 1 forecasted to make landfall, tops.
Yay! No global nuclear catastrophe!
Hello everyone...

Good afternoon Dean!
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That typhoon is starting to look ugly,and weakening.Thank goodness.Bye bye Guchol haha.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Ouch.Sunburn is not to be played with.It can cause permanent damage to your skin and can lead to skin cancers down the road..


Relax, it's not a bad burn, I've had worse.
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

Japan may catch a break... Category 1 forecasted to make landfall, tops.
Yay! No global nuclear catastrophe!
Hello everyone...

Hello Dean!
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I did give it credit. Yesterday. :)

Yeah, what a pathetic storm it is now!

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Quoting yqt1001:


Give it some credit...
Strongest storm since Nanmandol yesterday.

thats an outdated image this below is more recent
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
CI# /Pressure/ Vmax
6.0 / 937.2mb/115.0kt

Final T# Adj T# Raw T#
5.5 5.4 5.4



Guchol is likely barely holding onto Category 4 intensity right now.

Japan may catch a break... Category 1 forecasted to make landfall, tops.
Yay! No global nuclear catastrophe!
Hello everyone...
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I did give it credit. Yesterday. :)


A+
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Quoting yqt1001:


Give it some credit...
Strongest storms since Nanmandol.


I did give it credit. Yesterday. :)
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
CI# /Pressure/ Vmax
6.0 / 937.2mb/115.0kt

Final T# Adj T# Raw T#
5.5 5.4 5.4



Guchol is likely barely holding onto Category 4 intensity right now.


Give it some credit...
Strongest storm since Nanmandol yesterday.

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Quoting GHOSTY1:

Is it just ironic now that you put the "?" or were you commenting and i cant see yours now?


Huh? this is what I wrote...



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CI# /Pressure/ Vmax
6.0 / 937.2mb/115.0kt

Final T# Adj T# Raw T#
5.5 5.4 5.4



Guchol is likely barely holding onto Category 4 intensity right now.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
30 minutes without any sun protection in Florida's climate = instant sunburn, as I've once again found out.
Ouch.Sunburn is not to be played with.It can cause permanent damage to your skin and can lead to skin cancers down the road..
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Winds are up to 25kts on 95E... Probably a code orange at 8PM.
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Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


Its your problem...

Well i guess its both of our problems, me and nigel cant see that post in question but anyways its unimportant...
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I wrote up an analysis of Supertyphoon Guchol on my blog, looks like it could be a decent hit for the southern Japanese prefectures: Meteorological Phenomena Blog
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30 minutes without any sun protection in Florida's climate = instant sunburn, as I've once again found out.
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Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


?

Is it just ironic now that you put the "?" or were you commenting and i cant see yours now?
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Quoting GHOSTY1:

hmmm i dont know, dont think its my internet because i never have had an issue with just basic comments although sometimes radars, loops, etc. have been issues. but never comments.


Its your problem...
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168 wpb: [inre 164] You are posting 2012 is close to 2007 but a little more energy.

Noticed that afterward, but checked cuz I'd already chosen 2007 as the analog year to 2012.
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Quoting nigel20:

That's what I'm seeing as well (?)...

hmmm i dont know, dont think its my internet because i never have had an issue with just basic comments although sometimes radars, loops, etc. have been issues. but never comments.
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Quoting GHOSTY1:

Nigel is also seeing it as well


thats not correct..
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Quoting sunlinepr:

Hey sunline...have you gotten any measurable rainfall since today?
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Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


It might be your internet.

Nigel is also seeing it as well
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