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 TAMPASHIELD:


It might be your internet.

Nigel is also seeing it as well
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Quoting GHOSTY1:

Actually his post on my computer reads just a "?" while yours says "Its going to hit Texas!" so i dont know whats the issue but i dont see that. If i get a screen shot of mine how do i post it?

That's what I'm seeing as well (?)...
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Quoting GHOSTY1:

Actually his post on my computer reads just a "?" while yours says "Its going to hit Texas!" so i dont know whats the issue but i dont see that. If i get a screen shot of mine how do i post it?


It might be your internet.
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Quoting Jedkins01:



WAT...


I know, this ain't going to FL.
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Quoting ncstorm:


Jed, the nogaps was the FIRST model to pick up on the BOC disturbance..I wont go into defending the model again but it outperform even the Euro which its pretty clear the other models are last to jump on it..

(yes, I know the development hasnt happen yet but its looking pretty clear with model agreement that it will)

also some models are trending back to the florida solution



WAT...
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Quoting LargoFl:
TY and i hope everything is ok there when she arrives
Thank you....sort of anxious about the whole trip but great opportunity for her. Love my Dad (passed) and love that my kids have one in their life. Dads are just as important as Moms....THANKS AGAIN GUYS!
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Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


You were saying?



Actually his post on my computer reads just a "?" while yours says "Its going to hit Texas!" so i dont know whats the issue but i dont see that. If i get a screen shot of mine how do i post it?
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..........Snooty Cam
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..............Pig Napped?
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Quoting midgulfmom:
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......
TY and i hope everything is ok there when she arrives
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Quoting biloxibob:
looks like everything is going to meet in the GOM.
..quite an interesting weekend next..if this all developes
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Quoting GHOSTY1:

I didnt see comments from him today saying that it was going to hit Texas, i would like it to hit here if it forms, but i dont see his comment.


You were saying?


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168. wpb
Quoting aspectre:
Most Active Atlantic Hurricane Season on Record
- - - - - - - - 16June2005 SST - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 16June2005 Depth26degreesCelsius

Comparing equivalent Julian*dates for the hottest SST&Depth26 year to this (leap)year
- - - - - - - - 16June2010 SST - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 16June2010 Depth26degreesCelsius

- - - - - - - - 15June2012 SST - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15June2012 Depth26degreesCelsius

And jes cuz I'm curious
- - - - - - - - 16June2007 SST - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 16June2007 Depth26degreesCelsius


What can I say? I found a new toy to play with, and thought the results were interesting enough to share
youare postng 2012 is close to 2007 but a little more energy
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
looks like everything is going to meet in the GOM.
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166. wpb
Quoting aspectre:
Most Active Atlantic Hurricane Season on Record
- - - - - - - - 16June2005 SST - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 16June2005 Depth26degreesCelsius

Comparing equivalent Julian*dates for the hottest SST&Depth26 year to this (leap)year
- - - - - - - - 16June2010 SST - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 16June2010 Depth26degreesCelsius

- - - - - - - - 15June2012 SST - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15June2012 Depth26degreesCelsius

And jes cuz I'm curious
- - - - - - - - 16June2007 SST - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 16June2007 Depth26degreesCelsius
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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......
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Most Active Atlantic Hurricane Season on Record
- - - - - - - - 16June2005 SST - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 16June2005 Depth26degreesCelsius

Comparing equivalent Julian*dates for the hottest SST&Depth26 year to this (leap)year
- - - - - - - - 16June2010 SST - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 16June2010 Depth26degreesCelsius

- - - - - - - - 15June2012 SST - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15June2012 Depth26degreesCelsius

And jes cuz I'm curious
- - - - - - - - 16June2007 SST - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 16June2007 Depth26degreesCelsius


What can I say? Found a new toy to play with, and thought the results were interestin' nuff to share.
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Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


Because STXHurricanes2012 said so!

I didnt see comments from him today saying that it was going to hit Texas, i would like it to hit here if it forms, but i dont see his comment.
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Quoting BDAwx:
wind just got super crazy here in Bermuda, its been howling for almost an hour now! Commissioner's Point was recently reporting winds sustained at 52mph gusting to 63mph at 260ft. BWS reporting 33mph sustained gusting to 52mph.


That is REALLY strong considering there is no actual cyclone, no warnings, watches, etc.
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Quoting LargoFl:
ah Florida living,you just never know............No one knows for sure. But the 12-foot gator's Sunday stroll across I-275 just south of Gandy Boulevard did not end well for the reptile.

The gator was first struck around noon by a 2012 Toyota being driven north by 42-year-old Bruce Foley of Temple Terrace. It escaped into the woods on the east side of the interestate only to emerge again on the south side a half hour later.

That's when it was struck a second time by a 2004 Kia driven by 80-year-old Verna Christopher of St. Petersburg.

The second impact did the gator in. Its remains were removed by a local trapper.

Neither driver was injured and no charges were filed. The Florida Highway Patrol estimated damages as $2,000 to the Toyota and $200 to the Kia.


Curse you imported vehicles!!!
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Quoting Grothar:



Moderate to heavy showers are now affecting the western tip of Jamaica.
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Quoting GHOSTY1:

What makes you say that?


Because STXHurricanes2012 said so!
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Quoting TAMPASHIELD:


Its going to hit Texas!

What makes you say that?
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Tropical Storm 06W.

This has been looking better all day. I'm assuming Dmin there atm...
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ah Florida living,you just never know............No one knows for sure. But the 12-foot gator's Sunday stroll across I-275 just south of Gandy Boulevard did not end well for the reptile.

The gator was first struck around noon by a 2012 Toyota being driven north by 42-year-old Bruce Foley of Temple Terrace. It escaped into the woods on the east side of the interestate only to emerge again on the south side a half hour later.

That's when it was struck a second time by a 2004 Kia driven by 80-year-old Verna Christopher of St. Petersburg.

The second impact did the gator in. Its remains were removed by a local trapper.

Neither driver was injured and no charges were filed. The Florida Highway Patrol estimated damages as $2,000 to the Toyota and $200 to the Kia.
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
hey guys just checking in
hey stormpetrol whats up


Its going to hit Texas!
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NOW...
THROUGH THE LATE AFTERNOON...A FEW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE
TOWARD THE WEST-SOUTHWEST AROUND 15 MPH. AREAS FAVORED FOR A BRIEF
PASSING SHOWER WILL BE LOCATIONS NEAR AND NORTH OF METRO ORLANDO AND
CAPE CANAVERAL.

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ADDITIONAL DETAILS...INCLUDING GRAPHICS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT:
HTTP://WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/MLB/BLOG.PHP
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hey guys just checking in
hey stormpetrol whats up
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150. BDAwx
Quoting weatherforecast94:
Hey everyone,

I am in Bermuda right now with that weak disturbance over me. I have a severe weather warning up, and i've gotten alot of rain :) the wind gusts are like 45kts, and we have the center rotating just to our north. There is also a possibility for funnel clouds!!


Where abouts are you in Bermuda? :) Im in Devonshire
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Public Severe Weather Outlook PUBLIC SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 0539 AM CDT SUN JUN 17 2012 ...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED OVER PARTS OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT... THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN OK IS FORECASTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF TORNADOES...LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS OVER PARTS OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. THE AREAS MOST LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE THIS ACTIVITY INCLUDE SOUTHWESTERN MINNESOTA EASTERN SOUTH DAKOTA ELSEWHERE...SEVERE STORMS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE FROM NORTHERN AND EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA TO NORTHERN IOWA AND WESTERN WISCONSIN SCATTERED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON ACROSS THE EASTERN SOUTH DAKOTA AREA IMMEDIATELY EAST OF A SURFACE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM...AND THEN SPREAD GENERALLY EASTWARD ACROSS SOUTHERN MINNESOTA THROUGH EARLY TONIGHT.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Tropical Storm 06W.



JMA named it TALIM.
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Quoting weatherforecast94:
Hey everyone,

I am in Bermuda right now with that weak disturbance over me. I have a severe weather warning up, and i've gotten alot of rain :) the wind gusts are like 45kts, and we have the center rotating just to our north. There is also a possibility for funnel clouds!!
stay safe down there
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Tropical Storm 06W.

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Hey everyone,

I am in Bermuda right now with that weak disturbance over me. I have a severe weather warning up, and i've gotten alot of rain :) the wind gusts are like 45kts, and we have the center rotating just to our north. There is also a possibility for funnel clouds!!
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143. BDAwx
All observations from Bermuda show that there is a very small scale closed low. although its structure on radar suggests that it is non tropical. Overall gale field is only 30miles in diameter and it seems like its all based on one thunderstorm and a band of showers extending from it in a comma shape.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
ok, i will attempt to combine all the models into something to suit everyone:

Around 96hrs, a broad area of low pressure forms in the BOC (all), then splits into 2 low pressure centers( ECMWF,CMC,NOGAPS).
The western center strengthens slowly and begins to move north, but is too slow to beat the high pressure to its NE and NW as they join together and its northward movement is cutoff. It then moves west into Mexico and S Texas as a weak TS.(GFS)

Meanwhile, the eastern low pressure center moves over florida and strengthens(Nogaps, CMC) and hits NC as a strong TS(CMC).

The low pressure area currently in the N Atlantic by this time has been swept away(all), but a weak subtropical/tropical storm may form off the east coast in the extended(GFS)


so next weekend florida might get some rain again?
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Quoting Bitmap7:
NHC sure that north Atlantic disturbance is not a ts? That vort map and the winds BDawx just reported sounds like that of a storm system.

It's non-tropical and lacks a closed circulation right now. That could change over the next 2 days or so, but it's unlikely.
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The downpour has started here in GT Grand cayman.
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12Z Sounding out of Bermuda:

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ok, i will attempt to combine all the models into something to suit everyone:

Around 96hrs, a broad area of low pressure forms in the BOC (all), then splits into 2 low pressure centers( ECMWF,CMC,NOGAPS).
The western center strengthens slowly and begins to move north, but is too slow to beat the high pressure to its NE and NW as they join together and its northward movement is cutoff. It then moves west into Mexico and S Texas as a weak TS.(GFS)

Meanwhile, the eastern low pressure center moves over florida and strengthens(Nogaps, CMC) and hits NC as a strong TS(CMC).

The low pressure area currently in the N Atlantic by this time has been swept away(all), but a weak subtropical/tropical storm may form off the east coast in the extended(GFS)


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EP, 95, 2012061718, , BEST, 0, 167N, 1090W, 25, 1006, DB
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This storm is the most frustrating one i have ever seen!! I still cant figure out where it might go either!!
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NHC sure that north Atlantic disturbance is not a sts? That vort map and the winds BDawx just reported sounds like that of a storm system.
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