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.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Today is your birthday?

Yep!
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WxGeekVa did you get the message yesterday?
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Quoting Ameister12:
Wow! It would be awesome if 95L became a sub/tropical cyclone today. That would be an awesome birthday present. =D

Today is your birthday?

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1081. Joe21
Since im hearing about a east cosst low off of florida and west gulf could a tropical system form off of florida then make ts strength or cat 1 strength then ride up the east coast like hurricane david
7.9.or could it do a wilma track into florida?
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Quoting Ameister12:
Wow! It would be awesome if 95L became a sub/tropical cyclone today. That would be an awesome birthday present. =D


happy birthday
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:
Has there every been a season, that we've gotten two sub-tropical storms? Im sure there has, just curious.

Just originated subtropical or actually stayed subtropical throughout its entire lifespan?
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:
Has there every been a season, that we've gotten two sub-tropical storms? Im sure there has, just curious.


There's been plenty, but mostly in the 70s and 80s.
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Quoting Hurricane1956:
Also myself I check the GFDL and the HWRF Models they gave us some guidance,even though they are running for Invest 95L you can see a hint of a low (probably tropical depression or storm) coming to South Florida from the West (Bahamas).I always look at this 2 important models to see this hints.


Really please post a link to this. Thanks.
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Has there ever been a season, that we've gotten two sub-tropical storms? Im sure there has, just curious.
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1075. LargoFl
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Quoting StormTracker2K:
Folks the GFS, Nam, and CMC must be seeing something as they are all similar considering this event is starting for FL in less than 48 hours.

Also myself I check the GFDL and the HWRF Models they gave us some guidance,even though they are running for Invest 95L you can see a hint of a low (probably tropical depression or storm) coming to South Florida from the West (Bahamas).I always look at this 2 important models to see this hints.
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My favorite thing about all the maps posted so far today is that there isn't a gigantic H sitting over Texas.
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Quoting wxmod:
Quoting sunlinepr:


Talem will follow Guchol harmlessly out to sea.


Those are good news...
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Quoting DavidHOUTX:


Yea, especially with this sitting over Texas...



The Houston WFO calls that ridge "mammoth."


LONGER RANGE STILL HAS EYES FOCUSED ON POSSIBLE TROPICAL
DEVELOPMENT IN BAY OF CAMPECHE. GFS AND ECMWF MODELS COMING AROUND
TO A BIT BETTER AGREEMENT LATELY. BOTH DEVELOP A CIRCULATION BY
FRIDAY AND NOW KEEP PCPN FARTHER SOUTH INTO GULF VERSUS PREVIOUS
RUNS SO WILL CONTINUE PREVIOUS SHIFTS LOWER POPS FOR THU THROUGH
THE WEEKEND. CIRCULATION MOVES NORTHWARD BUT MAMMOTH UPPER LEVEL
HIGH FORECAST BY THE MODELS SHUNTS THE CIRCULATION BACK WEST.
EXTENDED GFS MOS GUIDANCE SLIGHT WARMER AND DRIER AS A RESULT.
ECMWF EXPERIMENTAL MOS AGREES AS WELL SO WE SHOULD SEE MID 90S
INLAND AGAIN THIS WEEKEND.


Bad prospects for getting anything out of that development.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

You can't have the monsoon trough farther east of west than originally thought, it doesn't make any sense. It can either be farther north, or farther south.


Notice how the trough of low pressure extends east so all the t-storms are firing east from the GOH to the central caribbean. Next the CMC, NAM and GFS predicts south florida will receive flooding rains as the monsoonal trough lifts unusually north to the Central/East gulf.

Link
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1068. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
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Wow! It would be awesome if 95L became a sub/tropical cyclone today. That would be an awesome birthday present. =D
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Maybe Dr. Masters is up and is writing a DETAILED blog entry on the Caribbean system and 95L.
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Quoting Hurricanes305:


I makes plenty of sense since the monsoonal trough is farther east than previously though and it should move north.

You can't have the monsoon trough farther east of west than originally thought, it doesn't make any sense. It can either be farther north, or farther south.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


But the ridge is far to strong for that to happen, the other models have been showing that it will slide towards the Yucatan instead.


I makes plenty of sense since the monsoonal trough is farther east than previously though and it should move north.
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1063. WxLogic
Good Afternoon...

ULL moving W across the S GOM should help develop an upper level High across the W/NW Carib in a couple days which could definitely make the W/NW Carib more conducive for some slow tropical development.
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1062. wxmod
Quoting sunlinepr:


Talem will follow Guchol harmlessly out to sea.
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Hi everyone,

I just finished a new blog post further expanding on my earlier thoughts on Invest 95L:

Link

It is looking good on satellite:

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Simplified analysis, feel free to debunk my theories :P
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1059. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
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Quoting RitaEvac:
I can see this shifting to where the mid level swirl in the GOH is currently at, NW of this location



Actually once this starts to consolidate it will move towards the Low level spin and the vorticity.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
Very interesting, wonder what the NHC will do.

Hopefully give it a Code Red.
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I say that they mention something in the W Carib along the lines of "Disorganized showers and thunderstorms persisting, any development will be slow, 0%" and they up 95L to 60% code red. Just my guess, and I'll have one of my simplified analysis's shortly.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
combining the new gfs with the cmc and nogaps, we may see a s florida e coast storm and possibly a weak west gulf one.

only one should be a ts though, maybe a td on anything else


florida east GULF low or west florida low
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1054. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
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Very interesting, wonder what the NHC will do.
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Quoting StormTracker2K:


It takes this area near honduras north to the SE GULF in 60 to 72 hours. Look at the GFS closely and you can see the vort near Honduras slide NNE toward FL.



But the ridge is far to strong for that to happen, the other models have been showing that it will slide towards the Yucatan instead.
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1051. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
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combining the new gfs with the cmc and nogaps, we may see a s florida e coast storm and possibly a weak west gulf one.

only one should be a ts though, maybe a td on anything else
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
A quick poll.

Will the Caribbean area be mentioned at 2 PM TWO?

A-Yes
B-No

I say A.


AB, Maybe.
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Quoting reedzone:
Yep, looks like what appears to be Subtropical Storm Chris developing north-northeast of Bermuda. Should expect classification in the next 5 hours if the organization persists.


Hi Allan-
What's your take on the future Florida low?
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the 144 hr shows the same thing as the 96 or so, two competing lows in the gulf
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1046. LargoFl
Quoting StormTracker2K:
WOW. Look at this and it is only out 108hrs. 3" to 5" of rain across most of FL between Wednesday & Friday.



amazing and ALL local mets are saying rain chances at 30%
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Up the Carolina coast this goes come later this weekend.

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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
A quick poll.

Will the Caribbean area be mentioned at 2 PM TWO?

A-Yes
B-No

I say A.



A yes but not z at 2pm maybe latter tho
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
he is trying to detach
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Folks the GFS, Nam, and CMC must be seeing something as they are all similar considering this event is starting for FL in less than 48 hours.

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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
A quick poll.

Will the Caribbean area be mentioned at 2 PM TWO?

A-Yes
B-No

I say A.



Im in the middle
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Quoting RitaEvac:


Nuttin supposed to go to western gulf


Yea, especially with this sitting over Texas...

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I can see this shifting to where the mid level swirl in the GOH is currently at, NW of this location

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I tell ya the gfs is selfish on development watch this try to develop and still it wont catch on
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A quick poll.

Will the Caribbean area be mentioned at 2 PM TWO?

A-Yes
B-No

I say A.

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Quoting CybrTeddy:


That still makes absolutely no sense, how could a single closed isobar low the size of South Florida beat a large, broad monsoonal low. I'm discounting the GFS solution for the time being, it seems unrealistic and overestimates the strength of a FL low.


It takes this area near honduras north to the SE GULF in 60 to 72 hours. Look at the GFS closely and you can see the vort near Honduras slide NNE toward FL.

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