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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1384. MoeWest
12:29 AM GMT on June 19, 2012
The Haitians are in for a wet night.

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1383. zillaTX
11:50 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Local weather says nothing for Texas where rain is concerned. Sure hope he's wrong!
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1382. nofailsafe
8:34 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:


Several Texans reaching for anti-depressants


Already there.
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1381. luvtogolf
7:48 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting wunderkidcayman:

not going to happen


Why not? High pressure to the north. It is a common path for June.
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1380. hydrus
7:48 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
48 hours,84 hours.84 hour Surfc Precipitable Water
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1379. Hurricanes305
7:48 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting wunderkidcayman:

right we are on the same pace good

now the low is located somewhere around
15.5N 81.0W


Ok so that confirms that the low in the GOH is just a mid-level spin.
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1378. NICycloneChaser
7:46 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting Tazmanian:




well see i think we are well on are well too 21 name storms if we dont get a EL nino later this summer or fall


I can see us getting 14 or 15, due to number inflation caused by the early storms if nothing else, but I'd be pretty shocked to see numbers as high as 21.
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1377. DavidHOUTX
7:45 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting Tygor:


Nah it's okay, we got 0.02" last night. We're good for the rest of the summer.


Lol. At least we have a sense of humor about it!
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1376. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
7:45 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
1375. MississippiBoy2
7:45 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Hey anything going on around Texas coast?I think I see some spin or am I just seeing things?Could be my eyes are playing tricks on me, age might have something to do with it.
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1374. washingtonian115
7:45 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting Tygor:


Nah it's okay, we got 0.02" last night. We're good for the rest of the summer.
I was so happy to hear rain outside my window this morning.We haven't been getting as much as we need.
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1373. Grothar
7:44 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
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1372. wunderkidcayman
7:44 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting Hurricanes305:


Exactly, now that the highs are going to split it would not make sense for the low to head west into the High over the Central US. Thus forcing the W caribbean disturbance north into the Eastern gulf.

right we are on the same pace good

now the low is located somewhere around
15.5N 81.0W
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1371. Tygor
7:42 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:


Several Texans reaching for anti-depressants


Nah it's okay, we got 0.02" last night. We're good for the rest of the summer.
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1370. nigel20
7:42 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting NICycloneChaser:
95L:



Caribbean AOI:



Chris and Debby by the end of the weekend??! 4 storms by the end of June would be pretty remarkable.

Agreed.
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1368. Tazmanian
7:41 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting NICycloneChaser:
95L:



Caribbean AOI:



Chris and Debbie by the end of the weekend??! 4 storms by the end of June would be pretty remarkable.




well see i think we are well on are well too 21 name storms if we dont get a EL nino later this summer or fall
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1367. WxGeekVA
7:41 PM GMT on June 18, 2012






Convection is weakening, but has expanded in coverage and organization. I think this is due to it becoming separated from the front and transitioning to tropical, similar to what happened with Beryl. Banding is also becoming apparent on the south and east sides of the system as well.
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1366. NICycloneChaser
7:39 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
95L:



Caribbean AOI:



Chris and Debby by the end of the weekend??! 4 storms by the end of June would be pretty remarkable.
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1365. Tazmanian
7:39 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
this show that 1008mb low going in too MX


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1364. hydrus
7:38 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:


Monsoonal systems are hard to pin down. We may see nothing but heavy rains across the SE US or we could have a hurricane per the GGEM model.


That is the scenario I am the most concerned about. Some areas in the panhandle will flood quickly and have not fully recovered from the recent heavy rain event. This could be serious trouble for some folks.
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1363. StormTracker2K
7:38 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:


Several Texans reaching for anti-depressants


Yeah the absence of the Upper Low east of FL is forcing the ridge to split into 2 different highs with one over TX and the other over Bermuda.
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1362. washingtonian115
7:37 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting NakedSwirl:
Still has a ways to go
Did you come up with your user name after 92L back in may or Jose?.
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1361. Tazmanian
7:36 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:



TS or STS 95L looks good
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1360. midgulfmom
7:36 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting K8eCane:
Models sure did some shifting since this weekend. I wish they would make up my mind
Yes....Dance of the hurricane models....LOL
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1359. Hurricanes305
7:34 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting wunderkidcayman:

not going to happen


Exactly, now that the highs are going to split it would not make sense for the low to head west into the High over the Central US. Thus forcing the W caribbean disturbance north into the Eastern gulf.
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1358. HurricaneHunterJoe
7:32 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Afternoon NWS of Brownsville Discussion:

"DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 12Z GFS/CMC AND ECMWF ARISE FRIDAY
ONWARD WITH GFS/ECMWF AGREEING MORE ON THE HIGH PRESSURE DOMINATING
MOST OF THE CENTRAL PLAINS BLOCKING MOISTURE OVER THE TROPICS AND
THE NAM STRETCHING THIS HIGH ACROSS THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE STATE.
LEAN TOWARDS GFS WITH A LITTLE MORE DRIER COMPARED TO THE ECMWF AS
IT CONTINUES TO BE A LOT MORE WITH POPS. AT THIS TIME THERE
IS NO SIGN OF TROPICAL CYCLONE DEVELOPING FOR THE LONG TERM PERIOD."


Several Texans reaching for anti-depressants
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1357. ChaseyChasinStorms
7:30 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting ChaseyChasinStorms:
Good afternoon y'all! :)


What the heck? Where did my profile picture go??
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1355. Grothar
7:29 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting gordydunnot:
Weather98 I was just trying to give the man a break as it was a presystem, hence junior. I should have know that comment wouldn't get past this group. Sorry Grothar I tried.


LOL. No problema, gordy!
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1354. stormpetrol
7:29 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:


Very close to getting a name IMO.
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1353. K8eCane
7:29 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Models sure did some shifting since this weekend. I wish they would make up my mind
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1352. Hurricanes305
7:28 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting 19N81W:
shear is supposed to be dropping but none of the convection is wrapping around the low yet....its just an elongated area of low pressure which is good for the rain totals....its a nice break from the heat...`


Low is starting to become more define with a develop circulation which is broad.
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1351. StormTracker2K
7:28 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Afternoon NWS of Brownsville Discussion:

"DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 12Z GFS/CMC AND ECMWF ARISE FRIDAY
ONWARD WITH GFS/ECMWF AGREEING MORE ON THE HIGH PRESSURE DOMINATING
MOST OF THE CENTRAL PLAINS BLOCKING MOISTURE OVER THE TROPICS AND
THE NAM STRETCHING THIS HIGH ACROSS THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE STATE.
LEAN TOWARDS GFS WITH A LITTLE MORE DRIER COMPARED TO THE ECMWF AS
IT CONTINUES TO BE A LOT MORE WITH POPS. AT THIS TIME THERE
IS NO SIGN OF TROPICAL CYCLONE DEVELOPING FOR THE LONG TERM PERIOD."


Ridge over TX and one over Bermuda while a weakness developes over the eastern Gulf in between the 2 ridges.
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1350. ChaseyChasinStorms
7:28 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Good afternoon y'all! :)
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1349. duranta
7:28 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Anyone have any info on Typhoon Guchol endangering the Reactor 4 area of Fukishima?
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1348. superpete
7:28 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting stormpetrol:


About 20 minutes ago!
You posted the 2 pics just as I asked you..looks nice...waves will pick up more by this time tomorrow
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1347. HurricaneHunterJoe
7:28 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting stormpetrol:


Photo I just took, South Sound, Grand Cayman. Hope it shows.
BTW Whats the highest elevation on Grand Cayman?
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1346. wunderkidcayman
7:27 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting luvtogolf:


According to the NHC marine discussion, the 1008 low expected to move west across.Belize and the Yucatan into the BOC.

not going to happen
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1345. Tazmanian
7:26 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
looks like 95L is well on its way of becomeing a STS or TS later today
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1344. Articuno
7:25 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting stormpetrol:


Photo I just took, South Sound, Grand Cayman. Hope it shows.

I like the lighting, makes the photo look dramatic, despite the stormy skies and seas I still wish I was there!
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1343. TropicalAnalystwx13
7:23 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
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1342. 19N81W
7:23 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
shear is supposed to be dropping but none of the convection is wrapping around the low yet....its just an elongated area of low pressure which is good for the rain totals....its a nice break from the heat...`
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1341. Tropicsweatherpr
7:23 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Afternoon NWS of Brownsville Discussion:

"DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 12Z GFS/CMC AND ECMWF ARISE FRIDAY
ONWARD WITH GFS/ECMWF AGREEING MORE ON THE HIGH PRESSURE DOMINATING
MOST OF THE CENTRAL PLAINS BLOCKING MOISTURE OVER THE TROPICS AND
THE NAM STRETCHING THIS HIGH ACROSS THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE STATE.
LEAN TOWARDS GFS WITH A LITTLE MORE DRIER COMPARED TO THE ECMWF AS
IT CONTINUES TO BE A LOT MORE WITH POPS. AT THIS TIME THERE
IS NO SIGN OF TROPICAL CYCLONE DEVELOPING FOR THE LONG TERM PERIOD."
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1340. midgulfmom
7:22 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
BTW...hi everyone, just popping in to check on the latest. Lots simmering out there.....pots getting ready to boil looks like.
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1339. stormpetrol
7:22 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting superpete:
Stormpetrol..was there much wave action coming into the C.C. area when you were there?


About 20 minutes ago!
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1338. Articuno
7:21 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


some one say rocket fuel

holy rocket fuel!
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1337. nigel20
7:20 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Quoting stormpetrol:


Photo I just took, South Sound, Grand Cayman. Hope it shows.

Plenty of dark clouds...i (here in Jamaica) woke to light to moderate showers this morning, but it was pretty heavy in the eastern tip of the island..
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1336. superpete
7:19 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
Stormpetrol..was there much wave action coming into the C.C. area when you were there?
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1335. RitaEvac
7:19 PM GMT on June 18, 2012
As far as the CONUS is concerned, TX and LA are the real deal when it comes to GOM water temperatures. We blow everything and everybody off the scale.


Burns just to look at it
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1334. stormpetrol
7:18 PM GMT on June 18, 2012




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