Hail is a common occurrence around North Texas during storm season each year. Hail was the number one cause of homeowners insurance losses in Texas during the period from 1999-2011, at $10.4 billion. Knowing more about hail can help you be better prepared for the next time a storm hits - here are some interesting hail facts and tips:
- According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) hail is responsible for over $1 billion dollars of property and crop damage each year.
- Hail can vary in size from pea-sized to pieces larger than grapefruits. While pea size hail is not particularly dangerous, it can cause roof damage over time that may eventually lead to a water damage.
- Hail comes from a specific type of thunderstorm cloud called a cumulonimbus.
- Hailstorms rarely last longer than 15 minutes, and typically last an average of 6 minutes.
- Meteorologists consider hail that has a diameter of 3/4 an inch or greater capable of causing significant damage to buildings and humans.