Hail forms during thunderstorms when rising currents of air that are called updrafts, carry raindrops high into the atmosphere. They then freeze. Eventually, if the updraft is strong enough, it collides with other raindrops and hail and grows bigger. The drops then become too large and the updrafts are no longer able to lift them. At that point, they fall to earth and can cause damage to your car so that you need hail repair.
Hail Repair by the Numbers
While most hail is compared to the coins in your pocket, the largest hailstone recorded in the US fell in July 2010, in Vivian, S.D. It was eight inches in diameter and weighed close to two pounds. In Texas, the largest piece of hail ever recorded was inches in diameter. It fell in May 1960 near Odessa. In addition, hail the size of grapefruit fell in the San Antonio area in April 2016. It is considered the costliest in Texas history. Hail repair cost upwards of $1.5 billion. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Texas was number one in the country for most hail damage reported. There were nearly 400,000 claims for hail repair between January 2013 and December 2015.
For this year, 2017, there have already been two reports of hail in the Dallas area. They were both in April. The first one produced stones the size of a half dollar and the second had the area pummelled by stones the size of a quarter. While not huge, their size and weight cause them to fall faster and cause more hail repair to be needed in the aftermath. For example, marble-size hail falls at around 20 mph and baseball-size hail can exceed 100 mph. While two hailstorms may not seem like many, it is double the amount that occurred in all of last year. Therefore, it is important to find a good hail repair company before you need them. You never know, this year could turn out to be like 2012, where there were over 25 reports of hail in Dallas, alone.
Dallas and Hail Repair
Dallas is prone to hailstorms and the need for hail repair because this type of weather is more likely in the northern part of the state because cold fronts do not usually make it to South Central Texas. Not only that, but Texas is a melting pot of weather. The state is more likely to see severe thunderstorms due to its unique weather conditions and it is a good location for the weather systems that produce hail to occur.
If you live in the Dallas area and have been affected by recent storms and are in need of hail repair, contact the Dallas Dent Team.