Overnight Hailstorm in Dallas Causes Damage to Homes and Businesses

June 06, 2018 by Daphne Thompson
Topics:   RadarScope | Hail | GIS |

Many in the Dallas area were awakened in the middle of the night by hail up to the size of baseballs. Severe storms moved through the area after midnight. Damage to roofs and vehicles is being reported across the metro, and roofing companies and windshield repair shops will soon be bustling.

Severe Storms in Dallas- June 6, 2018

RadarScope, with hail contours plotted, shows a storm splitting near McKinney, Texas at around 1 am CDT. Both storms produced large hail, but while the right split quickly dies, the left split traveled over 40 miles dropping hail over a larger area. In the Frisco to Arlington area, where some of the largest hail fell, there are over a quarter of a million households with a population of approximately 656,000. It is a safe bet that this will end up a multi-million dollar disaster.

NWS Dallas Hail Reports- June 6, 2018

Reports to the National Weather Service mention several instances of tennis ball to baseball sized hail. Had this storm moved further west, the amount of damage in dollars would have substantially increased as golfball hail fell very close to the DFW airport. It would also have caused significant delays as planes would have had to be inspected for damage. A hailstorm at DFW in 2012 led to 108 aircraft being out of service.

GIS Contours of Hail Near Dallas- June 6, 2018.

Unfortunately for those in North Texas, hail storms are not uncommon. In 2017, nighttime storms dropped baseball hail near McKinney and Gainesville, Texas. Arlington and Fort Worth also experienced damaging hail in 2016. Insurance reports for Texas list Denton, Collin, Parker, Tarrant, Dallas, and Johnson counties in the top ten for the highest number of wind and hail claims from 2007-2017. 

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Daphne Thompson

Daphne is the Content Marketing Manager. Her prior experience includes working at the National Weather Center, Norman Emergency Management, and National Weather Service. With a degree in Meteorology from OU and previous outreach experience, she is able to bridge the gap between science and the general public.