Hurricanes, tornados, and tropical storms are measured primarily by wind. But how are hailstorms measured? Although many factors contribute to the severity of a hailstorm—including hail size, hail texture, wind speed, hail density, and hail number—meteorologists measure hailstorms in two major ways:
- Hail size. Hail varies in size from the width of a pea to the width of a soccer ball. The size of hail is an obviously major factor in hail damage. According to the National Weather Service, any thunder storm with one-inch diameter hail (about the size of a quarter) results in a severe weather warning. It is also around this size that hail can potentially harm crops, structures, and people without shelter.
- Hail intensity. The Tornado and Storm Research Organization (TORRO) developed the TORRO Hailstorm Intensity Scale in 1986 in order to differintate between mild and severe hailstorms. An H0 storm involved no hail damage, an H5 storm produced roof damage and possible human injuries, and an H10 storm produced widespread damage and possible fatalities.
The largest hailstone ever recovered was found in 2003 in Aurora, Nebraska. It measured seven inches in diameter.
If your home, property, or business has been damaged in a hailstorm, the intensity of the storm or the size of the hail is not pertinent, but getting the money you deserve to cover the cost of repairs is. If you need assistance with your hailstorm damage insurance claim, call the Voss Law Firm today to schedule a confidential, complimentary case evaluation with a Texas insurance claim attorney: 888-614-7730.