Texas: Severe Hail Storm and a Tornado Caught Everyone by Surprise


Yet another, abnormal, major hail storm:  Even Texans are not used to storms like these!

What the media is not stressing is how quickly this storm hit North Texas.  Although thunderstorms were predicted as a possibility, no one foresaw what actually happened.  The mainstream media is failing to fully report the torrential downpour and localized flash floods that also occurred.  The storm in North Dallas I experienced was over in 15-20 minutes and literally came out of nowhere.

Kind of surprised the mainstream media did not invent another new term to describe this storm.  "Pop-up thunderstorms" happen, now, and "pop-up hail storms" apparently too.  Although the local media was basically forced to report this event, the suddenness, ferocity, and economic damage have been downplayed, as usual.

Another thunderstorm has popped up this morning, 06/15/12, yet June is typically a dry month with daily rain totals, if any, averaging .10 inch.  These storms follow a record breaking drought just last summer.  Drought and deluge.


Dallas-Area Hailstorms
Caught Forecasters by Surprise

Depending on where you were Wednesday, those storms represented unusually good or bad North Texas weather luck.

If all you got was rain, you can gratefully count it as rare good luck because thunderstorms are unusual for June. If you got hammered by hail, then you really drew the short....  http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20120614-dallas-area-hail...

Damage from Texas Hail Storms
Could Top $400 Million

Several strong thunderstorms cut a swath through North Texas late on Wednesday, with baseball-sized hail stones smashing everything from car windshields to the marquee of a landmark East Dallas movie theater.

The hail storms were the worst in the North Texas and Dallas area since April 2003, the National Weather Service said on Thursday.

The storms likely caused hundreds of millions of dollars in insured losses, and may even top the $400 million in losses from a series of tornadoes two months ago, the Insurance Council of Texas said on Thursday.

No serious injuries were reported.

Two intense storms swept through the Dallas area late on Wednesday afternoon and lasted more than three hours before tapering off, said Jason Dunn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"This was definitely a multimillion-dollar hail storm," Dunn said. "A lot of car windshields were blown out and roofs damaged in Dallas."

Three people were hurt when the storm flipped over a mobile home in Fannin County northeast of Dallas, the National Weather Service said. The three were treated in hospital and released, said Fannin County Emergency Coordinator Darrell Brewer.

Hail smashed the marquee of the landmark Lakewood Theatre in East Dallas. A glass sculpture by artist Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum suffered minor damage, arboretum officials said.

The storms also shredded trees and blanketed streets with downed limbs and leaves. About 6,000 homes and businesses lost power, but this was restored by Thursday morning, said Megan Wright, a spokeswoman for electricity provider Oncor.

More than 40 flights were diverted and 10 delayed at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Wednesday evening. Airport officials said service was back to normal on Thursday.  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/14/us-usa-texas-storms-idUSB...

National Weather Service Classifies
Fannin County Storm as Tornado


Posted on June 14, 2012 at 7:10 PM

RANDOLPH, Texas - In addition to the hail and rain, the National Weather Service said Thursday a tornado touched down in Fannin County.

The tornado was an EF-0, which can have winds from 65-to-85 miles per hour, though the estimated winds for this storm are not yet known.

The storm hit 60 miles northeast of Dallas, between Randolph and Leonard. Families assessed the damage, finding destroyed mobile homes and outbuildings....

Further south in Leonard, families woke up early to remove the massive trees that were twisted and blown over. Several mobile homes were obliterated....  http://www.wfaa.com/news/weather/National-Weather-Service-classifie...

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