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Facial Recognition Technique Could Improve Hail Forecasts

The same artificial intelligence technique typically used in facial recognition systems could help improve prediction of hailstorms and their severity, according to a new study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Instead of zeroing in on the features …

‘Hail Protector’ Inventor Looks for Buy-in from Insurers

Mark Twain purportedly said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” An electronics engineer who moved to the Dallas area from Chicago decided that he had to do something about Texas’ stormy weather after both his …

Hail Storms Are Getting More Expensive, and No One Is Sure Why

In 2008, the year the stock market crashed and Barack Obama won the presidency, the U.S. was hit with a weather phenomenon little noted by anyone beyond the insurance industry. The country’s losses from hail breached $19 billion in inflation-adjusted …

Wave of New Tech Firms Targeting Farms as Weather Wars Mount

When surprise hailstorms hit the 6,000 acres Trevor Scherman plants each year with peas, wheat, canola and lentils, his first move isn’t to his truck to assess the damage. These days, it’s to his iPad. Nine mini-weather stations from the …

Top 5 Most Popular Claims Journal Articles of 2018

After highlighting the top 10 contributed articles and the top 10 videos/podcasts of 2018, we now look at the top 5 most popular articles of 2018 published by Claims Journal: Today is the Deadliest Day of the Year for Car …

Mexico Plane Crash May Have Hit Burst of Hail Before Crash

A U.S. passenger aboard a flight that crashed on takeoff in northern Mexico said Wednesday that a strong burst of wind and hail hit the Aeromexico jetliner, apparently knocking it back to ground, where there were only moments to evacuate …

Colorado’s Front Range Provides Perfect Environment for Hail Formation

The largest hailstone ever recorded in America spent close to an hour aloft in a cloud growing to the size of a small volleyball, then plunged to earth at more than 100 mph, struck the ground in South Dakota weighing …

NWS: 4 Fast Facts About Hail

A powerful storm system blew through a large swath of the nation’s midsection, spawning deadly tornadoes, blowing cars off roads and causing property damage, including from hail. Here are some hail facts, according to the National Weather Service: HOW IT …

Munich Re: 2016 Global Natural Catastrophe Losses Climb, Total $175B

A number of devastating earthquakes and powerful storms made 2016 the costliest twelve months for natural catastrophe losses in the last four years, according to Munich Re. Losses totaled $175 billion, more than two thirds above the previous year and …

Bell and Smith Top Allstate’s List of Stormiest Texas Counties

Texas storms affected more Allstate insured homes and cars in Bell county than any other part of the state over the past five years, while Smith county saw the highest frequency of lightning. Allstate tallied the top 25 Texas counties …