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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 …

Last Year’s Monster Hailstorm Caused $2.3B Damage in Colorado

The insurance costs for the monster hailstorm that pounded Colorado’s Front Range on May 8, 2017 have skyrocketed from an initial estimate of $1.4 billion to $2.3 billion – maintaining its infamous ranking as Colorado’s most expensive insured catastrophe. The …

Latest Texas Storm Produced Grapefruit Size Hail

Wind gusts of up to 72 miles per hour and hail as large as grapefruit struck the Midland/Odessa area last Wednesday. Thousands of West Texans were waking up to damaged roofs and automobiles with shattered windshields. Insurance company catastrophe teams …

Some Idaho Counties Suffer Crop Disasters After Hail , Rain

Officials in some Idaho counties are declaring a state of emergency after ill-timed hail storms and several days of rain-damaged crops. Clearwater County commissioners in northern Idaho declared a state of emergency earlier this week after farmers on the Weippe …

Roofing Permits in Hutchinson Return to Normal

A surge in demand for roofing permits that began in Hutchinson, Kansas, after a July 23 hailstorm appears to be coming to an end. Nearly 2,000 new roofs, with a value of just under $24 million, have been installed since …

Disaster Assistance Available to Montana County

Farmers in Gallatin County are eligible for federal disaster assistance after an Aug. 1 hailstorm caused up to $50 million in crop losses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared the Montana county a disaster area on Wednesday after the storm …

Severe Storms Dump Heavy Rain, Large Hail on Indiana

Severe thunderstorms that dumped heavy rains and large hail on parts of Indiana also produced lightning blamed for house fires and damage to a plane at Indianapolis’ main airport. The National Weather Service reports widespread reports of large hail, including …

Manmade Hailstorm Provides Unique Look Into IBHS Research Facility

The insurance industry is creating realistic hailstorms to help keep insurance available and affordable. The storms are occurring at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Research Center, located in Richburg, S.C., which was designed to simulate severe weather …