How do you know if you have sustained hailstorm damage to your roof or other hidden areas of your home? While you might assume that damage to your house or to your vehicle caused by hail will be obvious, this is not always the case. Even if the damage you see is indeed the product of a hailstorm, your insurance company might try to deny your claim, alleging that the damage resulted from something else. Given that a recent report in Accuweather forecasted severe thunderstorms for the recent holiday weekend in South Florida (which can produce damaging hail), and since Floridians should always be prepared for a damaging thunderstorm, it is important to understand the ins and outs of hailstorm damage.
According to a recent article in the Palm Beach Post, meteorologists identified supercell storms in the middle of last month that were likely to produce significant hail storm damage across the state of Florida. Indeed, the article suggested that golf-ball-sized hail could be possible due to the combination of weather factors within the storm system. In short, "a clash of icy cloud tops and moist tropical air" is a common precursor to "powerful supercell thunderstorms" that can result in serious damage to property. While this storm system ultimately weakened just in time-such that Floridians were spared much of the predicted hail damage-the possibility of other such supercell thunderstorms should put residents of South Florida on alert.
Many residents of Florida's Gulf Coast region tend to associate storms producing hail with the winter months when the weather is a bit cooler. After all, hail is really cold, right? It does not seem to make logical sense that hail would form in a hot and humid summer storm. However, according to an article from Weatherbug.com, hail storms actually can be even more common when the weather is warmer or more temperate. Should West Central Florida homeowners be worried about hail storm damage over the summer when most of us are busy preparing for hurricane season?
According to a recent article in the Orlando Sentinel, the El Niño pattern this winter could result in severe storms in Central and Southwest Florida. Indeed, as the article emphasizes, "Floridians should brace themselves for a wet and wild winter, all thanks to El Niño." In case you do not know about El Niño and the ways in which these weather patterns can impact Florida, the primary fact to know is this: a strong El Niño can bring serious thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hailstorms to our typically sunny state. And according to the article, "this year's is one of the strongest El Niños on record." How can you protect your home from hailstorm damage?