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‘A pretty rare event.’ Hail the size of
softballs, larger falls near Wichita Falls

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Posted By: Imright, 5/23/2020 4:11:00 PM

Hail the size of baseballs, softballs and larger pummeled Burkburnett north of Wichita Falls on Friday evening, ripping through roofs and the windshields of cars, according to the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma and social media posts.Randy Bowers, a weather service meteorologist, said the hail was falling in Burkburnett during a roughly 15- to 30-minute period around 6:40 p.m. The weather service was able to confirm through social media hail as large as 5 and ⅓ inches, which is actually larger than softball-size hail, defined as 4 and ¼ inches, Bowers said.For reference, the national record for hail size was 8 inches,

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....Everything's bigger in Texas!! LOL

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Reply 1 - Posted by: GoodDeal 5/23/2020 5:57:01 PM (No. 420025)
Another sign of man-made climate change. We have a climate crisis now and new deaths can be labeled due to climate change. Thus giving opportunities to governors to shut down the use of all motor vehicles until further notice.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 5/23/2020 6:15:27 PM (No. 420048)
This is very bad stuff. I had some golf ball size hail hit my home, but with a few that reached baseball size. The roof was just destroyed. Amazing to see a 3" diameter dent, penetrating three layers of overlapped shingles in a few places, lots of less radical dents all over the shingles, and all metal roof vents just hammered to death. Fortunately insurance covered it. New roofs on shop building and house. I have one dent in my truck just below the windshield pillar on the top last bit of the fender, highly crowned, and very strong there locally, with a 3/4" deep 2" diameter dent. The way the truck was parked the hail fell pretty much parallel to the angle of the windshield, no breakage, but dents all over the roof and hood, plus that one monster dent. That size hail tears up a lot of stuff.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Safari Man 5/23/2020 6:17:36 PM (No. 420051)
That big piece looks like several smaller pieces joined together - a “hail marry.”
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Reply 4 - Posted by: JHHolliday 5/23/2020 9:40:02 PM (No. 420136)
I am a retired insurance agent and can tell you that a big hailstorm can do tremendous damage. Some years ago we had one come through my area and totaled hundreds of vehicles on dealer lots plus all the private cars that weren’t in garages. Hundreds of homes had their roofs destroyed. Damage was in the millions all from one wicked little thunderstorm.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: red1066 5/23/2020 9:53:16 PM (No. 420143)
I worked for a large leasing company and Texas was one of my states. I called a dealer in Texas to check on a vehicle for a client, and was told every vehicle on the lot had been destroyed by hail. Hundreds of vehicles were involved including the vehicle I called about. The vehicles had so much damage, the dealer said his inventory of vehicles was a total loss.
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