A round of severe thunderstorms moved through parts of Texas overnight, bringing large hail and damaging winds to some regions. The below loop of the infrared satellite imagery from Tuesday night shows a powerful complex of storms moving southwest from the panhandle to the central part of the state. These storms also sparked the development of a severe thunderstorm just to the north of Dallas. It was this storm that brought large hail to its northern suburbs, and now the damage is being assessed.

Infrared Satellite Loop Tuesday Night

Some reports suggest this can be another billion dollar storm, the fifth one in five years in the state of Texas. There were dozens of reports of large, damaging hail from the overnight event. In Plano, hail the diameter of one inch was recorded, while in nearby Carrollton and Coppell, baseball-sized hail of nearly three inches in diameter was found. These towns were the most hard-hit based on reports that came out of the Storm Prediction Center. Below are two photos — both from Coppell, Texas — comparing the hail to the size of a baseball in the first photo and a crayon in the second. These images illustrate just how large the hail was.

Once hail reaches over one inch in diameter, it can become damaging. That’s when a thunderstorm becomes severe. Numerous car windshields in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex were destroyed.

We’ve seen events like this in the past. A severe hail event impacted Denver in May of 2017. Following assessments of the damage, it was found that the storm caused $1.4 billion in damages. and an estimated 200,000 combined auto and homeowners insurance claims were be filed. Hail and cars are not a good match. So far this year (as of April 6th), three billion-dollar-plus natural disasters have affected the United States. This hail event may be added to this list when NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) releases an update later this year.



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