Severe weather can occur year-round, with the highest frequency of tornadoes and flash flooding occurring in the spring. But summer can have its moments, too.
“Once we pass about mid-May, we transition to damaging straight-line winds and hail events. Some of our biggest hail events outside of tornadoes, have occurred in the summer months,” said Krissy Hurley, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Huge chunks of ice hurling from the sky at high speeds, and if they are large enough, the National Weather Service takes immediate action.
“If we are expecting hail at least quarter size or larger with any thunderstorm, we will issue a severe thunderstorms warning,” explained Hurley.
Those warnings are sent to News 2, Emergency Management and even your phone so you are aware of the impending storm wherever you are.
We all know storms in the summer here in Middle Tennessee can get quite nasty. In rare cases, hail could be larger than baseball and that could cause serious damage to your prized possessions, such as your car or house.
There are ways though you can be covered so you don’t have to put a big dent in your wallet.
“You need comprehensive insurance. We tell all consumers that if they are worried about hail damage, comprehensive will cover their auto and hail damage is part of any homeowner’s policy,” explained Kevin Walters, Communications Director of Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.
It’s also important to take pictures to document any damage. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance can step in to assist.
“Our team mediates between insurance companies and consumers all the time. Mediation is something we do and return money to consumers whenever we find that there are decisions that should have been in favor of consumers,” said Walters.
Hail is no joke. While you may think of Texas and Oklahoma only having extreme sizes of ice balls. Middle Tennessee has had significant moments, too.
“Hail can get rather large, to the size of softballs if we have big-time tornadoes moving through Middle Tennessee,” said Hurley.
There have been three different times when hail reached softball size, which happens to be a state record. Twice in June in 1985 and 1998, and once in January of 1999.
As the summer rolls on, enjoy the outdoors, but always be weather alert as storms this time of year can still get nasty.