August hailstorms are Minnesota’s latest ‘billion dollar weather disaster’

National Night Out 2013 turned into a night to “take cover” in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. It also turned out to be Minnesota’s contribution the the 6th “billion-dollar weather disaster” in the United States this year.

Rotating supercell moves through Minnesota on August 6th. Image: Used with permission from John Wetter

A series of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and hail raced across Minnesota on Aug. 6. The violent supercells produced widespread hail damage to roofs and cars, and considerable wind damage. The storms raced along the Intersate-94 corridor from south of Fargo into the southwest part of the Twin Citiesmetro area. Here are the radar based hail tracks and storm reports from the Twin Cities National Weather Service.

Image: Twin Cities NWS

The storms caused widespread hail damage to crops, roofs and vehicles. High winds over 70 mph downed numerous large trees in Deephaven and the west metro.

Huge trees down in Deephaven in the west metro August 6th. Image: Paul Huttner MPR News

Golf ball to tennis ball sized hailstones blew out dozens of car windshields in Eden Prairie.

Police car windshield blown out by large hail in Eden Prairie. Image: Eden Prairie Police

The combined storm damages from the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin turned out to be in the $1-billion range according to the August 2013 Catastrophe Report from insurance broker Aon Benfield. It was the 6th billion dollar weather disaster in the United States this year. Colorado’s record floods near Boulder will be the 7th with preliminary damages estimated to be around $2 billion.

Weather Underground’s Jeff Masters elaborates on the list of the 25 billion dollar weather disasters worldwide so far in 2013.

The world-wide tally of billion-dollar weather disasters so far in 2013 is 25, and the U.S. total is six, according to theAugust 2013 Catastrophe Report from insurance broker Aon Benfield. This excludes the September Colorado flood, whose damages are preliminarily estimated at $2 billion. Ranked in term of cost, here are the 25 disasters:

1) Flooding, Central Europe, 5/30 – 6/6, $22 billion
2) Drought, Brazil, 1/1 – 5/31, $8.3 billion
3) Drought, Central and Eastern China, 1/1 – 7/31, $6.0 billion
4) Flooding, Calgary, Alberta Canada, 6/19 – 6/24, $5.3 billion
5) Flooding, China, 8/9 – 9/5, $5.0 billion
6) Tornado, Moore, OK, and associated U.S. severe weather, 5/18 – 5/22, $4.5 billion
6) Flooding, China, 7/7 – 7/17, $4.5 billion
8) Flooding, Indonesia, 1/20 – 1/27, $3.31 billion
9) Super Typhoon Utor, China and Philippines, 8/12 – 8/15, $2.6 billion
10) Flooding, Australia, 1/21 – 1/30, $2.5 billion
11) Flooding, Philippines, 8/18 – 8/21, $2.2 billion
12 Tornadoes and severe weather, U.S., 5/26 – 6/2, $2 billion
12) Severe weather, Midwest U.S., 3/18 – 3/20, $2 billion
14) Flooding, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 8/3 – 8/31, $1.9 billion
15) Winter weather, Europe, 3/12 – 3/31, $1.8 billion
16) Drought, New Zealand, 1/1 – 5/10, $1.6 billion
16) Severe weather, U.S., 4/7 – 4/11, $1.6 billion
18) Flooding, Toronto, Canada, 7/8, $1.45 billion
19) Flooding, China, 6/29 – 7/3, $1.4 billion
19) Flooding, China, 7/21 – 7/25, $1.4 billion
21) Flooding, Argentina, 4/2 – 4/4, $1.3 billion
22) Flooding, India and Nepal, 6/14 – 6/18, $1.1 billion
23) Winter weather, U.S. Plains, Midwest, Northeast, 2/24 – 2/27, $1.0 billion
23) Severe weather, U.S. Plains and Midwest, 8/5 – 8/7, $1.0 billion
23) Flooding, Russia, 8/4 – 8/31, $1.0 billion

Insurance companies with U.S. exposure have caught a break so far with the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. Many eyes are watching to see how the rest of the season unfolds.

  • John

    I usually don’t think too much about these sorts of weather events, being isolated from the bulk of tornadoes, all hurricanes, tidal waves, etc, but this one ws driven home last weekend. We took our kids out to one of the local apple orchards, and saw first hand the damage the hail did to their apple crop for the year.

    It wasn’t a total loss, but my guess is there will be a lot more juice and sauce and a lot less pie from this year’s crop. Nearly every apple we saw had bruising and rotting holes from the hail. You could smell the vinegar forming (and the hornets were loving it).