If you have done any amount of searching on the web, you’ve likely come across dozens of sources of hail information (this site included). But how reliable is that information? How accurate is it? Is it worth the price?
Whether you are a roofer, contractor, insurance agent or other professional you need the most accurate data to help you make wise business decisions. When it comes to Hail, you want to know the exact neighborhoods and, if possible, street addresses of homes that were affected by a hail storm.
Free hail maps are a great way to investigate basic hail damage information without paying the high costs associated with other value-add products. In this post we are going to look at one source of free hail maps: the Storm Prediction Center’s climatology website.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) aggregates hail information on a daily basis and provides a free hail map on their website. You can see at a glance which regions of the country were affected by hail storms. To log on, visit www .spc.noaa.gov/climo /reports. You can review Hail Reports, Wind, and Tornado Reports. The site navigation allows you to review past days hail maps as well.
While the information on the SPCs website is free, it may not be as detailed as you would like to see when money is on the line. You want to target your hail damage searches to the most specific neighborhoods possible. That’s why we created LiveHailReports.com.
Our product takes Hail Reports to a whole new level by giving you detailed information about each hail report, along with the ability to drill-down to the street level and view individual neighborhoods–sometimes even rooftops that were affected by hail.
Our real-time address lookup enables you to find the nearest street address to the hail report:
And finally, export features allow you to review the whole report in Microsoft Excel or Google Earth, for unparalleled clarity and detail.
You have a tough enough job as it is. Check out the free hail maps sources and then try our product out. We believe it will be well worth your time.