If there is one thing that would be absolutely wrong for us to do in this country, it is that we fail to learn from the extreme weather events that have occurred in the past and refuse to take steps to eliminate any damage to ourselves and property in the future.
When so many people have suffered through adverse weather in the US in the past and even lost their lives, how disrespectful would it be for us not to take every precaution against such things happening again.
Whether we are talking about the tremendously-powerful hurricanes that sweep across the south and east of our country or even hail storms with massive, golf ball-sized stones, there is always something that can be done to ensure that we are not faced with a massive bill for repairs.
If you live in the states that sit on the Gulf of Mexico or Eastern Seaboard, you will already be well aware of the potential for hurricanes in this area and will be accustomed to battening-down-the-hatches when a warning has been issued in your neighborhood. People in these areas realize the risks involved in living on these shorelines and take the necessary action when required.
However, there are times when the severity of the storm can be such, there is no way of guarding your property against such forces of nature: take Hurricane Katrina, for example. With the strength of winds and flooding which accompanied this category 5 behemoth of a storm, there was nothing to be done in this instance.
The same can often be said of Tornado Alley which may not necessarily experience storms on the same scale as a hurricane, but is always at risk of more localized damage from storms that are actually even more powerful than a hurricane. To give you an idea of the statistics involved here: the most powerful hurricane (category 5 plus) will have winds gusting at well over 200 miles per hour; whereas a Fujita Scale 5 tornado is likely to have winds blowing in excess of 300 miles per hour. No-one has ever been able to record the winds with 100% accuracy in violent storms such as this. One of the extra problems that people often have to deal with when there is tornado weather in a particular area is hail storms. The massive thunderstorms which produce these tornadoes are easily capable of depositing massive stones over an area, leading to hail damage.
Damage from hail storms is something that can be guarded against to a certain extent and there are actually some very useful and convenient resources now available on the internet that you can use to find out about incidents of hail damage. For example, live hail reports provides you with up-to-date information pertaining to hail reports where stones of more than 1.25 inches in diameter have been observed. You can use this data to track if a hail storm seems likely to be heading in your area and if you have enough time, you can secure certain structures or buildings against any possible damage.
Of course, the most northerly states do not tend to suffer from hurricanes or tornadoes to the same extent as they will occur in other parts of the country. In these parts of the country, adverse weather usually comes in the form of snow storms which are capable of cutting whole communities off for several days at a time. But even in these states, it is worth bearing in mind that hail storms can and do occur here as well: so this is one type of adverse weather event that is capable of occurring in pretty much any part of the country.
We are used to hearing the ubiquitous warnings for the big storms we have mentioned in this article, but we very rarely hear warnings being given out for the potential for hail damage. When you consider how damaging and destructive hail storms can actually be, this is definitely not good enough. For goodness sakes, some stones can be larger than golf balls and when these fall through the sky at tremendous speed, they can be akin to a small bomb by the time they strike the ground.
If you are worried about the potential for hail damage in your area, it might be wise to investigate the possibility of using live hail reports so that you can stay abreast of such adverse weather conditions in your area in the future.