Tornado season can be a real threat to property and personal safety. The tornado season which runs from around April to the end of July or August causes a lot of damage as it moves up the country from the south. These storms can be extremely severe and extremely dangerous, but it is not just the tornado that causes the damage, it is also the hail that comes with the storm. And this is why hail tracking is very useful. Hail stones can reach as big as 3 inches in diameter, at this massive size it is logical that it can inflict serious damage. But the thing to remember is that it is not just the wind of the tornado or the hail stones that do the most damage. It is the combination of both.
Logically the force with which a hail stone strikes the ground or an object is determined by its mass and the speed with which it is traveling. If the hail stones are less than 1 inch in diameter, the damage they cause is fairly minimal; however, a hail stone over 1 inch in diameter is going to cause more damage. If hail stones are a hazard on their own, imagine the damage they can cause if they have more speed behind them. And the speed is what they get from high speed winds. With high speed winds behind them, bigger hail stones can cause serious damage to property and serious injury.
Hail tracking is a system that allows you to keep track of the hail storms that might be moving to your area. During tornado season it can be a real asset to have hail tracking. Just think about it. When a hail storm is approaching there are certain things that you need to do in order to make sure that you, your family and your property are safe from damage. You need to move any outside furniture under cover. You need to move your car under cover, you need to close all the windows, outside doors and curtains. Aside from all the preparation you have to do before hand, this is a lot to accomplish if you have no warning and the hail storm or tornado is already upon you.
In essence a hail tracking system gives you time, it gives you a warning so that you can have the time you need to get yourself ready. During tornado season, when this kind of extreme weather is fairly common you will want this small grace period, so it is a good idea to learn how to use a hail tracking system. There are two main kinds of hail tracking. One is free and is online – you can choose an area for the map to focus on and it will show you whether there is any hail predicted in that area. There are also hail tracking programs that you pay for, these are also online, which makes them able to stay as up to the moment as possible.
Whichever one is right for you, hail tracking is something that you need to consider. There are about 3000 hail storms a year in the U.S., during the most severe storms hail stones can reach the size of a softball. In addition to the hail storms there are about 1000 tornadoes each year, and on average the damage that they cause is over a billion dollars. There are on average 1500 injuries and almost 100 deaths, all caused by tornadoes and hail storms. Extreme storms are not the rule, but when they do happen they can be devastating.
What is necessary to consider then, is how ready is your home to withstand the forces of these storms? It is inevitable that your home will be damaged by these storms; unfortunately this is just the truth. There is nothing you can do to control the storms but there are steps you can take to limit the damage to your property and to protect yourself and your loved ones from injury. Don’t wait for the storm to arrive – you need to plan ahead. And a hail tracking system can help you do this