Friday, June 29, 2007

Just For Fun

Good 'ol West Texas hail. This is from Seminole, TX in May of 2006.

A little bit more

Woodruff, South Carolina

This isn't much but it is something and these days that's a lot.

"Work began on the repair of hail damage to one of the cruisers
this week after the claim was processed and
settled by the city’s insurance company."
I'm still looking.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Another Confirmation

Roundup, Montana

“Right now, we know we lost house windows and some
car windows for sure, but we didn’t get the
pasting like they did in Melstone,”
"The storm hit the Roundup area around 8:30 p.m.,
and the area had reports of trees and power lines
down, blocked roads and hail more than 4 inches across."
"The storm gathered steam around Harlowton and moved through
Golden Valley and Musselshell counties, before skimming northern
Yellowstone and Treasure counties on its way east."
“It was pretty much
softball to golf ball and tennis ball sized hail pretty
much along that whole path,”
Have fun!!

Monday, June 25, 2007


Here are a few confirmations I have been able to round up.

Marquette, MI

It looks like this one might be O.K.
"State Farm is set up outside of the Marquette Mall.
In the first 24 hours, they've handled 500 claims.
State Farm says the average loss per vehicle is $2,500."

Mankato, MN
This one talks mostly about crop damage, but there are alot of homes in the area.
“There was so much big hail. It put dents in the Weber grill,
took out windows and banged up the cars,”
"The hail, covering a 11⁄2 mile swath, started north of Le Sueur
along Highway 169, then moved south and
easterly toward Le Center."

Sartell, MN

The quotes on this one speak for themselves.

"Sartell Mayor Tim O’Driscoll declared a local emergency today to
help the city’s residents deal with hail damage from a
fast-moving storm that swept through the area Wednesday evening."
"The emergency declaration allows insurance adjustors
to set up tents where they can assess
vehicle damage and process claims."

For Our Friends up North

Manitoba, Canada

"In addition to the homes and cottages destroyed or
damaged this weekend, a lot of cars felt the
brunt of mother nature too."
"Manitoba Public Insurance tells CJOB there was
widespread hail in a number of communities..."
These should keep you busy for a while.

Difficult to confirm

Sorry for the delay. I've been very busy over the last few days.

I've been trying to confirm the hail reports from Minnesota and North Dakota last week without much luck. I did find this blog quote from Chaska, MN. You can read the whole post at the link, but this is the money quote;

"I had hail the size of quarters at my house for just a brief moment,
and several more minutes of nickel to dime-sized hail..."

Hail damage reports are very hard to confirm in the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains becuase the population centers are seperated and often the media is very scattered. Often, storm damage goes unreported in local media because it is in non-metro areas.

I must say, however, that a few of the hail reorts coming out of Montana look very good and should have quite a few PDR repairable vehicles. That is a long way to drive without independant confirmation though.

It's too bad we can't find a way to repair crop damage with Paintless Dent Repair!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Great Falls, Montana

This is video from the Great Falls, MT hail storm last week. Word is there is quite a bit of work up there if you're willing to drive that far.

More on the damage in Minnesota and Wisconson later.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Word from the road

Bad news from the south east. The word on last week's nice looking hail reports is that there is VERY LITTLE damage. State Farm has less than a hundred claims in the Montgomery, AL metro area and very few and scattered claims from the north Georgia and western North Carolina area. Also, it looks like Johnson City, TN may have received some scattered damage but nothing serious.

It does, however, look like the hail reports in Wisconsin are legitimate.

One of those years.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Clayton, GA Hail

I just received an email from a local in Rabun county Georgia, that would be the Clayton area. He reports mostly marble sized hail, no big deal at his location. I'll keep looking.

Where did that come from?

Until mid-morning the only forecast for hail was in North Dakota. And then...

Lot's of good looking hail reports out of Geaorgia and South Carolina. I'm still working to verify this stuff, but I can say that Georgia is really looking good. Check back later.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Ohio Hail Reports

The word on the Ohio hail damage is that if you aren't working in a body shop you're in trouble. The word I'm hearing is that the damage is bad and most adjustments are split between PDR and conventional repair.

I just found this news story out of Wisconson. Sorry guys but it doesn't look to encouraging. Here are a couple of key quotes;

"American Family Insurance of Madison has received more
than 1,700 claims of hail-damaged cars and roofs
from last Thursday's storm..."
"Lots of vehicles had their front and back
windshields broken out,"
That isn't many claims. If you're on a job, you better sit there and make as much money as you can.

Monday, June 11, 2007

So much for Tulsa

The Tulsa, OK hail damage report looked good, but... I haven't been able to confirm any damage at all. I know it's not unusual but it gets old, kinda like all those reports from Houston, TX this year. Hey, maybe there is damage in Tulsa, I just can't find it.

I'm still checking on the reports out of Minnesota and Missouri.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Looking Better!

I'm seeing a number of confirmation reports of legitate hail damage in Wisconsin and Ohio. Hooray! Listen guys, I know it's extremely competetive out here right now but let's try to keep the prices up. There is no use working for free.

Just For Fun

I've decided to start including some cool videos of hail storms from time to time. I'm going to call this part "Just For Fun".

This one was shot in Woodson, TX. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 07, 2007


What a dud! Well, I was sure expecting a lot more activity than that last night. Oh well, maybe the forecast will be more accurate today. If so, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois are under the gun. Time'll tell.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007


OK! Confirmation of hail damage in Naugatuck, Connecticut! Read the article. It has specific street intersections. I haven't been able to locate a media confirmation on the Cheshire, CT or Southington, CT hail damage reports yet but the reports did mention damaged cars in both towns.

New Hampshire looks a little iffy but Kentucky looks good. Have fun!

New England Hail Reports

Hail in New Hampshire and Connecticut! What's the world coming to? Just going by the reports it looks like there should be some legit hail damage in New Hampshire, Connecticut and Kentucky! I'll do a little more research shortly. I'm waiting to see how bad this stuff this afternoon and tomorrow ends up being. I'll post later if I find any confirmation.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

What a CRAZY year so far

Well, it's been a while since I posted here. There hasn't been much to talk about this season as far as hail damage is concerned. It will be interesting to see how this season ends up shaking out. As with every year, there are guys that make money and guys that lose their shirts. I think this year there are more of us looking for decent work than there are working. And most of those that are working aren't making much. Fortunately it doesn't seem to be over yet with some stuff forecast for the Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin over the next couple of days. We'll see. Good luck!

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