Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Full Disclosure

I seem to have found a secret admirer. When I first read his or her comment I got mad and almost just deleted it but I decided to respond and let it stand.

First the quote:

"you have missed a bunch of storms. i think that you only report storms that are not worth working, or if you're not going there. this site is bogus. a message for all techs. if you want it, go get it. this guy is not your pal, he is your competitor."

My Response:

1. Everybody in this business is a competitor, period.

2. No, I generally do not post storms I'm working. Duh!

3. I know for a fact that guys are working on some of the stuff I have posted this year.

4. The point of this blog is not to find work for all of the techs out there as much as it is to save them the time of running on bad reports. I have never claimed to be the be all end all of hail reports.

5. If you know about so much work, then spill it. Leave that in a comment. Don't be mad at me because I can't point you toward anything right now.

6. If you know about so much work why are you here looking for work?

We have all seen your kind on the forums and out on the road. You don't impress anyone.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Zip, Zilch, Nada

That's what I've been able to turn up so far on verification of hail damage reports.

Nothin" Just like it never happened. I'll keep looking but it doesn't look too good.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Calm Down

I know, I know. I saw the reports and I'm searching for some verification. Just relax, grab a feed and I'll post whatever I find as soon as I get it.

I keep finding small tidbits about the Cedar Fall, Iowa storm. I'm getting really conflicting reports. The media tries t make a big deal out of it and the techs on the ground say just a couple of neighborhoods on the north side got hit pretty hard with some widespread super-light damage. This one is probably so old now its all gone anyway.

I keep getting reports out of Canada. I really don't know if those are something you guys are interested in. For me they're just a curiosity. If you guys want to hear about the Canadian hail damage stories just leave a comment here to let me know and I'll get back to reporting them.

By the way, were you aware that you can comment here anonymously? You can!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Good News & Bad News

Which do you want first the good news or the bad news?

OK I'll give you the good news first. The hail damage report from Tuscaloosa, Alabama has been confirmed! The south west side of town was hit with damaging hail.

Now the bad news. There aren't many newer cars in that part of town. Know what I mean? If you don't know what I'm saying then you should run to Tuscaloosa and set yourself up a retail tent right in the middle of the damage area.

I'm working to confirm the Sunrise, FL hail report. We'll see.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Cedar Falls, Iowa

I don't know how I missed this before but it looks like Cedar Falls may have gotten a bit more hail damage than I heard. You can read the whole story here but these are the money quotes;

"I haven't stopped getting off the phone or off the computer,
and actually today was my day off," said John Ross, the
body shop manager at Droste Auto and Glass in Waterloo, who has
been writing up repair estimates for hail-damaged vehicles."

"...crews have put in about 20 to 25 auto windows in
the past three days, and the majority of the customers
were motorists who live in North Cedar and housing
additions on Hudson Road in Cedar Falls,
where the hail fell the hardest."

There you go!

Hail Damage Found!

It ain't much but here it is.

Eaton, CO

I found this confirmation of the hail damage in Eaton, CO over on MySpace.com. The can read the post here but it mainly just whines about her beautiful baby car being damaged and how upset she is, bla, bla, bla. (Was Eaton, Colorado even on the report? I'll have to go back and check.)

Cedar Falls, IA

I don't have any media confirmation of the Cedar Falls, Iowa hail damage report but, I have heard a few reports from the road that ther is some super light damage there. That would explain why the Iowa media hasn't spent any time on it. Of course, good luck on getting anything in Iowa. Dent Eliminator has probably got it all locked up.

Tuscaloosa, AL

I haven't been able to get any absolute confirmation yet on the Tuscaloosa, Alabama hail reports but all of the local media refers to it and it looked real good on radar.

This is absolutely everything I've been able to come up with recently. I know you guys have been checking in repeatedly and I appreciate your loyalty. Good luck on this stuf, maybe this'll put a few of you to work.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Looking, looking, looking

I know we've seen a few decent looking reports over the last few days but I don't post junk here. That's why you haven't seen me around for a while. So far all I have been able to find about the Iowa hail reports are things like "so and so reported hearing about grapefruit size hail in the Waterloo area...". I'm sorry, but that kind of garbage doesn't make the cut.

I know my posts don't catch every storm but if I report it I've confirmed it.

I know there are allot you guys stopping in several times a day to see if I've posted anything new. Thanks! I appreciate the traffic. It boosts my search engine ranking. Honestly though, I know it gets frustrating checking and checking again and again. Let me make this suggestion; sign up for my RSS feed. If RSS feeds aren't your thing, you can receive it by email. That way when I post something here you get the post in your email inbox where you can read it and decide if you want to come here or not. Signing up is as easy as clicking the "Subscribe By Email" link on the right side of the page and entering your email address. Or keep checking three times a day. Either way is cool with me.

Now, on to the news of the day.

There are some decent looking reports and a nice forecast, so rest assured that I am staying on top of the situation. We all need to get at much work this year as we can scrape up. I'll post as soon as I find something.

If we could get a PR article like this one out of Spartanburg, South Carolina everywhere we went life would be allot easier.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Canada Again?

It looks like it's shaping up to be a pretty good year for the Canadian techs. This report is mostly about crop insurance but it is very widespread and the reports basicly box the whole south side of Saskatoon, Saskatewan.

Saskatewan Report

"There's lots of claims coming in, really from
Biggar to Allan and some from Humboldt and Watrous. "

"...we have claims from Dundurn that are light and
claims from Dundurn that are heavy."

What can I say? It's Canada.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Eagan, Bloomington, St. Paul, MN

It looks like the hail damage report from Eagan, MN is probably legitimate but of fairly narrow scope. I've been in contact with a couple of people in the area and this is what I've found:

This quote is from a blogger from the area.

"...in Bloomington, headed off I-494 toward
the Lindberg Terminal."

"Damage is minimal...tiny, tiny spots."

This is from an emailer in Eagan.

"I am just south of Yankee Doodle Road 3 blocks

and we did not have any hail. I know to
the southwest of me they did get some hail ..."

The reports were for the Highland Park area of St. Paul and Eagan. The first quote is form about 3 miles south of Highland Park and right across the river from the very north edge of Eagan. The second quote is from about 4 miles south of the first quote. The referral to hail to their southwest would put it in the Burnsville area and I haven't picked up anything about that yet.

Once again, it looks fairly localized, but in that area it could still mean a reasonable amount of damage.

As for those good looking hail reports that came out of New York, New Hampshire and Connecticut, I'm not having any luck on them, but I do have feelers out. We'll see.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Flint, MI!!!

Here's a sleeper! This one was reported as 1.25" hail 4 miles south of Flint, MI but guess what! Here's the article.

"The car dealership on south Saginaw just north of
Atherton suffered big damage Thursday night."

"(There was) quite a bit of hail damage. It lasted about
15 minutes," said Applegate general sales manager Pete Wills."

"Of the nearly 400 cars on the lot, managers can't
find one that came through unharmed."

If you go to the article you can watch a video with pictures of the nice looking damage. Also it looks like the surroundin area was hit pretty good as well. Here's that story.

"The neighborhoods by Applegate Chevrolet were
covered with ankle-deep hail."

Good luck with this one. You can thank me later.

Oh! Canada

It looks like it may end up being a decent year for PDR techs in Canada. I found this post from a blogger named Joanne in Brooks, Alberta, Canada.

"We had the most nasty storm last week with
hail damage to alot of the houses in Brooks."
"We went around town taking pictures of the wreckage."

I have a few feelers out about the hail report from Phillipsburg, NJ but haven't heard anything yet.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

No Luck

So far I haven't been able to track down any independant confirmations of the hail damage reports from Sauk Centre, MN or Mission, TX. I've found a really weak confirmation for

Idaho Springs, CO.

"Golf ball-size hail fell near Idaho Springs in Clear Creek County,
east of Nederland in Boulder County and near
several communities in Washington County."
Now you see what I mean about a weak confirmation. Especially for a town with only 2,000 people.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007


I've been picking up alot of tidbits about Canadian hail damage. Here's a good one.

Moose Jaw, Saskatewan, Canada

"The worst hail storm we've had in Moose Jaw in years.
Lots of vehicles suffered hail damage."
If you have a connection to work PDR in Canada this one should be worth checking out.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Another Confirmation

If you read the comment HERE you will find another confirmation of the Marquette, MI hail damage reports.

"I ended up with $2,500 worth of damage."
"The hail that hit my car was somewhere between
marble and golf ball sized, leaning toward golf ball."
It looks like the insurance companies may be writing quite a few split adjustments between PDR and conventional.

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