Sunday, February 22, 2009

Atlanta, Georgia Area Hail Damage Update

This post is an update to the earlier
Georgia Hail Damage post.

I have been in contact with a couple of professional that are actually on the scene in the Atlanta area and have actually seen the hail damage with their own eyes. They gave me this update and I wanted to pass it along to you guys so you don't waste any more time than you have to out there chasing the real hail damage down.

The reports I'm getting tell me that the hail that hi the northern parts of the Atlanta metro were very light and there is very little actual damage. What this probably means is that the storms were extremely small and the pictures that came out of that area were probably from a fairly concentrated area. Either way, if you have found something in that part of town, good for you. If you haven't, you probably don't want to waste your time trying.

The other report I'm hearing is that the areas south of the city are hammered with lots of wide-spread and heavy hail damage. This is probably going to be the most productive area to hit if you haven't got anything going yet.

Thanks guys for the "on the ground updates", they are invaluable.

I just want to be clear with you guys though, everybody is saying this stuff is really hard hit. I'm sure there are going to be plenty of moderately hail damaged cars in this storm, it's just too wide-spread not to, but if you just spent the last winter learning paintless dent repair, this probably isn't the storm you want to cut your teeth on. Just be patient, there will be plenty of good hail damage to work on soon enough.

Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression. If you go to work for some broker and can't fix the hail damage, they will label you a hack and won't ever hire you again. If you do go out and try to work this stuff, at least be up front about your experience. They will probably be a lot more likely to cut you some slack than if you try to pretend to know what you're doing. Believe me, it will show. You will honestly be better off waiting for some good hail damage, I promise.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hail Storm Damage In Georgia (Confirmed)

The amount of confirmed hail storm damage in north Georgia is amazing!

The storms yesterday in Georgia seem to have left two separate but impressive paths of hail damage through and near the Atlanta metro area. If you have a bunch of extra time on your hands you can weed through the photos of the hail stones from these storms in the hail storm photo galleries here, here and here. Or you can just trust me that I have waded through all the pages of, "Sally holding a humongous hail stone the size of a golfball!" pics and put together the following list of the towns that have confirmed hail damage.

Those of you paying attention will notice there are a couple of towns on the list that were not on the hail damage reports from the SPC. If you plot these out on your map you will see that basically there were two hail damage paths, one across the north Atlanta metro and one across northern Coweta, Fayette, Spalding and Henry counties. Both of these areas are well populated (of course, the metro is a lot more densely populated) and the hail damage areas are very widespread.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Alabama Hail Damage Reports and Confirmations

At this point I have only been able to partially confirm some of the Alabama hail reports so, as usual, I'm only going to give you the good stuff without the guessing but I do have a bonus guess for you that I'll throw in at the end after the sure stuff. Let's get started on this batch of hail reports and confirmations.

Anniston, Alabama Hail Reports (Partially Confirmed)

I don't have a direct confirmation of the Anniston, AL hail report but I do have confirmations from around it. First I found a picture of some hail stones form Weaver, Alabama which is a few miles north west of Anniston. The hail stones aren't very big but they look like they might be quarter to half dollar size. This next picture comes from Goldsprings, AL which is where the original Anniston, AL hail report came out of. These stones were easily half dollar to golf ball before they melted down.

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Fayetteville, Georgia Hail Damage Confirmation

Instead of making a new post, I just decided to update this on. This video shows some pretty conclusive confirmation of hail damage in Fayetteville, GA. Check it out.

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OK, those are the confirmations of the Alabama hail reports that I have been able to get so far. Now for your bonus. This is one of those things that is a little hard to explain unless you have been out there chasing those beautiful sleeper storms that didn't make the report.

Check out this video of baseball hail in Sharpsburg, Georgia.

Now check out this video of hail falling in Fayetteville, Georgia.

The Sharpsburg hail is huge and it's out in the country so it's not worth running on and the Fayetteville hail looks kind of small to me. So these are a waste of time to fool with, just skip 'em and move on right?

Pull out your map and look at exactly where these two towns are. Sitting almost directly between these two towns is Peachtree City, Georgia. Now that would be a town worth fooling with, right. I'm not making any kind of promises. I'm just saying, if you decide to load up the PDR tools and hit the road in search of some work, you might want to swing through that area. I've found sleeper storms on a whole lot less information that that.

That's it for now but I'll keep working it and wouldn't be surprised if I end up making another post tonight or in the morning. I will if I can confirm any more hail damage reports.

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Kentucky Hail Damage Reports and Confirmations

I've got some pretty strong hail damage report confirmations out of Kentucky for you this time and it looks like it might be a bit of a long evening with more reports coming in from Alabama and Georgia so let's get started with the hail report confirmations. This Post is only going to cover the Kentucky hail reports.

Monticello, Kentucky Hail Reports (Confirmed)

I was able to come up with this picture of the hail stones from the Monticello, KY hail storm. This one is obviously legitimate.

Burgin, Kentucky Hail Reports (Confirmed)

This next image is out of Burgin, Kentucky which is just east of Harrodsburg, KY. This hail isn't as large as the stones in Monticello but they are big enough to cause some damage. I would say that the hail report out of Harrodsburg is worth checking out in person.

That's what I have for now. I haven't been able to get any confirmation of the Richmond, Kentucky hail reports yet but I'm still looking. I'm also working on the Alabama hail reports right now and will be posting about them shortly. Yes, I have some Alabama hail damage report confirmations too!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Thanks for your patience while I take care of those pesky legal things :)

Don't worry, the pause for the legal cause is now over and I'm back to digging up and confirming hail damage reports for you!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Oklahoma Hail Damage Reports

These hail damage reports from Oklahoma are looking good!

It's too early yet too get any on-the-ground confirmations and cool pictures of all the hail damage and huge hail stones but if I were going to run this storm, I would already be headed that way. Everything about this storm looks really legit.

I know, I've run plenty of bogus hail reports in Oklahoma over the years but this one looks better than most. If you watch this video from KOCO TV in Oklahoma City you will see them switch over to the radar and show a massive area of hail moving across the north side of the storm.

Just lay your map down and draw a line from just east of Yukon, Oklahoma, to Stillwater, Oklahoma and that's going to be your hail damage path. You'll see that path crosses through the north side of Edmond, Oklahoma as well as Guthrie and Coyle, Oklahoma, all the way up into the Wynona area.

The bottom line is, if your are ready to run this season, this is as good as any to hit the trail for. I'll be watching the reports and as soon as the news outlets start writing their stories I'll start posting the confirmations.

It's looking like this should be a good night for Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri hail damage reports!

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