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Frack -- another hailstorm coming in. . .

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tornado Warning and Severe Hail in Denton -- Friends and Family Alert (Updated 4/4 @ 4pm)

Update April 4th @ 4pm
A day later, some insight on what went down in last night's hail-palooza.

Alicia, I, and the dogs are still fine. Everything that was hail tagged is insured. House is still standing. Cars are still drivable.

Recapping -- last night, we saw four (4) separate hail storms at Fort Marcinko. Most of them were within 30 minutes of each other (give or take) and all of them were severe on their own. At most times, dropping marble and larger sized hail stones along with high winds and heavy rain. (Six to eight inches of rain in four+/- hours, if the radar estimates can be believed)

Round 1 started around 4pm and was the storm that took out the cars/skylights at the 380 Walmart, UNT, and TWU -- all with with baseball sized hail. That one only gave me marble to golfball sized hail a couple of miles further north at the Fort.

Also turned out to only be the preamble. . .(Sigh)
A local news pool chopper hovers over the local filming the damage from Round 1. This area, less than 1 1/2 miles southwest of the Fort took the brunt of the hail from the first storm. Cars in this parking lot were pulverized from baseball sized hail and most of the skylights in the Wal*Mart and adjoining Sams Club were knocked out.

The Round 2 storm looms directly behind in the distance and about 30 minutes away.
A local news pool chopper hovers over the local filming the damage from Round 1.   This area, less than 1 1/2 miles southwest of the Fort took the brunt of the hail from the first storm.   Cars in this parking lot were pulverized from baseball sized hail and most of the skylights in the Wal*Mart and adjoining Sams Club were knocked out.  The Round 2 storm looms directly behind in the distance and about 30 minutes away.
Look behind you, sir!
Look behind you, sir!
Twenty minutes or so later, this was about where the NWS issued the Tornado Warning. City storm sirens went off *immediately*, as did their reverse 911 system, the SMS text from Weatherunderground, and the emergency alert from Verizon Wireless. It quickly became clear that Round 2 was going to take a similar track to Round 1, but was also going to be a life threatening situation.

WFAA marked the tornado location with the X on their screenshot. Round 2 storm was about 15 minutes due west of Fort Marcinko (marked with an O) -- and heading right for us. Though everything was dark in the distance, the weather directly in my backyard was partly cloudy and just little wind.
Twenty minutes or so later, this was about where the NWS issued the Tornado Warning.   City storm sirens went off *immediately*, as did their reverse 911 system, the SMS text from Weatherunderground, and the emergency alert from Verizon Wireless.  It quickly became clear that Round 2 was going to take a similar track to Round 1, but was also going to be a life threatening situation. 

WFAA marked the tornado location with the X on their screenshot.    Round 2 storm was about 15 minutes due west of Fort Marcinko (marked with an O) -- and heading right for us.  Though everything was dark in the distance, the weather directly in my backyard was partly cloudy and just little wind.
Six minutes later, storm gets closer and the winds start to pick up a little coming in from the east (heading into the storm inflow). We emptied out the closet used for storm shelter, gathered the dogs together, and other storm prep. City of Denton storm sirens continued to sound, and did *not* stop for a good 20 minutes.

Local KDFW-TV noted the storm was a ginormous 50,000+ feet tall
Six minutes later, storm gets closer and the winds start to pick up a little coming in from the east (heading into the storm inflow).   We emptied out the closet used for storm shelter, gathered the dogs together, and other storm prep.  City of Denton storm sirens continued to sound, and did *not* stop for a good 20 minutes.  

KDFW-TV noted the storm was a ginormous 50,000+ feet tall

(WFAA marked the circulation with an X, Fort Marcinko tagged with the O)
Rain in the distance was intense. The rainshaft was approximately 3 miles away towards the southwest at this point. The wall cloud was several miles wide and the funnel WFAA had marked started to lower.

Denton Airport (also in that direction) reported an 82mph windgust as the storm moved overhead
Rain in the distance was intense.   The rainshaft was approximately 3 miles away towards the southwest at this point.

Denton Airport (also in that direction) reported an 82mph windgust as the storm moved overhead
The wallcloud also began to move in from the west

Nothing to do now but wait. Only slight rain at the Fort at this moment. Winds were now far stronger from the east, still heading into the storm inflow. Sky color started to slightly sku to green. We could see the swirling of a second weaker funnel cloud much closer no more than a mile west (moving to the southeast) over the neighboring UNT Discovery Park, but never saw an actual touchdown.

(Still with the X for the funnel cloud circulation and O to mark the Fort on the radar screenshot)

This same storm would later drop tornadoes in Princeton (approx 30 miles east) and Farmersville/Celeste/Merit area (another 15-20 miles or so farther down US380)
Nothing to do now but wait.  Only slight rain at the Fort at this moment.  Winds were now far stronger from the east, still heading into the storm inflow.  Sky color started to slightly sku to green.  We could see the swirling of a second weaker funnel cloud much closer no more than a mile west (moving to the southeast) over the neighboring UNT Discovery Park, but never saw an actual touchdown.      

(Still with the X for the funnel cloud circulation and O to mark the Fort on the radar screenshot)  

This same storm would later drop tornadoes in Princeton (approx 30 miles east) and then the Farmersville/Celeste/Merit area (another 15-20 miles or so farther down US380)
Video of the second funnel cloud swirling in from the west

And then down to the southeast

And then all hell breaks loose when the hailcore slides over the Fort.

Starts off slow with pea/marble sized and picked picked up fast until massive amounts stones ranging from golfball to baseball pummel everything. All lasting for 10-15 minutes straight.
And then all hell breaks loose when the hailcore slides over the Fort.  

Starts off slow with pea/marble sized and picked picked up fast until massive amounts stones ranging from golfball to baseball pummel everything.   All lasting for 10-15 minutes straight.
Start of the hail from the front door

The resident mud swallows made it back to the front entryway before the storm hit. Their nest is in the shadows of the top right corner of the overhang.

A big grackle or mockingbird (not sure which) was not so lucky and hit the outside of the kitchen window hard. Not sure if it was clipped by hail or was just frantically trying to find cover. But didn't find him in the backyard this morning, so it must have survived (eventually) flew away.
The resident mud swallows made it back to the front entryway before the storm hit.  Their nest is in the shadows of the top right corner of the overhang.  

A big grackle or mockingbird (not sure which) was not so lucky and hit the outside of the kitchen window hard.  Not sure if it was clipped by hail or was just frantically trying to find cover.  But didn't find him in the backyard this morning, so it must have survived (eventually) flew away.
Got it, thanx
Got it, thanx
And it goes on and on and on. Each stone echoing throughout the house when it bounces off the roof. (with an occasional ping when the Whirlybirds are hit)

Outer shell of the skylight shatters and hail starts trying to work on getting through the inner layer.
Outer shell of the skylight shatters and hail starts trying to work on getting through the inner layer.
Hail gives way to heavy rain, causing serious flooding on both my neighborhood street and the adjoining fields. Radar estimates rain was falling at a rate of 4 inches an hour.
Hail gives way to heavy rain, causing serious flooding on both my neighborhood street and the adjoining fields.  Radar estimates rain was falling at a rate of 4 inches an hour.
Heavy rain would last for another 30 minutes, but Round 2 is finally leaving the area. And following Round 1's trek towards Celina and McKinney.

What would become Round 3 and Round 4 start to develop east of Decatur and west of Boyd. Both dumping more hail and rain later on Denton later in the evening.

All in total, radar estimates note 7-8 inches of rain fell on the Fort in the span of 3 hours or so
Heavy rain would last for another 30 minutes, but Round 2 is finally leaving the area.  And following Round 1's trek towards Celina and McKinney.   

What would become Round 3 and Round 4 start to develop east of Decatur and west of Boyd.   Both dumping more hail and rain later on Denton later in the evening.

All in total, radar estimates note 7-8 inches of rain fell on the Fort in the span of 3 hours or so
Even after 30-45 minutes of heavy rain, the hailstones were still large and prominent in the front yard
Even after 30-45 minutes of heavy rain, the hailstones were still large and prominent in the front yard
Yep, there was a lot of them
Yep, there was a lot of them
Closeup of one of the average sized stones, along with both the different frozen layers and the spikes (from other stones that coalesced)

And after 45 minutes worth of melting in the 70 degree air and several inches of heavy rain.
Closeup of one of the average sized stones, along with both the different frozen layers and the spikes (from other stones that coalesced)

And after 45 minutes worth of melting in the 70 degree air and several inches of heavy rain.
Closeup of a different stone, with a better look at it's layers. Given the depth of it's outer layer, this one must have gotten some serious air before coming back down
Closeup of a different stone, with a better look at it's layers. Given the depth of it's outer layer, this one must have gotten some serious air before coming back down
Obligatory foot shot
Obligatory foot shot
Couple of inches of hail ended up collecting at the base of the garage, even after 30-45 minutes of melting
Couple of inches of hail ended up collecting at the base of the garage, even after 30-45 minutes of melting
Aftermath at the Fort. Could have been far worse.
Aftermath at the Fort.  Could have been far worse.
Second storm shutter didn't fare as well in Round 2.
Second storm shutter didn't fare as well in Round 2.
Better angle of the shutters
Better angle of the shutters
Hood of my car is potmarked
Hood of my car is potmarked
Alicia's didn't fare much better. The leaves are from the neighbor's front yard tree -- about 100 feet or so away
Alicia's didn't fare much better.   The leaves are from the neighbor's front yard tree -- about 100 feet or so away
Surprisingly, neither of our cars suffered any window damage. Everything is body damage and both are still completely drivable.
Surprisingly, neither of our cars suffered any window damage.   Everything is body damage and both are still completely drivable.
This one hit amused us as it pushed the rubber seal back without damaging it
This one hit amused us as it pushed the rubber seal back without damaging it
Bushes in the front yard got pruned in the storm. Front yard is still flooded out. The plastic piece is from the window shutter.
Bushes in the front yard got pruned in the storm.  Front yard is still flooded out.  The plastic piece is from the window shutter.
Buildup of the hailstones under the front door
Buildup of the hailstones under the front door
That light has seen better days
That light has seen better days
Closer look at the front yard flooding. At 11pm, this was still a pond.
Closer look at the front yard flooding.   At 11pm, this was still a pond.
Poor Mr. Peabody
Poor Mr. Peabody
After the Round 3 storm moved through (dropping more pea/marble sized hail and more rain) -- the clouds start to break and a rainbow is visible over the next door watertower
After the Round 3 storm moved through (dropping more pea/marble sized hail and more rain) -- the clouds start to break and a rainbow is visible over the next door watertower
As was the start of a beautiful sunset. This was 1 1/2 hours after the Round 2 storm, and 15 minutes after Round 3, but there is still hail at the base of the garage.
As was the start of a beautiful sunset.   This was 1 1/2 hours after the Round 2 storm, and 15 minutes after Round 3, but there is still hail at the base of the garage.
Sunset against the Round 3 storm
Sunset against the Round 3 storm
But then Round 4 starts to come in to the area, thankfully taking a more southernly track and saving the Fort from anything more than mostly pea sized hail
But then Round 4 starts to come in to the area, thankfully taking a more southernly track and saving the Fort from anything more than mostly pea sized hail
The next day, the skylight is still broken.
The next day, the skylight is still broken.
Shutters are still toast
Shutters are still toast
Mr. Peabody still somehow seemed to survive, if not his light.
Mr. Peabody still somehow seemed to survive, if not his light.
Bushes were still hail pruned
Bushes were still hail pruned
The cars are still dinged to hell
The cars are still dinged to hell
Crap
Crap
Crap
Crap
Crap
Crap
Crap
Crap
Crap
Crap
I ended up with a cracked headlight from a well placed stone
I ended up with a cracked headlight from a well placed stone
Hailstones were hard enough to do a number on the painted overhangs
Hailstones were hard enough to do a number on the painted overhangs
Garage door didnt fare much better
Garage door didnt fare much better
These little stones should be on the roof shingles, not on my driveway
These little stones should be on the roof shingles, not on my driveway
The potmarks in the shingles are visible from the ground. One well placed stone went through an edge shingle. But best I can tell, the roof held and there doesnt seem to be any water damage. (Knock on wood)
The potmarks in the shingles are visible from the ground.  One well placed stone went through an edge shingle.  But best I can tell, the roof held and there doesnt seem to be any water damage.  (Knock on wood)
Better lighting (and with the hail pits circled), same result
Better lighting (and with the hail pits circled), same result
Got on top of the roof to cover the skylight and inspect for damage. Only found more of the same
Got on top of the roof to cover the skylight and inspect for damage.  Only found more of the same
Ug. Inside layer had a spider crack. Few minutes more of the big stuff and this would be an open hole.
Ug.  Inside layer had a spider crack.  Few minutes more of the big stuff and this would be an open hole.
Looking up towards the crest of the roof, still more of the same
Looking up towards the crest of the roof, still more of the same
The whirly birds have seen better days. But not many more -- I only put these up last year. And I did it myself, so I was always a little concerned that I didn't do it right (and that I was going to slide off the top of a two story roof).

Guess I was good after all.
The whirly birds have seen better days.  But not many more -- I only put these up last year.  And I did it myself, so I was always a little concerned that I didn't do it right (and that I was going to slide off the top of a two story roof).  

Guess I was good after all.
Took a lickin, and keeps on spinin.

Thank you Lomanco -- I definitely got my money's worth with your whirlybird vents
Took a lickin, and keeps on spinin.
Thank you Lomanco -- I definitely got my money's worth with your whirlybird vents
Looking down the roof -- still more of the same
Looking down the roof -- still more of the same
Towards the front of the house -- still more of the same. One of the many roofer contractors who have been going door to door since Round 1 is waiting for me below
Towards the front of the house -- still more of the same.  One of the many roofer contractors who have been going door to door since Round 1 is waiting for me below
Got the skylight is tarped off with plastic and bungee cables


All and all -- this could have been FAR worse. But all is stabilized and now we're cleaning up. And working hard to avoid all the roofing contractors that are swarming into the neighborhood. Though we are also a bit weary that this was just the first storm event of the season. Seems like it's going to be a loooonnnnngggg spring.

Good times.

(Thank you WFAA.com for posting the radar images to your Twitter feed @wfaaweathertoo)

Update 7pm
Damage survey update -- we're heading into round 3, but was able to get out and see what's what in the meantime.

Where the first storm popped both the cars and a storm shutter, the second did it again about 4 times worse. If I were to guess, I would say Alicia and I have about 6K of damage to each of our cars. But the windows somehow stayed intact and both cars are completely driveable.

House took some additional (albeit minor) damage. Other storm shutter is now destroyed. Lost some fence planks and some landscape lighting.

Thankfully -- the roof seems to have held up, though there's probably shingle damage. Outer layer of the skylight shattered, but the inner layer held up somehow. Whirly bird attic vents also took a beating. All this said, there doesn't look like there is any water damage at the moment. Need to get up on the roof and in the attic to see for sure. We've had about 6 inches of rain (give or take) today. Seems like if there is any water leakage, it's going to stand out quick.

Round 3 hail is starting to kick in. More info as i've got it.

And most importantly -- Alicia, myself and the dogs are fine

Original Post
The brunt of the circulation in today's second severe storm went south of Fort Marcinko and never got closer than a mile or so. The hail in the second storm did however hit us square with golfball to baseball sized stones. But Alicia and I are fine. More info as things settle down and we have a chance to survey the damage. Call me on my cel if there are any questions

Crap (Updated)

Update 5:44PM
After seeing all the broken windshields and skylights less than 2 miles south and southwest of the Fort -- now realizing just how lucky I was this round.

Original Post
I really could have easily made it through the day without having the golfball sized hail. . .
Bits and pieces pilled up at the garage door
Bits and pieces pilled up at the garage door
Average size was marble -- with many golfball sized mixed throughout
Average size was marble -- with many golfball sized mixed throughout
Many many golfball sized
Many many golfball sized
Many many many golfball sized
Many many many golfball sized
Many hail storms over the eleven years I've been in Denton, but this was the first one to leave a mark on the house
Many hail storms over the eleven years I've been in Denton, but this was the first one to leave a mark on the house