When the Sky Is Falling
Across the nation, hailstorms cause an average of $1 billion in damage each year to property and crops.
OUR STATE IS AT THE CENTER OF THE MOST HAIL-PRONE REGION, and from March through June Oklahomans batten down the hatches and hope to weather the storm without significant losses.
This February, I attended the first-ever full-scale artificial hailstorm designed to test how different types of roofing and siding perform during the real thing. The simulation, produced by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) Research Center in South Carolina, consisted of approximately 10,000 hailstones of varying sizes fired from multi-barreled air cannon arrays that hung 60 feet above the test sampling.
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