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Severe thunderstorms, which can be accompanied by destructive hail, are among the most common and damaging natural disasters in the United States, accounting for more than half of annual reported insured losses since 1985.

In the past ten years, 2016 and 2019 showed the most severe hail behavior. For hail, the most exposed target is usually the one facing upward: the Roof. Roofs are costly and subject to relentless wear and tear from severe weather.

Listed below are 21 statistics about Roof Hail Damage in Oklahoma you might not know.

Oklahoma Hail Statistics

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  1. Based on Verisk’s permit details for the top 10 states for hail damage, the average completion time for a roof replacement from issuance of a permit ranges from 2 to 5 months. Colorado leads with an average of 2 months for completion, whereas in Oklahoma it may take upwards of 5 months.
  2. The geographic spread of events has grown beyond the traditional “hail alley”—a wedge of states in the Midwest historically deemed at higher risk for damaging hailstorms that extends through south and central Alberta, Canada, and into Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, reaching all the way to Oklahoma and Texas.
  3. Tulsa, the Highest Hail Occurrence Month from 1950-1997 is April and May. Monthly chances of 64% on April and 57% on May.
  4. Class 4 Impact-resistant roofing shingles: To receive a Class 4 rating, a roofing shingle must withstand having a 2-inch steel ball dropped multiple times from a height of 20 feet. For more perspective, if this same test is repeated on a 4-inch concrete paver, the force of the steel ball would crack the paver in half.
  5. The examples of properties that can be damaged due to hail or other severe weather. Aside from roof, the list includes cars, outdoor dining furniture, playground equipment, outdoor seating, walls, windows, etc.right roofer
  6. 13 years ago, the costliest hail storm on record in Oklahoma was $1 billion.
  7. In 2021, 6.8 million properties in the United States were affected by one or more damaging hailstorms. Oklahoma ranked 9th with estimated 204,382 properties affected.
  8. Oklahoma under State Tabulations for number of 214 Hail storms documented in Oklahoma in 2022.
  9. States With the Most Expected Hail Damage Losses per Capita in 2022 and Oklahoma ranks No.3 with $21.46 (Building and Population Losses per Capita $).
  10. For the Hail Map for Oklahoma City, Doppler Radar has detected hail at or near Oklahoma City, OK on 244 occasions, including 15 occasions during 2022.
  11. This is a partial listing for 2023, an increase in the number of hail events in Oklahoma, with 269 hailstorms documented in Oklahoma.
  12. April 2023, estimates are up to $350 million in residential losses alone.
  13. Hundreds of birds died from severe hail storms on July 2023. 
  14. The Top Recent Hail Date for Oklahoma City, OK is Wednesday, April 19, 2023 (7th out of 244).
  15. Many homeowners insurance policies contain deadlines to limit how long after a storm event you can file an insurance claim.
  16. 480,000 structures were hit with hail in one day alone on April 19, 2023.
  17. $126M is the amount State Farm Insurance paid out for hail claims in Oklahoma.
  18. State Farm payouts nationwide increased $1.0 billion from 2021 to 2022.
  19. Record for the largest hailstone in Oklahoma on May 23, 2011, a strong supercell thunderstorm moved across northern Kiowa County in southwestern Oklahoma and produced large, damaging hail. A hail research team recovered a large hailstone 2 miles north of Gotebo, OK that measured 6 inches in diameter.automobile hail damage
  20. In May 10 and 16, 2010, Oklahoma City had two major hailstorms separated by less than a week caused damage to large portions of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Damages from the first storm, May 10th, caused an estimated $595 million (USD) damage. The second storm May 16th, was expected to be around the same, totaling around $1 billion in damages.
  21. For the Top 10 States By Highest Hail Automotive Claim Frequency (2008-2014), Oklahoma ranks 3rd. Oklahoma Hail Automotive Claim Frequency is 18.4.

Learn more about this topic with an infographic style about Oklahoma hail damage statistics!

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