With 2023 all wrapped up, its time to reflect on the hail season and advise on what is to come in 2024.

2023 Compared to 2022

In 2022, the four largest storms impacted an estimated 802k, 193k, 89k, and 47k households, totaling over 1.1 million in total. The hail size among these storms ranges from .5" to 1.5" inches in diameter. The time of the largest hail size was during the storm that impacted 193k households.

In 2023, Minnesota experienced a larger peak in hail size while impacting fewer homes overall in the year. The four largest storms impacted 344k, 7k, 4k, and less than 100 households, respectively. The hail size ranged from .5" to 2.5" in diameter, with the 2.5" appearing in the same storm that impacted 344k.

To summarize these differences, 2022 saw many more houses impacted, whereas 2023 saw fewer houses impacted, but the impact of those affected was larger.

Expectations for 2024

While it is impossible to predict weather to a point of certainty, there are reports on predicted seasonal precipitation for 2024.

According to the climate prediction center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, between the months of April and August, there are equal chances for above-normal and below-normal precipitation (also known as near-normal).

To elaborate, there is an equal chance of more precipitation, equal precipitation, and less precipitation than normal (each at 33.33%). This report was posted on January 18, 2024.

See the chart below for how this compares to other regions.

How to Prepare

With seemingly equal chances or more and less precipitation than usual, it's important to prepare for anything. The best way to do so is to stay on top of severe weather alerts in your area, and when something is on the horizon, be sure to take the measures needed to protect cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles. 

Take notes on the state of your roof, gutters, siding, and windows before a storm so that damage is easier to identify once it has happened.

After the passing of a storm, there is no harm in scheduling a completely free home damage inspection with Capital. Our professionals know best how to track down and and can even give insight on how the storm affected neighbors or the surrounding areas.