THE EFFECTS OF HAIL ON YOUR ASHBURN HOME
A hail storm can have devastating effects on your home. Each year, the effects of hail damage cost Americans around $1 billion dollars. Throughout your home’s exterior, hail damage manifests itself in different ways. Here’s what to look for:
Roofing-When hail hits your roof; it can cause the granules on your shingles to loosen. One of the main purposes of the granules is to safeguard your roof from the sun & precipitation. Granule loss will accelerate the deterioration of your roof as it is no longer protected from nature’s elements. In some cases, this can mean a leaky roof. A quick way
to verify whether your shingles have been damaged is to look at your gutter’s downspouts. If you notice a significant amount of roofing granules collecting, it’s a sign that your roof may have been damaged in a hailstorm. Your roof vents and flashing will often show indentations if hail has occurred. Even without seeing this, it is a good idea to work with a reputable professional to evaluate whether your roof has been compromised. Some effects of hail are not immediately evident; a roof can be weakened by hail, but not fail for a year or two. Hail can void your roofing manufacturer’s warranty, another reason it’s important to have your roof evaluated if you suspect hail damage.
Siding- Because siding can be fabricated from different materials, the way that hail damages it can vary. Vinyl siding holds up quite well to denting, however, if hit hard enough its pliability may be compromised and breaks, cracks or holes can occur. Wood
and metal siding can dent from hail; the amount is determined by the size of the hail, angle that it falls at and how fast it is traveling when it makes contact. The best time to inspect your siding for damage is early in the morning or at dusk. This will make indentations easier to see. The winds that often occur during hailstorms can also cause your siding to pull away from your home.
Windows- Hail storms can damage windows. Signs that your windows have been affected by hail are: a damaged window frame, broken glass, holes and cracks. Denting of
your window sashes, wraps and frames is not always easily detectable. A trick is to run your hand along these areas to see if you feel any indentations. However, when in doubt, consult a professional.
Gutters- Gutters are placed close to your roof line and are susceptible to damage. If you find that you have hail damage on your roof, it’s likely that your gutters were damaged as
well, though it may be tricky for you to tell standing on the ground. Be sure to have them evaluated by a professional who will be able to detect indentations caused by the storm
Unlike graupel, which is made of rime, and ice pellets, which are smaller and translucent, hailstones consist mostly of water ice and measure between 5 millimetres (0.2 in) and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter. The METAR reporting code for hail 5 mm (0.20 in) or greater is GR, while smaller hailstones and graupel are coded GS.
Hail is possible within most thunderstorms as it is produced by cumulonimbi, and within 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) of the parent storm. Hail formation requires environments of strong, upward motion of air with the parent thunderstorm (similar to tornadoes) and lowered heights of the freezing level. In the mid-latitudes, hail forms near the interiors of continents, while in the tropics, it tends to be confined to high elevations.
There are methods available to detect hail-producing thunderstorms using weather satellites and weather radar imagery. Hailstones generally fall at higher speeds as they grow in size, though complicating factors such as melting, friction with air, wind, and interaction with rain and other hailstones can slow their descent through Earth’s atmosphere. Severe weather warnings are issued for hail when the stones reach a damaging size, as it can cause serious damage to human-made structures and, most commonly, farmers’ crops.
Hail is a form of solid precipitation. It is distinct from American sleet (called ice pellets outside of the United States), though the two are often confused. It consists of balls or irregular lumps of ice, each of which is called a hailstone. Sleet (ice pellets) falls generally in cold weather while hail growth is greatly inhibited during cold surface temperatures.
Ashburn, Virginia had 20 hail reports within 10 miles of the city center located at (39.04372, -77.48749) in 2016. The largest report of hail in 2016 near Ashburn was 1.00 inches about 2 weeks ago. The zipcode with the highest number of damaging hail reports near Ashburn in 2016 is 20148, with 1 reports
Loudoun county had 9 hail reports within 10 miles of the city center located at (25.77427, -80.19366) in 2012. The largest report of hail in 2016 near Ashburn was 3.00 inches about 4 years ago. The zipcode with the highest number of damaging hail reports near Loundon county in 2016, 20147,20148 with 2 reports.
Hail and thunderstorms are occuring in the Loundon county area. The storms brought rain and pea size hailt o parts of loundon county.
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Ashburn, Virginia (population: 43511) had 2 hail reports within 10 miles of the city center located at (39.04372, -77.48749) in 2016. The largest report of hail in 2016 near Ashburn was 1.00 inches about 2 weeks ago. The zipcode with the highest number of damaging hail reports near Ashburn in 2016 is 20148, with 1 reports