Denver Hail Storm; June 19th

Significant hail damage in northern Denver metro

Storm Produces Ping Pong Ball-Sized Hail in Northern Denver Metro

Storm Produces Ping Pong Ball-Sized Hail in Northern Denver Metro


A fast-moving storm Tuesday night left behind significant hail damage in northern Denver and many areas of Adams County, Colorado.

Jacob Hansen with Bayport Roofing and Siding of Louisville is climbing a lot of roofs across the region following the storm.

“It didn’t last very long, very sporadic, directional storm.  A lot of the hail wasn’t very large, but it did have golf ball mixed in with it.  When you start seeing hail that large, it can really start to do damage to a shingle,” Hansen said.

In Brighton, several roofs definitely got whacked.

“I’m really starting to see good damage on the west slope. There’s a nice big one right there,” Hansen said as he walked a roof off Sandpiper Lane.

Typically, insurance adjusters will look for at least six hail hits within a 10-by-10 area.  Experts say even if you think there’s a chance your roof got pinged, it’s good to call a reputable roofer and ask for a free inspection. If you don’t get it checked, damage can ultimately lead to more costly roof leaks.

“You can’t see this damage from the ground. We get up there. We take pictures of what we find if we find damage. We go over it with the homeowners, and we kind of assess if they should file a claim with their insurance company,” Hansen said.

What to do in a Hail Storm

Hail is fairly common in Colorado in the spring and early summer and being prepared on what to do during a storm can help protect you and your property. If hail begins to fall, take cover. If you are driving, stop if possible because the momentum of the vehicle can make the damage worse. Remember; protect yourself first before trying to save your car from those pesky dents.

How is hail formed?

Hail forms when strong currents of rising air, called updrafts, carry water droplets high enough in a thunderstorm for the water to freeze. More and more water freezes around the piece of ice, causing it to grow in size. Once the frozen pellet is too heavy for the updrafts to keep it within the cloud, it begins to fall. For the hail to grow, strong updrafts catch the falling hail and carry it upward again, adding new layers of ice

The stronger the updraft, the bigger the hailstones can grow with some updrafts over 100 mph.

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