AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin meteorologists keep an extra-close eye on the weather on today’s date because of its historical significance.
While we do not have any severe weather in today’s forecast, March 25 has brought Austin’s three most expensive hailstorms:
- March 25, 1993
- 2” diameter hail (egg sized) in north and west Austin causes $125 million damage
- March 25, 2005
- 1-2” diameter hail (quarter to egg sized) across much of the city causes $100 million damage
- March 25, 2009
- 1.75″ diameter hail (golf ball sized) during the evening rush hour causes Austin’s costliest hailstorm in history — $160 million in damage
While this is an impressive statistic, not all of the area’s damaging hailstorms have come on today’s date. On April 20, 2006, 4.75″ diameter hail (larger than grapefruits!) pounded San Marcos. There was one injury at the outlet mall and 17,000 were vehicles damaged in the area. Updraft speeds inside of a thunderstorm must reach 125+ mph to grow hail to this size.