The National Weather Service offices in the Central Region has implemented an increased hail size criteria for severe storms. Beginning this year, hail of 1" in diameter is needed in order for a storm to reach severe limits because of hail (the wind criteria of 58 mph. has remained the same). There has been discussion about this, and Kansas implemented a trial period of the change last year which prompted some positive responses.
Basically two reasons have spawned this change:
- Current research shows that hail needs to be 1" to cause any real property damage
- Too many storms reaching severe limits cause desensitization of the public when many severe storm warnings are posted. With fewer storm warnings, it is the NWS hopes that the public will take them more seriously.
Watch the informational video here.