Are city dwellers safer from hail?


Donald Gansauer, in Canton, asks: “Is there any evidence that hailstorms occur more in rural areas than urban areas?” There is, but then most of our land mass is rural. Using data from the National Climatic Data Center, mapped 18 years of hail reports. The highest risk fell between the Rockies and the Mississippi, where most of the land is open plains. But cities there are vulnerable, too. The highest urban hail risk in the U.S. is in Amarillo, Tulsa and Wichita. 

(PHOTO: Oklahoma City hailstorm/ AP/ Sue Ogrocki, May 2010)

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