Most people would think that ice is a problem limited to the winter and spring months, but sadly for us South Carolinians, we know that that isn’t the case. Even in the heat of July and August—long after we’ve said our goodbyes to snow and frost—we get the occasional hailstorm. The latest reports came in early this month: quarter-size hail within a 10-mile radius of Columbia. And there’s nothing to say that that’s the last we’ll see of hail season this year.
Jaime McLeod over at Farmers’ Almanac explains why this happens in the middle of summer:
Hailstorms are more common during the summer than at any other time of the year, mainly because violent thunderstorms are more common during the summer.
Hailstones form inside massive thunderhead clouds that can tower at heights of up to 50,000 feet. While the lower regions of these storms contain warm air, the upper regions are below freezing. Updrafts within the storm system can force raindrops up into these higher regions, causing them to freeze into ice crystals. These ice particles can be pitched up and down several times causing them to partially melt and refreeze, adding layers over time, and even combining with others, until they finally become too heavy and fall to the ground.
Hailstones can range in size from smaller than a marble to larger than a bowling ball, though the average is slightly smaller than a golf ball, at about an inch and a half in diameter.
Regardless of hailstone size, hailstorms can leave a lot of damage in their wake. As the part of your house most exposed to the elements, your roof takes the brunt of the abuse, as Spartanburg SC roofers are well aware. The worst part is that for the most part, hail damage tends to go unnoticed until leaks or bigger cracks form. Shingle and flat roofs are especially good at hiding hail damage.
This is why calling in a professional for a thorough roof inspection is a must after hail season, all the more because a wet autumn and a cold winter can cause massive and costly damage to a roof structure that’s already been weakened by hail.
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(Article Excerpt from Summer Ice Storms?!, Farmers’ Almanac; July 21, 2014)