In their popular 1972 hit song “Stuck in the Middle”, Stealers Wheel sang “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you.”
When it comes to hail, being in the middle really matters. Most hailstorms occur in a long vertical path that cuts through the middle of the United States, from South Dakota south to Texas. The four states that receive the most hail (according to research by Weather Fusion) are Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. Several areas in those states receive hail an inch in diameter or larger five times or more each year.
The map above illustrates the threat that hail poses in the middle of the country.
Hail and its accompanying ally wind are the two biggest contributors to roof damage. Every year billions of dollars of damage are caused to roofs in the U.S. alone. If you fear hail and wind has damaged your roof, consult with a commercial roofing specialist.