IBHS Groundbreaking Hail Field Study Underway



2015 IBHS Hail Field Study


May 6 – TBD, 2015


Central Plains States (TX, OK, KS, CO, NE, IA, MO, and others as weather conditions dictate)


IBHS and Penn State University


WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 7, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — IBHS is conducting a major field research effort to study hailstones and hailstorms aimed at reducing property damage and improving weather forecast models and radar detection of hail. As part of this effort, IBHS is studying hailstorms in the Central Plains region in an attempt to better understand the characteristics of damaging hail.

The field study will provide valuable data and insights for shaping ongoing work at the IBHS Research Center. IBHS evaluates the characteristics of natural hailstones to accurately manufacture hailstones that are as close as possible to Mother Nature’s at the IBHS Research Center. Previous IBHS field study data were used when the Institute re-created a full-scale indoor hailstorm in February 2013.


Brent Henzi (850) 879-0156 or to arrange interviews with IBHS research scientists.

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About The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)

IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific research and communications organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks on residential and commercial property by conducting building science research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparedness practices.

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