All Verisk Climate Benchmark™ Hail and Wind History Reports are $39.99 with volume discounts available. Benchmark Lightning Reports are $94.99. Benchmark Hail map or Wind map order pricing depends on the time length of the subscription. Single day Hail Maps for a metro area are $199.99. Subscriptions of 3 months ($999.99), 6 months ($1499.99), and 12 months ($1999.99) are also available. For custom reports, our meteorologists will review all available information and send a price confirmation within a few hours after placing your order so you can review the cost as well as all other information.
Benchmark Hail Maps, Lightning Reports, and Hail History Reports are all available within minutes! For custom weather orders, it can take up to 3 business days for our meteorologists to gather the data necessary to complete your report.
Filling out the comments box is optional, but if you have any information you’d like our meteorologists to know about your request feel free to fill it out.
For instant reports such as Benchmark Lightning Report, Hail History Report, and Hail Map, your data will be generated through the website. You’ll also receive an email once the report is complete. For custom weather orders, our meteorologists will send you a confirmation email with an order number.
Yes! Full web functionality is available through smartphones and tablets on their browsers. In addition, the Benchmark Mobile app provides access to previously ordered reports and maps on the iOS platform.
We verify the latest scientific algorithms with analysis of claims in the industry. As a division of Verisk Analytics (ISO), we have access to industry claims information for hail, wind and other perils, which we use to calibrate our algorithms. Our hail detection uses the latest techniques including dual pol radar. Our meteorologists have over 100 combined years of experience with hail and wind detection. Our user-friendly reports are the most widely deployed by the insurance industry and their service provider partners.
Benchmark Hail Maps are loaded with familiar and new features! Take a look a the list below which outlines just a few:
  • Benchmark Hail Maps include 14 levels of hail size ranging from 0.75” to 4.0″ diameter in 0.25″ diameter increments for storms after February, 2012.
  • No cumbersome mapping plug-ins required.
  • Improved printing for Benchmark Hail Maps. One button printing is fully integrated within the map viewer application. No more “hoop jumping” (multiple steps) to produce a printed map
  • You can buy Hail Maps for metro areas for the price of $199.99/day – Or subscribe for longer timeframes!
  • Improved hail detection and diagnosis technology rooted in research by atmospheric scientists at the National Severe Storms Laboratory
  • As always, multi-radar identification of hailstorms throughout the Continental US
  • Unique post-processing of hail detection data to add coherency to final hail swaths
  • Improved mapping and usability. Also works on tablets, e.g. iPad. Interactive map-based ordering process ensures that you get what you need
  • Order process provides better service to customers should questions arise or when assistance is needed
Simply choose a date with hail in the metro area you want to subscribe to, then choose the start date of your subscription, as well as the length of the subscription. The price will automatically be calculated and you can submit payment at the time of the order. For full state, multi-state regions or multi-day subscriptions, please contact us and we can set up your subscription.
Yes, for one day/one metro area pricing is $199.99.
Whether you have purchased a subscription or just one day, click on the Benchmark Hail Maps tab on the map, and any purchased states/metros are located under “Purchased”. You can also search by state for your purchased maps by clicking on the state name, then clicking “View Purchased Days” which will then show you all days you’ve bought where hail has occurred.
For many metropolitan areas that extend across two states, you can purchase the metro region. Otherwise, if there is a region we don’t currently show for purchase through the site, please contact us and we may be able to create a custom region that meets your needs for a customized price.
Benchmark Hail Reports help to verify a reported date of loss at an address. Often there wasn’t hail on the reported date of loss and the claims adjuster can see other likely dates of potentially damaging hail.
Benchmark Hail Maps are intended to provide general areas of hail fall on a particular day or during a subscription time.
For an address – Benchmark Hail Reports allow you to enter in the address of interest and the reported date of loss, and the report will show the dates when hail occurred at the address. Often the Benchmark Hail History Report is sufficient. Or, if needed, you can order a custom report for more verification.
For a general area – the Benchmark Hail Maps product will show you any days with hail in the state/metro you’re interested in. It will also tell you the largest hail analyzed within the view, and will show any observation of hail called into the National Weather Service. If you want to purchase that day, you can click on “buy” to bring up the order form.
We can provide hail reports for any location in the continental US. If you need a report in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or parts of Canada or Mexico close to the US border, please contact us and we’ll let you know of availability.
Benchmark Hail Reports are based on the Verisk Climate Benchmark hail history database and provide a list of potential hail dates. The Benchmark Hail Report focuses on a specific location address. The Benchmark Hail Map shows hail size throughout an entire metro area. To determine general hailfall areas, Benchmark Hail Maps might be a better bet.
Since Benchmark Hail Maps update in near realtime, you can get an idea for where hail has fallen while it’s still falling, instead of waiting until after the storms have already all passed and you’ve heard about them from other sources.
Zoom in on the area you want to print, then click on the printer icon above the dates. This will open a printer friendly window that will display the map, the swaths, the legend, and the time. Then you can print as you normally would.
In addition to the reported hail locations, the reported locations of wind and tornado can also be displayed.
Wind data is available as a separate map, which may be purchased for the same day.
Only dates where hail 0.75” or greater was analyzed within your chosen region and chosen date range will be displayed. Therefore, no hail was detected on any dates that don’t show up in your list.
Reported hail locations are called in by trained spotters, broadcast media, and other sources, and posted by the National Weather Service. Unless the spotter provides detailed information about their location, the National Weather Service places the report in the center of town, regardless of where the hail report actually occurred. For example, if a spotter calls in a report from far northeast Dallas, the National Weather Service will place this report in downtown Dallas, even though that location may not have even received hail. It’s also possible that information about the hail report was incorrect, whether it was the location or the size of the hail, and a correction was later issued.
The hailswaths are drawn independently of the hail observations called in. If no observations appear on the map, it doesn’t mean the hail didn’t happen, just that no one called it in. Also, if the hail observations are smaller than what our hailswaths detected, it doesn’t mean those were the largest hailstones in those areas.
Use either the scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom in or out, or the zoom +/- buttons in the upper right hand corner of the map.
We began analyzing 14-contour Benchmark Hail Maps in February 2012. Before that, only two hail sizes were analyzed: 0.75-2”, and 2”+.
No, Benchmark Hail Maps are not available here, but if you need hail verification in either of these areas, please contact us, and we can check data availability and find a solution for your needs.
Of course! However, if you just need a general overview of hail and are looking for something interactive and available immediately, we’d recommend a Benchmark Hail Map.
Since a meteorologist examines and analyzes the data, a custom report of over a week would be time-consuming and not very cost-efficient to you, the customer.
Definitely any time after 2001. Reports prior to that can be ordered, but before proceeding, our meteorologists will check data availability.
Benchmark Hail Reports rely on our Benchmark Hail History archive which goes back to 2009. For earlier dates, we can provide a custom assessment based on the reported locations of hail called into the National Weather Service.
Upon request at time of ordering, we will stand behind any custom report reviewed by a meteorologist. Our meteorologists have given depositions and testimonies, and custom reports have been permissible in court.
For 2009-2013, Benchmark Hail Maps run from 7 AM CDT to 7 AM CDT, as this is the “convective day”. So if the storm occurred at 3 AM on May 26, you’ll actually need to purchase May 25. For 2014 and forward, the day runs from 1AM CDT to 1AM CDT, so you would purchase May 26.
Benchmark Lightning Report is an address and date(s) specific verification of the occurrence of lightning on the earth’s surface. Benchmark Lightning Reports make use of an extensive lightning observation network to accurately validate the presence or absence of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.
Benchmark Lightning Reports are 95% accurate in reporting the presence (one or more strokes detected within a 1 mile radius) or absence (zero strikes detected within a 5 mile radius) of lightning.
A basic Benchmark Lightning Report sells for $94.99 and includes the written report for up to a 72 hour search period, a print-out of lightning strike data and a full color map. Please see our Pricing page for full details.
The lightning archive data are available from May 15, 2009 forward.
This indicates that no lightning strikes were present within a mile, so our system automatically expands to a 5 mile radius to let you know if there may have been other strikes in the area.
Lightning and thunder can be seen and heard from significant distances. The property owner may have observed distant lightning or a variety of cloud-to-cloud lightning. Lightning from further distances may also cause power surges. We also suggest double checking your facts as to the date of the search and the address of the property in question. If there is still a question, we can check additional sources to see if there were any outages.
We stand behind every lightning report we produce. If you need technical expertise to assist in a legal case, see our experts page or contact us for phone consultation, deposition and court appearances. Hourly fees quoted upon request. We have 4 Certified Consulting Meteorologists on staff and available for deposition. Our reports are 100% litigation tested.
Yes, we have many qualified meteorologists, including four Certified Consulting Meteorologists on staff. Hourly fees quoted upon request.
Lightning reports from different lightning networks will usually be highly similar; however, any given lightning strike can be measured slightly differently. An “apples-to-apples” comparison would be to compare the binary results, i.e. the presence or absence of lightning, in a given lightning report from each network. While the network we utilize is the newest and most state-of-art lightning detection network, customers of lightning verification reports should not make the assumption that any single network is 100% accurate. Also, if one report shows more strikes than the other, that does not indicate the one with more strikes is more accurate.
For medium or large quantities of lightning or hail claims we recommend using our Benchmark for XactAnalysis service. Many customers use this service to automate the reports for claim assignments to keep the report associated with the claim record.
The custom report pricing is $150/hour of effort. When an order is placed, our meteorologists will review your request and determine the estimated amount of effort to complete the report. The minimum amount for a custom report is $300. This price is typical for fairly straightforward reports with time periods up to a few days. Prices increase as the complexity and time period searched increases. If the meteorologist has any questions or concerns, they will contact you prior to sending a price confirmation. Otherwise, if the request appears fairly straightforward, you may receive a price confirmation without a meteorologist calling you.
Verisk Climate will introduce Benchmark Wind Reports and Maps during Q2 of 2014. The reports will display a listing of the wind gusts on the reported date of loss, as well as prior and subsequent events with potentially damaging wind gusts. The Benchmark Wind Maps will provide maps showing areas of strong wind gusts, using the same display framework as the Benchmark Hail Maps. Benchmark Wind data provides measures of wind gusts at high resolution, based on large-scale winds as well as localized thunderstorm wind gusts.
The Verisk Climate Respond™ service provides forecasts and analysis of hurricane tracks and maximum winds. This service delivers forecasts out to 5 days in advance, with 1km resolution detail for maximum winds expected from the hurricane.
We would use the nearest weather sensors to the location of interest to paint the best picture of what may have occurred at the location during that time. If there is additional information you want the meteorologist to know that could help in customizing the report to your needs, please include a note in the comments section or contact us.
Hail History Reports show the Hail Size for the property location, and also within the nearest 5 miles.
Users are able to view maps with contours of Hail Size, which is the estimated diameter of hailstones reaching the ground.
Hail History Reports show the Hail Size, Hail Probability, and Wind Gust for the property location, and also within the nearest 5 miles.
Enterprise users are able to view maps with contours of Hail Size. For storms after 2/1/2014, enterprise users are also able to view maps with contours of Hail Probability. This additional variable provides a measure of the certainty of hail occurring at the ground at those locations.
Hail Probability gives a measure of the likelihood of ¾” diameter or larger hail falling at the given location.
Hail Size gives a measure of the largest hail stone size expected at the location for that day. The Hail Probability is the chance that damaging hail occurred there.