I became aware of a chaser's recent grilling on social media for breaking a windshield in baseball-sized hail, after making a report of it, no less. I have to say, what's up with that? Hail damage is one of the most uncontroversial storm chasing phenomenons ever. Nearly every long-time chaser has had at least one window loss, and dents are so common they are part of the quintessential chase vehicle that has seen any real action. When you get in the vicinity of supercells on a regular basis (barring keeping yourself so far away that you're always in the nosebleed seats), you are going to have a hail risk. That can come from the storm you're on, new storms going up nearby, or encountering limited road options. Storms can lob rogue baseballs far to the east of the meso into what normally is a precip-free viewing position. Few chasers intentionally drive into baseballs or softballs. Windows are expensive to replace, and a break can end your chase and sideline you for the next day. My point is, hail happens. It's part of the game. It's out of line to lambast any chaser for getting a spider crack in their windshield, something that nearly everyone who's done this for more than a decade has had happen. I get a few new dents every season, and now use hail guards to limit the glass breakage risk. This has increased my safety factor: I now never have to worry about an escape route blocked by potential large hail. I'm not saying have a completely cavalier attitude toward large hail. A 100mph sideways softball barrage can be dangerous to vehicle occupants, and broken glass can be a hazard during repeated windshield hits. But those extreme events are rare. Most large hail poses a vehicle damage risk, and not much else. Auto glass is expensive, and anyone who doesn't prepare for damage (either financially or with hail guards) will find this out soon enough. As long as you're not claiming hail damage on your insurance, a broken window hurts no one. I'm all for a pro-safety attitude, but in my opinion, this one crosses the line into unreasonable criticism.