Sunday night's hail storm certainly seemed to be intense, and historically that perception is holding up.

With hail the size of baseballs and softballs in many instances, the storm seemed to be a lot harsher than any in memory.

While Environment Canada doesn't hold records on how big of hail a storm produced, Meteorologist Terri Lang says there are a few factors that contributed to Sunday's terrifying system.

"I think one of the big factors, aside from how large the hail was, was how strong the winds were. We had wind gusts to 113 kilometers per hour measured at the airport and, of course, could have been stronger elsewhere. When you combine that with hailstones, some almost the size of baseballs, it's going to inflict some pretty good damage."

While wind speed is a major contributor Lang says the right hail system can create damage even with calmer air.

"The larger the hailstones you have, the more damage it can do, particularly when you get towards ping pong size, golf ball size hail without any wind, it can still do quite a bit of damage. It shreds trees, it breaks windows., it dents cars, it dents siding, that type of thing, and the larger you go, the worse it gets."

"Sometimes we get quite jagged hail that can really do a lot of damage, but when you start adding in winds that are blowing it, it actually can inflict a lot more damage and just goes. Exponentially when the wind speeds increase and the hailstone gets bigger."

Another way to measure how much damage was caused by storms is to go through insurance claims, with Sunday's system creating over 1200 auto claims and 230 property claims for SGI.

Spokesperson Tyler McMurchy says it's not a perfect system for storm intensity as there are a number of factors that influence claims.

"The storm season can vary even year to year. For example, last year we didn't see a high number of major storms in Saskatchewan whatsoever, but other years, we've definitely seen some major storms roll through different parts of the province."

"Depending on the population area where these storms occur, more people might be affected or less. You might see more insurance claims if a storm happens to hit an urban centre like Estevan or a bigger one like Moose Jaw or Saskatoon."