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What to Expect from Summer Storms This Year

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Are you prepared? Learn more about the latest weather predictions for this summer and how you can be safe out there during storm season.

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Are you prepared? Learn more about the latest weather predictions for this summer and how you can be safe out there during storm season.

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Storm season is coming.

Summer vacation time (June through August) typically brings some of the most severe weather of the year, including tornadoes, hurricanes and downpours that can lead to flooding. If you’re curious about what’s in store, here’s what the experts are expecting in 2019:


After hurricanes Florence and Michael rocked the Southern Atlantic states in 2018, and Harvey, Irma and Maria caused record-setting damage in 2017, forecasters expect a quieter year in 2019. Researchers at Colorado State University are predicting below-average hurricane activity in 2019, with five hurricanes expected to reach landfall vs. 6.4 in a typical year. The center expects only two major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5) in 2019 instead of 2.7 in an average year.

Strong Storms

The Colorado State University forecasters expect 13 named storms (tropical or subtropical) in 2019, which is about the same as we would see in a typical year (12.1), but they should last fewer total days than average (50 days vs. the average of 59.4 days). This could result in less damage or people affected than in a typical year.


Ready for a hot summer? The National Weather Service says the Western and Eastern thirds of the country can expect higher-than-normal temperatures throughout the summer, while the central Plains states should expect lower-than-average temperatures.


Expect to get a little wetter than usual this summer. The National Weather Service says it expects most of the U.S. to have higher-than-average rainfall during June, July and August — the exceptions being a portion of the Pacific Northwest near the coast and southern Arizona, which will see totals that are below average. Of all the U.S. regions, the central Rockies is most likely to see higher-than-normal rainfall.

How to Prepare

Regardless of where you live, it’s smart to prepare for severe weather. OnStar Crisis Assist*16a can help with OnStar Advisors available to provide critical aid during emergencies such as a hurricane, tornado, flood or even a man-made accident, like an explosion or chemical spill.

A specially trained Advisor can provide you with information about the crisis, help route you away from danger and connect you with loved ones. For more information on OnStar Crisis Assist, including helpful tips on preparing for severe weather, visit these pages:

Be Prepared for a Tornado with OnStar Crisis Assist

Be Prepared for Flooding with OnStar Crisis Assist

Be Prepared for Hurricanes with OnStar Crisis Assist