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What to Expect From Summer Thunderstorms

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

Summer thunderstorm Did you know that there can be great variation in the severity of summer thunderstorms?

We see thunderstorms often during the summer months, as there is an increased risk of thunderstorms due to atmospheric conditions. All the while, there can be great variation in the severity of such storms. This blog, in conversation with data compiled by NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory, will dig into everything you need to know about different types of thunderstorms you may see during the summer, including what you should expect from them. Read on for an overview of various summer thunderstorm categories and the ways in which SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall can help remedy any storm damage acquired by your home or commercial property in the aftermath of a storm.

Single-Cell Thunderstorm

It isn’t difficult to encounter a single-cell thunderstorm, especially on a hot summer afternoon. Single-cell storms are usually short and weak, typically concluding within an hour. Although they are short, they can still be powerful, as they often produce heavy rain and lightning.

Multi-Cell Thunderstorms

While single-cell thunderstorms are short storms, multi-cell thunderstorms can last much longer. Multi-cell thunderstorms are stronger  than single-cell thunderstorms. These storms instead produce heavier rain, which may result in flooding, hail, strong winds, and even tornadoes. 

Squall Line

A squall line consists of a line of thunderstorms, occurring one after the other. Like multi-cell thunderstorms, squall lines produce high winds and heavy rain, but they are less likely to initiate tornadoes and they generally pass over areas in a shorter amount of time. It is also possible to encounter a “super squall,” which can last longer. 


Have you ever experienced a derecho? It is an extremely rare weather event, characterized by a long, strong storm, featuring fast-moving thunderstorms and downpours, alongside strong winds. The destruction left behind from a derecho often resembles that of a tornado. All the while, it is important to remember that you are unlikely to encounter these kinds of storms frequently.

Have Storm Damage? SERVPRO Can Help

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall is here to help in the event that your home or business endures storm damage this summer as a result of any type of storm. Trust the skills and expertise of our highly-trained storm damage restoration technicians, who utilize advanced technology to provide customers with top-quality Storm Damage Restoration services. Find additional resources before help arrives on our SERVPRO of Harrisburg West website, like our Water and Storm Damage Tips page. You can also find information about the larger SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, which is made up of SERVPRO teams across the country and serves as a tool that allows us to compile resources in the event of large storm events. To learn more about how SERVPRO of Harrisburg West can make it “Like it never even happened” for your residential or commercial property, give us a call at (717) 510-6779.

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