rain·​storm ˈrān-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce rainstorm (audio)
: a storm of or with rain

Examples of rainstorm in a Sentence

we ran into a big rainstorm on Highway 6, and the visibility was so poor we had to pull over
Recent Examples on the Web Continued subsidence, paired with rising seas, rising groundwater levels and more intense rainstorms could leave South Florida at risk of more frequent and more intense floods. Alex Harris, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024 Similarly cold conditions can be anticipated tonight before temperatures turn somewhat milder to end the workweek and a rainstorm heads our way. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2024 Following sporadic rainstorms in the subsequent years, severe winter flooding in 1978 claimed 10 lives and left thousands homeless. Kira Caspers, The Arizona Republic, 13 Mar. 2024 California emergency response teams now coordinate with the National Weather Service to warn people on social media platforms of mudflow risk in the days preceding big rainstorms. Audrey Gray, WIRED, 24 Feb. 2024 Fourteen years ago, an unexpectedly powerful, slow-moving rainstorm unleashed a torrent of mud that inundated more than 40 homes in La Cañada Flintridge, a far cry from an initial forecast of a light to moderate rainstorm. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024 Point Loma Nazarene was thrown a curve just days before the 2024 season began, when the rainstorm that swamped San Diego created a sinkhole in the outfield at Carroll B. Land Stadium. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2024 Power went out at City Hall early Tuesday in the midst of a rainstorm that has been battering most of Southern California since early Monday. Destiny Torres, Orange County Register, 6 Feb. 2024 The city reported a quarter of the normal annual total rainfall in the 24 hours ending 4 p.m. on Sept. 7 during a black rainstorm, just shy of the record amount in May 1889. Jordan Fabian, Fortune, 24 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rainstorm was in 1799

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“Rainstorm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rainstorm. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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rain·​storm -ˌstȯ(ə)rm How to pronounce rainstorm (audio)
: a storm of or with rain

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