thun·​der·​storm | \ ˈthən-dər-ˌstȯrm \

Definition of thunderstorm

: a storm accompanied by lightning and thunder

Examples of thunderstorm in a Sentence

There are thunderstorms in the forecast. The weather service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning.

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Showers and thunderstorms will be ongoing across the Gulf Coast thanks to a trailing cold front stalled across the region. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Much colder air moving into the Northern Plains, watching Hurricane Rosa bring possible flooding to the Southwest," 28 Sep. 2018 Friday is shaping up to be sunny and warm, but showers and thunderstorms are possible this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Emily Sweeney,, "Friday will be sunny and pleasant, but thunderstorms possible this weekend," 13 July 2018 The collection of showers and thunderstorms that once formed Hurricane Beryl is sweeping over Puerto Rico, causing mudslides and power outages on the island, which is still recovering from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Maria last September. Alex Harris And Kyra Gurney, miamiherald, "21,000 homes, businesses without power as Hurricane Beryl's remains sweep Puerto Rico," 9 July 2018 Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4 p.m. Increasing clouds, with a high near 91. Sarah Brookbank,, "Cincinnati weather: Forecast says hot, sunny week ahead," 9 July 2018 Showers and thunderstorms also are likely in the evening, tapering off after midnight. Stephen Hudak,, "Orlando weather: Mostly cloudy, highs in the low 90s, thunderstorms after 3 p.m.," 6 July 2018 Kansas City got off to a rainy start as a line of showers and thunderstorms moved into the metro area early Tuesday morning. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Severe storms with hail, winds, lightning possible in KC area as dangerous heat looms," 26 June 2018 This flight finally gave us a bit of a challenge with some thunderstorms to maneuver around. Georgia Dean, Condé Nast Traveler, "Co-Piloting a 54-Day Flight With My Dad: Dispatch #5," 17 Oct. 2018 That was the last drama of extra time and with thunderstorms providing a fittingly dramatic soundtrack, the match went all the way to penalties., "Spain 1-1 Russia (3-4 Pens): Hosts Shock La Roja on Penalties After Dogged Defensive Display," 1 July 2018

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1652, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of thunderstorm

: a storm with lightning and thunder


thun·​der·​storm | \ ˈthən-dər-ˌstȯrm \

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: a storm with thunder and lightning

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