thun·​der·​storm | \ ˈthən-dər-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce thunderstorm (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Residents reported dead and dying birds between 8 and 9 p.m. on Sunday, around the time a thunderstorm moved through the area, Scott County Conservation Agent Andrew Mothershead said in a statement. Fox News, "Thunderstorm in Missouri blamed for deaths of more than 1,000 birds in one town, officials say," 5 Mar. 2020 Missouri Sikeston: Strong winds from a thunderstorm are being blamed for the deaths of more than 1,000 birds, all of them found in this southeast Missouri town. USA TODAY, "Can-Am Crown, basilica declaration, landfill park: News from around our 50 states," 5 Mar. 2020 While a few spotty showers may develop during the day, the best rain chances will hold off until evening, when a strong cold front will blow through North Texas, generating showers and a few thunderstorms. Dallas News, "Rain returns on Sunday," 8 Feb. 2020 An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed into the Mediterranean after taking off from Beirut in a fierce thunderstorm; all 90 people aboard were killed., "This day in history," 25 Jan. 2020 An hour before Friday’s show, a thunderstorm brings rain to the arena. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 The chance for rain and possibly a thunderstorm is also high moving into Friday night, when temperatures will stay near the high 50s, according to the NWS. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville could see record high temperatures this weekend with 'multiple waves of rain'," 9 Jan. 2020 Overnight showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 9 p.m., then a chance of showers. Sarah Brookbank,, "Cincinnati weather: 3 inches of rain and a high near 70 this weekend," 9 Jan. 2020 The forecast office in Phoenix said light to moderate rain will spread across southern and central Arizona on Thursday night, with some lingering showers and maybe a few thunderstorms on Friday. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Wet weather, snow across Arizona isn't over yet, says National Weather Service," 25 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of thunderstorm

1652, in the meaning defined above

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15 Mar 2020

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“Thunderstorm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of thunderstorm

: a storm with lightning and thunder


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: a storm with thunder and lightning

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