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 Most of San Antonio was under a severe thunderstorm watch from early evening until about 11 p.m. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, "Photos: San Antonians share images of hail as big as baseballs," 4 May 2021 The Alabama counties in the severe thunderstorm watch are: Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Jefferson, Lowndes, Montgomery, Perry, Shelby, Walker, Marion, Winston, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa. Leigh Morgan, al, "Enhanced risk for severe weather in Alabama today; severe thunderstorm watch issued," 9 Apr. 2021 There is still a severe thunderstorm watch for eastern Tennessee until 9 a.m. on Sunday morning as well. ABC News, "Severe weather brings major flash flooding, tornadoes South as threat moves east," 28 Mar. 2021 The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for North Texas that will remain in effect through 6 p.m. Sunday. Dallas News, "Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Dallas-Fort Worth," 28 Feb. 2021 Not every place in downtown Mobile is good enough that people will take wet al fresco seating a few minutes after a thunderstorm and be glad to get it. al, "Beloved Mobile bistro closing as family’s new venture booms," 20 Apr. 2021 Before humans arrived in California, the chaparral only burned periodically, for instance when a thunderstorm rolled through, creating lightning but no rain to drench any ignitions. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season," 15 Apr. 2021 The show began about 30 minutes late because of a thunderstorm that rolled through the area a couple of hours before the show was to begin. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, "Wrestlemania 37 results, Night 1: Bad Bunny steals the show," 11 Apr. 2021 Even so, the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center issued a special early afternoon bulletin indicating that a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch is likely (60 percent chance) for the region. Washington Post, "Strong to severe storms likely late this afternoon and early evening," 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of thunderstorm

1652, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2021

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“Thunderstorm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thunderstorm

: a storm with lightning and thunder


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

Kids Definition of thunderstorm

: a storm with thunder and lightning

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