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 That causes rain to fall to the surface as the sudden downburst kills off the thunderstorm. Shepard Price, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Aug. 2022 As is common this time of year in Mobile, a massive thunderstorm peppered the South Alabama campus on Monday morning. Creg Stephenson |, al, 8 Aug. 2022 The Matanzas Supertanker Base in the Cuban city of Matanzas endured explosions and uncontrolled flames started during a Friday night thunderstorm. Landon Mion, Fox News, 7 Aug. 2022 An isolated late afternoon or evening thunderstorm is possible. Molly Robey, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2022 Another thunderstorm passed through the Baltimore region Friday night, knocking down trees, wires and flooding some streets. Ngan Ho, Baltimore Sun, 6 Aug. 2022 While many locations will remain dry, a few spots may see a drenching thunderstorm. Emily Sweeney,, 5 Aug. 2022 Jensenius said people should find a safe place to shelter, such as a building, any time a thunderstorm is in their area. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2022 The group with the National Outdoor Leadership School was just days into their trip and had set up camp near Enos Lake, south of Yellowstone National Park, when a thunderstorm moved into the area Tuesday evening. CBS News, 5 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of thunderstorm

1652, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thunderstorm was in 1652

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11 Aug 2022

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“Thunderstorm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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