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.

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Wednesday’s weather forecast here calls for thunderstorms. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Stage that Could Decide the Tour de France Is Also Its Shortest," 24 July 2018 The region this week has been experiencing showers and thunderstorms, which are expected to last through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Reno. Hailey Branson-potts,, "Big mudslide closes Highway 395 near California-Nevada state line," 22 May 2018 The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area including Table Rock Lake about 30 minutes before the boat went onto the lake with 31 people on board. Fox News, "Lawsuit filed in deadly Missouri duck boat sinking seeks $100 million," 30 July 2018 The first 911 calls about the sinking came in at 7:09 p.m. Thursday, officials said, about half an hour after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area. Joe Barrett, WSJ, "Coast Guard Raises Duck Boat in Fatal Missouri Accident," 23 July 2018 For this accident, all the nearby rain gauges showed a 10th of an inch of rain but there was a single thunderstorm cell that moved over where the accident occurred and actually three-quarters of an inch of rain fell in a short period of time. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "What’s a Forensic Meteorologist? ‘I Call It CSI for the Weather’," 18 Jan. 2019 Rain chances will be limited over the holiday weekend, with scattered thunderstorms possible Friday night, and again late Monday. Tom Skilling,, "Warming trend underway, summerlike days ahead," 22 May 2018 Saturday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Sarah Brookbank,, "Cincy weather: Windy, balmy, stormy, then snowy," 12 Apr. 2018 Three types of subject dominate the period: thunderstorms, shipwrecks and lurid sunsets. John Wilmerding, WSJ, "Nature’s Explosive Power," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of thunderstorm

1652, in the meaning defined above

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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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