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 According to the National Weather Service, there is a 100% chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm in Oxford tonight, but rain chances decrease later in the night. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas-Ole Miss start time delayed," 9 Apr. 2021 This type of thunderstorm -- supercells -- are most known for producing tornadoes, but not all of them do. Jackson Dill And Haley Brink, CNN, "25 million people in the South threatened by severe weather Wednesday," 7 Apr. 2021 Valero Texas Open officials suspended play this morning after a thunderstorm producing heavy rain and lightning rolled into the area. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, "Rain delays start of Valero Texas Open third round Saturday," 3 Apr. 2021 In every thunderstorm, regardless of intensity, lightning is occurring. Daniel Manzo, ABC News, "How to prepare for and survive a tornado outbreak," 25 Mar. 2021 The weather service's forecast calls for showers and thunderstorms before 3 p.m., possibly a thunderstorm between 3 and 4, then a chance of showers and storms after 4 p.m. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, "Thunder, rain and 'favorable' tornado conditions. Here's what Louisville can expect and when," 25 Mar. 2021 Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms before 3 p.m., then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., then showers and thunderstorms likely after 5 p.m. High near 68. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Spring storm coming: High winds, heavy rain, possible tornado threat," 24 Mar. 2021 Realistic sounding bird calls, for example, require a lot of higher pitches, whereas a thunderstorm takes deep notes to reproduce. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "The best white noise machines of 2021," 18 Mar. 2021 Sunday offered alternating bright sunny skies and dark, heavy clouds, topped by a thunderstorm with hail. oregonlive, "Portland metro Monday weather: cloudy with rain, high 51; region dries out, warms at end of week," 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of thunderstorm

1652, in the meaning defined above

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12 Apr 2021

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“Thunderstorm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 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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