thun·der·storm | \ˈthən-dər-ˌstȯrm \

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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Thailand's Meteorological Department said there was a 60 percent chance of rain Monday with thunderstorms forecast throughout the week, the Associated Press reported. NBC News, "Thailand cave rescue set to resume for 9 still trapped," 9 July 2018 Forecasters say a mass of showers and thunderstorms a few hundred miles off the Carolina coast has become a tropical depression. Anthony R. Wood,, "Beryl, season's first Atlantic hurricane, takes aim at Caribbean isles," 6 July 2018 Most of tonight’s showers and thunderstorms are expected before 9 p.m. The overall rain chance this evening is 60 percent. Doug Phillips,, "Holiday will not be independent of thunder boomers; and a look at the tropics," 4 July 2018 Then there are mesoscale (fine scale) models, which hone in on more specific regions and tend to be able to forecast really small weather features, like thunderstorms, better than the global models. Samantha Durbin, Washington Post, "What are weather models, exactly, and how do they work?," 18 May 2018 The greater chance for severe weather, however, is expected for Monday evening, when additional thunderstorms are expected to develop across the metro area. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Keep those umbrellas handy, Kansas City; thunderstorm threat increases later Monday | The Kansas City Star," 14 May 2018 Then, like a spring thunderstorm, bad news blew in. Doug Maccash,, "Computer crisis delays crawfish feast, inspires faith in humanity," 31 Mar. 2018 Like a building thunderstorm, the risk of death follows climbers throughout our vertical lives. Julie Ellison, Outside Online, "This New Fund Will Help Climbers Cope with Death," 8 Oct. 2017 Sunday and Sunday night bring a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The Courier-Journal, "5 things to know Friday: Yum Center, Papa John's fallout and more," 13 July 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


thun·der·storm | \ˈthən-dər-ˌstȯrm \

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: a storm with thunder and lightning

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