wind·​storm | \ ˈwin(d)-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce windstorm (audio) \

Definition of windstorm

: a storm marked by high wind with little or no precipitation

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Tropical cyclones have a completely different formation process than, for example, March’s bomb cyclone, a Front Range windstorm, a mountain snowstorm or a severe weather outbreak on the eastern plains. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Hurricane Dorian’s winds were as powerful as Colorado’s strongest recorded tornado," 7 Sep. 2019 Then came the element that set off the wildfires: a windstorm. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "A summer of weather extremes set up Alaska for devastating August wildfires. Scientists say it’s likely to happen again.," 21 Aug. 2019 The crane toppled during a fierce windstorm, killing 29-year-old Kiersten Smith. Jennifer Emily, Dallas News, "8-week process begins to remove crane from Dallas apartments where woman died," 7 Aug. 2019 On June 6, a powerful windstorm knocked down many trees, most of which have fallen directly on trails. Houston Chronicle, "Brazos Bend State Park closure extended to July 1," 16 June 2019 Farmers Insurance agent Chris Bradford, who is a Deer Park High School graduate, provides insurance coverage including home, windstorm, auto, business, life, commercial auto and pets. From News Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Fitness company building warehouse in Deer Park," 2 July 2019 Because of that activity, a lot of forceful radiation emanates from these nascent fireballs and blows away a lot of the surrounding material in what looks like a windstorm — blowing for the length of many light years. Shannon Stirone, WIRED, "Space Photos of the Week: X-Rays, Binary Stars, and Mars Moles," 8 June 2019 Federal disaster mitigation spending provides substantial returns for at-risk states and communities, in some cases nearly $7 in avoided disaster costs for every $1 spent before a flood, fire, windstorm or earthquake strikes. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Some Disaster Prevention Spending Reaps Higher Rewards," 24 June 2019 Other parts of the state were hit by similarly strong windstorms that day and damage was estimated in the millions of dollars. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Sleeping Giant State Park, damaged by tornado, to reopen Friday," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of windstorm

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of windstorm

: a storm that has very strong winds and usually very little rain or snow


wind·​storm | \ ˈwind-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce windstorm (audio) \

Kids Definition of windstorm

: a storm with strong wind and little or no rain

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