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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Around 3 p.m. the dark clouds of the thunderstorm rolled in.
▪ There was a spectacular thunderstorm that night.
▪ But, as if to rip up the quiet, there was a magnificent thunderstorm.
▪ Hail was recorded on eight days, accompanied by thunderstorms on October 15, 23 and 28.
▪ He arrived back just in time to avoid an overdue thunderstorm.
▪ He had slept well, entirely oblivious of the thunderstorms that Edith told him somewhat reproachfully had kept her sleepless an night.
▪ I drove south into Colorado during the night, and six or more thunderstorms followed me.
▪ Summer thunderstorms may be life raining on itself.
▪ Then there were the relentless winds, hailstones bigger than oranges, tornadoes, and breathtaking thunderstorms.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Thunderstorm \Thun"der*storm`\, n. A storm accompanied with lightning and thunder.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also thunder-storm, 1560s, from thunder (n.) + storm (n.).


n. A storm consisting of thunder and lightning produced by a cumulonimbus, usually accompanied with heavy rain, wind, and sometimes hail; and in rarer cases sleet, freezing rain, or snow.


n. a storm resulting from strong rising air currents; heavy rain or hail along with thunder and lightning [syn: electrical storm, electric storm]


A thunderstorm, also known as an electrical storm, lightning storm, or thundershower, is a storm characterized by the presence of lightning and its acoustic effect on the Earth's atmosphere, known as thunder. Thunderstorms occur in association with a type of cloud known as a cumulonimbus. They are usually accompanied by strong winds, heavy rain, and sometimes snow, sleet, hail, or, in contrast, no precipitation at all. Thunderstorms may line up in a series or become a rainband, known as a squall line. Strong or severe thunderstorms, known as supercells, rotate as do cyclones. While most thunderstorms move with the mean wind flow through the layer of the troposphere that they occupy, vertical wind shear sometimes causes a deviation in their course at a right angle to the wind shear direction.

Thunderstorms result from the rapid upward movement of warm, moist air, sometimes along a front. As the warm, moist air moves upward, it cools, condenses, and forms a cumulonimbus cloud that can reach heights of over . As the rising air reaches its dew point temperature, water vapor condenses into water droplets or ice, reducing pressure locally within the thunderstorm cell. Any precipitation falls the long distance through the clouds towards the Earth's surface. As the droplets fall, they collide with other droplets and become larger. The falling droplets create a downdraft as it pulls cold air with it, and this cold air spreads out at the Earth's surface, occasionally causing strong winds that are commonly associated with thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms can form and develop in any geographic location but most frequently within the mid-latitude, where warm, moist air from tropical latitudes collides with cooler air from polar latitudes. Thunderstorms are responsible for the development and formation of many severe weather phenomena. Thunderstorms, and the phenomena that occur along with them, pose great hazards. Damage that results from thunderstorms is mainly inflicted by downburst winds, large hailstones, and flash flooding caused by heavy precipitation. Stronger thunderstorm cells are capable of producing tornadoes and waterspouts.

There are four types of thunderstorms: single-cell, multi-cell cluster, multi-cell lines, and supercells. Supercell thunderstorms are the strongest and the most associated with severe weather phenomena. Mesoscale convective systems formed by favorable vertical wind shear within the tropics and subtropics can be responsible for the development of hurricanes. Dry thunderstorms, with no precipitation, can cause the outbreak of wildfires from the heat generated from the cloud-to-ground lightning that accompanies them. Several means are used to study thunderstorms: weather radar, weather stations, and video photography. Past civilizations held various myths concerning thunderstorms and their development as late as the 18th century. Beyond the Earth's atmosphere, thunderstorms have also been observed on the planets of Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Venus.

Thunderstorm (album)

Thunderstorm is the debut album by the Danish speed metal/ power metal band Iron Fire. The album was produced and mixed by Tommy Hansen and released in June 2000 on Noise Records.

Thunderstorm (disambiguation)

A thunderstorm is a storm characterized by the presence of thunder and lightning.

Other uses of the term include:

  • Thunderstorm (band), a heavy metal band.
  • Thunderstorm (album), an album by Iron Fire.
  • Thunderstorm (film), 1956 British drama film
  • Thunderstorm (play), Lei Yu play by Cao Yu
  • Thunderstorm (opera), Lei Yu 2001 Chinese-language western-style opera by composer Mo Fan based on Cao Yu's play
  • Thunderstorm (1957 film), Lei Yu Hong Kong film co-starring a young Bruce Lee in a non-fighting role
Thunderstorm (play)

Thunderstorm is a play by the Chinese dramatist Cao Yu. It is one of the most popular Chinese dramatic works of the period prior to the Japanese invasion of China in 1937.

Thunderstorm (band)

Thunderstorm was a doom metal band from Bergamo, Italy. Formed in the early 1990s as a classic heavy metal band, with touches of a down tuned sound. During this early incarnation, they released two demos, Thunderstorm (1992) and Force of Evil (1994). In 1998, the band split up due to musical incompatibility issues between members. Their leader and vocalist Fabio "Thunder" Bellan met drummer Massimo Tironi and formed a new Thunderstorm band, this time geared the sound toward classic doom metal in style of Black Sabbath, Candlemass, and Trouble, and called themselves Sad Symphony. Joining the band soon after was bassist Omar Roncalli, after which the named was then switched back to the original moniker Thunderstorm, and a second guitarist, Sandro Mazzoleni, joined the band. In 1999, this line-up produced a demo called Sad Symphony, which generated interest among record labels, and the band was signed to Northwind Records.

Under Northwind, the band released two full length albums, Sad Symphony (2000) and Witch Hunter Tales (2002). During this time period, Mazzoleni and Tironi departed, Bellan took over full-time guitar duties and brought in new drummer Attilio Coldani. After the latter album was completed, the band decided to switch labels and signed a multi-album deal with Italian label Dragonheart Records and released a full length album in 2004, Faithless Soul.

They disbanded in November 2011 citing musical differences, which was displayed on their official website until the site was taken down.

Their albums were recorded at New Sin Studio in Loria, Italy.

Thunderstorm (film)

Thunderstorm is a 1956 British drama film directed by John Guillermin.

Thunderstorm (opera)

Leiyu (雷雨》"Thunderstorm") is a 2001 Chinese-language western-style opera by Hangzhou-born composer Mo Fan based on Thunderstorm by Cao Yu. True to the setting of the play Mo Fan introduced 1930s Shanghai salon tunes into the opera.

The opera was commissioned by the Shanghai Opera House company, and was presented in concert in 2001 and full dress form in 2006. The opera was taken by the Shanghai company among four of its productions to present in the inaugural 2008-2009 season of Beijing's CHNCPA, or "Big Egg" on Tiananmen Square East.

Usage examples of "thunderstorm".

In particular, I want to know how you learned to do aerobatics in a thunderstorm.

He got good at it fast, shooting back requested information to the road units, playing the computer keys like it was a barrelhouse piano, liaising with other Troops when it was necessary, as it was after a series of violent thunderstorms whipped through western PA one evening toward the end of June.

The blacklight matrix sizzled off with a fierce electric odor, like the air after a thunderstorm.

The tiny screams intensified, the Haidas clinging for dear life to the sides of their craft like balloonists caught in a thunderstorm.

Though, plainly, she had been horrendously brutalized and, the medical examiner would conclude, most probably raped, an overnight thunderstorm and the rushing creek had conspired to frustrate investigators in their search for clues.

To Icebones, the rumble of the deep water was a distinct noise under the frothy din of the surface world, like the far-off call of a thunderstorm, or the giant crack of a distant glacier calving an iceberg.

Weather reports came in, Luis wrote their contents on a chalkboard: low cloud cover, threatening thunderstorms across the area, hot and steamy along the ground.

The driving clouds of the gathering thunderstorm mingled there with masses of black and red smoke.

Joe Deets had predicted the problem halfway through the party given by the Meadows family in the main lounge of the Manse a week after Rolf Wintergarten had brought his bride into the community, some three years after his childless wife, Angela, had died of electrocution when a sudden southern thunderstorm had draped live wires across her Mustang.

On Friday evening the early thunderstorm turned into a steady misty rain that lasted well into dark, making halos around the commercial lights of Meadows Center and around the home lights of the Settlements and the corner streetlights.

Otherwise the town lay quiet in the sunlight, as if the Wolves charging at its walls were no more than a thunderstorm which would come and go regardless of what men did.

She loves to hear the baboons barking, to have the air washed clean by the afternoon thunderstorms.

The stone, as if it were something sentient, had called to the monk on that day when he had presented it to Elbryan and Symphony, and Avelyn, who had floated down the face of a cliff, who had walked on water and unleashed tremendous fireballs, who had held the power of a thunderstorm in his puny, mortal hands, would not discount any possibilities of its God-given power.

Thunderstorm said in surprise, settling down on a cushion in the sun with his wings on his back and his foreclaws thrust out before him like the Sphinx.

It was high summer in the mountains called the Hellers, and there should have been no storms except for the never-ending snow flurries on the far heights above the timberline, and the rare savage thunderstorms that swooped down across the valleys, bouncing from peak to peak and leaving flattened trees and sometimes fire in the path of their lightnings.