- Also called electrical storm.
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How to use thunderstorm in a sentence
We’d seen her shivering in a muddy construction site, in the middle of a thunderstorm, scared stupid.Gene Weingarten: Confessions of a compassionate hit man | Gene Weingarten | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Scientists have known for decades that thunderstorms are often stronger where there are high concentrations of aerosols—airborne particles too small to see with the naked eye.
Thursday’s forecast calls for thunderstorms and heavy rain, with more consistent precipitation in the morning and scattered storms in the afternoon.Masters forecast looking wet early, which could pose problems later in the weekend | Matt Bonesteel | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
You’re likely to encounter a thunderstorm at least once during your outdoor adventuring.
According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, a creek that’s only six inches deep in the mountains can swell to a ten-foot-deep raging river in less than an hour if a thunderstorm lingers over an area for an extended period of time.
Strong gusts from a passing thunderstorm had stripped nearly all the flowers from their branches.
It was a mashup of two Spanish words: tronada, which means thunderstorm, and tornar, to turn, to twist, to return.
That afternoon, a thunderstorm moved into Manhattan right before I left the salon, umbrella-less.
Average thunderstorm losses have increased five-fold since 1980.
We know that Flight 447 encountered heavy turbulence associated with a thunderstorm before losing signal.
A fearsome thunderstorm or howling tornado of dust might reveal her fickleness of mood at any moment.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
During that night it crossed the Danube, under cover of the terrific thunderstorm which hid the French advance from the Austrians.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
"I only hope we won't have a thunderstorm," said Jess to herself, as she shut her tired eyes.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
When we had gone another mile a spattering of "overs" began to fall around like the first heavy drops of a thunderstorm.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2 | Ian Hamilton
After the last big thunderstorm he came up to the door where I was sitting and was evidently very much put out about something.The Red Cow and Her Friends | Peter McArthur
British Dictionary definitions for thunderstorm
a storm caused by strong rising air currents and characterized by thunder and lightning and usually heavy rain or hail
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Scientific definitions for thunderstorm
A storm of heavy rain accompanied by lightning, thunder, wind, and sometimes hail. Thunderstorms occur when moist air near the ground becomes heated, especially in the summer, and rises, forming cumulonimbus clouds that produce precipitation. Electrical charges accumulate at the bases of the clouds until lightning is discharged. Air in the path of the lightning expands as a result of being heated, causing thunder. Thunderstorms can also be caused by temperature changes triggered by volcanic eruptions and forest fires, and they occur with much greater frequency at the equatorial regions than in polar regions.
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