Definition of rainstorm in US English:



  • A storm with heavy rain.

    • ‘He had to deal with sweltering humidity, torrential rainstorms, former Khmer Rouge warlords and mischievous monkeys and elephants.’
    • ‘Severe flash flood watches remain in effect in and around Las Vegas after heavy rainstorms.’
    • ‘Most of the precipitation fails as heavy, almost daily rainstorms between July and September.’
    • ‘As if on cue the heavens opened, a heavy rainstorm hit us, and visibility dropped to no more than one or two cars ahead and behind.’
    • ‘The plaintiff was the owner of adjoining land which was flooded when the pipe became blocked by debris after a heavy rainstorm.’
    • ‘His first surprise came when he stepped down from his car in the middle of a heavy rainstorm.’
    • ‘After one week a heavy rainstorm washed away some of the plantlets that were not firmly rooted at that time.’
    • ‘Many treatments require reapplication every 4 to 6 weeks and after heavy rainstorms.’
    • ‘The weather patterns were consistently dry and sunny in the morning with steadily building clouds and heavy rainstorms in the late afternoon.’
    • ‘The flood that caused the failure was generated by heavy rainstorms that dumped 14 inches of water on the watershed.’
    • ‘El Nino will lead to abnormal weather and the increase of tropical cyclones will bring more rainstorms to the lower reaches of the Yangtze River.’
    • ‘The warning was issued in view of the torrential rains to rainstorms and strong winds forecast for the valleys.’
    • ‘The recent heavy rainstorms have raised the water level of all three major rivers in Guangxi above the warning line, according to the local flood-control authority.’
    • ‘The atmospheric disturbance caused by rapid evaporation from these sudden, heavy rainstorms over a large land mass has a major effect on water supply forecasts in the West.’
    • ‘It was very sunny outside, but to the very west end of the town were dark clouds and a heavy rainstorm.’
    • ‘The first of the two test sessions ran on a track that started very wet after a heavy rainstorm and only dried slightly.’
    • ‘I was actually sheltered during a heavy rainstorm in a stone manor house belonging to a buccaneer.’
    • ‘Be sure the terrace material is strong enough and anchored well enough to stay in place through freezing and thawing, and heavy rainstorms.’
    • ‘Tuesday's session was slightly delayed after a heavy rainstorm caused some flooding and running water in several areas of the circuit.’
    • ‘Their game against the Montreal Expos was rained out by one of the worst rainstorms in an area known for its tropical storms.’
    rainfall, precipitation, raindrops, rainwater, wet weather
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