Definition of thunderstorm in US English:



  • A storm with thunder and lightning and typically also heavy rain or hail.

    • ‘The thunderstorms that spin out tornadoes are big clouds with lots of water and ice in them to block sunlight.’
    • ‘The arrival of summer brings increased chances of thunderstorms and dangerous lightning.’
    • ‘Of course, real lightning from thunderstorms is far more powerful.’
    • ‘The start of the tie had been delayed after Friday's schedule was washed out with hours of rain, thunderstorms and lightning.’
    • ‘Tornadic thunderstorms can also produce waterspouts and downbursts.’
    • ‘If it is very unstable then thunderstorms or tornadoes can easily form, whereas if it is very stable nothing of the sort would happen.’
    • ‘Lines of thunderstorms that cause one downburst after another are called derechoes.’
    • ‘Search conditions varied from fine weather to thunderstorms and heavy squalls.’
    • ‘The front's passage may be marked by thunderstorms or, if rainfall has been very low for a prolonged period, a wall of dust.’
    • ‘The most significant features of the wet season are thunderstorms, tropical cyclones and rain depressions.’
    • ‘He said temperatures will remain high on Monday and Tuesday but thunderstorms and heavy rain could also be expected.’
    • ‘We have the lightning strokes of thunderstorms, we have the sudden downpours out of a clear sky.’
    • ‘Last night East London appeared to be getting its share of the rain, with heavy thunderstorms in the early evening.’
    • ‘Humidity, torrential rain and thunderstorms ensured that the disease continued to spread and many more crops were destroyed.’
    • ‘These thunderstorms often produce heavy precipitation, which can cause soil erosion.’
    • ‘Marks said the herd gathered around a tall tree to shelter during a thunderstorm when lightning struck the tree.’
    • ‘You know when you take a photo of a thunderstorm, and the lightning is all purple or pink?’
    • ‘Monday dawned with thunderstorms and a downpour of tropical intensity, but by midday the sun was out again.’
    • ‘On past experience this heatwave will end with a torrential downpour or a major thunderstorm, or both.’
    • ‘Lightning easily strikes many miles from the edge of the thunderstorm.’
    tempest, squall
    View synonyms