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thunderstorm

[thuhn-der-stawrm] /ˈθʌn dərˌstɔrm/
noun
1.
a transient storm of lightning and thunder, usually with rain and gusty winds, sometimes with hail or snow, produced by cumulonimbus clouds.
Also called electrical storm.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; thunder + storm
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  • Summer afternoons are frequently accompanied by thunderstorms.
British Dictionary definitions for thunderstorms

thunderstorm

/ˈθʌndəˌstɔːm/
noun
1.
a storm caused by strong rising air currents and characterized by thunder and lightning and usually heavy rain or hail
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Word Origin and History for thunderstorms

thunderstorm

n.

1650s, from thunder (n.) + storm (n.).

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thunderstorms in Science
thunderstorm
  (thŭn'dər-stôrm')   
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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