When a weather system produces large amounts of rain, wind, thunder, lightning, or snow, we use the word "storm."

Weather forecasters are able to predict storms through information gathered from weather satellites.
Big storms produce thunder and lightning. lightning

When precipitation from a storm is in the form of water, we call it a rain storm.

If the rain freezes as it falls, this is called "freezing rain."


Some storms produce large balls of ice–even when it’s warm outside. This is called "hail." Hailstorms are common in the United States during the spring and the summer. hail storm
When precipitation is in the form of ice or snow, we say it’s a snowstorm. snow
Some storms are very powerful. When a funnel cloud touches down on the ground, the storm becomes a tornado. tornado
Hurricanes affect coastal areas. Strong wind, rain, and storm surge bring a lot of water to areas along the shoreline. hurricane
Storms can produce very large and dangerous waves. ship
If the ground can’t absorb the water that falls, this results in a flood. flood

Severe storms often result in the loss of electrical power. This is called a power outage or a blackout.

Power companies work very hard to restore electricity to homes and business that are without power following a storm.


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October 29, 2012