What is storm?

  • (verb): Attack by storm; attack suddenly.
    Synonyms: surprise
    See also — Additional definitions below


A storm (Proto-Germanic *sturmaz "noise, tumult") is any disturbed state of an astronomical body's atmosphere, especially affecting its surface, and strongly implying severe weather. It may be marked by strong wind, hail, thunder and/or lightning (a thunderstorm), heavy precipitation (snowstorm, rainstorm), heavy freezing rain (ice storm), strong winds (tropical cyclone, windstorm) or wind transporting some substance through the atmosphere (as in a dust storm, blizzard, sandstorm, etc.). Storms generally lead to negative impacts to lives and property, such as storm surge, heavy rain or snow (causing flooding or road impassibility), lightning, wildfires, and vertical wind shear; however, systems with significant rainfall can alleviate drought in places they move through. Heavy snowfall can allow special recreational activities to take place which would not be possible otherwise, such as skiing and snowmobiling.

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Some articles on storm:

1992 Atlantic Hurricane Season
... hurricane season had one of the latest dates on record for the first named storm ... The first storm, an unnamed subtropical storm, developed in the central Atlantic on 21 April, over a month before the official start of hurricane season ... The most significant storm of the season was Hurricane Andrew, which at the time was the costliest United States hurricane ...
1971 Atlantic Hurricane Season
... The 1971 Atlantic hurricane season was fairly active with several notable storms ... An unnamed storm in August attained hurricane status further north than any other Atlantic hurricane ... With thirteen tropical storms, of which six became hurricanes, the season was active ...
Ubisoft Red Storm
... Ubisoft Red Storm (formerly Red Storm Entertainment) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ubisoft Entertainment, specializing in video games and related merchandise, mainly based on the works of the writer ... The headquarters for Red Storm is currently located in Cary, North Carolina ...
New Jersey Storm
... The New Jersey Storm were a member of the National Lacrosse League, based in East Rutherford, New Jersey ... to Anaheim, California, becoming the Anaheim Storm ... After the 2005 season, the Anaheim Storm folded due to low attendance ...
1969 Atlantic Hurricane Season - Storms - Hurricane Seventeen
... October 31 – November 7 Peak intensity 75 mph (120 km/h), 988 mbar (hPa) A large extratropical storm over the North Atlantic formed a subtropical storm on October 31 south of Newfoundland ... It reached hurricane strength on November 4, peaking as a minimal Category 1 storm while approaching the Azores, but weakened prior to passing through the islands ...

More definitions of "storm":

  • (noun): A direct and violent assault on a stronghold.
  • (noun): A violent weather condition with winds 64-72 knots (11 on the Beaufort scale) and precipitation and thunder and lightening.
    Synonyms: violent storm
  • (noun): A violent commotion or disturbance.
    Synonyms: tempest
  • (verb): Rain, hail, or snow hard and be very windy, often with thunder or lightning.
    Example: "If it storms, we'll need shelter"
  • (verb): Blow hard.
    Example: "It was storming all night"
  • (verb): Behave violently, as if in state of a great anger.
    Synonyms: ramp, rage
  • (verb): Take by force.
    Example: "Storm the fort"
    Synonyms: force

Famous quotes containing the word storm:

    And true, they are hurling spittle, rock,
    Garbage and fruit in Little Rock.
    And I saw coiling storm a-writhe
    On bright madonnas. And a scythe
    Of men harassing brownish girls.
    Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917)

    Think of the storm roaming the sky uneasily
    like a dog looking for a place to sleep in,
    listen to it growling.
    Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979)

    I cannot think this creature died
    By storm or fish or sea-fowl harmed
    Walking the sea so heavily armed;
    Or does it make for death to be
    Oneself a living armoury?
    Andrew Young (1885–1971)