What Are Thunderstorms? - Definition, Types & Formation


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Before a thunderstorm can develop, what needs to happen in the atmosphere?

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1. Why does water condense as an updraft rises?

2. Sometimes you will see an anvil shaped cloud that is a product of updrafts and downdrafts cycling together. What has developed and will happen next?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can quickly assess your understanding of the causes and effects of thunderstorms and other key facts using this quiz and worksheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students will be tested on various components of thunderstorms, including:

  • How a thunderstorm begins
  • Updrafts and storm cells
  • What a thunderstorm can create
  • Relationship between thunder and lightning

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - accurately define and grasp concepts, like storm cell and updraft
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained to answer questions about what thunderstorms are capable of producing
  • Making connections - understand the connection between thunder and lightning

Additional Learning

To learn more about this subject, check out the lesson titled What Are Thunderstorms? - Definition, Types & Formation. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Cumulus and anvil head clouds
  • Downdrafts
  • Speed of light vs. speed of sound
  • Electrically charged clouds