Thunder and Thunderstorms
Are there other ways that thunderstorms can be described?
Classifying thunderstorms can be a rather subjective practice, but meteorologists do give different types of storms other names based on how they are formed, including:
Mesoscale convective systems—a large, non-frontal thunderstorm. This classification includes mesoscale convective complexes, which are enormous storm systems that can cover several U.S. states at once and last for half a day or more.
Air mass thunderstorm—a common, short-lived, relatively unorganized, and fairly small storm.
Sea breeze thunderstorm—cold-frontal storms that form as wind blows in toward the coastline.