Dry thunderstorm

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A dry thunderstorm is a thunderstorm that produces thunder and lightning, but most or all of its precipitation evaporates before reaching the ground.wikipedia
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Thunderstorm

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A dry thunderstorm is a thunderstorm that produces thunder and lightning, but most or all of its precipitation evaporates before reaching the ground.
They are usually accompanied by strong winds, and often produce heavy rain and sometimes snow, sleet, or hail, but some thunderstorms produce little precipitation or no precipitation at all.

Flammagenitus (cloud)

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Pyrocumulonimbus are cumuliform clouds that can form over a large fire and that are particularly dry.
A flammagenitus, also known as a pyrocumulus cloud or fire cloud, is a dense cumuliform cloud associated with fire or volcanic eruptions that may produce dry lightning (lightning without rain).

Lightning

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The latter term is a technical misnomer since lightning itself is neither wet nor dry.
Many other observational variants are recognized, including "heat lightning", which can be seen from a great distance but not heard; dry lightning, which can cause forest fires; and ball lightning, which is rarely observed scientifically.

Heat lightning

Heat lightning, also known as silent lightning, summer lightning, or dry lightning (mainly used in the American Southwest; not to be confused with dry thunderstorms, which are also often called dry lightning), is a misnomer used for the faint flashes of lightning on the horizon or other clouds from distant thunderstorms that do not appear to have accompanying sounds of thunder.

Haboob

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As the gusty winds expand outward from the storm, dry soil and sand are often picked up by the strong winds, creating dust and sand storms known as haboobs.

Virga

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A dry thunderstorm is a thunderstorm that produces thunder and lightning, but most or all of its precipitation evaporates before reaching the ground.

Western United States

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Both are so common in the American West that they are sometimes used interchangeably.

Misnomer

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The latter term is a technical misnomer since lightning itself is neither wet nor dry.

National Weather Service

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Because of that, the National Weather Service, and other agencies around the world, issue forecasts for its likelihood over large areas.

Desert

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Dry thunderstorms generally occur in deserts or places where the lower layers of the atmosphere usually contain little water vapor.

Water vapor

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Dry thunderstorms generally occur in deserts or places where the lower layers of the atmosphere usually contain little water vapor.

Microburst

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This cool air then descends rapidly and fans out upon impacting the ground, an event often described as a dry microburst.

Wildfire

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Storm winds also fan the fire and firestorm, causing it to spread more quickly.

Firestorm

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Storm winds also fan the fire and firestorm, causing it to spread more quickly.

Particulates

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They are similar to any cumulus cloud but ingest extra particulates from the fire.

Mount Lubra bushfire

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The Mount Lubra (Mount Warrinaburb) bushfire was started by a lightning strike late on 19 January 2006 near The Grampians in Australia.

Yarnell Hill Fire

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At 5:36 p.m. MST (23:36 UTC) on June 28, 2013, dry lightning ignited a wildfire on Bureau of Land Management lands near Yarnell, Arizona, a town of approximately 700 residents located about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix.

June 2017 Portugal wildfires

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Although most early official reports pointed to a dry thunderstorm as the cause of the tragedy, the President of the Portuguese Firefighters League expressed his conviction the fire was sparked by arsonists.

Semnan, Iran

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Though the amount of precipitation is light, these thunderstorms often produce strong and gusty winds with frequent lightning strikes.

Donner und Blitzen River

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The name usually brings to mind two of Santa Claus' reindeer, but the river is named for a thunderstorm the soldiers experienced as they crossed the river; dry lightning is an almost daily occurrence in the region during certain times of the year.

2017 British Columbia wildfires

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A combination of dry lightning and human-caused fires are responsible for the 2017 BC wildfires.

Climate of Salt Lake City

Many of these thunderstorms consist of dry lightning, which occurs when humidity is too low to support rainfall and the rain evaporates before reaching the ground.