->Felt the lightning
->And we waited on the thunder
->Waited on the thunder
->I woke last night to the sound of thunder
->How far off I sat and wondered
->- Music/BobSeger, ''Night Moves''

Weather in TV Land is weird. It strikes with no warning or buildup, and can stop just as suddenly. The most common example is a [[DramaticThunder loud thunderclap]], followed instantly by a drenching downpour (sometimes a single raindrop in between them). No wind, no sprinkling rain, nothing beforehand to warn our unsuspecting characters that they need to get indoors. Nor does it ever thunder ''without'' an accompanying downpour.

Often combined with CueTheRain and WhenItRainsItPours. Contrast AStormIsComing.


[[folder: Film - Animated ]]

* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'': When Jane is stuck in the treetops with Tarzan:
--> '''Jane:''' I'm in a tree with a man who talks to monkeys!\\
''(after she gets stuck between two branches)'' \\
'''Jane:''' [[TemptingFate It can't get any worse]], can it? \\
''(thunder, instant downpour)'' \\
'''Jane:''' [[YouJustHadToSayIt Obviously, it can]].
* When Emperor Kuzco is left alone in the forest in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', this happens.


[[folder: Film - Live Action ]]

* ''Film/TheGreatRace'': Max warns Professor Fate that there's going to be a storm because of the "red sky", thunder follows, then the rain comes pouring down.
* In ''Film/TheFriscoKid'', after Rabbi Avram tells a skeptical Native American chief that the Abrahamic God can do anything, "but he does not. Make. Rain.", there's a thunderclap and a downpour.
* In ''Film/TheTwoTowers'', at Helm's Deep, just before the battle is engaged, the two armies face each other... and you hear thunder, there are a couple of raindrops on armor, then the downpour begins. Théoden is very not happy about it; some of the movie's extra material implies that the storm was raised by Saruman for the specific purpose of demoralizing the Rohirrim.
* Used for dramatic effect in ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', when Giselle comes to the Real World for the first time. After being completely lost and having her tiara stolen by a homeless guy, she stands helplessly in the middle of the street, hears thunder, and gets poured on from above.
* ''Film/TheTrumanShow'': When Truman is sitting on the beach reminiscing, there is a clap of thunder and it begins to rain, but ''only'' where he is sitting. He walks three feet before turning around in shock to see the small column of rain as it follows him.
* ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture''
** Averted in the [[Film/BackToTheFuture first movie]], when the storm just completely ''stops'' right after the lightning hits the clocktower. However, it's played straight in the sequels--with the exact same storm.
** Not exactly averted, but weird nonetheless. At the end of the [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartII second movie]], the lightning and wind is going nuts, but once the [=DeLorean=] is struck and disappears, the lightning and wind stops, and then it starts to pour. That's one crazy storm.
* ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' features a classic comedic example during the grave-digging scene, after Igor makes a [[TemptingFate most unfortunate comment]] about the lack of rain.
** Averted earlier in the movie when thunder strikes whenever a certain characters name is mentioned, but there is never any rain.
* In ''Film/{{Sunrise}}'', a hurricane comes out of nowhere.
* In ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma1957'', just as Wade and Evans are about to go on the climactic walk to the train with Evans's gang lying in wait, cracks of lightning and rolling thunder are heard. Eventually, the downpour comes—the rain that Evans the cattle rancher has been desperately waiting for, that he needs to save his herd, coming after three years of drought.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' graphic novel ''Beyond the Code'', there's a couple of clouds in the sky as the full moon shines down on the Gathering. The cats comment how the drought might end since the the weather's cooler. An argument starts, and one cat runs away in anger. There's a flash of lightning and a KABOOM, and it's a downpour. Enough of a downpour to actually create a flood that fills [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110820222507/warriors/images/thumb/a/ad/SkyClan_Map.jpg/755px-SkyClan_Map.jpg this gorge]] to just a few feet below the clifftops.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Literature/TheMonsterMen'', after the attack, this happens.
-->''Of a sudden there was a sad, low moaning through the surrounding trees; dense, black clouds obscured the radiant moon; and then with hideous thunder and vivid flashes of lightning the tempest broke in all its fury of lashing wind and hurtling deluge. It was the first great storm of the breaking up of the monsoon, ''

[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* {{Lost}} - Happens a lot.


[[folder: Music ]]

* In Creator/{{Disney}}'s Halloween classic sound effects album, "Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House", the storm track starts this way.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/AgarestSenki2'' does this trope in full effect at the start of the game.