A thunderstorm is a complex meteorological event, characterised by the presence of electrical discharges (lightning) followed by thunder. The conditions needed for a thunderstorm to develop are a sufficient level of humidity and the rapid upward movement of air, e.g. as a result of being warmed. Inside a storm cloud (cumulonimbus) there are often strong updrafts and downdrafts, which cause turbulence. Hazardous weather events that can occur in a thunderstorm include lightning, heavy precipitation (downpour of rain, hail, graupel/snow pellets, and, in winter, snow) as well as wind gusts that can sometimes reach up to hurricane strength.