Thunderstorms are not very frequent in our part of Herefordshire. But last month (16/6) we had one that lasted for over an hour. It starts very quiet, and grows in intensity as the storm comes nearer.
The recording begins when the weather is still quite clear and the plants are full of bees. Birds remain active throughout most of this recording, even when the storm is very close and the rain is coming down hard.
Short version (1 minute) here:
Longer version (almost 1 hour) here: