We commonly get asked this question by children in school researching reports on weather and meteorology. We believe they come to us because they simply enter "thunder" into their web browser and it takes them to thunder.com.
While we're willing to help by posting some info and links, please be aware that is not the best way to perform research on the Internet. You should enter search terms into a web search engine. Some good ones for children are Google and Yahoo.
No. They're not for sale. The domains are in use.
With that said, people ask anyway. It's a frequent question. As the famous quote goes, "What part of 'no' didn't you understand?"
Perhaps people ask anyway on the theory that "everyone has their price." That may or may not actually be true. You'd have a real challenge trying to convince an unmotivated party to sell. Sale prices in recent years indicate prime dictionary-based domain names are worth many millions. (Example: in March 2008, fund.com was sold for US$10M.) If you wanted to be different from all the others asking the same question, your initial offer would have to break records for domain name sale prices, and leave room to negotiate up. Is that realistic? It doesn't matter. The point is to deter you from asking.
Also, some people tell us that they think thunder.com is not in use because its home page is redirected to thunder.net. It is in use - though it might not be evident if you're not an invited participant.
In cases of spam sent to our users, domains or sites...
This domain is located within the State of California. The sending of any unsolicited email advertising messages to this domain will result in the imposition of civil liability against you in accordance with California Business & Professional Code Section 17538.45.
In cases of spam sent from our users, domains or sites...
In most cases of spam complaints reported to us, the sender of an abusive message has falsely placed the thunder.com or thunder.net domain name somewhere in the message - it did not actually originate from these domains. Another common case involves other domain names which contain "thunder" as part of a larger word, but the complaining party didn't read it correctly and complained to us instead.
Please check such messages carefully for signs of forgery - if you still believe it came from thunder.com or thunder.net, report it to email@example.com. If any such abuse originates from our domains or sites, it would be a policy violation and it will be stopped. Remember to include the full set of SMTP message headers with any spam complaint - it would be impossible to help you without that information.
Any of our users in violation of this policy will be given one chance to stop and then terminated immediately if any of the following conditions are true...
While we make an effort not to have "false positives" (legitimate messages mistaken for spam), please understand that spammers are making continuous efforts to foil spam filters. As spammers change techniques, filtering technology changes and vice versa - consider it like a war. We receive literally tens of thousands of spams or attempted connections from spammers every day.
We must refuse mail from these hosts because of the enormous volume of spam that our users would receive from them. If you weren't aware of how big a problem this is, see the Internet Spam Boycott web site for more info.
Here's what your options are if you find yourself in this situation:
Spammers often neglect to set the "reverse hostname lookup" for servers they use, or try to spoof a different host name. They do this for an obvious reason - they don't want you to know who they are. But it's rather easily detected. If a legitimate system is operating this way, it is misconfigured and needs to be fixed by its owner/administrator.
This method has never been sufficient alone to turn away all spams. But as part of a combination of anti-spam techniques, it is useful and does reject many hundreds of spams every day at our sites. This is why many mail servers require hosts to identify themselves. If you have a legitimate server whose mail is rejected this way, ask your support or system administrators to fix it.
If you are an administrator for your site, you need to set a PTR record in your DNS corresponding to the reverse lookup of your A record. See RFC 1912 "Common DNS Operational and Configuration Errors". For small providers, if you don't own your IP addresses, you'll need to contact your upstream provider to have them update the PTR records for your hosts.
In return for the assistance they provide us, we refer such requests to Layer42 Networks.