WEATHER AND EARTHLY PHENOMENON THESAURUS

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HELPFUL TIP:

Don’t be afraid to pair weather conditions with your setting choice to contrast or reinforce a character’s emotions. Hopelessness might be mirrored in the relentless drizzle of rain and the resulting heavy drag of one’s clothes; alternatively, this feeling can stand out in stark contrast to sunlight dancing over fresh snow. Can weather also provide symbolism, thereby enriching the reader’s experience? Think about your goal for the scene and the mood you are trying to create, and then layer your description with meaningful choices.
SIGHTS:
Beads of water on flat surfaces
A wet crystalline shimmer on greenery and trees
Clear droplets collecting in the center of flower cups or low points on stems
Beads of condensation fogging windshields and pebbling car paint
A healthy gleam to natural foliage
Grass that appears frosted
Dewy water pearls collecting on the sides of rain barrels or a glass patio table
Streaks that mar slanted surfaces as heavy droplets run together
Spiderwebs suddenly illuminated by thousands of tiny water droplets
Human feet or animal tracks making a clear path through a dewy field

SMELLS:
A fresh moist scent
Greenery and growing things

TASTES:
Water holding a faint taste of the surface it has touched (the metallic tang of metal or rust, for example)

TEXTURES AND SENSATIONS:
Dampness
Slickness 
Wet grass sliding against one's legs or soaking through pant cuffs and shoes
Cold droplets shaking loose from leaves above and falling on one's skin
Brushing against surfaces that transfer moisture to one's clothes or skin
Air that feels heavy and moist
Wet patio cushions that stick to one's legs
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REINFORCING A MOOD:
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SYMBOLISM:
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COMMON CLICHÉS:
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WEATHER NOTES:
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SCENARIOS FOR ADDING CONFLICT OR TENSION:
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