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.
SIGHT:
Thickening shadows
A purple night sky edged with pink and orange as the sun drops below the horizon
Streaks of cloud
Light draining from the sky
Swooping bats
Rabbits venturing out of the wooded cover (in rural areas)
Fireflies winking in the night
Structures and trees silhouetted against the dark
Light spilling from the windows of homes as families head indoors

SMELLS:
Campfire smoke (in the summer)
Chimney smoke (in the winter)
Residual char from a cooling barbeque grill
Bug spray
Citronella
Oil from patio lanterns

TEXTURES AND SENSATIONS:
Goose bumps caused by the cooling air
Biting insects
Slapping at a leg or arm to kill a mosquito
A cool mist of sunscreen falling over one's skin
An evening breeze sliding through one's hair and ruffling clothes
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SOUNDS:
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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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