WEATHER AND EARTHLY PHENOMENON THESAURUS

HAILSTORM



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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:
Dark skies
Balls of snow mixed with ice and raining down at high velocity
Lawns blanketed in white
Eaves filling with icy pebbles
Walkways dotted with ice
Torn leaves and shredded plants
Dented metal objects
Chips and cracks in glass
People running with hands or jackets held over their heads 
A torrent of pellets splashing up from puddles or bouncing off of hard surfaces
Slushy water streaming along street gutters
Cars pulled to the side of the road or stopped beneath underpasses
People huddled under trees, in doorways, and under awnings
People using phones to video the event
Animals cowering in bushes for protection
Leaves snapping off of branches and littering the ground

SMELLS:
Ozone
Water

TASTES:
A metallic ozone tang on the tongue when one breathes through the mouth

TEXTURES AND SENSATIONS:
Darts of pain as pellets slam against one's body
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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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