WEATHER AND EARTHLY PHENOMENON THESAURUS

HEAT WAVE



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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:
A cloudless sky
Bright sun
Dry earth
Plants wilting in their pots
Dogs panting in the shade
People sweating through their clothes
Animals and people more lethargic than usual
Grass that turns brown from a lack of moisture
Droopy, wilting plants
People generally avoiding the outdoors
Increased acts of violence
Brushfires and wildfires
Shimmery heat waves rising off the pavement
Sweat forming on the skin as soon as one steps outside
People wearing as little clothing as possible
Windows opened wide at night (if one does not have air conditioning)
Kids running under sprinklers or playing in pools
Ice cream cones melting as soon as they are removed from a cooler
Women wearing their hair up to help stay cool
Men fanning themselves with ball caps

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TASTES:
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TEXTURES AND SENSATIONS:
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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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