WEATHER AND EARTHLY PHENOMENON THESAURUS

HURRICANE



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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:
Torrential ran that blows sideways
Trees bent nearly in half
Dark skies and poor visibility
Shingles and shutters tearing away from homes
Huge ocean waves
Beach erosion
Trees breaking in half
Blown-down trees blocking the roads
Debris flying through the air and rolling along the ground
Flooding in low areas
Overflowing pools, ditches, ponds, and lakes
Houses with boarded-up windows
Downed power poles and lines
People evacuating to shelters
Businesses that are closed and boarded up
Stores running out of supplies (gas, batteries, water, food)
Reporters and camera crews
Police and emergency workers helping people who are stranded in the storm
Animals seeking shelter wherever they can find it
Lightning
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SMELLS:
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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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WEATHER NOTES:
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SCENARIOS FOR ADDING CONFLICT OR TENSION:
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