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:
Bright sun warming the rich earth and encouraging shoots to grow
Flowering bulbs (crocuses, tulips, irises, grape hyacinth) adding color to flowerbeds
Garden gnomes and decorations emerging from a snowy sleep
Lawns turning green
Days growing steadily longer
Dormant plants pushing up around the yard
Buds and blossoms forming on trees
Robins nesting
Increased animal activity and baby animal sightings
Bright green leaves filling out the trees
Rivers rising as snow melts and rain falls
Butterflies and bees returning to the garden
People working in their yards
Tree fluff and pollen floating in the air
Sleds being traded in for bikes and scooters
Kids practicing for soccer tryouts
Lawns being groomed and mowed

SMELLS:
A clean damp smell after it rains
Newly turned earth from gardens
Floral scents as flowers bloom

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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