WEATHER AND EARTHLY PHENOMENON THESAURUS

SUMMER



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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:
Bright sun and blue sky
Kids playing outside (running through sprinklers, riding bikes, climbing trees and building forts, skipping rocks at the stream, throwing a football at the park, drawing with colored chalk on the sidewalk, hosting neighborhood drink stands, etc.)
People in shorts and tank tops mowing lawns and caring for their yards, scraping down the grill for a barbecue and setting up deck chairs, watering the flowerbed
Garage sales
Neighbors visiting at the fence
Dogs lying in the sun or panting in the shade
Heat waves rising off the concrete
Trips to the zoo and pool to keep children busy over the school break
Lush green plants and bright flower blossoms
Fruit clusters in the branches of fruit trees (apples, pears, cherries, plums)
Fireflies blinking at night
Backyard campfires
Bats dipping and swooping at dusk
Tall grass whispering against one's legs
Mosquito bites dotting one's legs and arms
Summer storms (roiling gray clouds, flashes of lightning, a deluge of rain dampening the intense heat and watering thirsty plants, the wind whipping branches back and forth, etc.)

SMELLS:
Meat grilling on the grill
Sunscreen
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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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