WEATHER AND EARTHLY PHENOMENON THESAURUS

THUNDERSTORM



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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:
Heavy gray or black clouds that block the light
A strong wind that shakes and whips trees back and forth
Rain pelting the ground in such volumes that it floods
Dirty runoff streams racing down gutters and slopes
Puddles that appear to jump from high-velocity rains drops
Pools of dirty rainwater forming in low spots
Rainfall so pronounced it creates cloud streaks
Lightning flashes that stab downward or light up the clouds
A false darkness that makes the setting feel oppressive and washed-out
Clouds that boil across the sky in a bruise-colored wall
Flower petals littering the grass
Shadows and poor visibility
People flinching as the boom of thunder hits
Dogs howling or hiding from the noise
A sudden darkness as power goes out inside a home

SMELLS:
Air heavy with moisture
Wet earth and grass
A fresh clean smell following the storm
Ozone

TASTES:
Rainwater

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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