- Rain: cleansing, renewal, mixed emotions, depression
- Thunderstorm: anger, danger, strong emotion
- Blue Skies/Sunshine: hope, happiness, absence of trouble, purity
- No Wind or humid: stagnant, unable to move forward, smothering
- Windy: change, things moving too quickly to grab onto
- Snow: inner coldness, sadness, cleansing, covering the bad, a quiet calm, purity
- Blizzard: overwhelmed, trapped, helpless
- Fog: unknown, fear, confusion, foreboding danger
Hurricanes have been particularly useful to mystery writers. Randy Wayne White's Dark Light, a Doc Ford mystery, involves the retired CIA agent in the aftermath of a Category 4 hurricane that ravaged the Florida coast. Others have used the massive storms to create havoc for their protagonists.
Thunderstorms, snowstorms, floods, and heat waves have provided backdrops for novels. If you're using one of these meteorological wonders, though, it's best to do some research to make sure your facts are right. Strange things happen during these storms, but sometimes they're a bit too strange to make it in fiction. If you've never been through a hurricane, it's a good idea to talk to someone who has. Of course, everybody has a good thunderstorm tale.
Have you read any good weather-connected books lately?