At the end of this week, it will be December. And in Alabama, that means we could have sunny days with temps in the 80s or brittle gray days with a wind chill of 12 -- sometimes both within the same week!
Weather has always fascinated me: I'm the one who has to go outside, with eyes peeled skyward, when our area is under a tornado warning. The Weather Channel is my favorite television station. I even watched a pro football game tonight just because it was played in a snow shower.
I've written about a river flood that strands a hero and heroine, a tornado that forces a heroine to face her fears, a blizzard that isolates a heroine in her home, and a child who disobeys her parents to save someone during a hurricane. I was cautioned by those with more experience to avoid using weather as a plot device; that it was the mark of an amateur. I tried to clean up my weather act, but it just seemed false. Don't get me wrong -- I didn't zap a villain with a lightning bolt or whip up a storm half a continent away just because I needed to delay a heroine's flight home. But come on! Life isn't all 72 degrees with a gentle breeze out of the southwest.
How do you incorporate weather into your stories without it becoming a coincidental or convenient plot device?