Nope, I’m not here to tell you about 80’s hair bands. (Though I do have a particular fondness for that Scorpions’ hit that my alma mater loves to play at football games. I freely admit to pumping up the volume and rockin’ out to “Rock You Like A Hurricane.”) I’m talking about the real thing. Real hurricanes. Those nasty, furious, window-bursting, tree-uprooting forces of nature that get named. And the most fearsome of those storms have their name retired. Kind of like sports jerseys of the greatest players to be hung in their respective stadiums and arenas.
I have plans for a hurricane (yet to be named) to force its way into one of my stories. And it’s going to force two unwilling characters together. I admit, my current plans have the hurricane to be more of a backdrop, but since this topic came up about how weather causes conflict in our stories, I’m giving it a bit more thought.
Why a hurricane? Why not snow? Or a tornado? Icy roads? Or even a perfectly sunny day? Because I’m a Floridian by birth and spent all of my youth and much of my adulthood in a hurricane-prone zone. I’ve only experienced the category 1’s and 2’s. I evacuated Miami when Hurricane Andrew struck, but I saw the devastation afterwards. I think I’ve got something I can work with there.
Has weather affected your stories? If so, how?