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Writing the Weather Pt. 2: Descriptive Words & Phrases

Hi, all. Last Thursday we touched on bringing the weather to life in your stories. As promised, today I have put together a few lists of words, phrases, and actions to help you describe the weather in your stories. This is by no means a complete list, and so I hope as you read through these words, your imagination will be sparked into action! I have not alphabetized my lists as other people might; I feel like messy chaos is often the best soil for discovery. Your brain will make all sorts of connections when you read things out of order. (;

Happy writing!



  • Brimmed (with water)
  • Weighed heavy (with water)
  • Crawled (the skies)
  • Pulled apart (in wisps)
  • Pushed together (into pillars)
  • Scuddled, Scurried
  • Soared
  • Hovered
  • Drifted
  • Rolled
  • Spotted (the sky)
  • Hung low
  • Descended
  • Meandered
  • Strolled
  • Slunk
  • Shapeshifted (in the wind)
  • Shifted anxiously (before a storm)
  • Gradient with light (sunsets and sunrises esp.)
  • Peach sorbet
  • Rusty oranges
  • Like a thick wool blanket (stormy overcast)
  • Bruised
  • Peeled away from the sun
  • Broke up in clumps (after covering the sky)

The Sun

  • Burned through (cloud coverage, mist, humidity…)
  • Filtered through (trees, tall structures, other coverings)
  • Followed behind (when travelers move from East to West)
  • Passed over and behind (when travelers move from West to East)
  • Crossed their path (when travelers move North or South)
  • Sunk
  • Pulled down the sky (below the horizon)
  • Pushed up the night (from the horizon)
  • Smoldered (literally dying out, or fading slowly at the edge of the horizon)
  • Prickled (hot skin)
  • Poured down over (the land, the people)
  • Blazed
  • Glinted (off a surface)


  • Lashed
  • Hounded
  • Bludgeoned (against structures, people)
  • Wandered (through town, valley, field)
  • Rushed (out through a door, alleyway, vent)
  • Pushed through
  • Brushed past
  • Swirled (leaves, dust, debris, particles, clothing)
  • Parted (trees, tall grasses, drying laundry)
  • Cut through (icy winds)
  • Became a vehicle to (plague, aroma, particles, sounds)

Mist & Fog

  • Accumulated
  • Rolled
  • Drifted
  • Rose from the earth
  • Crept (across the ground, between trees)
  • Furled
  • Dissipated
  • Devoured (the details of objects, making them into blurred shapes)
  • Obscured
  • Shrouded


  • Lingered
  • Rolled
  • Swept
  • Crashed
  • Reverberated
  • Bounced
  • Boomed
  • Leaped
  • Cracked
  • Bubbled
  • Roiled
  • Pounded
  • Shuddered
  • Shook
  • Pealed
  • Resounded
  • Grumbled (in the distance)
  • Murmured (in the distance)


  • Shocked (the earth)
  • Reached (down to the earth/across the heavens)
  • Serpentine arcs
  • Cracked (the sky)
  • Charged the air (Note: This can cause tingling sensations, mess with electrical equipment, and freak out cattle and other animals.)
  • Zig-zagged
  • Afflicted (trees, earth, structures)
  • Slithered
  • Trailed
  • Crawled
  • Thrashed
  • Snapped
  • Walloped (trees, earth, structures)

The Cold

  • Silenced (heavy snow and ice can trap sound)
  • Paralyzed (froze the earth)
  • Preserved
  • Suspended
  • Glaciated (a tribe, life in general; doesn’t have to be literal.)

The Heat

  • Oppressed
  • Dehydrated
  • Warmed the bones (of those who have come out of a long winter)
  • Shrouded
  • Blanketed
  • Encouraged growth (of vegetation or mold when combined with moisture)
  • Cracked (the mud, the earth, the will of humankind…)


  • Drummed
  • Pummeled
  • Heavy mist
  • Revived (the plants, habitats, animals, people, crops, riverbeds, lakes, grass, etc.)
  • Curtains
  • Soaked
  • Plagued
  • Restored
  • Healed
  • Boiled over (the banks of streams, rivers, creeks)
  • Gleaned
  • Engulfed




Writing the Weather Pt. 2

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