We’ve had a recockulous amount of rain in Brisbane over the past few weeks. Sunday night really took the biscuit, though. Monday morning arrived and the roads were utter chaos. My younger son’s school was even closed because of the creek near it going into flood. It amazes me that in a city of more than 1 million people, the entire commuter run can be brought to a grinding halt by something as natural as water. Then again, it was more like a plague of water…
Now, in Australia we do have some extreme weather. We usually get a tropical cyclone or two every year, but mostly in sparsely inhabited areas. We have great thunderstorms, especially during summer. Dust storms are fairly common in the outback, and some areas even get snow.
The chaos that a torrential downpour can cause made me think about the other areas of the world. All the other Coffee-Fueled lasses are from parts foreign to me. The desert of Las Vegas, the streets of Paris, the rolling hills of Minnesota. Each has its own weather trials.
What do you guys out there find the hardest to deal with? Is it when the wind stays strong for days and your kids go loopy? Is it the constricted feeling you get when it rains for a solid week? Is it the obstructionist nature of heavy snow? Or something else?
And as a side question…how would you use weather in a story? For example, in the movie “Insomnia”, I thought the use of Alaska as a setting was brilliant. The absence of night, plus the inclusion of fog at certain points really gave the script an edge. How would you use weather to further a story?