Disclosure: this is my favorite time of year. I love the cooler weather, the wind, pumpkin goodies, and the promise of the holidays coming. I love that tons of books come out and new television seasons start and good movies are around the corner. It's just all so wonderfully exciting.
But the weather is a big part of that. I love windy days. I love the first few drops of rain. There's a taste about autumn weather that's just so satisfying. Autumn days seem to satisfy a craving that every other season ignores.
So, I've been thinking about weather. Weather can be a great plot device. It can force characters to pause, bring them together, cause them stress, force them into action. Weather is beyond everyone's control, which means that it is purely at the discretion of the writer.
So change up the weather in your story. Have a sudden storm or drought. Create a tornado. Have a hurricane hit. See what happens when something uncontrollable happens.