now that I have the promo out of the way (oh, my precious, precious pull quote!) I can get started rereading romances with storms in them. I'm going to write an article about 'em.
I grabbed a stack of books off the shelf--real books and not just the ones on my kindle so now my room is a mess--and it's amazing how many books do have storms that
1. make the h/h lose their way
2. force the h/h to hole up together for a day or a season.
3. cover footprints with snow and make the h/h or villain lose the scent (usually literal scent. I seem to have accumulated a fair number of paranormals)
Stuff falling out of clouds is the best deus ex machina ever because it's hardly an unbelievable chariot driving out of the sky. Weather, a writer's best plotty friend.