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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
(inside the Coffee Press at Paseo Verde Library in Green Valley Ranch)
Topic: “How Stormy Was It?”
(A Professional Meteorologist Dives Into “It was a dark and stormy night.”)
“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.” – opening lines of Paul Clifford, by Edward Bulwer- Lytton, 1830. Writers Digest calls “It was a dark and stormy night.” the “literary poster child” of bad ways to start a novel and a classic example of purple prose. However, the American Review of Books ranks it #22 on their Best First Lines Of Novels List. So which is it? Is writing about the weather boring? Or does it help set the mood and tension of your scene? Join us for a lively discussion with a professional meteorologist as he describes dynamic weather phenomena and lays a bunch of cool, techie weather lingo on us that you can drop in your next blockbuster!
Guest Presenter: Minnesota Public Radio (MPR.org) Meteorologist Paul Huttner.
(free for WSN Members and first time guests / $5 non-members)