Severe weather can be a great antagonist in any genre, particularly suspense, horror and mysteries in all its subgenres. I often use weather in my books: pea soup fog, rain, blizzards. floods, tornadoes or high winds because weather creates drama and pits humans against nature.
Diary of Murder begins in a Rocky Mountain blizzard while Dana and Sarah are vacationing in Colorado when they learn of Dana’s sister’s death. Her husband claims it was suicide but Dana knows better and drives their 37-foot motorhome through a storm, which no one in her right mind would attempt, but I wrote that scene from experience.
In Murder on the Interstate, Dana and Sarah discover the body of a young woman in her Mercedes convertible during a rainstorm in northern Arizona. Later, they’re caught in a flash flood in a rented Hummer while pursed by a serial killer during a severe downpour. They have to be rescued by helicopter but they’re still not out of the woods.