->''"Woah, is it me, or does the sky look really dark and ominous? As if it's foreshadowing events which will have a negative impact on our lives."''
-->-- '''Phineas''', ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''

The sun and sky, wind and clouds, ocean and rain, the very ''earth itself'' will echo the mood without prompting or control. They ''feel'' it.

If a character needs to look pensive and tragic, there will be a [[DramaticWind hair-whipping wind]]...''even inside''. If there's an important funeral being held, [[ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals there will be rain]], or at least [[GraveClouds the dimming of the sun.]] If characters are feeling blue, we often see them exposed to GrayRainOfDepression. The Mother of All expresses her sympathy for the strife of an epic battle with [[BattleInTheRain violent thunderstorms]], chasms spontaneously opening in the earth -- even horrifying holes ripping the very fabric of reality!

And, when it's all over, the Empathic Environment responds with calm. The air stills and the clouds part...''at the same time''. [[CueTheSun The sun shines down]] as the people turn their faces up, and the rain stops just as the tears of joy start to flow.

On a larger scale, the IllGirl's case often worsens in the autumn as the leaves start to fall, and spring brings about courtship not only among birds but among humans.

Almost always this phenomenon is caused by TheLawOfConservationOfDetail. After all, if the scene you're describing (or showing) doesn't fit the mood of the moment, why do you describe it in first place?

It's known in literary criticism as the pathetic fallacy, and is well-explained by [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1007 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics''.

See also FisherKing, which is when the environment reacts to the mood of a specific person, and FisherKingdom, which is when the people change to match the environment, and EnvironmentalSymbolism. For a living, even sapient environment see GeniusLoci. Similar to, but not the same as, WeatherSavesTheDay, in which the weather facilitates the ''plot'' of the story; in this trope the weather augments the ''mood'' of the story.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'': Inside of AI-girl Ritsu's world, it rains when she cries.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' describes the increased wind during Kenshin's fights as "the swordsman's spirit" affecting the environment. Appropriately, when Shishio gets intense, any nearby flames respond in a similar way.
* At the end of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', Vash's defeat of Knives seems to allow Meryl and Millie to finally strike water, resulting in a reasonable facsimile of rain.
* At the end of episode 8 of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', it starts raining [[spoiler:in response to Kamina's death]]. It rains continuously for seven days, then stops the very moment Simon meets Nia.
* Averted yet [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' with [[spoiler:Maes Hughes']] funeral. It takes place on a bright, sunny day, yet Mustang tells Hawkeye, "It's a terrible day for rain." When Hawkeye remarks on the contrary weather, Mustang insists, and that's when she realizes that he's [[SandInMyEyes crying and attempting to hide it]]; she then relents and says that yes, it's raining.
* The ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''-verse is pretty much an empathic universe. Its many instances of DramaticWind aside, if it's overcast or starts raining in the otherwise perpetually sunny Fire Country, it usually means someone we're supposed to root for is either dead or being mourned.
* In ''Manga/SchoolRumble'', it tends to rain whenever a character is feeling [[DidNotGetTheGirl the blues]]. Most notably Eri Sawachika, [[spoiler: when her father has to cancel their dinner for a meeting out of country.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is practically made of this trope. So much so that rain has become an integral part of the fandom.
* In ''Anime/HareGuu'', it starts raining whenever Hare has a breakdown.
* ''Anime/DotHackSign'' has one of these which [[spoiler: starts out as a "sanctuary" for the protagonist, and changes with his state of mind]].
* Being set in a CrapsackWorld, the environment of ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' is almost always cloudy, complexions ranging from gray to even sickly gray-green.
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', hail suddenly appears during the climax of Kenshiro's battle against Souther. Raoh notes that "the heavens are agitated" as they both take their stance.
* The ''Manga/OniisamaE'' anime invokes this via the ''very'' frequent rainstorms that take place at the start of the series, coinciding with some of the worst parts of Nanako's BreakTheCutie days and with several of Rei's [[ThEOphelia Ophelia]] incidents.
* Played for all the drama it worth in Yaoi Manga ''Manga/AmeagariNo10Nenme'' where there is always rain when Hanajima and Kurose still facing troubles and hardships. But when they finally overcome it and confirm their left, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming their "ten years" rain finally stops and the sun shines for them]].

* During the "Brief Lives" story arc, Creator/NeilGaiman's ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]'' series shows the protagonist being mopey after the end of his latest romance, and his kingdom -- the Dreaming -- responding to his mood by raining for weeks on end. He's so entrenched in his misery that he fails to notice the flooding of his subjects' homes.
** Lampshaded by Marv the Pumpkinhead when he says "And here comes the rain, right on cue."
* ComicBook/{{Storm}} of the ComicBook/XMen quite literally has an empathic environment; the weather shifts based off her moods due to her power over weather. In fact, she has to control her moods in order to prevent them from affecting the weather adversely.
* The best way to tell if things are getting dramatic in ''ComicBook/SinCity'', is if it begins to rain.
* In ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', it rains the whole time that [[FemmeFatale Envy]] is in Toronto, and the rain ends the moment she gets on the cab to the airport.
* Lampshaded aversion in an early issue Comicbook/TheWalkingDead. A character comments that up to that point, the weather was always sunny with blue skies, largely unfitting with the whole ZombieApocalypse cenario.
* Invoked by "The Literals", a [[Comicbook/{{Fables}} Fables]] spinoff, which has an AnthropomorphicPersonification of this trope named PatheticFallacy (an alternate title of this trope - naming him EmpathicEnvironment would have had less zing somewhat...)

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* {{Averted}} in ''Fanfic/ATriangleintheStars'', particularly [[spoiler: and seemingly]] with the dark, ugly storm that occurs much later in the story. It doesn't go away after Bill and Steven settle their issues in Chapter Forty-Four, and is actually [[{{Lampshade}} lampshaded by the narrative]].
** It finally passes in Chapter Fifty-One. It actually turned out to be empathetic, because it didn't go away until [[spoiler: Wendy and Connie began to fully trust Bill and see the good that lay within]]. But, [[DaylightHorror unfortunately for Bill]], it signals possible doom...
* In FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi Empathic Environment is both a power all keepers posses, and a side-effect of dungeon hearts. Keepers can bend it to useful applications, like Mercury's corruption-storm-powered wind generators, and the vampire-emperor Zarekos' perpetual night.
* The [[BattleInTheRain sudden thunderstorm]] at the tail end of the [[FanFic/EnemyOfMyEnemy Siege of Crassus]], the first rain in a decade.
* To establish the [[RougeAnglesOfSatin goffik]] tone of the story, every time the weather is mentioned in Fanfic/MyImmortal, it is snowing and raining. [[MindScrew At the same time.]]
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', [[spoiler:[[BadFuture Dark World]]!Twilight, who just went through a VisionQuest to realign her soul, awakens to find her room overgrown by the plants Discord turned her parents into (who are wrapped around her as if hugging her), the roof torn through to allow the sky to be visible, and birds singing outside the window.]]
* Played with in ''Fanfic/APosseAdEsse'; rather than the whole environment, Dolly's superpower involves only the air or ground in a select radius around her changing to fit her mood. Played conventionally straight in Chapter 8 when Kroko is alone, when the sky is beset by rainclouds just minutes after he had an aquaphobic scare.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', when Shifu faces Tai Lung, it's all dark and gloomy and there are storm clouds as far as the eye can see. When Po shows up two minutes later the clouds and lightning are gone, replaced by a warm ambient glow and the usual bright and cheery colors of the rest of the movie.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', when we are shown the Kung Fu Council training, it is a normal warm sunset outside. Then Lord Shen walks in, and the sky near-instantly turns blood-red, like it is prone to be around him in general.
* Creator/{{Disney}} is notorious for this in their animated canon. It happens in every one of their films! Seriously!
** {{Justified}} in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', where the sudden outburst of snowy weather in the middle of summer is explicitly caused by [[EmotionalPowers Elsa's fear of her own powers leading to]] PowerIncontinence. The worse Elsa's fear gets, the worse the weather gets. [[spoiler: Thankfully, it also works the other way around; when Elsa learns that despite all that's happened between them her sister Anna still loves her, she realizes "love will thaw" and is able to fully control her powers and reverse the curse of endless winter.]]
** Similarly {{Justified}} in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' - since Zeus controls the weather, his anger causes a massive thunderstorm.
** And also in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', since Triton is the king of the sea. The movie starts with the the sea still, as he is about to enjoy a concert in his honor, but a violent thunderstorm erupts at night after he dresses down Ariel for missing her performance and going to the surface.
-->'''Sailor:''' A fine, strong wind and a following sea. King Triton must be in a friendly-type mood.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/SomeCameRunning'': When Dave takes Gwen into a passionate embrace in a cabin, the lighting goes dark for no reason at all.
* In ''[[Film/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher1928France The Fall of the House of Usher]]'', an epic thunderstorm arrives at the Usher mansion on the night that BuriedAlive Madeline rises from her tomb.
* In silent film ''Film/AFoolThereWas'', right after Schuyler leaves the house for his fateful trip that eventually lead to a very foolish affair that will utterly destroy him, the sky darkens and a thunderstorm breaks out.
--> "[[{{Anvilicious}} Storm and darkness! Is it an omen?]]
* It's pouring in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' when Rick receives Ilsa's letter telling him that [[spoiler: she will never see him again]].
* GermanExpressionism, like ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' '''''revel''''' in this Trope.
* When Kotpun's mother dies in ''Film/TheFlowerGirl'', the heavens let loose with a thunderstorm.
* In ''Film/TheCrow'', the rain in Detroit only abated after Eric finally takes Top Dollar down and returns to his grave.
* Occurs in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', as a thunderstorm and maelstrom form during the battle between ''The Black Pearl'' and ''The Flying Dutchman''. Justified, because the sea-goddess Calypso had been freed from her human shell immediately beforehand, and everyone was expecting her to be angry over her imprisonment.
** Lampshaded when a character observes "have you noticed on top of everything else, it's raining?"
* Popular in the {{Western}} genre, particularly ''Film/TheProposition''.
* ''Literally in'' ''Film/MenInBlackII'' when K is giving TheReveal to the female lead.
-->'''Agent K:''' [Ever notice] when you get sad it always seems to rain.\\
'''Laura:''' Lots of people get sad when it rains!\\
'''Agent K:''' It rains ''because'' you're sad, baby.
* Roy Batty's famous death scene in ''Film/BladeRunner''. For most of the movie (a.k.a. the Director's Cut; let's [[FanonDisContinuity ignore]] the kitschy tacked-on happy ending of the cinematic version), it's always night time in Los Angeles of 2019, the city is appropriately dark, grimy and rainy for a CyberPunk setting. However, after Roy Batty's moving death speech, the clouds break open overhead and the rain stops, and the dove flies up into sunlight.
* In ''Film/{{Shane}}'', during the confrontation between Shane and Star is a perfect example of this trope -- and all done without any special effects.
* In the film ''Film/MasterAndCommander'', as soon as Captain Aubrey finishes the ceremony to bury DrivenToSuicide Midshipman Hollom at sea, the wind picks up and the ship can finally get going again. Depending on your interpretation, either Hollom's spirit has forgiven the crew for shunning him, or [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop driving him to suicide removed the curse he was on their luck]].
* Justified in ''Film/TheMatrix'', where the final fight takes place in [[{{Cyberspace}} the Matrix]] taken over by [[TheVirus Agent Smith]], under a torrential, [[MoodLighting green-filtered]] thunderstorm. Once Agent Smith is destroyed, cue the Mega City awakening in a shiny, colorful dawn, painted by one of the resident "free programs".
* In ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' (with Ed Norton), right as Betty gets knocked out by a helicopter crash, it starts raining.
* Played very straight in 2003's ''Film/PeterPan'', in which Neverland would directly correspond to Peter's moods and emotions - when he's sad, it snows, when he's happy, the aurora lights up the sky. It goes so far that when Captain Hook notices that the sun is shining after a long spell of rain, he leaps up and cries: "he's back!
* When Rob is dumped by Charlie in the film version of ''Film/HighFidelity,'' he falls apart, and the weather matches his breakdown with heavy rain and thunder.
* The lights in the Facebook office in ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' began to go out when Mark [[spoiler: found out about Sean's arrest.]]
* The Hitchcock film ''Film/RearWindow'' takes place during a heat wave that is only broken at the end, when [[spoiler: the murderer is caught and presumably made to pay for his crimes.]]
* ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005''. We're shown in a flashback how the protagonists first fell in love. [[DramaticThunder Thunder sounds]] when things start heating up between the protagonists during their MatingDance.
* The films in the ''Film/{{Pusher}}'' trilogy start in light settings, usually in the morning, when the protagonist still has a relatively bright life to live. They then end in the dead of night, with the climax of the film usually in a place with little lighting and deep shadows, when everything has gone to hell.
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', the weather is grey and nasty through the entire film and gets worse as things look worse for mankind, but once the good guys score a decisive victory, the next time we get a look up, the sky is blue.
* In ''Film/HeartAndSouls'', it immediately starts to rain on Julia and Thomas [[spoiler: when she discovers her long-lost fiancé John died years before her arrival.]]
* Inverted with ''Film/DoctorZhivago''. All the scenes of war and despair are shot in beautiful light and scenery (for example, [[spoiler: the scene where they shoot soldiers who turn out to be teenage students at a military school]]) while the love scenes are shot in really depressing settings.
* ''Film/{{Spectre}}'': Bond and Madeline meet in cold, snowy, Austria, and she's equally cold and frosty to him. The relationship begins to improve as they head to warm and sunny Tangiers, with them finally consummating it on a train in the middle of the desert.
* When the bandits start going ''too'' far in ''Film/{{Purgatory}}'', there are rainstorms and tremors.
* ''Film/AprilShowers'': When [[spoiler:Sean finds out April died in the school shooting]], the next scene shows that it has started raining.

* It is a trope essential to Gothic literature and the Romantic movement. You can find it in all sorts of works, from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspar_David_Friedrich Caspar David Friedrich's]] bleak, moody landscapes to [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe Poe's]] "Literature/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher".
* Even Creator/OHenry got in on the trope with the short story "The Last Leaf" ... but if you're familiar with O. Henry, you know there's a surprise in TheStinger.
* Some Creator/StephenKing novels have a tendency to display fearsome weather patterns that parallel the steady build towards whatever climactic conflict will finish off the story. Examples include the cataclysmic thunderstorms of ''Literature/{{It}}'' and ''Literature/BagOfBones'' and the blizzard in ''Literature/TheShining''.
* The Literature/{{Discworld}} country of {{Uberwald}} is noted for this. Experienced residents [[DramaticEllipsis pause]] before saying portentious words to give thunder time to roll or [[HowlOfSorrow wolves to howl mournfully.]]
** To balance this out, whenever Lord Vetinari wants to demonstrate the Wonders of Urban Development and other benefits of living in Ankh-Morpork, there is either thick fog blocking the view or a pissing dog, graffiti, or a drunken dwarf nearby. Apparently this man generates an anti-Emphatic Environment field -- when he is being assaulted, it's either a beautiful day or merely a little cloudy.
** Also, in ''Discworld/TheTruth'', Otto Chriek, Vampire (but he [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires swore off the sticky stuff]] and now much prefers a mug of cocoa and a singsong, my vord yes.) mourns this fact -- he always makes dramatic pauses, used to Uberwald's environment, but Ankh-Morpork does not care. When it does, however, he uses it whilst it lasts and is overjoyed.
---> '''Otto''': [[FunetikAksent Vat a big... ''castle.'']] '''*rumble*''' Yes! Vunce more mit feelink!
** Granny Weatherwax's ire is known to cause any and all natural noises to stop in their tracks and can, indeed, cause empathic weather on top of it. Even though Granny's a witch, these events seem to occur without her consciously making them so. (Being skilled in headology, that's just what she wants you to think.)
** There's also the "gnarly ground" mentioned in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', a patch of magically-altered land in the Lancre mountains which actually changes its appearance to match the mood of visitors. A person who's nervous or angry will see the small field as a brambly moor, the stone over a brook as a flimsy stone bridge over a deep canyon, and the hollow in the side of the mountains as a system of deep caves, while someone in love will see it completely differently, such as the field as a meadow filled with flowers.
* If there's a heat wave (or other unpleasant weather pattern) at the start of a crime wave, it will be relieved when the crime is solved.
** The heat waves in ''Cat of Many Tails'' and ''Cop Hater''.
** The plague in ''[[Literature/JudgeDee The Willow Pattern]]''.
** The fire in ''The Siamese Twin Mystery''.
** OlderThanRadio: The St Petersburg heat wave in ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment''.
* Averted and {{lampshaded}} in the ''Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse'' novel ''Rise of the Horde'', in which the protagonist Durotan, [[spoiler:who is about to take an old friend as a hostage,]] contemplates on how the weather is all sunny and the land is so lush when it so utterly fails to reflect his inner conflict and sadness.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest'', Jennifer complains of the lack of this: when Prince Rupert observed that Parliament might order him executed, it was in a raging storm, but the next morning is a bright sunshiny day, although he is still in mortal danger.
* The final battle of Creatir/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' took place under a storm. As the same band of TrueCompanions approaches the climax of the sequel series, ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', LovableRogue Silk notices the clouds gather and [[LampshadeHanging wonders aloud why these things can't be allowed to happen when it's nice out]].
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novel ''Fulgrim'', the dying Solomon Demeter watches [[CueTheSun the sun setting]] and explicitly feels as if the world was marking his passing.
* As the ten characters are whittled down by the murderer in ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', the worsening weather coincides with the worsening situation on the island.
* Used in ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', where the climax between Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby takes places on a brutally hot day, but the chilly weather on the following day represents the end of Gatsby and Daisy's romance.
* In ''Literature/ANightInTheLonesomeOctober'', a non-stop thunderstorm lingers above the Good Doctor's farmhouse, and only goes away after [[spoiler: the place burns down]]. Lampshaded when Snuff notices how soggy the ground there has gotten, thanks to a month's constant drenching. [[spoiler: Note that this ''must'' be the Empathic Environment at work, not a result of deliberate occult weather-control, as the Good Doctor isn't really a Player and has no magical skills.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Shadowleague}}'' books, the weather in Callisoria mirrors the state of the Curtain Walls, which the [[TrueCompanions heroes]] are trying to save. Hence, it ends up mirroring their moods almost exactly.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Phoenix Exultant]]'', Daphne is in a Red Manorial room when her LaserGuidedAmnesia is revoked. It is specifically designed to do this. The entire room goes dark with her misery, flowers wilting. When she manages to turn off the feedback loops that exaggerate her woe, she ends up with a TearfulSmile because she, and it, look so ridiculous.
* In the ''Literature/StarShardsChronicles'', this is applied rather literally: Michael's superpower is that he can actually control the weather based on his emotions.
* Used frequently in Creator/RaymondChandler's works. (The rain in ''Literature/TheBigSleep'', the wind in "Red Wind", etc.)
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, the night sky tends to cloud over and become stormy at Gatherings when there is arguing. The cats believe that their warrior ancestors are controlling the weather and expressing their displeasure, but one medicine cat does point out that sometimes a storm is just a storm.
* In ''Literature/CountAndCountess'', during one particularly harrowing but cathartic scene, it begins raining when a teenage Vlad Dracula has just escaped a grueling life as a [[ChildSoldiers child soldier]] and is on his way home for the first time in years.
* Played entirely straight for most of ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' series, with the rising of the Dark accompanied by blizzards and cold, a tornado, and a great deal of storms, shadow, and lightning in general. But on at least one occasion, this is subverted: in ''Literature/TheGreyKing'', the day on which the harp must be played to wake the Sleepers, when the power of the Grey King is at its height and crushing Will with his malevolence...it's the most beautiful, peaceful, sunny day you could imagine.
* The rain at the end of ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar''.
* In Creator/JaneAusten's ''{{Literature/Emma}}'', the protagonist is experiencing a major crisis while there is a very severe and very long summer storm near the climax of the novel. When the storm is over and lovely summer weather is restored, she is determined to know herself better and behave accordingly, and moments later she is reconciled with her friend as well. Though such a beautiful use of this trope seems tailor-made for film, only the 1996 ITV [[Film/{{Emma}} telefilm]] utilizes it in adaptation.
* At the end of the book ''Mortal Coil'' of the ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' series, the assassin Tesseract is finally killed after the Skeleton Detective hunts him down [[spoiler: and accidentally leads him into a surprise attack by the recently resurrected Lord Vile and is mortally wounded.]] The assassin, who was centuries years old and only kept alive by a mask that continuously pumped a sort of preservative/anti-toxin into his body, asks the normally pragmatic detective to bring him outside so that he could see the sunrise before he dies. [[TearJerker He dies trying to smile as the two watch it together.]]
* Inverted in ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'', where the weather is known to actually change people's moods.
* Played straight twice in ''Melusine'', the first book in ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'' series. Meeting a [[BloodMagic blood witch]] in a cemetery? Surrounded by millenia-old ghosts who need your [[MadOracle insane]] brother to put them to rest? You're about to get drenched.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' rather than reveal a tough character is weeping, Creator/GeorgeRRMartin has the rain flowing over their face instead.
* In ''Literature/SalvageTheBones'', Hurricane Katrina hits as the Batistes' private dramas come to a climax.
* Inverted in ''Literature/SeedsOfYesterday'' as Christopher Dollanganger is buried on a beautiful, sunny day. Cathy wonders how they can be having on a funeral on a day meant for picnics and sailing.
* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'': When the SinisterMinister Pope Boniface VIII is discussed in Heaven, the sky turns dark and reddish, as if the whole cosmos is ashamed of how he has perverted the true religion.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', at the end of the episode appropriately named ''Turbulence'', heavy rain pours as Davis RageAgainstTheHeavens, [[spoiler:Jimmy sinks into drug abuse]], and Chloe sobbing alone after [[spoiler:Jimmy says marrying her is the biggest mistake of his life.]]
* A standard SoapOpera trope. Bad weather frequently coincides with major events in the characters' lives:
** ''Series/AllMyChildren'' had a tornado occurring on a day when about six major storylines either came to a climax or kicked off.
** In February 1999, at the same time ABC Primetime premiered the miniseries ''Series/StormOfTheCentury'', ABC Daytime started its own "storm" hype by having a massive blizzard strike all four ABC soaps. This was easy to do, as all four soaps set in the Northeast, which frequently experiences this type of weather. Two--''Series/PortCharles'' and ''Series/GeneralHospital'' were set in the same town in upstate New York (the former was a {{Spinoff}} of the latter), while the other two--''Series/AllMyChildren'' and ''Series/OneLifeToLive''--were in set in suburban Pennsylvania and presumably in close proximity to each other). With this, several front-burner storylines were kicked into high gear.
* The DownerEnding of ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[spoiler:"The Pandorica Opens"]] takes place at night, with no visible stars above. Stars are, however, clearly visible during the Stonehenge speech, in spite of all the space ships whizzing about.
* In an episode of ''Series/HannahMontana'' when Miley lost an anklet her mother gave her, the weather in Hawai'i promptly turned sour. When Robbie Ray gives a speech telling her how her mother is always with her, [[MagicFeather anklet or no]], the weather promptly turns gorgeous again.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', "Terrorform", a psi-moon that Rimmer and Kryten crash into latches onto Rimmer's personality and emotions, creating a world with frogs that croak "useless", [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace places that have names to run away from really fast]], beasts named after his negative attributes... not to mention a graveyard for certain of his positive attributes. [[spoiler:Rimmer's colleagues have to put him in a happy and self-confident state, which is then reflected in the environment, long enough for them all to escape -- after which they cheerfully admit that they were lying about how likeable he was.]]
* Justified in an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1''. While the team, having recently lost Daniel (again) stood around looking pensive and sad, an odd, comforting wind blew past. They were inside. They all agreed that it must have been a malfunctioning air vent, but [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence we (and O'Neill) know better...]]
* A classic episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' "Rain King" had Mulder and Scully investigating a swindler who claimed to be able to make it rain (and sold this skill to drought-struck communities). Soon enough, they discover the man's ex-fiancée believes she has a sort of antagonistic version of this trope in effect (the sky seemed to cry on her first wedding day, and the clouds laughed at her when she got divorced) and that is behind her ex-fiancée's apparent abilities. In fact, [[spoiler:she has a nerdy secret admirer who ''actually'' has this relationship with the weather, it reflected ''his'' moods when she married another man and when she finally left that guy. He had been affecting the weather for her ex's business out of guilt]].
* In ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'', as [[spoiler:Spartacus, known in the arena as the Bringer of Rain]] breathes his last, a gentle rain begins to fall.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** Sometimes jokingly discussed regarding either Lilith or Bebe.
--->'''Niles:''' Strange, I usually get some sign when Lilith is in town - dogs forming into packs, blood weeping down the wall.
** Done in an episode featuring Lilith's brother:
--->'''Frasier:''' The Beast is among us!
* In ''Series/WolfHall'', the morning of Anne Boleyn's execution is grey and windy. After the deed is done, there is a rumble of thunder and the rain begins. But the day has become incongruously ''sunny'' by the time Thomas Cromwell is back in Whitehall, slowly making his way through the corridors to see Henry VIII's joyful smile upon being informed that Cromwell has successfully ended his marriage by killing his wife.
* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E9YeWhoEnterHere "Ye Who Enter Here"]], when Coulson and his team arrive in Puerto Rico, it's bright and sunny, but as they prepare to enter the lost Kree city, [[AStormIsComing a storm is brewing]].
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' It is ''pouring'' throughout much of "Kill Ari" and "Kill Ari, 2", the episodes immediately following Caitlin Todd's murder and the team's efforts to find her killer, but sunny on the day of her funeral, as the team finally makes its peace with her death and moves on.

* The jazz standard "Stormy Weather":
-->Since my man and I ain't together\\
Keeps raining all the time
* Inverted in the Wendy Matthews song "The Day You Went Away": the refrain is about the fact that the weather ''isn't'' providing suitable accompaniment:
-->There's not a cloud in the sky\\
It's as blue as your goodbye\\
And I thought that it would rain on a day like today
* Pretty much the entirety of Conjure One's "Tears From the Moon". After the singer's partner dumps her, it starts raining:
-->I feel something falling from the sky\\
I'm so sad, I made the angels cry\\
Tears from the moon\\
fall down like rain.
* Music/{{Enya}}'s enigmatic B-side "I May Not Awaken" features a ''massively'' empathic environment. It's a dark, snowy, cloudy night, and the wind is howling...small wonder that the narrator proves to be [[YouCantGoHomeAgain homesick]], [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids hopelessly]] [[MakeAWish wishing on the few visible stars]], [[DespairEventHorizon running out of options]], and, as if that wasn't enough ''[[DrivenToSuicide suicidal]]''. It's implied that she [[SnowMeansDeath goes through]] [[DownerEnding with it]] too.

[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* Invoked in Literature/TheBible by [[Literature/BooksOfSamuel the prophet Samuel]], who calls for rain at Saulís inauguration as a sign that God is unhappy that Israel has chosen a human king over their heavenly King.
-->"'Now therefore stand still and see this great thing that the LORD will do before your eyes. Is it not wheat harvest today? I will call upon the LORD, that He may send thunder and rain. And you shall know and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking for yourselves a king.' So Samuel called upon the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day, and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel."
--->-- '''[[Literature/BooksOfSamuel 1 Samuel 12:16-18]]''', English Standard Version

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3.0 ''Manual of the Planes'', one of the {{Dream Land}}s described in the appendix is literally this way. Its occupant is an eternally youthful child, and the land responds to her desires, turning bright and sunny when she is happy, stormy when she is angry, windy and wet when she is sad, etc. The only other permanent resident is a large dragon who knows the truth: [[spoiler: the girl was the last survivor of a doomed [[OutOfGenreExperience space colonization effort]]. Her ship crashed, and her stasis pod is [[FateWorseThanDeath left running on the surface of some unknown, airless, alien world forever]]. Or at least until the power fails.]]
* Downplayed in ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', where the EldritchLocation of the Hedge between the mundane world and [[LandOfFaerie Arcadia]] responds subtly to the Changelings and fae creatures within it. Weaker beings only get minor cosmetic effects like [[FertileFeet flowers blooming near them]], while those with a powerful [[PowerLevels Wyrd]] can actually weaponize the environmental effects.

* The play ''Theatre/TwelveAngryMen'' begins with all but one juror agreeing to a guilty verdict on a very hot day in a courthouse with no air conditioning. But as the show goes on the environment becomes more and more bearable finally culminating in a rainstorm when [[spoiler: the jurors decide on a not guilty verdict.]]
* The script of ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' calls for a dramatic sunset to add "Wagnerian splendor" to the scene in which [[spoiler:Seymour feeds Audrey's dead body to the plant]]. Further environment empathy is implied by the line "Feel the sturm und drang in the air" in the title song.
* At the end of the first act of ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', as the phantom vows revenge on Christine and Raoul, lightening flashes across the sky to emphasize how angry he is at her betrayal.
* It's raining for all of the revolution in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', despite the fact that it takes place in June. This is especially noticeable in the aptly-named "Little Fail of Rain", when [[spoiler:Eponine is dying]], and in "Javert's [[spoiler:suicide]]", which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* Lampshaded in ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone'', when the Man in the Chair says that "[Janet] is bathed in the blue light of a sympathetic moon, which is ridiculous because it's the middle of the day.".
* In ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'', "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" takes place in [[ExactWords a dark and very expensive forest]] to show how distraught Arthur is at his defeat at the hands of the French Taunters. The trope is neatly subverted for the rest of the song, as it starts to rain despite Arthur and Patsy being noticeably happier with the situation.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The sky in ''VideoGame/InFamous'' takes colour depending on your karmic path. Good gives you a nice sunny day, evil results in RedSkyTakeWarning.
* The action of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' happens during one of the worst snowstorms that New York City has ever seen, a storm that only abates after Max takes down the one behind the murder of his family.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' opens a boss battle with [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/The_Last_Stand this]] as part of the narration:
-->"Very well, then," he says. "It'll be a fight to the death for control of the island. But don't you think the weather's a little inappropriate for a climactic battle royale?" He gestures as if to encompass the bright, clear day, chirping birds, and humming insects.\\
"Oh, yeah, man, you're right," Wisniewski says. He glances at a nearby Elder Shaman who isn't quite dead yet. She closes her eyes and chants.\\
Storm clouds fill the sky, roiling and churning. The landscape grows dark, illuminated only by near-constant flashes of lightning, as rain pours from the sky in improbably quantities.\\
"Much better," the Man says. "All right, you little commie, let's get to it."
* ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict'' multiplayer maps have a sort of Empathic Environment: if the match goes for too long (and ''especially'' after the teams exchanged a few nukes), all colors become dull and grayish, the clouds gather and the sunlight dims slightly.
* In ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'', all of the cutaway scenes when you haven't made a big enough katamari feature rain and thunder coming down as the dejected prince kneels before the King Of All Cosmos. Justified because, well, ''he's the King Of All Cosmos'', and in one of these sequences he even mentions that he's making it rain to make his speech about how disappointed he is in you more dramatic.
* Shing kicks off the second half (the actual plot) of ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' with a somewhat justified HeroicBSOD, which only deepens when he meets the next MrExposition. The outside world is still fairly bright and sunny, but after Kohak snaps him out of it, another character tries to shoot him (long story). Shing uses his sword to deflect the projectile, and with a ''flash'', it flies into the distance, and right there, the game's heroic theme starts up, and the clouds part, [[CueTheSun revealing the sun]].
* ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight'' loves this trope. Going on War Battles? Welcome to an arid setting with gloomy and sinister weather! Fighting the fearsome leader of the Enemy Generals at the end of the game? You'll be met with a hurricane [[spoiler:which is even more violent, with [[BattleInTheRain rain pouring hard]] and strong DramaticWind, when fighting him in his unmasked version]]! Going on sinister-looking places for dates, such as the Ruins, the Catacombs, or the Sieger Cannons? Cue the lack of music and DramaticWind!
* Your final decision at the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' will influence the giant glowing globe behind the Illusive Man's office. If you choose Paragon, it's blue; if you choose Renegade, it's red.
* The sky is dark and overcast for the last few missions of ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'', which looks odd because it's supposed to be about noon. Of course, this being a flight simulator, and the first mission of said sequence pitting you against an elite squadron, it's possible and almost expected for the player to fly above the clouds and witness a beautiful blue sky once more, right before you have to [[AirstrikeImpossible fly underground]].
* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' FightingGame ''Scarlet Weather Rhapsody'', where characters begin manifesting localized weather that represents a poetic interpretation of their personality.
* The very minute the Shadow Queen in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' is revived the entire world instantly becomes night, even above the clouds. Same thing happens with the Dark Star in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'', ominous blue/purple storm clouds form over the castle and a creepy fog descends over the battle field.
* In ''VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander'' it rains during the last mission in Haven City, combined with occasional flashes of thunder (which barely ever happens in-game). At the end of it, [[spoiler:Damas dies.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{LEGOHarryPotter}} Years 1-4 and 5-7'' each have a specific weather pattern for each year, matching their tone.
* In stealth game ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' the final level's forecast depends on how much chaos you've caused during the game. High chaos equals a stormy, overcast cast while low chaos creates a calm, clear day (which makes it slightly anti-climatic).
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' the final colossus is fought dramatically during a [[BattleInTheRain raging storm,]] complete with infernal tornadoes in the background marking where you killed the other colossi. It's jarring as it starts and stops as you walk in and out of the colossus's stadium. {{Justified}} in-universe as it references the fact that the Forbidden Land is awakening from its timeless phase, thanks to the completion of the ritual.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Throughout the series and in the lore, the realms of the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]] in Oblivion are part this trope, part GeniusLoci, and part EldritchLocation. The Princes rule their own realms as {{Dimension Lord}}s, inside of which they possess almost absolute power to create, change, and alter at will. Anything that causes one of the Princes to change, however, be it a HijackingCthulhu situation or through their own actions, [[FisherKing also affects their realm]]. For example, in the 4th Era when [[DealWithTheDevil Clavicus Vile]] was [[Literature/TheElderScrolls separated from]] his [[MoralityChain external conscience]], Barbas, his realm of is said to have ''literally'' shrunk.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', a vicious Blight Storm has been raging all around Red Mountain ever since [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]]'s [[KingInTheMountain return]] several centuries prior to the start of the game. When he is defeated at the end, the storm dissipates and clear skies are seen over Red Mountain for the first time in centuries.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', areas around [[HellGate Oblivion Gates]] see the skies become cloudy and [[RedSkyTakeWarning ruddy]]. Closing the gate will cause the environment to return to normal.
* During a "dream" in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', the more upset one character gets the more it rains, which risks washing away Mount Pudding.
* When you summon [[BonusBoss a]] [[EldritchAbomination Wither]] In ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', the sky darkens and turns to a [[RedSkyTakeWarning redder shade]].
* Kind of justified on several occasions in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. Burmecia is introduced as the "Realm of Eternal Rain" which wouldn't fit as an example were you not only visiting it after it's [[spoiler:totally devastated and almost all of its population killed]]. You have Freya in your party who laments the fate of her home, and the city stays in the same condition till the end of the game. Simirally but to a lesser extent Treno which is forever shrowded in darkness (apparently, being geographically located this way) and is all about night life of nobles and thieves.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' it only tends to get cloudy and rainy when you visit a locale that's in a bad way, such as "Ingo" Ranch, Kakariko Village when the ghost from the well is loose, and the ruined Castle Town. Go anywhere near [[VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Ganondorf's Castle]] and it goes a step further by ''becoming permanently locked at midnight until you leave''.
* ''VideoGame/TheWitness'': The items in [[spoiler: the central lake]] will change and develop when certain tasks are completed, like turning on a laser or opening one of the vault doors.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/FleuretBlanc'' a torrential thunderstorm occurs during [[spoiler:Kant's dismissal]] and the final evening, both of which are climactic and dramatic points in the story.
* Constantly used in ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', where the weather will change on a coin flip; when someone's DarkAndTroubledPast catches up with them, it starts to pour even when it was sunny seconds ago. In one route, the weather is a plot point, snowing in late spring when the world and the heroine of said route are both getting messed up. [[spoiler:Turns out it's all intentional. The setting was a dream world made from memories and data from the AkashicRecords, where the titular baseball team has to form bonds and get past their [[DysfunctionJunction many, varied traumas]], so everything, including the weather, reacts to their emotional states.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0058.html this strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'', watch the color of the sky in the panels that isolate a single character.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': most of the plot occurs in a dark, drab school, but two tearjerker scenes ([[spoiler:Annie crying over her mother's death, and Kat's final minutes with Alistair]]) occur in bright, sunlit environs.
** Going one further, the character Zimmy projects some sort of reality-warping field as a result of PowerIncontinence which gives her a ghastly appearance and subjects her to constant, nightmarish hallucinations which at their worst may even supplant reality, pulling her and those around her into her personal DarkWorld. So, when is the one time when her power cools off, she starts to look like a normal human being, and she appears to experience genuine happiness? ''[[HappyRain While getting soaked to the skin, standing in the pouring rain during a thunderstorm at night]]''.
** Subverted by "Power Station". The titular experiment creates an artificial rain, and Zimmy stops suppressing her power, but the rain doesn't suppress it. "It's not workin'... ''it's not workin'!''" By the way, Zimmy's internal world is dark and drab, but the area where Gamma waits for her is brighly colored and lit with sunshine.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob:'' Galatea experiences her [[VillainousBreakdown lowest emotional point]] and [[PowerOfLove eventual redemption]] while caught outside [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080902.html in the rain at night.]]
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/050514c X agrees to try ice cream -- the panel flashes to darkness]]
* ''Webcomic/WoodenRose'': [[http://www.woodenrosecomic.com/comic/chapter4/101.html When they kiss, roses sprout from the ground and flower.]] Given that he's a god of the forest, probably justified.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' there is a running gag of a crack of thunder (and lightning if the character is near a window) whenever someone says something particularly ominously as can be seen [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-12-01 here]], [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-01-28 here]] and [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-02-16 here]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheCyantianChronicles'' whenever Vincent feels sad (fairly often) it rains, when he found out his mother had died it poured for days. Turned out to be because [[spoiler: he has latent weather control powers, first confirmed when he got angry and fried the BigBad and two mooks with lightning]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2784 Squigley comments on how it gets dark when Monique goes emo.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A disturbing variation from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. After it's been revealed (through an old video tape diary) that the Ice King was once a young human named Simon who was mind-raped into becoming the insane, blue-skinned sociopath he is now by a crown he acquired, the tape shows Simon sitting at a table next to a window. As he says, "My skin is beginning to turn blue," the sky outside darkens. As he says "My body temperature is lowering at a supernatural rate," snow starts to fall. And as he says "I don't know when it will end... I'm really scared," the sky darkens almost completely, and a violent snowstorm begins.
** Justified, as the crown also turned him into AnIcePerson: he was probably subconsciously ''causing'' the snow to fall.
* During the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "Dueling Eds", Rolf challenges Eddy to a duel after the latter inadvertently insults Rolf's culture by tossing his sea cucumber ball to a fence earlier on. When Eddy prepares to square off with Rolf in the impending match, Rolf becomes intimidating, eliciting a sudden, ominous storm cloud, which retains during the duel, with Rolf clobbering Eddy at every hit. Once it ends with Rolf tossing Eddy over the edge of the pit, the former reverts back to his cheery, eccentric self, causing the weather to become clear and sunny again.
* In the episode "Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Rainbow Dash is moping over being upstaged by the titular superhero by lounging around on one grey cloud in the middle of a sunny day. Justified in that moving clouds around is actually Rainbow's job, and she presumably found a rain cloud and dragged it into place just to mope on.
** In "Testing Testing 123" Rainbow Dash lands on a white fluffy cloud to mope, and the cloud immediately turns grey and starts to rain, mirroring her mood. This is assumed to be a pegasus trait.
** Another episode, "Hearth's Warming Eve", features a ''literal'' Empathic Environment - the mysterious blizzard is created by giant horse-creatures called Windigos that feed off of anger and hate.
* Parodied with Native American John Redcorn in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. Whenever he starts talking about his culture, his hair moves as if there's wind, even when he's inside.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' has the gang go to a kingdom where the land reflects the mood of its young king.
* Arguably, the containment wall from ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', which always reflects the current mood of the episode: The sky is usually an optimistic, bright blue; on days when the plot gets darker, it takes on a steel gray color; and then, as the series gets progressively darker, it switches to sunset, to emphasize the changing nature of the show, then darker and cloudier before finally looking like storm clouds to symbolize the raging war against Megabyte.
* In an episode of ''{{WesternAnimation/Arthur}}'' the family goes on vacation, and just when it seems things are going horribly, sure enough a thunderstorm comes in. By the end of the episode, things have cheered up, reflected by Arthur waking up to a sunny day.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In Episode 134, when everyone else is too busy doing their own thing to play with Stumpy, Stumpy becomes upset and then it suddenly starts raining.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Several times the area gets cloudy when Lapis Lazuli is brooding or distressed. Considering she has [[MakingASplash hydrokinesis]] powers and clouds are made of water vapor, it may not be a coincidence.