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Perpetual Storm
"And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights."
Genesis 7:12, The Bible (King James Version)

In the real world, storms last for hours or days at most. In fiction, however, thanks to Weather Manipulation and Weather Control Machines, characters can create storms that last significantly longer.

Or they could be naturally ocurring. This can avert All Planets Are Earth-Like; an alien planet with a perpetual storm will seem a lot less hospitable even if it's not a full-on Death World.

These can cause The Great Flood.

Expect a lot of Dramatic Thunder and Dramatic Wind, if the protagonists have to travel through the storm. If the storm is over the sea, expect a Mega Maelstrom.

Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • There's the Grand Stream in Last Exile, a powerful, stable and deadly storm.
  • One Piece:
    • Before the timeskip, the On Air Pirates are shown visiting an island on the New World that constantly rains lightning.
    • Also in Punk Hazard, a literal Hailfire Peaks, with one side covered in flames and lava eruptions, while the other is full of blizzards, and the center of the island has a perpetual typhoon due to the contrast of the temperatures.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, during the infamous Fake Namek Filler arc, one of the areas on the imitation planet was buffeted by a permanent sandstorm. Unfortunately for the heroes, one of the (fake) Dragon Balls was inside of a cyclone right in the middle of it.
  • Anime series Tactical Roar justifies its premise (a resurrected naval age with for-hire cargo protection and an Unwanted Harem cast manning an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer) with a "mega-hurricane" (the titular "Tactical Roar") making air transportation in the Pan-Pacific area impossible, and having done so for 50 years by the time the story starts.
  • Because of her water powers, Juvia of Fairy Tail would see it rain wherever she went no matter what. Because these powers are actually empathic, this changed after her defeat by Gray and subsequent joining of Fairy Tail, where she is truly happy.

    Comic Books 
  • In one version of Superman's origin, the spaceship carrying baby Kal-El to Earth crashed into Kansas during a snowstorm lasting several months, cutting off the Kent farm and allowing the Kents to pass him off as their own child.

    Film 
  • Such a storm occurs in Frozen as a result of Elsa's Power Incontinence. It gets worse when she gets agitated.
  • Rock-A-Doodle. After the Grand Duke of Owls's minions drive Chanticleer away from the farm, he utilized his evil magical powers to conjure up a storm over the entire farmland, and it continues to brew until when Chanticleer is finally brought back to the farm and he is able to crow again, thus awaking the sun and foiling the Duke's storm. During this time, the storm even makes headlines: "MYSTERIOUS RAIN SPREADING" and "SUN DON'T SHINE FOR FARMERS". It was All Just a Dream, though.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark. After an Egyptian pharaoh took the Ark of the Covenant to the city of Tanis, the city was destroyed by a sandstorm that lasted an entire year (note that this did not occur in Real Life).

    Literature 
  • In So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish Bob McKenna has recorded a log showing that it rains everywhere, all the time. This is because, unknown to himself, he's a rain god and the clouds are honoring him by raining wherever he is.
  • A massive dust storm kicks up in Red Mars as a result of the nascent terraforming efforts. It last for years, and there are wild celebrations when it finally ends.
  • Ray Bradbury's Venus short stories.
    • A rocket crashes on Venus, where it rains constantly. The crew must locate a Sun Dome in which they can find shelter, or die.
    It was a hard rain, a perpetual rain, a sweating and steaming rain; it was a mizzle, a downpour, a fountain, a whipping in the eyes, an undertow at the ankles; it was a rain to drown all rains and the memory of rains.
    • "All Summer in a Day". The planet Venus has constant rain, except for a 1 hour period each seven years.
  • E. E. “Doc” Smith's Lensman series. First Lensman has the planet Trenco, which has forty seven feet of rainfall each night, the worst electrical storms in known space and wind velocities of over 800 miles per hour.
  • In The Odyssey, Odysseus' ship lands on the island of Thrinacia, where lives the cattle of the sun god, Helios. Zeus then causes a storm lasting for forty days, which prevents them from leaving the island. After depleting their food stocks, the ship's crew hunt down the cattle, angering the god. When the storm finally ends they leave the island only to have their ship crushed by another Zeus' storm, which leaves Odysseus as the Sole Survivor.
  • The Elric Saga novel The Bane of the Black Sword. In the Young Kingdoms, the area called the Weeping Waste is so named because it has constant rain.
  • In The Stormlight Archive there is talk of "the Everstorm" that is yet to come, which seems to be a metaphor for the Final Battle (see also A Storm Is Coming). However, given that the world is periodically wracked by powerful storms which may or may not be sent by the Big Bad, there might be a literal storm in the offing.
  • In The Wheel of Time series, the Dark One's center of power, the mountain Shayol Ghul, is covered with perpetual stormclouds, complete with lightnings that strike upward from the ground, to signify its status as an Eldritch Location.
    • Characters are fond of saying A Storm Is Coming, and in the penultimate book, this literally happens, a layer of silver-and-black clouds that cover the entire planet, though actual precipitation is sparse.
  • The Tales Of The Ketty Jay includes a permanent belt of storms called the Wrack, which starts at the North Pole, where the eldritch Manes live and runs across a large segment of ocean. Only recently has anyone found way past to the lands beyond.
  • Robert Sheckley's story A Wind is Rising centers around a human outpost on another planet where the wind never drops below 70 mph. The humans barely weather a storm of nearly 200 mph, which leaves them with a severely battered station and a broken vehicle. Then a local alien (who gives them weather forecasts) says "Sorry for my last forecast not being accurate enough to warn you about this moderate gale. Why is it my last forecast? Well, the summer is over, and now me and my people must leave to hide from the powerful winter storms."
  • The Tales Of The Ketty Jay includes a permanent belt of storms called the Wrack, which starts at the North Pole, where the eldritch Manes live and runs across a large segment of ocean. Only recently has anyone found way past to the lands beyond.
  • In A Night in the Lonesome October, there's a non-stop thunderstorm that lingers perpetually over the farmhouse where the Good Doctor lives. It finally breaks on the morning after his place burns down, leaving the immediate vicinity awash in mud for days to follow.
  • The Last Continent is surrounded by a perpetual cyclone that not only prevents people from sailing away (new arrivals are mostly shipwrecked people), but also rainfall (the natives get confused and angry when people mention water coming from the sky).
  • Dinotopia seems to have perpetual storms going on off its shores, as no one ever seems to arrive there without a huge storm destroying their ship.
  • Ringworld features hurricane-like "eye storms" in places where asteroids have punctured the Ringworld and the air is draining out.

     Live-Action TV 
  • In StargateSG-1, planet Heliopolis has a month-long storm each year.

     Mythology & Religion 
  • The Bible tells us of a storm which lasted for 40 days, followed by 150 days of flooding and 220 days of drying out.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Eye of Abendego in the default Pathfinder setting of Golarion is a colossal hurricane that has picked up in the southern seas shortly after the death of one of the setting's main gods, Aroden, and stayed in place for over a century since.
  • In Forbidden Desert, the players crash land in some ancient ruins in the middle of the desert. They have to fix an ancient airship and escape the desert before they are buried in sand by the endless sand storm that moves back and forth through the area.
  • The Stormlands in Iron Kingdoms is an area in eastern Immoren constantly suffering from fierce lightning storms due to a magical cataclysm that happened millennia ago.
  • Magic: The Gathering brings us Immersturm, on the plane of Valla, whose name translates into "always storm." Its magical storms cause its inhabitants to continuously wage war with one another.
    Listen to the roar! Feel the thunder! The Immersturm shouts its approval with every bolt of lightning!" (from the card Warstorm Surge.)

    Video Games 
  • Final Fantasy X: The Thunder Plains are a massive barren area covered by a constant thunderstorm. There's a minigame based around dodging lightning strikes; doing so two hundred times in a row earns you part of Lulu's Infinity+1 Sword.
    • Final Fantasy IX: The kingdom of Burmecia is known as the 'Land of Eternal Rain,' for obvious reasons- The entire game, there's a downpour.
  • Mass Effect 2:
    • The planet Hagalaz suffers from a constant thunderstorm during sunset and sunrise, thanks to its temperature extremes. The Shadow Broker hides their Cool Starship in the storm, using it as both concealment and a defense against anyone who manages to find the ship.
    • There's also Lorek, which according to a tooltip is wracked by constant storms.
  • Tomb Raider (2013): The island of Yamatai is surrounded by a perpetual storm, preventing Lara and the others from leaving.
  • In FTL: Faster Than Light, Nebulae last forever (or at least as long as you are within the sector). Ion storms, which happen within Nebulae will always last the duration of the battle, but can clear up if you're out-of-fuel and have to wait inside the storm.
  • Chapter 15 of Fire Emblem: Binding Blade takes place in a desert with a perpetual sandstorm, which is supposed to protect the dragon-human settlement Arcadia from outsiders.
  • Invoked in Pokemon Sapphire Version when Kyogre is awakened by Team Aqua and starts an unrelenting downpour, although it's stopped by the Player Character before things get too far. Their plan is to increase the size of the oceans. (The opposite happens in Ruby, wherein Team Magma awakens Groudon to dry up the oceans instead.)
  • A relatively mild example: Spec Ops: The Line features a series of sandstorms which ravage Dubai for six months uninterrupted, prohibiting air, land, and naval travel or communication with the outside world. There's no explanation for why the storms last so long but it's implied that the entire game is set in a hallucination, Purgatory, or Hell.
  • The planet of Drommund Kaas in Star Wars: The Old Republic is perpetually covered in a gigantic lightning storm due to the Sith Emperor's Dark Side experiments.
  • In the third Gearsof War game, the island which Marcus must get to is surrounded by a man-made storm to protect it from the Locusts.
  • The Maelstrom between the continents in World of Warcraft. It was created in the backstory by the Great Sundering, where the Well of Eternity collapsed into itself, destroying nearly 80 percent of Kalimdor's landmass in the process.

    Webcomics 
  • In Tales of the Questor, the Racconan homeland of Antillia is protected by a giant dome of magically stilled air. The eastmost portion of the dome (the windward side) always has a giant thunderstorm boiling up around it as damp ground-level air is forced upward.
  • Book 14 of Schlock Mercenary, "Broken Wind", features a planet-sized gigahabitat that rotates to provide gravity. The resulting coriolis force has produced a permanent "sideways hurricane" in one part of the habitat.

    Web Original 
  • In Neopets, the Lutari Island was previously a bonus area awarded to those who subscribed to the Neopets Mobile service and was the sole habitat of the exclusive Lutari species. Ever since the service shut down in 2009, though, attempting to visit the island would greet you with a brutal and constant maelstrom. Things don't look good for the inhabitants, either, as they remain the rarest species on the site and cannot be transferred to other users.
    "Between the whirlpools, water spouts and lightning it has been advised that no Neopets are allowed to visit its shores. Even the sea life seems to be staying away..."
  • One entry on an old internet list of "Things that never happen on Star Trek":
    The Enterprise visits the Klingon home world on a bright, sunny day.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Legend of Korra, there was a blizzard at the South Pole that lasted decades, known as the Everstorm.
  • The setting of Igor takes place in the land of Malaria which is besieged by ever encompassing storm clouds which force its inhabitants to become Mad Scientists to survive. Said clouds were brought about by King Malbert's weather machine.
  • In Frankenweenie, it's mentioned by the students that the town they live in has lightning storms practically every night.

    Real Life 
  • The longest recorded storm on Earth was 1994's Hurricane John, which lasted for 31 days.
  • Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a storm two to three times the size of Earth. It's been raging for at least 200 Earth years.
  • The Catatumbo Lightning is an atmospheric phenomenon near the mouth of the Catatumbo River in Venezuela that produces extremely frequent and incredibly active thunderstorms—up to 160 nights a year, 10 hours a night, and nearly five strikes per minute. Locals sometimes refer to it as the Lighthouse of Maracaibo.
  • The Aleutian Islands such as Shemya have a reputation of places with really foul weather patterns. The military say that the wind never drops below 60 knots, the temperature never rises above −20°C. and there's a 10-foot visibility fog 300 days of the year.
  • Like Jupiter, Saturn has a persistent storm that may have lasted for hundreds of years now. Unlike Jupiter, Saturn's storm is at its north pole, and is hexagonal.
  • Neptune has Great Dark Spots similar to Jupiter's Great Red Spot.
  • Martian dust storms can last for years.

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