Ah, it dooms us all. A first chapter, a first scene, a first sentence focused around weather is the bane of critique groups around the world. It's a classic no-no.
And yet so many books - recently published - begin with a scene describing the weather.
What's the deal?
Well, in my humble (entirely uninformed) opinion, I think it's more about being interesting than being unique. Weather, in conversation and in writing, is dull. Why is that?
In my daily life, weather is fascinating. It determines what I wear, what I think, my mood, my diet, hell, it even determines what memories will pop up in my mind that day. Weather is scents I haven't smelled since childhood (a certain perfume paired with a warm wind), weather is dark or light, comfortable or dangerous. Weather is part of my daily experience.
So why shouldn't I start my novel with the weather?
Too often, weather is used as a metaphor for mood. That's fine and dandy, but how often do you really think 'the weather matches my mood today' without mentally slapping yourself for being cliche? (If you don't, you really should).
If your protagonist is walking through weather, don't describe it unless your protagonist notices - or if they should notice (like in a hailstorm) and don't. Weather is a tool, not a set piece. Use it to characterize, to antagonize, to obstruct, to distract. Not just... to be there.
That's my opinion, anyway. I think weather is unjustly maligned. What about you? Any basic writing no-no that you think should be taken off the naughty list?