My weather cycle project is centered around the concept of the four seasons. I wanted to bring reality into a digital platform and to do so I needed to learn particle effects. I found a great tutorial on lynda.com, which will be listed below. The tutorial that I found was not specifically about creating weather scenes, but gave enough information that you could work with the skills taught. The tutorials were very easy to follow, the only set back is that it was made in 2011. This means that when watching the tutorial you will need to look for things that are mentioned because they may not be in the same area he is discussing.
Each season in my short has a corresponding particle effect. For the summer scene I will create particle effects for floating pollen. The spring scene will showcase wind blowing leaves on the trees. The fall scene will consist of rain. The winter scene will display snow falling from the sky. Each scene displaying the seasons will only consist of a few seconds in length.