I'm editing my novel right now and a friend of mine is helping me a bit with the punctuation, just in case I suddenly forget what a comma is used for. Anyhow, he was reading the first chapter and he said he loved it, but that books should never start out describing the rain. Now, I have to admit that I cannot remember any novel I've read in the recent past that did start out describing the weather above other things. It just seems silly that such a thing would be a rule. I can understand some of the stereotypes they want to avoid, but this seems like an accurate way of simply describing the setting. The reason I'm using the weather as the first chapter to the extent that I am is because I honestly want the reader to get an idea of what the place looks like. Originally I simply mentioned that it was a "yellow day", which to me signifies that its cloudy and rain has fallen, but the sun is still shining through. When I had just that, people said that it wasn't enough. To me this all sounds so stupid.