How does the author's descriptions of the weather in Tuck Everlasting add drama and emphasize a change in Winnie?

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At the beginning, the weather is hot, sticky, and the air seems unmoving. The sultriness reflects her unmoving, "stuck in life" situation.  She is not free to discover a life that is much different than her own. Going swimming with Jessie breaks this proper mold she has been raised in and opens a new perspective on life. As the oncoming storm brews, Winnie can feel unresolved issues and the conflict of whether to help rescue Mae or play by her family's rules. The lightning strike and resulting thunder hide the noise of the jail window being breached which is climactic to Winnie taking Mae's place in the jail cell. At this point, the Tucks' needs outweigh the stifling rules of her own family.