In terms of its setting in time, most of the story takes place in 1976, at a New Year's Eve party. The geographical setting of "Every Little Hurricane" is the Spokane Indian Reservation. The Spokane Reservation is located in northeastern Washington, in Stevens County. One suggested meaning of the name Spokane is "Children of the Sun," which is ironic given that for most of the story the Reservation is drenched with rain. This irony is compounded by the fact that the Reservation is also described as "four hundred miles away" from the nearest ocean.
Some of the story takes place in the main character's house, where the storm raging outside is reflected by the arguments between his uncles inside the house. Throughout the story, however, Victor also remembers and dreams of other places, such as "Mother's Kitchen restaurant in Spokane," which "was always warm," and the lake that, for years, he was afraid that he was going to drown in. There are also the beaches he sees on the television, where people tie themselves to the trees hoping to feel the full force of the storm, before the trees are uprooted and swept away with the people still attached.