Jeanne, the one bit of writing advice that I follow more than others is that of Neil Gaiman. I’m paraphrasing here, but the gist is: When someone tells you something is wrong in your story, they’re nearly always right. When they tell you how to fix it, they’re nearly always wrong.
I don’t think there’s necessarily anything wrong with starting with the weather. My take on what he was saying was writers should get to the action as quickly as possible. Don’t start out with long descriptions, lots of narrative, that sort of thing.
Mona, once you get the hang of Plottr, you should write about it on the Productivity Tools pinned post. I bet there are a lot of people in here who would be interested in an honest review of that tool.
Sounds like you had a full week! All you talented gardeners are making me jealous. What’s growing in your garden right now? 🌷