To fully mess with climatic effects may require elaborate 3D simulations, but even then, the compositing approach remains much the same. The chapter's focus has been on how elements behave in the real world, and how best to emulate that reality in After Effects. This approach should serve you well even if an element is neededfrost, say, or hailthat was not covered directly here.
The next chapter heats things up with fire, explosions, and other combustibles.
Pyrotechnics Fire, Explosions, Energy Phenomena