Edward Bulwer-Lytton is famous for the opening line: "It was
a dark and stormy night." The contest that (someone?) used to
run, in which the purpose was to write really excruciating
prose, was called the Bulwer-Lytton contest.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton was born on the same day as Ralph Waldo
Emerson. No extant report on that day's weather.