"It was a dark and stormy night...." Bad writing, right?
I don't think so. It creates a clear visual of the scene in my head. Some nights there's a lot of cloud cover but no rain, which reflects back the city light; if it's snowing, it can be pretty bright at night.
Other nights it's clear but the moon is full. But when it's both cloudy and the rain is coming down hard, and the wind is blowing, that's a dark night all right.
Sometimes, I think I'm an alien. This is one of them.