turbulent, or involving a lot of difficulty or emotion
tempestuous - stormy
The word ‘tempestuous’ was originally used solely to express violent or stormy weather, but has since been adapted to also figuratively refer to a situation or relationship that is similarly volatile. It is in this latter sense that the word is most commonly used today, with ‘tempestuous’ being associated with intense emotions, especially anger.
Alice and Chris’s marriage has been tempestuous, to say the least. I’m amazed that they are still together.
The tempestuous weather made it impossible to go sailing. There was a high risk that we would capsize.
The tempestuousness of the situation was such that I thought it might descend into violence, but in the end, calmer heads prevailed.