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    Weather FAQ by thekingofthisgame

    Version: Final | Updated: 03/14/04 | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    -------------------------- Animal Crossing ------------------------------------
    --------------------------- Weather FAQ ---------------------------------------
    ------------------ Created By:  thekingofthisgame -----------------------------
                  Feel free to email me at
    Hello, and thankyou for looking at my FAQ!  I created this FAQ when I
    noticed how many people needed help with the different events that take place
    during different times of weather.
    My email is
    Version Updates:
             Date                Version                Updates
       November 12, 2003           1.7       I've reorganized the Question
                                             and Answers so it looks neater
                                             and is easier to understand. I
                                             also fixed the very few spelling
                                             errors, but please continue to
                                             email me if you see anymore.
       November 9, 2003            1.3       The day I started this FAQ.  I
                                             added most of the stuff.
       March 13, 2004              Final     I fixed most of the spelling errors;
                                             it is now complete!
    Table of Contents:
    1) Types of Weather
    2) F.A.Q.s on Rain
    3) F.A.Q.s on Snow
    4) F.A.Q.s on Thunderstorms
    5) F.A.Q.s on Sunny days
    6) Copyright
    7) Credits
    1) Types of Weather
    In Animal Crossing, there are four different types of weather.  These include
    rain, snow, thunderstorms, and sunny days.  If someone tells you there are
    hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, or volcanic eruptions, then they
    are either a liar, or they don't know either.  Don't feel bad, thats why I
    created this FAQ!  Weather in Animal Crossing is usually pretty distinctive,
    so you should have no problem telling the difference between whether it is
    snowing or if it is sunny.  I have compiled a list of Frequently Asked
    Questions(F.A.Q.) about weather in Animal Crossing.  I hope these answer
    your questions, and if they don't, feel free to email me and ask me.  Not only
    will it help you, but if it's a reasonable question, it will most likely be
    posted on this FAQ!
    2) F.A.Q.s on Rain
    Q:  Will rain effect how quick my trees grow in town?
    A:  No.  In Animal Crossing, rain has no effect on the trees or flowers in your
    town.  There is also no effect on your island.
    Q:  When it is raining, will I get sick if I'm not carrying an umbrella?
    A:  No.  Umbrellas are virtually pointless, except for making designs on.
    Q:  Will rain effect the bugs/fish that can be caught?
    A:  Yes.  Depending on the time of year and hour you are playing, there are
    bugs/fish that are more likely to be caught.  Some bugs/fish can only be caught
    during the rain.  The list includes Coelancanths, Large Chars, and Snails
    (Snails can be found on flowers).
    Q:  How can I get it to stop raining?
    A:  There is no way to get it to stop raining on the mainland.  You have
    to wait until the day is over.  On the island, there is a way to get it to
    stop raining.  Just save and reset the game, and there is a 50/50 chance that
    it will still be raining on your island.
    Q:  My villager said there was an (insert number here) percent chance of rain
    tomorrow! Is it true?
    A:  No.  Although villagers may say it, they are actually wrong.  I've come to
    this conclusion after many tries at seeing if my villagers were correct.
    Sometimes, even other villagers will contradict their statements.
    Q:  Can it rain when there is snow on the ground?
    A:  No it cannot.  When there is snow on the ground, it will automatically
    always snow.
    Q:  It rained on my island, but not the mainland! Is my game corrupted?
    A:  No it's not.  Your island's weather can be different than your mainland's
    Q:  Will the shoreline rise if it rains?
    A:  No it won't.  The shoreline always stays the same, no matter what.
    3) F.A.Q.s on Snow
    Q:  Can I catch coelancanth during the winter?
    A:  No.  You can only catch them while it's raining, and since it cannot rain
    in the winter, there will never be any.
    Q:  Can I catch large char during the winter?
    A:  No.  As like above, since it can't rain in the winter, you will never be
    able to catch the large char.
    Q:  Will my character get sick if I don't where a "heavy" shirt(fleece, sweater,
    ect) while it is snowing?
    A:  No.  Your character in this game will never get sick.
    Q:  How many times can it snow in my town per week?
    Answer- The number is totally random.  Some person's town, it may not snow at
    all, but for others, it could snow many days that week.
    Q:  It snowed in November, but it didn't stick to the ground! Is my game
    A:  No your game is not corrupt.  Although some myths say that time
    traveling or using Action Replay will cause your game a lot of problems, this
    is not one of them.  During the month of November, some days it may snow, and
    some days it may rain.  Again, it is totally random.
    Q:  The leaves on my trees haven't fallen off yet, and it's snowing! What's
    A:  In Animal Crossing, the leaves on the trees will never fall off.  The
    only difference is the color of the leaves.
    Q:  It has been snowing a lot in my town.  Will the inches of snow appear
    to increase on the ground?
    A:  No.  There are no signs of how much snow has fallen.  Once there is
    snow on the ground, it will always stay the same.
    Q:  Will my villagers be able to tell it's snowing?
    A:  Absolutely.  If you converse with them long enough, they will begin to talk
    a lot about the snow.
    Q:  Will the pond/river/ocean ever freeze up do to the cold/snow?
    A:  No.  If the pond/river/ocean were to freeze up, then how would you be able
    to go fishing?!
    Q:  How long do the footprints last on the snow?
    A:  3-5 seconds.  Or you could leave the acre and then return, which causes
    them to disappear much sooner.
    4) F.A.Q.s on Thunderstorms
    Q:  Will thunderstorms occur in the spring/fall/winter?
    A:  No.  Thunderstorms are only in Animal Crossing during the summer months.
    Q:  How can I tell the difference between a thunderstorm and regular rain?
    A:  Walk into your house.  Turn off the lights, and you should be able to see
    flashes of light and hear thunder.
    Q:  So my town is experiencing a thunderstorm.  What's the big deal?
    A:  If your town is experiencing a thunderstorm, then be sure to visit your
    town's waterfall the next day.  If you didn't time travel or cheat in any way,
    then you should see a rainbow across the top!
    Q:  Can I be harmed by lightning in a thunderstorm?
    A:  Of course not.  No plants, animals, humans, ect. will be harmed by any
    forces of nature in Animal Crossing, including lightning.
    Q:  Will I receive gyroids, just like when it rains?
    A:  Yes, starting the next day, gyroids will be more common, just like when
    it rains.
    Q:  If it's thunderstorming at the mainland, will it thunderstorm at my
    A:  It's a possibility.  Some days it may thunderstorm on your mainland and
    not on your island, some days it might thunderstorm on your island and not on
    your mainland, and somedays it will both!  It's totally random.
    Q:  What's the difference between a thunderstorm on my island and a
    thunderstorm  on the mainland?
    A:  The only difference is that there is no rainbow the next day, because there
    is no cliff on the island.
    5) F.A.Q.s on Sunny Days
    Q:  On the island, can I get a tan on sunny days?
    A:  Yes.  To do this just stand outside in the sun for a couple of minutes, and
    you should soon have a nice tan.
    Q:  Can I tan on the mainland?
    A:  No.  Unlike the island, it's not hot enough to give you a tan on the
    Q:  Will it stay sunny all day, even if one of my villagers said there was a
    certain percent chance of rain?
    A:  Yes.  It will automatically always stay sunny for 24 hours UNLESS you
    time traveled that day.
    Q:  It's sunny outside and it's summer, but i still can't catch a certain bug.
    Why is that?
    A:  Although most bugs only come out when it is sunny, there are also
    certain times that bugs come out.  Make sure you are bug-hunting at the right
    Q:  Even though it was sunny today and yesterday, I still found a gyroid!
    What's up with that?
    A:  Although gyroids are most common after a rain, sometimes you can find
    them in the ground after sunny days.
    Q:  If a plant trees on a sunny day, do they have a better chance to survive?
    A:  No.  It is always best to plant trees in a good position (in sunlight,
    not near anything, and somewhere where they won't get walked over), it being
    sunny that day doesn't effect it at all.
    This FAQ is copyrighted 2003, 2004 by thekingofthisgame.  This FAQ will only be
    found on GameFAQs, and if you are seeing it from another website, please email
    me at and tell me about it.  This FAQ is meant to be
    printed out and used for individual use only.
    Version 1.7 Credits:
    Thanks to BurningFox III and NXMT for creating a good format for the Questions
    and Answers.
    Version 1.3 Credits:
    So far, since all of this information has come from me spending months of
    playing time on this wonderful game, the only credit I can give is to Nintendo
    for making such a great game.  They outdid themselves this time, just like
    they have on countless occasions.
    ------------------------Thanks 4 Reading my FAQ!-------------------------------

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