This guide shows all wind patterns, all weather conditions, all special weather, including rainbows, auroras, thunder, fog and meteor showers, and all special cloud types in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn all about wind and weather!
|Wind & Weather Links (Click to jump!)|
|Wind Patterns||Weather Types||Special Weather||Cloud Types|
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Wind Direction determines which side of the island balloons come from when they appear. This changes from day to night and vice-versa, so keep an eye on the time and you'll know what side to check if you're hunting balloons for Recipes or Items!
|Weather Types (Click to Jump!)|
|Rain & Storms||Snow & Blizzards||Clear|
Rain and Storms will automatically water all flowers and weeds on your island. It also affects the presence of certain bugs. For example, snails only appear when it rains or snows, while butterflies only appear during clear weather. It does not affect the presence of fish, except for the rare Coelacanth, which can only be caught while it's raining or snowing. Rain can only fall from February 25 to December 10 (outside of Winter).
Snow and Blizzards affect your island in the same way as rain, but will only fall from December 11 to February 24 (in the Northern Hemisphere). When you see snowflakes during this time, catch them!
A clear day has no clouds in the sky.
A partly cloudy day has a clear sky with only a few clouds.
A cloudy day has a sky full of clouds, but is still pleasant.
A tell-tale sign rain is coming, these gloomy clouds darken the atmosphere before and after rainfall.
Special types of weather can happen under the right conditions. Specific weather conditions and seasons will need to match for these rare events.
|Special Weather Types (Click to Jump!)|
|Rainbows||Aurora||Thunder & Lightning|
|Rainbow Appearance Conditions|
|Weather||Will sometimes appear, only if the weather changes to clear or partly cloudy, within 1 hour after rain or storms. There's even a chance that you'll see a DOUBLE RAINBOW!|
North: Feb 25 - Nov 25
South: Aug 25 - May 25
|Aurora Appearance Conditions|
|Weather||Will only appear on clear nights during the snowy period.|
North: Dec 11 - Feb 24
South: Jun 11 - Aug 24
|Thunder and Lightning Conditions|
|Weather||Can sometimes be heard and seen, only during storms.|
|Fog Appearance Conditions|
|Weather||Will sometimes appear if current weather is partly cloudy, after a day of bad weather (rain/storm, snow/blizzard, cloudy, or overcast). Heavy fog blankets the whole island. River & sea fog only covers bodies of water.|
North: Sep 21 - Feb 24
South: Mar 21 - Aug 24
|River & Sea Fog||
North: Sep 21 - Mar 31
South: Mar 21 - Sep 30
|Meteor Shower Conditions|
|Weather||Occurs on rare occassions when weather has been clear all day. Most meteor showers are light, having only a few shooting stars. But very rarely, heavy meteor showers will occur, allowing you to wish on several shooting stars!|
Note: Celeste will always appear on your island during meteor showers. When you see her, look up at the sky! Wish on those shooting stars to get rare Star Fragments, Large Star Fragments, and Zodiac Fragments, which are all essential materials for Space Series and Zodiac Series furniture and items! Read our guide below for more details about meteor showers and how to wish on shooting stars.
Aside from ordinary clouds, special cloud types can also be seen seasonally, under certain conditions. Make sure to take a photo when you see these special clouds!
|Cloud Types (Click to Jump!)|
|Cumulonimbus Clouds||Cirrus Clouds||Cirrocumulus Clouds|
|Thin Clouds||Billow Clouds||Plane Trails|
|Cumulonimbus Cloud Conditions|
North: Jul 21 - Sep 15
South: Jan 21 - Mar 15
|Cumulonimbus clouds can appear during clear or partly cloudy weather on the day before bad weather.|
|Cirrus Cloud Conditions|
North: Sep 16 - Nov 30
South: Mar 16 - May 31
|Cirrus clouds can appear during clear or partly cloudy hours on a day that otherwise has bad weather.|
|Cirrocumulus Cloud Conditions|
North: Sep 16 - Nov 30
South: Mar 16 - May 31
|Cirrocumulus clouds can appear during clear or partly cloudy hours on a day that otherwise has bad weather.|
|Thin Cloud Conditions|
North: Mar 1 - May 31
South: Sep 1 - Nov 30
|Thin clouds can appear during clear or partly cloudy weather hours.|
|Billow Cloud Conditions|
North: Dec 1 - Feb 28
South: Jun 1 - Aug 31
|Billow clouds can appear during clear or partly cloudy weather on the day before bad weather.|
|Plane Trail Conditions|
|All Year||Plane trails can be seen in the sky for 15 minutes after a DAL plane lands or departs the island. Trails are less visible during bad weather.|
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|When Does a New Day Start?||How to Use the Camera|
|How to Use the Rescue Service||How to Add Best Friends|
|How to Get the Nook Shopping App||Wind and Weather|
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