Minecraft weather isn’t that great. When it was added back in beta, everybody freaked out and thought it was great. However, as time went on, the simplicity of the system started boring people to the point where it is now considered irrelevant. Luckily, the idea of weather is an enticing one, and famously amazing modder Coros has been working for a long time to make it a reality in Minecraft. His previous weather mod was great, but Coros was not happy with “great”. Therefore we now have Localized Weather & Stormfronts aka. Weather2. And it’s brilliant.
Once you install this mod (if you’re having trouble there are instructions at the bottom of the article) and boot up the game, there won’t be a huge storm right away, but there will be something else. The clouds. In Localized Weather & Stormfronts there is a complicated system that calculates the weather based on moisture, temperature, and more biome-specific things, creating a unique weather environment in each locale. The easiest way to follow this are the fantastic procedural clouds.
Following the clouds – their color, size, and shape – will tell you all kinds of things about the weather. You’ll be able to see storms coming from a distance and act accordingly. You’ll be able to predict the weather for tomorrow. This does wonders for atmosphere. A complex and dynamic weather system makes the world feel alive and always shifting, something that enhances immersion greatly. It even makes multiplayer, which is already quite dynamic, even more dynamic due to the weather being a big part of the experience.
Localized Weather & Stormfronts has many different kinds of weather that naturally shift according to atmospheric factors. There’s the ordinary rain and rainstorm we’re used to in Minecraft, but even better due to it not being global and due to the new improved particles that aren’t just an overlay on the player’s screen. These raindrops will shift around, float on the wind, splash against trees and more. Wind is a huge part of the weather system too, as it affects particles (rain, snow, and otherwise) and has atmospheric sounds that improve the experience greatly. There’s tons more weather types like hail and high wind that improve diversity and are great in their own way.
Then there are the tornadoes. Possibly the most iconic feature of the previous Weather mod, the F1 tornadoes are a sight to behold. If a tornado forms, it will sweep the land destroying all fragile blocks and relocating others, picking up animals, and more. Luckily for your beautiful buildings the mod includes a new block which blocks tornadoes from destroying anything within a 150 block radius. This is just one of the many smaller features in the mod – there are blocks, new sounds, subtle particle effects, and more!
This is truly a mod I cannot recommend enough. It works well, runs well, and creates a unique experience that makes Minecraft better. I wholeheartedly recommend it. You can get it here:
Download the Localized Weather & Stormfronts mod here!
- Install the Forge API.
- Run Minecraft at least once.
- Unzip the downloaded .zip file and find the two .jar files within.
- Put the mod’s .jar files in the mods folder located in your .minecraft folder.
- For any additional info, head to our big Mod Installation Guide.
- Ready to go! Enjoy.
Stay tuned for more amazing mods as this entire week we’ll have daily articles on big mods which will be included in our upcoming modpack, to be released on Sunday! Like always, feel free to leave any feedback you might have in the comment section below.
Version of mod reviewed: v2.3.4 for Minecraft 1.7.2.