A lot of things you’ll see and do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons are impossible to predict – like Crazy Redd’s appearances (or lack thereof) and when the next meteor shower might take place – but one dedicated player has created a tool to give you a helping hand.
MeteoNook, a tool created by data miner Ninji, has been designed to predict your island’s weather patterns, including exact times for meteor showers, rainbows and the aurora borealis. It works by having you input lots of data about your island and the weather you experience over time; the more data you provide, the quicker the tool can figure out your island’s ‘weather seed’.
The weather seed is “a long number unique to your island that determines what your weather will be”, and once you’ve managed to figure out your particular seed – with the tool’s help – you’ll then be able to see how your weather is programmed to behave in the future.
“There are over 2 billion possible weather seeds, but only one is correct for your island. MeteoNook goes through every single possibility, calculates the weather it would give, and checks it against the data you provide. If it doesn’t make sense (e.g. you said you had rain at a given time, but the seed would make it sunny) then that possibility is ignored.”
Naturally, using this tool could prove to be incredibly beneficial for players who are hoping to plan ahead to snag Star Fragments from meteor showers, or load up the game when it’s raining to get a special fish they haven’t caught yet. If you don’t mind ruining the surprise, why not check it out?
Think you might get some use out of this tool? Do you prefer to play the game not knowing when things will happen next? Feel free to share your thoughts below.