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*'''Intensities''': Light, heavy, torrential
 
*'''Intensities''': Light, heavy, torrential
 
*'''Accumulation Levels''': Puddles
 
*'''Accumulation Levels''': Puddles
[[File:Rain.png|left]]Rain occurs in almost all seasons, except winter, and typically occurs in spring. Rain waters flowers, plants, and [[Gardening|crops]], although heavy or prolonged rain can overwater plants, especially if they had already been watered. Rain also extinguishes any outdoor [[fire]]s. Rain will cause the [[temperature]]s of any Sims who are outdoors to drop.
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[[File:Rain.png|left]]Rain occurs in almost all seasons, except winter. It most likely occurs in spring. Rain has several effects on gameplay. Rainfall waters the flowers, plants, and [[Gardening|crops]]; light rain may not cause overwatering, while heavier rains or long rain causes greater effects that may overwater the plants. Rainfall extinguishes outdoor [[fire]]s.
   
In ''The Sims 2: Seasons'', Sims are more likely to do indoor activities while it is raining. Rain also satisfies a [[PlantSim]]'s water [[Motive (PlantSim)|need]] and revives Sims who suffer from heatstroke. [[Servo#The Sims 2|Servos]] are unaffected by rain, although splashing in rain puddles can cause their motives to drop.{{Vgversion|TS2:OFB}} [[Cat]]s appear to be unafraid of the rain.{{Vgversion|TS2:P}} Evil [[witch]]es can cast the ''Corruptus Locus'' [[Spells (The Sims 2: Apartment Life)|spell]] to make it rain, while good witches can cast ''Beautificus Locus'' to stop it. Rain never stops in the [[Fortress of Eternal Darkness]].
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Rain also appears as a feature in ''[[The Sims Castaway Stories]]''. Rain will significantly lower Sims' [[temperature]]. In addition, it will put out fire, and fire cannot be made until the rain is over. Rain appears in some console games, such as [[The Sims 2: Pets (console)|''The Sims 2: Pets'' for console]] and ''[[The Sims 2: Castaway]]'', although it is much simpler than in PC titles.
   
In ''The Sims 3: Seasons'', rain occurs more in spring. Sims who stay outside in the rain for too long without an umbrella will get a "Soaked" moodlet that decreases their mood. [[Mermaid]]s enjoy the rain, however, and will get a boost in mood if they get soaked.{{Vgversion|TS3:IP}} [[SimBot]]s that go outside in the rain will short out and stop functioning.{{Vgversion|TS3:A}} [[Plumbot]]s are water-resistant and are not affected by the rain.{{Vgversion|TS3:ITF}}
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In ''The Sims 2: Seasons'', Sims are more likely to do indoor activities while it is raining. Rain also satisfies a [[PlantSim]]’s water [[Motive (PlantSim)|need]] and revives Sims who suffer from heatstroke. [[Servo#The Sims 2|Servos]] are rain-resistant, though they can get short-circuited when splashing in the puddles. [[Cat]]s don’t seem to be afraid of rain. Rain can be made by evil witches’ spell ''Corruptus Locus'', while it can be stopped by good witches’ spell ''Beautificus Locus''. Rain never stops in the [[Fortress of Eternal Darkness]].
   
In ''The Sims 4: Seasons'', rain mostly occurs in summer and heavily in spring and fall. Sims who are outside when it's raining will become [[uncomfortable]] and get their clothes soaked. They can, however, change out of their wet clothes when they go inside. An umbrella racket can be bought in [[Build mode (The Sims 4)|build mode]] that Sims can use to get an umbrella, which they can use to stay dry. Sims with 500 aspiration points can also buy the "Waterproof" trait from the [[Aspiration reward (The Sims 4)|aspiration reward store]], which will make them resistant to the rain. Sims can also take a shower in the rain, or play in the rain.
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In ''The Sims 3: Seasons'', rain occurs more in spring. When Sims stay outside rain for too long, they'll get a "Soaked" moodlet which is -30 to the mood, but +30 if the Sim is [[mermaid]].{{Vgversion|TS3:IP}} Sim can use an umbrella to prevent this. [[Simbot]] goes outside the rain will get the "Short Out" moodlet and stop functioning,{{Vgversion|TS3:A}} but a [[Plumbot]] is water-resistant and won't become short out{{Vgversion|TS3:ITF}}.
   
Rain also appears as a feature in ''[[The Sims Castaway Stories]]''. Rain appears in some console games, such as [[The Sims 2: Pets (console)|''The Sims 2: Pets'' for console]] and ''[[The Sims 2: Castaway]]'', although it is much simpler than in PC titles.
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In ''The Sims 4: Seasons'', rain mostly occurs in summer and heavily in spring and fall. Sims who are outside when it's raining will become [[uncomfortable]] and get their clothes soaked. They can, however, change their wet clothes to dry ones inside. An umbrella racket can be bought in [[Build mode (The Sims 4)|build mode]] that Sims can use to get an umbrella, which they will then use to prevent being soaked. Sims with 500 aspiration points can also buy the "Waterproof" trait from the [[Aspiration reward (The Sims 4)|aspiration reward store]], which will make them resist rain. Sims can also take a shower in the rain, or play in the rain.
   
 
===Rain puddles{{Anchor|Rain Puddles}}===
 
===Rain puddles{{Anchor|Rain Puddles}}===
[[File:Puddle splashing.jpg|thumb|200px|Rain puddles for frolicking in.]]Rain puddles begin to appear after it has been raining for a while. This kind of puddle is different from regular puddles in that Sims can splash in the puddles for fun. Rain puddles can be mopped up, but generally do not have to be, as they will evaporate on their own after the rain has stopped. Rain puddles do not appear indoors unless the roof is removed while it is raining, in which case the puddles will need to be mopped up manually.
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[[File:Puddle splashing.jpg|thumb|200px|Rain puddles for frolicking in.]]Rain puddles begin to appear after it has been raining for a while. This kind of puddle is different from regular puddles, in that Sims can splash in the puddles for fun. Rain puddles can be mopped up, but generally do not have to be, as they will evaporate on their own after the rain has stopped. Indoor rain puddles still need to be mopped.
   
Rain puddles and normal puddles can be easily distinguished by their colors—rain puddles are paler in color and will not mix with other puddles even if they're adjacent to each other. Only rain puddles can evaporate.
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Rain puddles and normal puddles can be easily distinguished by their colors — rain puddles are paler in color and will not mix with other puddles even if they're adjacent to each other. Only rain puddles can evaporate.
   
 
How quickly the rain puddles form depends on the intensity of the rain. Thus, the heavier the rain is, the sooner rain puddles appear.
 
How quickly the rain puddles form depends on the intensity of the rain. Thus, the heavier the rain is, the sooner rain puddles appear.
   
In ''The Sims 4: Seasons'', mud piles can also occur during heavy rainfalls, where Sims can have mud fights with each other.
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In ''The Sims 4: Seasons'', mud piles can also occur during heavy rainfalls, in which Sims can have mud fights with each other.
   
 
===Lightning===
 
===Lightning===
 
{{Main|Lightning}}
 
{{Main|Lightning}}
 
[[File:Sim lightning.png|thumb|A Sim getting struck by lightning.]]
 
[[File:Sim lightning.png|thumb|A Sim getting struck by lightning.]]
[[File:Lightning.png|left]]In ''The Sims 2: Seasons'', any rainfall can include [[lightning]], but the more intense it is, the greater the chance. There are two kinds of lightning strikes:
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[[File:Lightning.png|left]]Any rainfall can include [[lightning]], but the more intense it is, the greater the chance. There are two kinds of lightning strikes, essentially:
*'''Distant strike'''. The lightning strike occurs outside of the lot, resulting in thunder and a flash, but does not affect the current lot.
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*'''Distant strike'''. This lightning strikes beyond the lot. It causes thunder, and sometimes causes a flash, but does not affect the current lot. The apparent distance from the lot may vary.
*'''Local strike'''. Lightning strikes an outdoor object on the lot. The lightning bolt will be briefly visible when this occurs.
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*'''Local strike'''. Local lightning strikes something in the lot, either objects or Sims. An actual lightning bolt can be seen striking in the lot, in addition to a big flash in the sky and heavy thunder sound.
   
Local lightning strikes can be dangerous, causing fire, mayhem, and even death. Lightning can strike any random object, including Sims, but some objects are more likely to get struck.
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Local lightning strikes can be dangerous, causing fire, mayhem, and even death. Lightning strikes random objects, but some objects are more likely to get struck.
 
*'''Trees'''. Most trees other than orchard trees can get struck by lightning.
 
*'''Trees'''. Most trees other than orchard trees can get struck by lightning.
*'''[[Lightning rod]]'''.{{Vgversion|TS2:S}} The ''EZ120v Lightning Finial'' is a functional roof object that can be used as a decoration and a lightning strike prevention. Unlike real-world lightning rods, it is also effective when placed on the ground.
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*'''[[Lightning rod]]'''. The ''EZ120v Lightning Finial'' is a functional roof object that can be used as a decoration and a lightning strike prevention. Unlike real-world lightning rods, it is also effective when placed on the ground.
 
*'''Large objects'''. The larger the object, the more likely it is to get hit.
 
*'''Large objects'''. The larger the object, the more likely it is to get hit.
*'''[[Pool]]s and [[hot tub]]s'''. Sims are much more likely to get struck if they are in a swimming pool or a hot tub. Only one Sim will be hit directly; however, any other Sim in the pool or hot tub at the time of the strike will be [[Shock|electrocuted]].
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*'''Pools and hot tubs'''. Sims who are in a pool or hot tub are the frequent targets of lightning strikes. The difference is, only one Sim gets struck in the hot tub, while all Sims in the same pool get electrocuted. When a Sim gets struck, drowning animation will play.
   
Most of the time, fires caused by lightning strikes are extinguished immediately by the rainfall, but in rare situations, the rain may stop after the last lightning strike. In such situations, the fire won't be extinguished, and Sims will have to call the [[firefighter (NPC)|fire department]]. If this happens to a tree, the fire cannot be extinguished, but may disappear if the player saves, exits and reloads the lot. (This appears to be a case of the FX being stuck, rather than the fire itself persisting.)
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Most of the time, fires caused by lightning strikes are extinguished immediately by the rainfall, but in rare situations, the rain stops after the very last lightning strike. In this situation, the fire won't be extinguished. If this happens to a tree, the fire cannot be extinguished, but may disappear if the player saves, exits and reloads the lot. (This appears to be a case of the FX being stuck, rather than the fire itself persisting.)
   
Lightning in ''The Sims 3: Seasons'' is less dangerous than in ''The Sims 2: Seasons''. When lightning strikes Sims, it is treated as death by electrocution. Unlike ''The Sims 2: Seasons'', Sims cannot be struck in a hot tub and pool. Lightning in ''The Sims 3: Seasons'' also won't cause fires.
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Lightning in ''The Sims 3: Seasons'' occurs like in ''The Sims 2: Seasons'', but it less dangerous than ''The Sims 2''. When lightning strikes Sims, it is treated as death by electrocution. Unlike ''The Sims 2: Seasons'', Sims cannot be struck in a hot tub and pool. Lightning in ''The Sims 3: Seasons'' also won't cause fire.
   
In ''The Sims 4: Seasons'', lighting strikes occur during thunderstorms and can sometimes cause damage to the neighborhood, such as striking large objects and setting them on fire. Lightning strikes can also spawn metals and elements at the spot where the strike hits. Sims who get struck by lightning multiple times within a few hours will get the "HyperCharged" moodlet, giving them the ability to summon lightnings. They can't, however, harm other Sims with the ability. Sims can also die by lightning, if they are struck enough times.
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In ''The Sims 4: Seasons'', lighting strikes occur during thunderstorms and can sometimes cause damage to the neighborhood, such as striking large objects and burning them down. Lightning strikes can also spawn metals and elements to the spot where the strike hits. Sims who get struck by lightning multiple times within few hours will get the "HyperCharged" moodlet, giving them the ability to summon lightnings. They can't, however, harm other Sims with the ability. Sims can also die by lightning, if they are struck a few times.
   
 
==Hail==
 
==Hail==
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