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'''Weather''' is a fundamental aspect that has existed throughout most of the GTA games; [[Grand Theft Auto III]] being the first to have multiple weather changes viewed in a 3-Dimensional form. It plays a crucial role by complementing to the vibes and atmosphere of the game such as a pink setting sky to suit the Vice City's 80's vibe and a dull, plain sky to suit the [[Liberty City]] atmosphere. The weather in the game is controlled by a time cycle which controls certain weather types to occur at a particular time. Anonymous types of weather occur at rarer times than others. In places such as [[San Andreas]], a certain type of weather only occurs in a particular climate or area such as sandstorms in the desert of [[Bone County]], [[Las Venturas]]. Thus, some time cycles of weather are included exclusively for a Grand Theft Auto game depending on the area's real-life climate. The games can also simulate transitions between weather types. For example; it may be cloudy, then a slight drizzle may fall, followed by rain and then a thunderstorm. This is a perfect example of the wide varieties of weather mixtures the game is capable of doing. Thus only the main core, standalone weather types are listed below rather than 30 different combinations. The games can also simulate wind, which can realistically result in trees swaying back and forth and turbulence while flying aircraft.
 
 
[[File:Gtasasunsetoverblackfield.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Dusk commencing over [[Blackfield]], about two hours after sunset.]]
 
[[File:Gtasasunsetoverblackfield.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Dusk commencing over [[Blackfield]], about two hours after sunset.]]
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'''Weather''' is a fundamental aspect that has existed throughout most of the GTA games. ''[[Grand Theft Auto III]]'' was the first to have multiple weather changes viewed in a 3-dimensional form. It plays a crucial role by complementing to the vibes and atmosphere of the game such as a pink setting sky to suit [[Vice City (3D Universe)|Vice City]]'s 1980s vibe, and a dull, plain sky to suit the [[Liberty City]] atmosphere.
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The weather in the game is controlled by a time cycle which controls certain weather types to occur at a particular time. Anonymous types of weather occur at rarer times than others. In places such as [[San Andreas (3D Universe)|San Andreas]], a certain type of weather only occurs in a particular climate or area such as sandstorms in the desert of [[Bone County]] and [[Las Venturas (3D Universe)|Las Venturas]]. Thus, some time cycles of weather are included exclusively for a Grand Theft Auto game depending on the area's real-life climate.
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The games can also simulate transitions between weather types. For example; it may be cloudy, then a slight drizzle may fall, followed by rain and then a thunderstorm. This is a perfect example of the wide varieties of weather mixtures the game is capable of doing. Thus only the main core, standalone weather types are listed below rather than 30 different combinations. The games can also simulate wind, which can realistically result in trees swaying back and forth and turbulence while flying aircraft.
   
 
==Types Of Weather==
 
==Types Of Weather==
 
 
===Rain===
 
===Rain===
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[[File:Maxresdefault-0.jpg|left|thumb|220x220px|A thunderstorm lights up Sandy Shores.]]
'''Rain''' occurs in most GTA games from every 3-5 days though sometimes it can vary depending on what climate you are in. For example, in [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]], rain may occur in [[Los Santos]], [[San Fierro]], and in the countryside, but never in [[Las Venturas]] and [[Bone County|the desert]]. [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]] first introduced realistic rain drops forming on the player's screen as if they were literally in the protagonist's shoes. The [[GTA III Era]] first introduced car's headlights reflecting the rain on the road which instantly resulted in senses of realism, making the game more 'alive' and increasing the atmosphere. The rainfall can vary depending on how clear the skies are. Heavy rainfall results in occasional thunder and lightning, causing the console version's controller vibrate rapidly, again as a sense of realism.[[File:Rainight.jpg|200px|thumb|left|Rain beats down in [[Whetstone]], accompanied by thunder.]] Rain also affects the performance of many road vehicles, and can degrade handling and braking power due to slippery roads.
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'''Rain''' occurs in most GTA games every three to five days, though this can vary depending on the climate. For example, in ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]'', rain mainly occurs in [[Los Santos (3D Universe)|Los Santos]], [[San Fierro (3D Universe)|San Fierro]], and the surrounding countryside. Rain can also occur in [[Las Venturas (3D Universe)|Las Venturas]] and [[Bone County|the desert]], but very rarely. ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]]'' first introduced realistic rain drops forming on the player's screen as if they were literally in the protagonist's shoes. The [[3D Universe]] first introduced car's headlights reflecting the rain on the road which instantly resulted in senses of realism, making the game more "alive" and increasing the atmosphere. The rainfall can vary depending on how clear the skies are. Heavy rainfall results in occasional thunder and lightning, causing the console version's controller to vibrate rapidly, again as a sense of realism. Rain also affects the performance of many road vehicles, and can degrade handling and braking power due to slippery roads. In [[Grand Theft Auto V]], different intensity of rainfall is featured, ranging from drizzle and sun-showers, to torrential downpours and thunderstorms. Grand Theft Auto V also including lightning bolts during thunderstorms, as opposed to the sky simply "lighting up" in previous games.
   
 
===Sunny/clear===
 
===Sunny/clear===
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[[File:Download-0.jpg|left|thumb|220x220px|A freight train passes on a pleasant day.]]
'''Sunny''' weather occurs quite often in most cities, ranging from 2-4 days in the GTA III Era; especially if you are flying in a [[Helicopter]] or [[Plane]] above the clouds to see you could view it pretty much nearly everyday. The GTA III Era first introduced players to visualise heatwave when the sun reaches blazing heats however does not affect the player's health in any way. It brings a cheerful atmosphere and reputation to areas such as [[Vice City]] and most areas in [[State of San Andreas|San Andreas]]. The sun causes short shadows to appear behind objects such as lampposts and buildings. A clear sky implements a similar reaction.
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'''Sunny''' weather occurs quite often in most cities, usually appearing every two to four days in the 3D Universe. The 3D Universe first introduced players to visual heatwaves when the sun reaches blazing heats, though this does not affect the player's health in any way. Sunny weather creates a "cheerful" atmosphere, especially in locations such as [[Vice City (3D Universe)|Vice City]] and most areas in [[San Andreas (3D Universe)|San Andreas]]. The sun causes short shadows to appear behind objects such as lampposts and buildings. A clear sky implements a similar reaction. Sunny weather also appears commonly in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]]'s rendition of [[Liberty City (HD Universe)|Liberty City]] and [[State of Alderney|Alderney]] and [[Grand Theft Auto V]]'s rendition of [[Los Santos (HD Universe)|Los Santos]] and [[Blaine County]]. 
[[File:Civitwilight.jpg|200px|thumb|left|A sunny morning awaits in San Fierro.]]
 
   
 
===Fog/Mist===
 
===Fog/Mist===
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'''Fog''' and '''mist''' is common in both renditions of [[Liberty City]] and the countryside of [[San Andreas (3D Universe)|San Andreas]], and very rarely in [[Vice City (3D Universe)|Vice City]]. Foggy/misty weather creates an "eerie" atmosphere, especially in locations such as the San Andreas countryside.
'''Fog and mist''' is a common weather in [[Liberty City]] in both renditions and the countryside of [[San Andreas]]. The weather brings an eerie atmosphere (especially if there is a lack of vehicles) with limited visibility.
 
   
 
===Cloudy===
 
===Cloudy===
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[[File:IvhUjDI.jpg|left|thumb|220x220px|Clouds looming over Vinewood, Los Santos.]]
'''Cloudy''' weather is probably the most common occurring type of weather in GTA out of the lot as well as clear sky. Cloudy weather has been featured in every single GTA game out of the current franchise and does not bring a particular vibe or atmosphere to the game. It is described as a 'default' weather due to how common it occurs. It can be seen pretty much everyday at some point, except in some places such as the desert, where overcast conditions may never take place. Cloudy weather does not have much of a visual difference, as the sky is still brightly lit during daytime, unlike foggy or rainy conditions, and visibility is still high.
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'''Cloudy''' weather is probably the most common weather state in GTA, and it has featured in every game of the franchise. Cloudy weather does not create a particular atmosphere and is considered a "default" weather state due to how often it occurs. Cloudy weather can be seen pretty much everyday at some point, except in some places such as the desert, where overcast conditions may never take place. Cloudy weather does not have much of a visual difference, as the sky is still brightly lit during daytime, unlike foggy or rainy conditions, and visibility is still high.
[[File:Astrotwilight.jpg|200px|thumb|left|A cloudy night in Los Santos.]]
 
   
 
===Sandstorm===
 
===Sandstorm===
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A '''sandstorm''' is a unique weather pattern available in ''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas''. They arise when a gust front blows loose sand and dust from a dry surface. It occurs regularly only in the desert or near [[Las Venturas (3D Universe)|Las Venturas]] as it suits the climate. When sandstorms occur, visibility is severely restricted. Clouds of dust can be seen blowing and the sky's color changes to a dull brown. Sandstorms also have a physical impact on aircraft, blowing them fiercely in random directions, which can make flying treacherous.
A '''sandstorm''' is a unique weather available in GTA San Andreas. They arise when a gust front blows loose sand and dust from a dry surface. It occurs regularly only in the desert or near [[Las Venturas]] as it suits the climate. It clearly mimics aspects of the Nevada desert in Nevada. When sandstorms occur, visibility is severely restricted. Clouds of dust can be seen blowing and the sky's color changes to a dull brown. Sandstorms also have a physical impact on flying vehicles (such as fixed-wing aircraft), blowing them hard towards random directions, which can make flying treacherous.
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[[File:Ssssss.jpg|left|thumb|220x220px|Sunset in Blaine County, with a cloud partially obscuring the sun.]]
   
 
===Sunset/sunrise===
 
===Sunset/sunrise===
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[[File:Dusk_comparison.png|thumb|Sunset comparison between Los Santos (left), Vice City (middle), and San Fierro (right).]]
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Watching the '''sunset''' or '''sunrise''' in GTA is one of the most beautiful experiences in the game. The colour of the sun when it sets or rises depends on the city. In places such as San Andreas and Liberty City, the sun varies from orange, yellow and red whilst Vice City's sky is usually pink or purple to suit the 1980s atmosphere. The colours of the sky also play a vital role in bringing up the atmosphere of a city and are different for each location, such as a deep, orange sky in Los Santos or a plain blue and yellow sky in San Fierro. The shadows of objects and pedestrians become longer. 
   
Watching the sunset or sunrise in GTA makes this undoubtably one of the most beautiful types[[File:Dusk_comparison.png|thumb|Sunset comparison between Los Santos (left), Vice City (middle), and San Fierro (right).]] of weather in the game. The colour of the sun when it sets or rises depends on the city. In places such as San Andreas and Liberty City, the sun varies from orange, yellow and red whilst Vice City's sky is usually pink or purple to suit the 80's Miami atmosphere. The colours of the sky also play a vital role in bringing up the atmosphere of a city and are different for each location, such as a deep, orange sky in Los Santos or a plain blue and yellow sky in San Fierro. The shadows off objects and pedestrians become longer however the process of the sun setting only lasts around 2 to 3 hours (Game Time).
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To add realism, the lens glare at sunrise usually results in an orangy glow emitting off buildings and such, hindering the player's visibility when facing the sun.
[[File:Nautwilight.jpg|200px|thumb|left|Sunset looming over Las Venturas]]
 
   
==Trivia==
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===Snow===
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[[File:RancherXL-Train-NorthYankton-GTAV-side.jpg|thumb|186px|[[Michael De Santa|Michael]], [[Trevor Philips|Trevor]], and [[Brad Snider|Brad]] are about to be hit by a [[Train (GTA V)|Train]] in [[Ludendorff]], [[North Yankton]], which is seen covered in [[snow]].]]
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[[Snow]] is first introduced in ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]'', most prominently in the mission [[Saint Mark's Bistro]], while the player is in [[Liberty City (3D Universe)|Liberty City]]. The snow was also slightly featured in the PSP version of [[GTA: Liberty City Stories]] while doing the [[Car Salesman]] side missions. Snow reappears in Grand Theft Auto V, during the events of [[Prologue]] and [[Bury the Hatchet]], for in both missions, the town of [[Ludendorff]], [[North Yankton]] is covered in snow and is also in the middle of a light snowstorm. It was also turned on in the whole of [[Los Santos (HD Universe)|Los Santos]] and [[Blaine County]] on Christmas Day in ''[[Grand Theft Auto Online]]'' as a 'Holiday Gift' from Rockstar. If it is turned on in ''Grand Theft Auto V'' by cheats, some pedestrians may comment: "Hey, look; it's snowing."
   
*Broadcasters in GTA San Andreas and GTA IV in some [[Radio Stations]] announce the weather forecasts in the local area. The Internet in GTA IV also announce weather forecasts.
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===Smog===
*Since the introduction of a weather system in GTA III, the game engine can realistically simulate weather transitions. For example, it may go from sunny to cloudy to rainy and then back to cloudy, rather than rain starting to fall from a clear sky, which looks more realistic.
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Smog is present in [[Los Santos (3D Universe)|Los Santos]] in [[Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas|GTA: San Andreas]]. Radio stations based in that city, like [[K-DST]] and [[Radio Los Santos]], will have DJs comment about the smog. It is also present in [[Grand Theft Auto V|GTA V]]. It can normally occur in [[Los Santos (HD Universe)|Los Santos]] and will not last the entire day. The presence of smog within the city suggests that Los Santos is very polluted.
*There is a glitch in which [[Tierra Robada]] uses the countryside's weather patterns, despite being a semi-arid region. Thus, it may rain but sandstorms would never occur.
 
*[[Mods]] and [[cheats]] are available to tweak the weather time cycle.
 
*Foggy weather is included in Vice City but is extremely rare. In most occasions, players would have to resort to cheats to enable fog/mist.
 
*Rain was noticeably rare in the original [[PSP]] release of [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]]. Rain/storms generally occurred less often than they did in preceding games, and clouds were less commonly seen. This was rectified in the [[PlayStation 2]] port; rain and storms occurred more regularly, and clouds were also seen more often in the sky, making the weather more similar to past games in the series.
 
*Rain can significantly affect the frame rate of the game, especially in GTA San Andreas and GTA IV, sometimes making it very low. [[File:BeautifulSunset-GTAV.jpg|thumb|322px|Sunset in GTA V.]]
 
*Due to the outdated GPU on the PS2, the timecycle on the PS2 version of GTA San Andreas is rendered differently than that of other versions, and ironically this results in a "better"-looking and unique (but not necessarily realistic) timecycle. For example, midday skies on the PS2 are often greenish-blue, while on the PC and Xbox versions they are sky-blue.
 
*In the PC version GTA San Andreas, NVidia GPUs are known to render sky colours and the sun's lens flare effects better than Intel or AMD GPUs, and the results are a timecycle that resembles more of the PS2 and the Xbox versions of the game, respectively.
 
*[[Grand Theft Auto V]] is the first game in the series to feature [[wp:Lightning|Lightning]].
 
   
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==Glitches==
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*There is a glitch in ''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'' in which [[Tierra Robada]] uses the countryside's weather patterns, despite being a semi-arid region. Thus, it may rain but sandstorms would never occur.
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*A glitch occurs in ''Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories'' whereby the water levels rise in stormy conditions to such an extent that low surfaces such as jetties and some roads can become slightly submerged and sometimes force Vic into the swimming animation by just standing on them.
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*In ''Grand Theft Auto IV'', rain may appear even the player is in a tunnel or an interior.
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==Trivia==
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*Broadcasters in ''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'' and ''Grand Theft Auto IV'' in some [[Radio Stations]] announce the weather forecasts in the local area. The [[Internet]] in ''Grand Theft Auto IV'' also announces weather forecasts.
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**The first weather report announced in radio was in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]], where a hurricane supposedly was hitting the mainland, therefore, used as a key plot to lock the island. However, the hurricane conditions (rain storms, strong winds, etc.) were never met during gameplay even if the player approached the barriers or even crossed into the mainland via glitch.
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*Since the introduction of a weather system in ''Grand Theft Auto III'', the game engine can realistically simulate weather transitions. For example, it may go from sunny to cloudy to rainy and then back to cloudy, rather than rain starting to fall from a clear sky, which looks more realistic.
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*Rain was noticeably rare in the original [[PlayStation Portable]] release of ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]]''. Rain/storms generally occurred less often than they did in preceding games, and clouds were less commonly seen. This was rectified in the [[PlayStation 2]] port; rain and storms occurred more regularly, and clouds were also seen more often in the sky, making the weather more similar to past games in the series.
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*Rain can significantly affect the frame rate of the game, especially in ''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'' and ''Grand Theft Auto IV'', sometimes making it very low.
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*Due to the outdated GPU on the [[PlayStation 2]], the timecycle on the PlayStation 2 version of ''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'' is rendered differently than that of other versions. This results in a "better"-looking and unique (but not necessarily realistic) timecycle. For example, midday skies on the PlayStation 2 are often greenish-blue, while on the PC and Xbox versions they are sky-blue.
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*In ''[[The Lost and Damned]]'', the sky during the daytime is always a light or dark orange, and is dark blue during the night, to fit in with the game's dark storyline.[[File:BeautifulSunset-GTAV.jpg|thumb|322px|Sunset in ''Grand Theft Auto V''.]]
   
 
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Latest revision as of 16:41, June 29, 2015

Gtasasunsetoverblackfield

Dusk commencing over Blackfield, about two hours after sunset.

Weather is a fundamental aspect that has existed throughout most of the GTA games. Grand Theft Auto III was the first to have multiple weather changes viewed in a 3-dimensional form. It plays a crucial role by complementing to the vibes and atmosphere of the game such as a pink setting sky to suit Vice City's 1980s vibe, and a dull, plain sky to suit the Liberty City atmosphere.

The weather in the game is controlled by a time cycle which controls certain weather types to occur at a particular time. Anonymous types of weather occur at rarer times than others. In places such as San Andreas, a certain type of weather only occurs in a particular climate or area such as sandstorms in the desert of Bone County and Las Venturas. Thus, some time cycles of weather are included exclusively for a Grand Theft Auto game depending on the area's real-life climate.

The games can also simulate transitions between weather types. For example; it may be cloudy, then a slight drizzle may fall, followed by rain and then a thunderstorm. This is a perfect example of the wide varieties of weather mixtures the game is capable of doing. Thus only the main core, standalone weather types are listed below rather than 30 different combinations. The games can also simulate wind, which can realistically result in trees swaying back and forth and turbulence while flying aircraft.

Types Of WeatherEdit

RainEdit

SandyShores-GTAV-Thunderstorm

A thunderstorm lights up Sandy Shores.

Rain occurs in most GTA games every three to five days, though this can vary depending on the climate. For example, in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, rain mainly occurs in Los Santos, San Fierro, and the surrounding countryside. Rain can also occur in Las Venturas and the desert, but very rarely. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City first introduced realistic rain drops forming on the player's screen as if they were literally in the protagonist's shoes. The 3D Universe first introduced car's headlights reflecting the rain on the road which instantly resulted in senses of realism, making the game more "alive" and increasing the atmosphere. The rainfall can vary depending on how clear the skies are. Heavy rainfall results in occasional thunder and lightning, causing the console version's controller to vibrate rapidly, again as a sense of realism. Rain also affects the performance of many road vehicles, and can degrade handling and braking power due to slippery roads. In Grand Theft Auto V, different intensity of rainfall is featured, ranging from drizzle and sun-showers, to torrential downpours and thunderstorms. Grand Theft Auto V also including lightning bolts during thunderstorms, as opposed to the sky simply "lighting up" in previous games.

Sunny/clearEdit

SanAndreas-GTAV-SunnyWeather

A freight train passes on a pleasant day.

Sunny weather occurs quite often in most cities, usually appearing every two to four days in the 3D Universe. The 3D Universe first introduced players to visual heatwaves when the sun reaches blazing heats, though this does not affect the player's health in any way. Sunny weather creates a "cheerful" atmosphere, especially in locations such as Vice City and most areas in San Andreas. The sun causes short shadows to appear behind objects such as lampposts and buildings. A clear sky implements a similar reaction. Sunny weather also appears commonly in Grand Theft Auto IV's rendition of Liberty City and Alderney and Grand Theft Auto V's rendition of Los Santos and Blaine County

Fog/MistEdit

Fog and mist is common in both renditions of Liberty City and the countryside of San Andreas, and very rarely in Vice City. Foggy/misty weather creates an "eerie" atmosphere, especially in locations such as the San Andreas countryside.

CloudyEdit

VinewoodSign-GTAV-CloudySky

Clouds looming over Vinewood, Los Santos.

Cloudy weather is probably the most common weather state in GTA, and it has featured in every game of the franchise. Cloudy weather does not create a particular atmosphere and is considered a "default" weather state due to how often it occurs. Cloudy weather can be seen pretty much everyday at some point, except in some places such as the desert, where overcast conditions may never take place. Cloudy weather does not have much of a visual difference, as the sky is still brightly lit during daytime, unlike foggy or rainy conditions, and visibility is still high.

SandstormEdit

A sandstorm is a unique weather pattern available in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. They arise when a gust front blows loose sand and dust from a dry surface. It occurs regularly only in the desert or near Las Venturas as it suits the climate. When sandstorms occur, visibility is severely restricted. Clouds of dust can be seen blowing and the sky's color changes to a dull brown. Sandstorms also have a physical impact on aircraft, blowing them fiercely in random directions, which can make flying treacherous.

BlaineCounty-GTAV-Sunset

Sunset in Blaine County, with a cloud partially obscuring the sun.

Sunset/sunriseEdit

Dusk comparison

Sunset comparison between Los Santos (left), Vice City (middle), and San Fierro (right).

Watching the sunset or sunrise in GTA is one of the most beautiful experiences in the game. The colour of the sun when it sets or rises depends on the city. In places such as San Andreas and Liberty City, the sun varies from orange, yellow and red whilst Vice City's sky is usually pink or purple to suit the 1980s atmosphere. The colours of the sky also play a vital role in bringing up the atmosphere of a city and are different for each location, such as a deep, orange sky in Los Santos or a plain blue and yellow sky in San Fierro. The shadows of objects and pedestrians become longer. 

To add realism, the lens glare at sunrise usually results in an orangy glow emitting off buildings and such, hindering the player's visibility when facing the sun.

SnowEdit

RancherXL-Train-NorthYankton-GTAV-side

Michael, Trevor, and Brad are about to be hit by a Train in Ludendorff, North Yankton, which is seen covered in snow.

Snow is first introduced in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, most prominently in the mission Saint Mark's Bistro, while the player is in Liberty City. The snow was also slightly featured in the PSP version of GTA: Liberty City Stories while doing the Car Salesman side missions. Snow reappears in Grand Theft Auto V, during the events of Prologue and Bury the Hatchet, for in both missions, the town of LudendorffNorth Yankton is covered in snow and is also in the middle of a light snowstorm. It was also turned on in the whole of Los Santos and Blaine County on Christmas Day in Grand Theft Auto Online as a 'Holiday Gift' from Rockstar. If it is turned on in Grand Theft Auto V by cheats, some pedestrians may comment: "Hey, look; it's snowing."

SmogEdit

Smog is present in Los Santos in GTA: San Andreas. Radio stations based in that city, like K-DST and Radio Los Santos, will have DJs comment about the smog. It is also present in GTA V. It can normally occur in Los Santos and will not last the entire day. The presence of smog within the city suggests that Los Santos is very polluted.

GlitchesEdit

  • There is a glitch in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in which Tierra Robada uses the countryside's weather patterns, despite being a semi-arid region. Thus, it may rain but sandstorms would never occur.
  • A glitch occurs in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories whereby the water levels rise in stormy conditions to such an extent that low surfaces such as jetties and some roads can become slightly submerged and sometimes force Vic into the swimming animation by just standing on them.
  • In Grand Theft Auto IV, rain may appear even the player is in a tunnel or an interior.

TriviaEdit

  • Broadcasters in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV in some Radio Stations announce the weather forecasts in the local area. The Internet in Grand Theft Auto IV also announces weather forecasts.
    • The first weather report announced in radio was in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, where a hurricane supposedly was hitting the mainland, therefore, used as a key plot to lock the island. However, the hurricane conditions (rain storms, strong winds, etc.) were never met during gameplay even if the player approached the barriers or even crossed into the mainland via glitch.
  • Since the introduction of a weather system in Grand Theft Auto III, the game engine can realistically simulate weather transitions. For example, it may go from sunny to cloudy to rainy and then back to cloudy, rather than rain starting to fall from a clear sky, which looks more realistic.
  • Rain was noticeably rare in the original PlayStation Portable release of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. Rain/storms generally occurred less often than they did in preceding games, and clouds were less commonly seen. This was rectified in the PlayStation 2 port; rain and storms occurred more regularly, and clouds were also seen more often in the sky, making the weather more similar to past games in the series.
  • Rain can significantly affect the frame rate of the game, especially in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV, sometimes making it very low.
  • Due to the outdated GPU on the PlayStation 2, the timecycle on the PlayStation 2 version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is rendered differently than that of other versions. This results in a "better"-looking and unique (but not necessarily realistic) timecycle. For example, midday skies on the PlayStation 2 are often greenish-blue, while on the PC and Xbox versions they are sky-blue.
  • In The Lost and Damned, the sky during the daytime is always a light or dark orange, and is dark blue during the night, to fit in with the game's dark storyline.
    BeautifulSunset-GTAV

    Sunset in Grand Theft Auto V.

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