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Weather Guide, Seasonal Info and New Features in the Seasons EP

The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack
The Sims 3 Seasons: Logo
The Sims 3 Seasons Loading Screen and Logo

The Sims 3 Seasons was a highly anticipated Expansion Pack, as Simmers have long been waiting to experience The Sims 3 in a more realistic world. Seasons has delivered with wonderful weather and seasonal effects that add depth and beauty to any town EA has created. This guide to Seasons will cover the new Weather system, the Seasons themselves, the new life state: Aliens and game features like the new Attraction system.

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Controlling Weather and Sims 3's Seasons: Options and Cheats
The Sims 3 Seasons offers new weather settings in the game options menu. This lets you set what Seasons can come up, how long they are, and the weather that can appear during gameplay. EA has finally separated the options for game files, so you can have one town set up this way, and another differently so that you do not have to constantly tinker settings between your various save files. A great feature for people who share their game with another household member.

Seasons also comes with a new cheat. When using the testingcheatsenabled true cheat, you can shift-click the ground to get a new Seasons cheats menu. There, you can change the current Season, weather and set the temperature on the fly.

Weather in Seasons

All Weather and Seasonal Screenshots on this Guide can be Clicked to View them Full Size

Weather is dependent on the temperature, less so than the current Season, much as it is in the real world. It can snow in the Fall or Spring when temperatures drop, but is unlikely to snow in Summer when they're high. Simple.

You can check the weather on the computer, the new weather channel on TV, or simply read it in the daily newspaper. These forecasts are not 100% accurate, again like real life. The temperature can be off by as much as 5 degrees either higher or lower. Also, it must rain or snow for more than two hours on a day for it to appear in the forecast. Here's a rundown on the types of weather you can see in The Sims 3 Seasons:

The Sims 3 Seasons: Weather - Sunny
Weather - Sunny Day in The Sims 3 Seasons

Sunny Days
Of course, Sunny days are a part of Weather. We're all quite used to seeing The Sims 3 with normal Sunlight, but now we have additonal effects. Sims can now get a tan or sunburn from sitting out in the sun while wearing Swimwear. They can also get uncomfortably hot, to the point of bursting into flame and dying. Higher temperatures play a role in how fast they'll burn. If a Sim wants to go to the beach and not get burned, they can use the new Sun Parasol. This will keep their temperature down as well. The simplest way to beat the heat is to head indoors as all buildings are climate-controlled. To see more about heat, read the guide to Summer.

The Sims 3 Seasons: Weather - Rain
Weather - Rain in The Sims 3 Seasons

Rain gets Sims a soaked moodlet, at least those without an Umbrella. Umbrellas can be bought under Outdoor Activities in Buy Mode's Outdoors tab. Rain realistically puts out fires and is supposed to water plants in the garden but some players report problems with this. There is a 50% chance that a rainbow will appear after rainfall during the daytime.

The Sims 3 Seasons: Weather - Lightning
The Sims 3 Seasons: Weather - Lightning 2
Weather - Lightning in The Sims 3 Seasons

Lightning is caused by rain and appears at Moderate rainfalls. This level of rain will only cause distant lightning, which cannot strike lots in the game world. Heavy rain causes lightning that can strike lots and even Sims, possibly killing. Sims are only supposed to get struck by lightning if outside with an umbrella. Lightning strikes every 15-45 minutes. Lucky Sims are 75% less likely to be struck by lightning, while the Unlucky are 75% more likely to be struck. Thankfully, the Unlucky Sim's trait should kick in and spare them with the Reaper.

The Sims 3 Seasons: Weather - Snow
Weather - Snow in The Sims 3 Seasons

Snow accumulates over time and can allow activities like making Snow Angels and Snowball Fights. It's also a ripe time of year for Snowboarding and building Snowmen. The cold weather that brings snow can kill Sims who are exposed, so wear the new Outerwear clothing option when outdoors. Sims should automatically change. Sims get colder over time and will eventually get a Frostbite, then freeze solid. To learn more about battling cold weather, read the Winter guide.

Wind, Hail, and Fog
Wind can appear any time, and will activate certain objects like flags to blow. Hail can appear during storms but doesn't last long and doesn't damage your property. Fog effects can roll in and reduce visibility in the world.

Getting Sick and Allergies
The cold weather can cause Sims to get ill, which brings a negative moodlet and makes them contagious. Doing things like bobbing for apples and kissing can get another Sim sick. The negative moodlet there isn't too bad. Similarly, Sims can get allergies during Spring and other seasons when picking Wildflowers. An Allergy shot at the hospital will clear up the ailment and let your Sim carry on with their life.

Sims 3 Supernatural Cross-Feature: The Weather Stone
If you own both The Sims 3 Seasons and The Sims 3 Supernatural Expansion Pack, you can use a new feature called the Weather Stone. Fairies can use the Weather Stone to to bring a reviving rain that will water plants, fertilize them and take care of any weeding that needs to be done. Vampires can use it to conjuer an Eclipsing Fog that will guarantee they can drink from or turn Sims. Werewolves summon a Snow of collectibles that also helps them find more rare items. Use this then go hunting! Lastly, Witches can make a rain that makes the whole town go nuts and dance outside while in a great mood.

Season Information

Festivals and Festival Lots
Each Season in this Expansion has a Festival. EA also took the time to update all towns with the new Seasons content instead of offering a whole new town this time. That is an appreciable effort on their part, as it will save a lot of trips to Edit Town for Simmers. These festival lots all offer activities that earn tickets for participating, which can be exchanged for prizes at a concession stand. There is a gnome for each season that can be had for 500 tickets. Each Festival Lot also has a photo booth where Sims can make a Greeting Card by taking pictures together. During the end of each Season there is a holiday, which gives Sims a +10 mood boost all day as well as a free day from work or school. To learn more about the new festivals in The Sims 3 Seasons, as well as the activities of each, follow the links to the individual Season guides below.

The Sims 3 Seasons: Spring
Union Cove in Spring

Spring renews the trees, thaws frozen rivers and ponds allowing fishing to begin anew and brings Wildflowers into the world. These new collectibles can spawn any time the temperature is right, but they start here. The Spring Holiday is Love Day, and all festivities here resemble Valentine's Day, save the Egg Hunt. Sims are likely to get love letters and gifts at this time of year. New features include the kissing booth, love tester machine, horseshoes, Spring Dance King/Queen and the Rollerskating rink.

The Sims 3 Seasons: Summer
UC in Summer

Summer cranks up the heat and features many sunny days, though heavy rain and hail are possible. This Season's holiday is Leisure Day. Sims will enjoy the new swimming options: ocean swimming, along with diving boards. The festival features a tanning booth, but as mentioned before Sims can get a tan from the sun. There's a hot dog eating contest stand which can earn tickets, and a skating rink just like Spring. Engage another Sim in a waterballoon fight to learn this new hidden skill, which also helps with snowball fights in Winter. Sims can also have Soccer shootouts which raise Athletic skill and can earn them big tickets for the Festival.

The Sims 3 Seasons: Fall
UC in Fall

Leaves will fall off decidious trees in Fall and accumulate in the yard. There they can be raked, and Sims can play in leaf piles or even Woohoo in them. The Holiday here is Spooky Day, which is obviously like Halloween. Sims can trick-or-treat, and of course wear costumes and throw costume parties. At the festival, they can bob for apples, participate in a pie eating contest, or visit the haunted house for a scare and some Festival Prize Tickets.

The Sims 3 Seasons: Winter
UC in Winter

Winter brings snow, sometimes heavy and several activities that take advantage of this. Lakes and rivers can freeze over, allowing Sims to ice skate, but no fish can be caught in those conditions. Snow angels can be made, a variety of Snowmen built and Sims can have snowball fights and improve a hidden skill. Winter is a time to give gifts, and this is helped with the new Gift Giving party. The winter Holiday is Snowflake Day and all Sims can enjoy the free day off. Kids may even have snow days. Feast Parties can be thrown to share a big meal and time with family and friends. There is no Christmas Tree but sometimes EA offers one free for download around the Holidays so keep an eye out!

Other New Expansion Pack Features

Aliens in The Sims 3 Seasons
Aliens come with The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack

Aliens are the new life state offered with The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack. These otherworldly beings have several telepathic powers, being able to read Sims' traits and transmute items with their minds. Their energy motive is replaced with Brain Power, which can be replenished by meditating or eating Space Rocks. Aliens can abduct Sims and take them aboard their UFO, which can cause Male Sims to get pregnant with Alien Babies. Click the link to learn more about Aliens and getting them to visit your lot and abduct your Sims. You may even befriend these visitors and ask them to join your household - they bring along the cool car and are skilled in logic/handiness.

Seasons Romance: Online Dating, Love Letters and Attraction
Sims can find a date using the new Online Dating system, which lets Sims lie about themselves. Married Sims may even be spotted in online dating. You can make a profile with the computer and shop potential dates.

Seasons brings the Attraction system, which can make Sims randomly send letters, phone calls to say they're attracted, and provide Sims with gifts. Again, there is little regard to a Sim's relationship status and this may cause offerings your Sim doesn't want. On the bright side of romance, Sims can now slow dance, kiss under the mistletoe and woohoo in Winter's Igloo and Fall's Leaf Piles. To learn more about the Attraction system and the romantic holiday, Love Day, see Spring.

New Lifetime Rewards and Traits
Only two new traits are available here: loves the heat/cold, but there are eight new Lifetime Rewards in Seasons. These include a couple that improve Sims' performance at activities: Festival Frequenter raises ticket rewards at Festivals, Comeptitive Eater helps with pie/hot dog eating contests, and All-Weather Champion will make Sims better at water balloon/snowball fights, building snowmen and igloos, and be better at skating. There are immune to heat/cold that will protect a Sim from negative effects of extreme weather, one that prevents illness, and two which control the Weather.

The Sims 3 Seasons does not include any new careers safe a part-time job for Aliens, and no new Lifetime Wishes.

New Ways to Die
Sims can be struck by lightning, freeze to death, or spontaneously combust from the heat. Read the season guides for more detailed information.

With all these seasonal treats, Cooking got the biggest new additons with a number of new recipes.

Hopefully this guide will help you decide whether The Sims 3 Seasons is right for you. Share your general tips on Seasons below:

Comments (75)

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Kay says...
I don't know if you want typo corrections in the comments, but I just thought I'd mention it. Deciduous is misspelled. It's not really important. Great guide though. I've been anticipating your Seasons guide. You're always very thorough. Thank you!
22nd November 2012 6:19pm
kosh says...
is these expansion packs only for CPU or is it for Xbox too
20th March 2013 9:44am
Simmilish says...
sims 3 seasons does not come with xbox the only games that come with the xbox is sims 3 and sims 3 pets so therefore sims 3 seasons is not available for xbox or xbox 360
30th November 2013 11:25pm
factchecking says...
"Sims are only supposed to get struck by lightning if outside with an umbrella."

None of my sims have umbrellas, and one was struck by lightning when she was outside fishing.

Also, you can throw feast day parties in fall, and I didn't know that they were possible in winter.
22nd November 2012 10:29pm
Katie says...
Maybe the lightning was attracted to the metal fishing pole? :)
20th December 2012 10:12pm
Alana says...
What new recipie's are avaliable?
25th November 2012 1:15am
Melissa says...
pumpkin pie for one
28th December 2012 11:47pm
Chelsea says...
Hey, thanks for the info! Something has been bothering me, though, and I think other people have been affected as well. Maybe you know the answer? My game started in summer, but just by sitting outside doing homework, it seemed, one of my sims got sick. The whole family gets sick, of course, just a few at a time, and I'm pretty worried about my sims' future. They can't sit outside anymore? D: I wasn't sure if they were getting sick because of the rain... when it's raining out, do they get sick if they don't put on their outerwear, or is it the flu? I was only able to get a flu shot once fall had come. >.< Any findings you have on sickness would be much appreciated!
25th November 2012 3:41am
luciaboush says...
Maybe try to have them wear outerwear or carry an umbrella if it's raining. I know I don't like the new "Soaked" moodlet that comes with the rain. Mostly because it seems it rains every single day. I was kind of disappointed in that. I don't keep my Sims outside in the rain for that reason, but maybe they can get sick.

Also, if it was a child or teenage Sim, check their classmates. Maybe one of them got sick? You just never know.
28th December 2012 9:54pm
Alexandra says...
I realize that this reply is almost a year in response, however, the "Soaked" moodlet didn't come with Seasons. I just repurchased Seasons today, so I only had Generations and Late Night and Sims 3 for awhile (sad face!) (note: I have had all of the expansion packs, but due to unforeseen circumstances I had to repurchase and still am, boo), and I'm guessing that through Generations it comes into play. Whichever had the sprinkler at least, which could even be the base game. I do know that children who prank the toilet using the Overflowing Toilet ends up soaking whoever gets pranked.
30th November 2013 3:31pm
Alyssa says...
I think sims can just get sick randomly in the game, which is not a nice addition. This happened to one of my teen sims, and didn't help her grades at all.
30th December 2012 8:45am
Sims3Xpert says...
Yes your sims can get sick from standing outside in the rain.
17th February 2013 10:22pm
Linnea says...
If you don't want your sims to get sick (it's REALLY annoying if you ask me) Just invest in the "Sim-immunity" thing with your lifetime achivement points. It's not very expensive (about 5000 points) and you Sims will never get sick again.

Plus, if you want to avoid the negative moodlet "soaked" just click your sim and have them change outfit to formal or whatever. Changing outfit will remove the moodlet since your sims clothes arn't
wet anymore.

13th April 2013 5:27am
Fz122 says...
My season game has som3 problems:
1.the season festivals come earier than usual
2.I am never notifed when a festial happens.
27th November 2012 12:29am
Jordie says...
mine keeps glitching!! - my sims are disappearing and the game freezes! what should i do??? HELPPPPPPPPPP!
28th November 2012 5:27am
Melissa says...
I had this happen and used the cheat resetsim firstname lastname and the sims have been fine since then.
10th February 2013 6:13pm
Brown Beauty Sims 12 says...
Hi Carl,
I love your Sims Guides...all of them. Quick question: is it shift-click after you enter the cheat code to change the season? If so, it is not working for me. I entered the code and shift-clicked the ground and a new seasons option did not pop up. A little help here please :) Thanks
If testingcheatsenabled true is working then shift-clicking on any patch of ground that a Sim could be told to 'move' to would do it.
29th November 2012 4:52am
Brown Beauty Sims 12 says...
Thank you! It worked. :)
3rd December 2012 2:51am
scoobydoo says...
Hey hoping what I write to you may help you out in getting the code you was try to do ,that you need to use" press ctrl , shift , & letter c at the main menu or just before you get started to play your sims game ,once the box at top opening , then type in this " "TESTINGCHEATSENABLED TRUE' THEN press enter & YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO PLAY BY CHECKING TO SEE ONCE YOU'RE IN THE GAME TO CHECK HUNGER BAR & ANY OTHER BAR YOU CAN TO GO SIDE TO SIDE & IF DONE RIGHT YOU SEE THE BAR LINE MOVE SIDE TO SIDE , then you will know that you have done it right.hope this help you out.Good luck playing the sims game.
4th January 2013 7:04pm
Morgan says...
I just wanted to point out that it is possible for a sim to be stuck by lightning without an umbrella if they are out in the rain long enough. The umbrella only increases your chances slightly.
30th November 2012 9:49pm
melissa says...
Quick question is there anything you can buy with tickets that can not be bought in build/buy mode?
2nd December 2012 3:43am
Ashley says...
They have seasonal gnomes that you can buy from the vendors that are only available during that season. Winter gnome during winter, summer gnome during summer ect.
1st March 2013 3:37am
Simaholic63 says...
I like how you said kids "may" get a snow day. My kids didn't go to school once during the winter. Talk about a loooong winter I've seen Let's Plays that experience the same thing. Maybe EA will fix this, but I don't know.
4th December 2012 10:59pm
TreQuan says...
Will the temperature always be 5 degrees higher or lower than the forecast?
It can land anywhere in that range.
5th December 2012 1:17am
yoli says...
What new recipes come in this expansion pack? I'm having trouble being able to make the pumpkin pie. Even when I have pumpkins in my inventory and sims fridge I can't unlock that recipe.
5th December 2012 12:09pm
Liz says...
is your sim in level 5 in the cooking skill? if yes and it still won't work than I don't know
29th December 2012 1:19pm
Chocolate says...
I have this character that I made on the sims 3 showtime, and I worked really hard on that sim! Is there a way I could take that sim and transfer its town/house to seasons? If not, could I be able to do the same reactions (Ice sate, trick or treat etc.) with seasons in the showtime town? Please help!
5th December 2012 7:07pm
NightsRiver says...
Yes, you can. Seasons adds the Seasons to any town.
24th December 2012 7:10pm
Amanda says...
First of all, your guide is awesome and my home page, just so you know. :)
I'm linking the page for the holiday set, free from The Sims 3 store. It has a Christmas tree. Not sure if anyone can claim it now, but I figured it was worth a shot. The tree gets organized under lighting. Oops! No links allowed. Sorry. I didn't realize. Anyway, if you look up 'holiday tree' in the store it should be on the first page of results with the free holiday set.
Yeah sorry about the no-linking policy, too many spammers try to hit us up.
9th December 2012 10:49pm
Vanya says...
Hey, I am going to ask for this program for Christmas and was wondering how much memory(ram) this takes.
See the game's system requirements on the  FAQ. More expansions may increase memory requirements.
10th December 2012 11:57pm
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