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The arrival of Minecraft Beta 1.5 brought weather conditions. However, it can at times be inconvenient when you're trying to screenshot something and show it off (as it reduces lighting and obstructs your view slightly). Is there anyway to turn weather off?

Alternatively, is there a way to speed up the duration of weather or "skip" it?

Eww, bad for screenshots.

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Isn't that a screenshot notch uploaded to show that it wasn't working properly yet? – Shard Apr 21 '11 at 0:26
I found it on the Minecraft Wiki page for weather. – Kevin Yap Apr 21 '11 at 0:27
Any reason you can't just wait? Weather doesn't last forever. – Raven Dreamer Apr 21 '11 at 0:39
I ended up waiting to get some screenshots but again, it's a little inconvenient. It'd be nice if there was a mod or some other way to disable weather. – Kevin Yap Apr 21 '11 at 0:43
Sometimes the weather lasts several days. I was going to ask a similar question, but about turning the weathers noise levels down, the rain is a bit too loud imo. – theorise Apr 21 '11 at 8:17

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As of Minecraft 1.3.1, which brought about server commands, weather is able to be toggled on and off via the following conmmand:

toggledownfall | Toggles rain and snow.

To run commands (by enabling cheat mode upon map creation):

Commands being entered into the Minecraft client itself must be prefixed by a slash (example: /me flips a table). The command window is identical to the chat window and can be accessed by pressing T or starting directly by entering a slash. Commands being executed via the console are not preceded by a slash.

Otherwise, if you do not have cheats enabled, you can sleep in beds (only at night!) to skip weather.

Also, if you're playing on survival, and you have the perfect opportunity for a screenshot, but no cheats mode, a quick tip is to "Open to LAN" your game (hit esc, click open to LAN), and enable "Cheats Mode: ON".

Then, toggle the weather off, and screenshot away!

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This might be a little late, but.. I always use the command /time set 14000 (it's a default command). This command makes it completely dark, so you can use a bed. Most of the time the rain/snow is over when it's morning.

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With zombe's modpack, you can control weather. ;)

If there is bad weather happening at night, a bed should help.

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If you're not averse to a little cheating, the mod TooManyItems has recently added the ability to toggle weather.

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if you just want to turn it off, you just need to type in one of the following commands:

/weather clear
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There is no setting to turn this off, the only way to skip weather is as a side effect of sleeping through the night.

Of course if it's not night, or you don't have a bed, then you are stuck..

I wish Notch would add this option in, or at least allow for you to turn down the AMOUNT of rain, since I don't mind the fact that it happens, just the constant lag that it brings.

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Switching your graphics to Fast should reduce the lag due to rain, since that turns off the splash particles and the splash noise. Less particle rendering + fewer sounds playing (should)= faster. – SevenSidedDie Apr 29 '11 at 16:36

You can install Optifine, then you can disable it in the settings.(Works in 1.8.1)

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I don't know why this was downvoted; this is a perfectly valid answer, the only downside (or upside) is that you can't turn it back on at will. – Unionhawk Mar 27 '12 at 12:06

To turn of rain, Type /toggledownfall while op'ed, if on a server.

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Turning particle effects down to a minimum will reduce the amount of weather effects shown in game.

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What I did was set the gamerule doDaylightCycle to false /gamerule DoDaylightCycle false This allowed me to use a daylight_detector and hook it up to a sticky piston with a redstone block on the end. enter image description here

When it starts to rain the daylight_detector will lessen in power and emit less in redstone strength and be unable to power the sticky piston. The sticky piston will deactivate pulling the redstone block with it, triggering the command /toggledownfall enter image description here .The daylight_detector will sense the change in lighting and reactivate the sticky piston so it can once again clear up the weather.

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Try exiting your game and then returning, it might help!

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Nope, weather is saved. – a cat Nov 9 '11 at 19:30

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