Despite their enormous size and terrifying presence, it’s fair to say most players don’t spend a great deal of time thinking about Red Dead Redemption 2’s storms. I’d always assumed the storms were simply random weather events that spawned and vanished as soon they passed overhead. Something to create ambience while you travel the world (or a surprisingly calming ASMR soundtrack to listen to while writing). Peel back the cloud cover, however, and you’ll discover there’s a good deal more to them.
Over on Reddit, one player decided to take a closer look at Red Dead Redemption 2’s weather system, and came back with some unexpected findings. After asking members of the reddeadmysteries subreddit for help in tracking down lightning strike spots, “MC_Ulfric” (also known as “InsertRandomNameHere”) hopped on his horse to follow the storms himself – across the entire map. This wasn’t just a simple sightseeing tour, either, as MC_Ulfric carefully watched where the largest lightning strikes hit the ground, and compiled the data from three storms into a map that shows Red Dead Redemption 2’s storms are anything but static.
I was captivated by the idea of a lone rider out in the pouring rain, making detailed notes about the storm’s behaviour in a soggy journal. So I got in touch to ask MC_Ulfric more about his adventures in the Wild West, and how he’d managed to track the storms.