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I know of all the features FS Meteo provides such as the whole planning and destination weather info etc. also the constant update of weather from internet for up to the minute real time weather. None of these funstions really intrest me, ofcourse if I had the program I would use them "why not" :-), they are sure all good and cool features.............however what I would like to know from someone in plain english is what will I see different "visually" as to compare to original FS own weather program, or perhaps the weather that is given by FSMeteo is more acurate while MSFS-own weahter is from crappy source "I'd buy that :-lol" while FSMetoe is from a good source and if it is from good source then from where?Again the most I would like to know is what will I see different visually lets say FSOwn weather gives me one cloud layer and FSMeteo will give me more acurate covarage info + 3 cloud layers (if present) you know what I mean some info of that sort...For example I was landing in KLAX (before my PCFroze :-roll) and every now and then the weather was becoming clear and then filling up with overcast would something like this be fixed in FSMeteo???So the weather will stay more steady changes?It says on the authors page "Cloud Transitions" - what does this mean? How does it appear?Thanks so much for any infoAndy

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I am new to FSMeteo and had the same questions you did just last week! Let me explain as well as I can.The transitions are not abrupt as with Flight Sim's real weather. For example say you were flying from Los angeles to seattle and there were no other weather stations between them, Flight sim would use your global weather. If you did not pre-set it. It would be clear, unlimited visibility, no wind, nothing. FSmeteo would fill this area with a transition between Los Angeles and Seattle's weather. So if you were flying in overcast weather it wouldn't (BOOM) go clear instantly. It works flawlessly.As for weather sources, I believe surface observations are the same, but FSmeteo uses them more efficiently including some cumulus clouds buried in the overcast like I had last night.As for your approach to LAX. FSMETEO will constantly update the weather at your destination to be sure the weather was accurate when you arrived.Cas

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Cas, Thank You for your responce. The reason I was asking is cuz I was looking to buy it, so I think it does what's most important as the no BOOM into clear all of the sudden.ThanksAndy

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Nahh due to your response Cas I went out and bought it... well so if I do not like it I will hold you personally responsible :-lolof course I am joking :-lolYou should get the commission :-)I think I'll like it well everybody who has it loves it so it's gotta be good!One more thing that puzzles me is I heard that some people are taken away the right of using it when they are found by the "author" (I understand) to be using it on more then one computer... well if the author has the ability to take away the right to use his product, is he in control of the server that send weather? What if he goes nuts and take away rights from everybody :-)... well maybe he won't I hope he will send me all the info in readme's etc.Again thanks for your info CasAndyPS: I have no problem with author restrictions to use one copy per computer nor do I think of giving illegal copies of the program to anyone agains the wishes of the copywritter just was asking to know what is the story about it.

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One thing-pilot weather (duats) is updated usually once and hour. I don't think the metars that fsmeteo uses are updated any more frequently. Therefore, you could have fsmeteo update it every minute-but the weather will be the same-that is until the minute that it changes on the hour....Correct me if I am wrong....http://members.telocity.com/~geof43/Geofdog2.gif

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Where does it get it's Metar (data) file from anyways.... NOAA?I don't care about how offten it gets it really just want to download it once and use it... good point though the info seems to claim that it will always get the "up to date weather" hmm... well you can always say "up to date (minute whatever) weather posted (avaiable to it)"?NOAA would prabobally post it everything as soon as something changes I guess.... or once an hr otherwise...Andy

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Hi Geof,While you are correct on the updating of METARs, having FSMeteo update at something less than an hour provides more realistic weather beause you will have the wx for the closest reporting station to your position at all times during the flight. This is very noticable on long x-country or airline flights.Mark

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That is correct-but I think many are under the conception that it updates at the time you specify such as every 5 minutes-it will only update at that point if the hourly or whenever the update has changed.I also don't know the timeline or accuracy of metar reports vs. duats which I believe Jeppeson/MS feeds off of-the duats are updated every hour... http://members.telocity.com/~geof43/Geofdog2.gif

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Perhaps it would be more descriptive to say that if you are not moving, in the one spot of ground you are parked at the weather will not change more frequently than once per hour (:55 if memory serves), which is the update interval of the METARS, but if you are in flight and go far enough (into the next metar's coverage zone), the FS weather will be updated every to be whatever the weather in your now current location is?Take care!P

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Yeah but! ;-) It will take the weather from the closest reporting station every 6 minutes, which makes a big difference in the accuracy of your weather.

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The reason it (FSMeteo) is updating every 6 minutes is not because the weather is changing in that 6 min. but because FSMeteo is not downloading the entire worlds weather, only the radius you specify. This way the weather download and updates are faster. It slows down when you increase the desired radius for FSFlightmax.Cas

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check out the last screenshot I posted about "Me thinks I need to go right"Cas

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If you fly longer than 1 hour!This of course could also be accomplished by clicking download weather in fs about 5 minutes after each hour (the duats I beleive are updated 5 minutes before each hour or so). but who wants to click the mouse. ;) (I also own fsmeteo)http://members.telocity.com/~geof43/Geofdog2.gif

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Your absolutely right! The difference is, FSmeteo will get it only when you need it.

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By the way-this gives an exuse to mention a feature of fs that is overlooked by many.Right now 17:21 zulu or 1:22 pm eastern standard time I clicked real weather on fs-local is checked.On the real weather screen you will see airport symbols-these are the live stations fs has just downloaded the weather from. If you click on a symbol-the sliders will change to report what weather that station has at the moment.Right now the difference is considerable:cgx for instance has scattered clouds, 10v and moderate winds-ord has heavy rains and 2 miles visibility.This will/should be updated at about 17:53 zulu.But it shows that you will get the changing weather at each station-which will be changed as long as the data feed is good hourly.http://members.telocity.com/~geof43/Geofdog2.gif

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Yes-but that weather will be no different than a reporting station in fs's real download unless the weather report has changed-which only happens once an hour!Well, in theory this should be true, but it isn't ;-) They are usually close though. I'd prefer to have my weather imported for me so I don't have to guess when I'll be getting close to another reporting station, then have to pause the game to download weather.That's the beauty of FS Meteo. Not to mention, I can plan my approach with the weather at the destination and adjust enroute if need be if the winds at the destination change.

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" I'd prefer to have my weather imported for me so I don't have to guess when I'll be getting close to another reporting station, then have to pause the game to download weather"That's exactly my point-that is the advantage of fs meteo over the fs real weather download. It isn't anymore "accurate" except if in the interval of time you fly the report happens to change-which shlould happen hourly-and to be honest from what I have seen the noaa metars are not always updated or as accurate as the duats feed-which is probably why pilots use the duats.The other advantage is it will transition the weather between stations.However-in my case my area of the world is so populated with stations (usually no more than 10 miles apart) and since I rarely fly a flight of more than an hour I frankly haven't found it to be much of an advantage. If you live in an area of sparce stations and fly longer flights then it is a must have.http://members.telocity.com/~geof43/Geofdog2.gif

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I see. I personally like it for the weather display window the most, which gives me constant weather at my present location and at my destination. Probably why I really enjoy using it ;-)

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In the last week we have had a choice between Overcast at 200 and overcast at 1000.Cas

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Not sure what you mean-but that is what it was when I scrubbed my flight yesterday!By the way-I just went to the Noaa site and then the duats to compare the latest reports-the noaa one is two hours old!Noaa:KFNT 041553Z 16017KT 3SM HZ CLR 25/21 A2963 RMK AO2 DZE35 SLP029 P0000 T02500211 Duat:Flint MI (Bishop International) [KFNT] hourly observation on the 4th at 12:53pm EST (1753Z)wind 180

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What about layers of upper winds and clouds, is that not something that FSmeteo also has that FSweather does not?

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Yes it does...My point was only to the initial poster who stated:"the constant update of weather from internet for up to the minute real time weather"There is no such thing as "real time weather" as it stands now.By the way-doesn't fuipc do much of this now?http://members.telocity.com/~geof43/Geofdog2.gif

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