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Bruce Nicholson KMFR

Which weather is best??

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Hello All!I have been thinking about purchasing a weather generation program, and I thought I would consult with the "experts" before making a move. I have checked out FSMeteo, Weather Center, and Active Sky, and with the exception of a few features here and there, they all seem to do about the same thing. Does anybody have a favorite, or can anyone recommend one of these? I have used the built-in "real-world-weather" feature in FS2002, but have not always been pleased with the results. Do these programs work any better? Thanks!Paul Bakeman

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I prefer the one at Calibersoftware.com. This is called Weather Maker 1.4. It is the best I have seen and real easy to use. Couple this with FS Sky clouds and it is amazing. The best part about it, is it is free. You can enter what the current weather is at a particular area and it will closly mimick what is actually taking place. Pretty cool stuff.

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Phil:I'll second the vote for FS Meteo. It's payware, but you don't have to enter anything, it's done automatically and updated every 2-6 minutes. On complicated weather days with multiple cloud layers and multiple layers of winds aloft (the way it really is in the real world) entering this info in each time would be a time-consuming pain. I'd rather be flying.http://mostrealisticai.projectai.com/images/northwest.gifAlex ChristoffN562ZMinneapolis, MN

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Phil,A third for FSMeteo. Marc has had this program running for a couple of years now--and it is stable. Works a charm in a dependable way. Worldwide coverage, winds aloft, good cloud transitions. And it runs consistently well.No complaint about anyone else--love to see the innnovations and the state of the art is constantly improving. But Marc has been a steadfast contributor and deserves our kudos.Good payware.Best,Mike

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ActiveSky wxRE Superior product at a modest price. Depicts real weather cloud layers, fog and other visibilty issues, winds (ground and upper layer), turbulence, wakes, smooth transitioning, regular TAF and METAR updates, winds lock for ATC approaches, online or offline use. Many more features too, plus more coming soon. Tough to pass up for $14.95 (U.S.)

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try also GetWeather - maybe not as precise as those mentioned here before but it does on line and offline weather and for great price - freeand as weather generator try WeatherMaker Lite also for good price - free

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ActiveSky wxRE! Easy to use and with features like wake turbulence that no one else has. It simply transforms your weather world, and has more features coming soon. It is well worth the small investment! JackD

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PaulI'll keep this short and just say:FSMeteo is the way to go!Simple to use,stable and realistic(and doesn't hit the frame rate)Have fun Grahame EDHL

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I have Active Sky as well, but of all the opinions we have received so far, how many folks have tried and compared both Active Sky and FSmeteo?Tony

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FSMeteo has been with the flight simming community for some time. Marc has done an OUTSTANDING job for support of the community. The aloft winds that cover the entire world are exact in FSMeteo with ActiveSky has to date not achieved. I have both programs for analysis purposes. At this date FSMeteo coupled with FS Sky World is at this moment just superior IMHO. Damian and Marc are both very talented guys that contribute much to the FS world. It is almost not fair to pit them against each other, but again IMHO FSMeteo is a much more stable and tested program and is worth every penny that Marc has asked for it.This is a test of the concept of compettive development, look for FSMeteo to offer capabilities not yet available by anyone very soon. I am testing some of them right now.CheersBob Johnson

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ActiveSky wxREFirst time I loaded it up I went to my local runway. And wow! I looked out of my bedroom window and then back at my machine I was looking at the same thing. It was foggy and raining out and that is exactly what FS2002 had.Sweet!:-)

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Hi all.I do not mean this to sound cynical or sarcastic... but... what is wrong with FS2002 "Weather"? Am I missing something better? I guess that I just don't have any basis to compare FS "weather" with other sims, whereas they are all different in their own unique way. A few things that I would like to see in "Weather" is golfball-sized hail that can really **** you up, if you fly into it, instead of over it - lol :(What would be cool is to time the "weather"; for instance, have hail for a few minutes, then have it turn into snow, then fizzle out into rain.Just some ideas (not that anybody really cares).One more stupid question (I have never really noticed): When it rains, etc., does FS simulate a wet, slippery runway, even though you don't see that it is wet? I wouldn't know... I rarely make it back on the runway; my landings suck! lol

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I have been using FSMeteo for long but now run ActiveSky wxRE. Take a look at this thread (http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/DCForumID81/442.html) to see what's coming. Here you find some more detail: http://hifi.avsim.net/activesky/activeskywxre.htm. Though there still are some issues left, Damain is addressing them all nicely. He is very supporting and commited. Don't get me wrong, Marc (FSMeteo) did/does the same with FSMeteo. But I've got the feeling Damian is a real 'weather nerd' which sure shows during the use of ActiveSky. Worldwide winds aloft is coming up, intelligent weather changes (based on real meteorological rules) is implemented, working wake turbulence (cool!) is there, and so on. Again, read on above mentioned sites to make up your mind.I'm using ActiveSky wxRE since it's here....

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