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Is there any free software that would improve the accuracy of fs9's real world weather? I am no more than 20 miles from the nearest weather station in reality and I can look outside and it is overcast and raining heavily for example while in the sim it is set with something like light clouds with winds varying from 15 to 25 knots and this is how the real world weather is most of the time with almost no variation. The only thing that changes very much at all is barometric pressure and wind direction.

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Hi.

 

There's a reasonable free weather application called FSMetar. It should be available here:

 

 
but I'm at work and my company security won't let me through to verify the site is still running. I downloaded it a few years ago, along with a year's worth of off-line weather files as I don't have an internet connection at home. The application works offline and online so you can use realworld & real-time weather or set your own as you wish.
 
There's a beta version in the Avsim library but you should be looking instead for version 1.5.2
 
If the site above is defunct, the author is Ivan Alvarez. That may help with an extended Google search...
 
Cheers,
D

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Choose something with great support and accurate weather depiction:

 

Active Sky Evolution (ASE)

 

I've never been disappointed and server is always "up".

 

gwillmot

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The OP was after freeware...

 

Gwillmot, your title reminds me of the old England's Glory matchbox joke about the telephone caller asking for the head of the household but getting the chairman of the fundraising committee (autres temps...).

 

Rwat, if the beta is ok for you that's fine. If you want the newer version but can't find it, drop me a PM.

 

Cheers,

D

 

 

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The OP was after freeware...

 

Gwillmot, your title reminds me of the old England's Glory matchbox joke about the telephone caller asking for the head of the household but getting the chairman of the fundraising committee (autres temps...).

 

Rwat, if the beta is ok for you that's fine. If you want the newer version but can't find it, drop me a PM.

 

Cheers,

D

 

 

I reject your reality and substitute my own!

 

P.S.: My title of "king" should not be a factor here .... oops ... I'm sorry, title of "queen's knave"

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Hi.

 

There's a reasonable free weather application called FSMetar. It should be available here:

 

 
but I'm at work and my company security won't let me through to verify the site is still running. I downloaded it a few years ago, along with a year's worth of off-line weather files as I don't have an internet connection at home. The application works offline and online so you can use realworld & real-time weather or set your own as you wish.
 
There's a beta version in the Avsim library but you should be looking instead for version 1.5.2
 
If the site above is defunct, the author is Ivan Alvarez. That may help with an extended Google search...
 
Cheers,
D

 

Ok, thanks (:

The OP was after freeware...

 

Gwillmot, your title reminds me of the old England's Glory matchbox joke about the telephone caller asking for the head of the household but getting the chairman of the fundraising committee (autres temps...).

 

Rwat, if the beta is ok for you that's fine. If you want the newer version but can't find it, drop me a PM.

 

Cheers,

D

what is the difference between the beta version and the most recent one?

Also, I got an error message saying: "Component 'MSNET.OCX' is not correctly registered: a file is missing or invalid." when I tried to install the beta version of FSMetar, why is this happening? isn't it freeware???  :Confused:

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Ok, thanks (:

what is the difference between the beta version and the most recent one?

Also, I got an error message saying: "Component 'MSNET.OCX' is not correctly registered: a file is missing or invalid." when I tried to install the beta version of FSMetar, why is this happening? isn't it freeware???  :Confused:

http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/bef8d8aa-462f-4afe-a358-05c70a810873/msinetocx-not-correctly-registered-in-windows-7

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Never mind, I found the full version on flyaway simulations website, thanks for the help.

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The version I found is not the most recent and it either won't do anything or it will crash, where can version 1.5.2 be found?

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..... see ....... maybe Active Sky Evolution wasn't such a bad idea after all.  Time is money.

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..... see ....... maybe Active Sky Evolution wasn't such a bad idea after all.  Time is money.

....Well...... sitting around doing nothing doesn't waste money lol, but yes I am considering getting it, though I think it is overpriced at $40. 

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though I think it is overpriced at $40

Weather programs are all expensive since they allow for your use of their servers over the life of the product.

If you want the most accurate weather program, as distinct from the best looking, may I suggest you investigate FSGlobal Real Weather (FSGRW).

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The version I found is not the most recent and it either won't do anything or it will crash, where can version 1.5.2 be found?

 

Check your personal messages.

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Weather programs are all expensive since they allow for your use of their servers over the life of the product.

If you want the most accurate weather program, as distinct from the best looking, may I suggest you investigate FSGlobal Real Weather (FSGRW).

Interesting, It looks like you get 8 free weather downloads so you can try the program, I may get it if I like it, I like how it works with fs9, fsx and p3d, but it is very likely I will stick with fsmetar for now because it looks like Dave will help me with getting it working.

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I know the OP was asking about freeware products, but for what it's worth, for me the most dramatic improvement I ever saw in FS9 in depicting weather was when I went from using the limited function freeware FSUIPC to the payware (registered) version... I do use Active Sky as my weather program and have found it reliable, but in terms of how wx is rendered visually FSUIPC registered really makes a difference....

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I know the OP was asking about freeware products, but for what it's worth, for me the most dramatic improvement I ever saw in FS9 in depicting weather was when I went from using the limited function freeware FSUIPC to the payware (registered) version... I do use Active Sky as my weather program and have found it reliable, but in terms of how wx is rendered visually FSUIPC registered really makes a difference....

Could you give me an example of how it looks better? I got the payware version of FSUIPC about a week ago, but I haven't seen a noticeable difference, maybe it is because I wasn't looking for a difference as I got it for joystick calibration, is there something I have to turn on within FSUIPC to make it render weather differently, or does it do this automatically? And I am looking more for realistic real world weather, because fs9's interpretation of metars is useless, though visual improvement is defiantly a great bonus.

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FSUIPC has the facility of smoothing winds aloft which can be VERY problematic in FS9's interpretation of events. Cloud layer limitation is also included.

 

It is interesting to note FSGRW requires you to turn off all weather attributes in FSUIPC.

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I notice that you downloaded 1.5.2 version of FSMetar . The latest available is 1.5.5. I still use 1.5.4 though because there was a bit of lag between fsmetar fsuipc and the sim. That said that was before I upgraded my system.

However, the download files are archived and you can get them here

http://web.archive.org/web/20120323061633/http://personal.telefonica.terra.es/web/fsmetar/

 

It really isn't necessary to spend a lot of money on a weather programme. There is very little difference. most of the problems are sim related which fsuipc takes care of. Also the clouds that come with expensive weather programmes are not that fantastic.

The best clouds are free also here http://library.avsim.net/search.php?SearchTerm=clouds&CatID=root&Sort=Name&ScanMode=0&Page=3

Fsmetar allows you to download from vatsim which rarely if ever goes down. Not only that they are as up to date as one can get. For example my local airports issue a Metar and it's usually on vatsim 10 minutes later.

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I notice that you downloaded 1.5.2 version of FSMetar . The latest available is 1.5.5. I still use 1.5.4 though because there was a bit of lag between fsmetar fsuipc and the sim. That said that was before I upgraded my system.

However, the download files are archived and you can get them here

http://web.archive.org/web/20120323061633/http://personal.telefonica.terra.es/web/fsmetar/

 

It really isn't necessary to spend a lot of money on a weather programme. There is very little difference. most of the problems are sim related which fsuipc takes care of. Also the clouds that come with expensive weather programmes are not that fantastic.

The best clouds are free also here http://library.avsim.net/search.php?SearchTerm=clouds&CatID=root&Sort=Name&ScanMode=0&Page=3

Fsmetar allows you to download from vatsim which rarely if ever goes down. Not only that they are as up to date as one can get. For example my local airports issue a Metar and it's usually on vatsim 10 minutes later.

Actually Dave sent me all of the files for version 1.5.4 and I got it working literally 10 minutes ago and the weather I got was Identical to what I am seeing outside my window, finally lol, also I already have the cloud textures in the link, defiantly the best cloud texture set for fs9.

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As said above by Appliance, FSUIPC registered doesn't add anything in terms of graphics etc. but the way it handles multiple cloud layers, visibility limits, haze and transitions makes weather seem far more realistic and the experience more immersive. The changes may be quite subtle but for me it was a huge improvement. (As well as all the other features it provides)

 

The other (payware) upgrade that is indispensable for the best FS9 experience is REX. That will give you great sky graphics for FSUIPC to render more realistically....

 

Of course, it's all a matter of perception. But my advice is that those two purchases are worth every penny if you want an optimum FS9 experience

Ian

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As said above by Appliance, FSUIPC registered doesn't add anything in terms of graphics etc. but the way it handles multiple cloud layers, visibility limits, haze and transitions makes weather seem far more realistic and the experience more immersive. The changes may be quite subtle but for me it was a huge improvement. (As well as all the other features it provides)

 

The other (payware) upgrade that is indispensable for the best FS9 experience is REX. That will give you great sky graphics for FSUIPC to render more realistically....

 

Of course, it's all a matter of perception. But my advice is that those two purchases are worth every penny if you want an optimum FS9 experience

Ian

Yes I have noticed that visibility transitions are far more realistic, it was pretty annoying going from 2 miles of visibility to unlimited visibility instantly lol, and I also have added sky textures from real environment pro, it looks great and is freeware so I am happy with it, I don't think my pc could handle rex's textures very well anyways.

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