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Camera tweak to show weather in top down view

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(Also applicable to FSX/FSX:SE)
 
I'm not sure if this tweak has been given previously on these forums so apologies if that's the case.
 
If you are trying to compare weather add-ons or even just the results of moving the weather setting sliders then by changing a line in the cameras config file (cameras.cfg) located in the settings folder (same location as prepar3d.cfg) you can make the comparison easier. If you change the line from ShowWeather=no to ShowWeather=yes in the definition for the 'Top-Down' view you can go to that view (F12) and after zooming out a few times the current weather pattern is revealed in all its glory by showing the actual location of the cloud sprites. 
 
Here are a couple of v-key examples of the built-in theme 'cold fronts' and changing between Low and High cloud coverage density in the settings dialog with radius set at 90 miles.  
 
2015-3-16_11-5-52-218.jpg
 
2015-3-16_11-5-16-360.jpg
 
2015-3-16_11-5-28-583.jpg
 
 
 
 

 

[CameraDefinition.006]

Title = Top-Down
Guid = {A2849229-938A-448f-8AC6-01EF2291C171}
Description = This is the description of the map or top down view.
Origin = Center
SnapPbhAdjust = Orthogonal
PanPbhAdjust = Orthogonal
Track = None
ShowAxis = Yes
AllowZoom = Yes
InitialZoom = 256
SmoothZoomTime = 2.0
ShowWeather = Yes
XyzAdjust = FALSE
Transition = No
ShowLensFlare=FALSE
Category = Outside
HotKeySelect=4

 

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