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I use www.fltplan.com and www.airnav.com to check real world metars and never rely on FS for them. The above is a prime example why, 'scattered clouds and ceiling'.... in the real world scattered clouds do not normally constitute a 'ceiling... from the FAA:"Ceilings. The height above the ground of the base of the lowest layer of clouds when over half of the sky is obscured.""Scattered" by definition is 1/8 to 4/8 coverage, in this case it looks like you got the 4/8's which is why they reported a 'ceiling'.If you had an exteranl view screenshot it would be easier to tell.XP Pro SP2-FSX SP2AMD FX60-8800GTS-2 Gigs RAMFEX-GEX-UTUSA-FSGenesis-and a bunch of other stuffComputer optimized by www.fs-gs.com

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>"Ceilings. The height above the ground of the base of the>lowest layer of clouds when over half of the sky is>obscured.">So this means 5/8 to 8/8 i.e you have a ceiling if you have broken or overcast clouds (see below).>"Scattered" by definition is 1/8 to 4/8 coverage, in this case>it looks like you got the 4/8's which is why they reported a>'ceiling'.>This is not correct if using standard METAR code terms.Sky clear = 0/8Few = 1/8 to 2/8 (though can be used to report anything less than 1/8)Scattered = 3/8 to 4/8Broken = 5/8 to 7/8Overcast = 8/8As noted above, it is called a ceiling if you have either broken or overcast i.e. 5/8 and above, not 4/8 and above.Jeff

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I'll let you take that up with the FAA, those were quotes I used :-)

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>I'll let you take that up with the FAA, those were quotes I>used :-)Not sure which FAA quote you used but it is not correct.For better references:FAA AIMChapter 7 - Figure 7-1-21http://www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/air...p7/aim0701.htmlFAA Pilot Handbook - Weather Reports, Forecasts and ChartsChapter 11 - Figure 11-3http://www.faa.gov/library/manuals/aviatio...083-25-3of4.pdfYou will also find the descriptions I gave for standard METAR codes for cloud coverage in every modern aviation weather or pilot training textbook. I have over five which say the same thing.Jeff

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The wx depicted in your screenshot appears right onThat little white puffy cloud to the left is in the SCT layer and the darker clouds are a ceiling at 2200 (ceiling starts at 5/8 cloud coverage)

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