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Guest Tomcattwo

Howdy all!Is there a parameter or a flag that one can pull from MSFS that indicates that the sim thinks it's raining or snowing? Something must tell MSFS that it needs to turn on/off the Rain Effect on the Winshield so I'm guessing there is a flag or parameter someplace to tell the sim to do that. I'm trying to pass that on in a gauge such that something occurs when it's actually raining or snowing and does not occur when it isn't actually raining or snowing. I looked through all the params, tokens, events, units, commands etc. from the SDK and came up empty.Any help would be appreciated.R/TC2

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Guest Tomcattwo

Thanks, Wozza! That sounds right (Ambient Precip State) and I'll check it out this evening. I missed that one in Arne's list, but the param does in fact show up in the environmental section of the SDK listing of params.Regards,TC2

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Hi Wozza, thanks for the advert :()%((A:RADIO HEIGHT, feet) 30 < if{ (A:SURFACE CONDITION, enum) } els{ 24 } )%{case}%{:0}DRY %{:1}WET %{:2}ICY %{:3}SNOW%{:24} %{end}A line from one of my gauges. It shows the enum of surface conditions,that is,0 is dry1 is wet2 is icy3 is snownick

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AMBIENT PRECIP is what is used in the model's XML code to trigger the rain/snow effects on the windshield.

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Guest Tomcattwo

Bill is correct, as was Wozza - thanks fellas. I successfully used AMBIENT PRECIP STATE in my application. The result is a bitwise representation of precipitation. Those I've found:Clear (no precip) = 00000010 = 2Rain = 00000100 = 4Snow = 00001000 = 8I used the call (A:AMBIENT PRECIP STATE,number) and was able to use the result to do what I needed.Thanks all, for your replies.R/TC2

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No problem... I've used AMBIENT PRECIP STATE for any number of things for which MS probably never imagined... ;)Like, having your line people don rain slickers when raining, and parkas when snowing? ;)

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HiNP Nick ;) though opening the XML box was a big mistake on my behalf :DThis little discussion got me thinking it may be fun to apply an effect so when it rains the wheels throw up spray should be doable :)CheersWozza

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Hmm that was easier than I thought,but its only good for tail draggers a tri gear would need 2 unused light circuits :)Wozza(A:AMBIENT PRECIP STATE,number) 4 == (A:RIGHT WHEEL RPM,rpm) 80 > && if{ (A:Light Cabin,number) 1 < if{ (>K:TOGGLE_CABIN_LIGHTS) } } els{ (A:Light Cabin,number) 0 > if{ (>K:TOGGLE_CABIN_LIGHTS) } }

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Hi Wozza, all my freeware and payware throw up spray with rain or snow. Chance of a quick plug, I've attached a pic of the F-117A showing where I've added the spray effect so that you see it from the wheels, but there is also a spray pattern following along for some distance down the runway. I thought it looked more realistic this way.To switch on the effect I always use (A:SURFACE CONDITION, enum).Others are promoting (A:AMBIENT PRECIP STATE,number). Are there advantages using the latter, as they both appear to produce the same thing, although I have never used AMBIENT PRECIP STATE?nick

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Hi,I know only a few of the surf. cond, enums like:0=DRY, 1=WET, 2=ICY and 3=SNOWWhat are the others if there are any?Jan"Beatus Ille Procul Negotiis"

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Nick,Just the conditions, i am aware of the 25 types.Jan"Beatus Ille Procul Negotiis"

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