While the default Live Weather in the new Microsoft Flight Simulator is still having issues like not loading real-weather at all, implementing incorrect wind conditions, and giving couple of hours old air pressures. All these are not acceptable when flying online where the latest weather situation is demanded. Surely Microsoft will fix these Live Weather bugs in the future patches, until that date, and beyond, there might be a cure that has just arrived.
REX Simulations released Weather Force 2020, a METAR-based dynamic real-time weather engine for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator. With real-time METAR data as the foundation, the Weather Force weather engine provides a more realistic weather experience. By utilizing inter-process communication with the simulator via fine granular control, user will experience automated, dynamic, and smooth weather transitions. There is also a wide range of proprietary dynamic, changing (non-static) weather scenarios (DCWS), which are unlike the static weather presets that ship with Microsoft Flight Simulator.
- METAR data is updated 6 times an hour, downloaded directly from NOAA, providing accurate results within a 1/8th.
- Utilizes uniquely built algorithms to combine both METAR and model data to cover sparse areas such as deserts and oceans.
- GFS model data provides key atmospheric conditions to give a snapshot of temperature and winds aloft.
- If a nearby airport METAR indicates a thunderstorm, it is generated next to the reporting station as in real life.
Many more features are coming in future updates such as support for historical weather data, community shared weather presets, and a full-featured mapping system. REX Weather Force 2020 can be bought on the REX Store for $21.95.
REX Simulations – rexsimulations.com