Microsoft Flight Simulator – Selecting the Weather:
While many pilots dream of clear blue skies every time they take off, perhaps you’d like to try a difficult landing during a thunderstorm or soar through fluffy clouds over your favourite city.
Beyond the many options you have about where to fly, you can also change how the weather looks when you fly. Changing the weather in Microsoft Flight Simulator is relatively easy. In fact, you have the option to set the weather before you hop into your plane or even mid-flight.
In this Microsoft Flight Simulator guide, we’ll show you how to adjust the weather any time you’d like.
Microsoft Flight Simulator Introduction:
Microsoft Flight Simulator offers a vast selection of plane models for you to fly. In addition to getting into your plane, you can also control the weather around you. The perfect way to start your exploration of the skies.
How to Change Weather in Microsoft Flight Simulator:
There are two ways you can alter the weather in Microsoft Flight Simulator. The first is by modifying the settings in the aircraft. You can use these settings to decide what cloud cover you will have, the strength of the weather, and how fast or slow the plane will be.
The second is using the Emergency procedure. In the process, you can control the speed of your plane, whether you want to fly or glide, the direction of your aircraft, and whether you want to use the brakes or do an emergency landing.
Weather and time is a matter of taste:
Many people like to set the weather in the evening before they want to fly, perhaps to avoid high winds or high fog. If you specified the weather on the morning of a flight, you’ll likely have to wait out the fog and winds as the plane taxis down the runway.
If you want to set the weather to when you want to fly, you can set it up ahead of time and have the weather change to your choosing. This is particularly useful if you’re taking off during a rainstorm or are waiting out a storm.
To set the weather, go to the Home tab and click on the weather panel. The settings under the weather control the appearance of the weather, so be sure to adjust the visibility so that you can fly at night or if you’re flying in bad weather.
Then, the thing you’ll need to do is open the Weather sub-menu in the Control Panel.
Next, you’ll want to scroll down and choose “Change HOURLY, DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY, AND YEARLY” as the category.
Click on the Show Info button at the bottom of the screen, and you’ll be brought to a screen similar to the one shown in the GIF below.
Select “Weather Conditions” in the top row on the left and then click on the button on the right to change the type of weather. In the above example, you can change the type of weather from clear to cloudy to rainy to snow.
Then, scroll down and click “OK” to see the new temperature and humidity.
The weather conditions including:
⦁ Clear Skies
⦁ Few Clouds
⦁ Scattered Clouds
⦁ Broken Clouds
⦁ High-Level Clouds
Change the weather before you take off:
The first option you have to control the weather in Microsoft Flight Simulator is to adjust the time of day.
In the weather tab of the Home Dashboard, you’ll see the same view of the sky you saw before. Only now you can make changes to it. Change the weather in Microsoft Flight Simulator by going to the Weather tab, tapping on the Hourly tab, and scrolling down to the weather details.
You can now adjust the temperature, as well as the amount of clouds and other factors. The setting for the minimum wind speed is usually relatively easy to change, but the strongest wind speed can be challenging if you don’t know the exact wind speed you’re expecting.
There are plenty of simple tricks you can use to estimate wind speeds.
Change the weather mid-flight:
This is a good idea if you want to see how the weather looks in various regions in order to plan your next flight. This is easy enough to do, and all you need is a quick flight. After you reach your destination, you’ll want to fly back to your previous airport, set the weather to a specific condition, and then come home. You should see a screen similar to the following.
On the image, you can see that a weather condition has been set. With it, you can see the weather conditions and map. This will allow you to decide if you want to take a more comfortable flight or an adventurous one.
By moving your cursor over the image, you can access the option to change weather conditions.
Adjusting Weather on a Landable or Not Landable Airport:
Some airports are landable airports, meaning you can actually hop out of your plane and walk around on the runway. Others, however, are not. These airports are unattainable to walk around on. But when you land at a landable airport, you can still change the weather by selecting the weather forecast that’s on your runway.
To change the weather at a landable airport, open your Settings tab and check the Weather to Fly box. Now, navigate to weather and then click the “Hide” button in the lower right.
Next, just set your desired weather to begin with, and then click the “OK” button. The temperature and wind speeds will begin to change, and you’ll no longer need to set your flight path to land at a specific airport.
Taking off and landing in adverse weather condition:
When you are about to take off and land, you should tune into the weather forecast informing the pilot about the sky condition, temperature, and visibility. Tuning the weather option is optional in Flight Simulator. But it is good to get to know about the weather condition in the area. So you plan your flight accordingly. In real life, if there is a storm within site, you have to wait until the storm is over or fly around the storm.
If you select foggy or stormy weather, it will be difficult to see the runway during landing. That is because, in foggy weather, visibility will be limited and reduced. An ILS called Instrument Landing System will guide the aircraft to the runway in any weather condition.
For good exploring, you should select clear weather with a clear sky or few clouds. That is because it allows you to see the cities and landscape. While flying during a storm, you may expect turbulence.
The settings you’ll use to control the weather can be a bit overwhelming, especially with the plethora of options and possibilities. That’s why we’ve gone through a few key points about the weather to help make the process easier.
The most exciting thing about changing the weather while already in flight is that all of the changes you make will happen instantly, allowing you to turn a perfect sky into a chaotic storm with a click of your mouse.
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