When flying with Real Weather,
how does X-Plane determine what weather applies to where you're flying?
An answer from Nick Young:
It varies, since METAR reports are centred on individual
reporting stations, and X-Plane uses only reporting stations that are
also airports, in fact X-Plane applies the METAR of the airport
nearest to your aircraft at any time.
Therefore, in X-Plane a METAR report extends from the airport reporting
that METAR to halfway to the next airport for which there is a METAR. This
could be different distances in each direction!
If there is only one airport with a weather report on the local map
then the METAR for that airport covers the whole map.
If there is no airport with weather report on the local map, then the
last METAR will be used. When X-Plane moves you into a DSF that
does have an airport with METAR then it will update the weather.
How can I apply Real Weather to
long distance flights where there are no airports (like over the
I don't think the weather system built
into X-Plane will meet your need to have real world weather
throughout your trans-Pacific flight. You would be wise to get
weather updates from another source and change the weather
settings to match it as you fly.
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