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FAQ Comparison of Cloud Coverage Density

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The Cloud Coverage Density slider in FSX presents an important roll in terms of weather depiction. Many people aren't aware of this. Below is a visual demonstration what each setting means with simple visuals.

The below shots are the EXACT same weather, the only change was the slider setting.

 

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You can't make it any clearer than this (and no, I had no idea it worked like this, so thanks)..;)

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Hi Tim,

It would be interesting to see the weather observation for that particular station. Being a weather observer / forecaster, the visual explanation you present tends to negate just what the weather engine would be trying to depict... i.e. let us say for instance - a station has 8/8's cloud coverage (10/10's or fully overcast).  Based on how I am understanding the slider explanation - that means I can negate a total overcast sky by setting density slider to low? hmmmm... or am I out in left field, and means we can create a thin overcast to  heavy overcast?

I know - am being a bit too tech/real wanting...  ;D

Must say though - REX is the absolutely best product I've come across for bringing cloud realism into the MSFS series! You are rivaling the original Fly! cloud system (*that* program's clods actually caused me to feel a bit of vertigo when I first flew around with that sim)... Terrific job to you and all REX developers! Thanks for making FSX more realistic!

Cheers,

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KISS comes to mind, Keep it simple and stupid.

An excellent visual explanation for us right brained picture people.

Wycliffe

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.....is it possible to lower the setting even more than the slider will allow. (I've tried it in the config file and set it to .5) but it does not show any difference. I am looking for coverage with just a few scattered here and there.

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KenWood, You are correct so if you are flying Real world weather and that is what you want then you would fly real world weather and leave this alone.

But for those of us that fly to get different screenshots or just want to change the weather while we are flying you can change this slider setting

and open the FSX menu and click the weather tab and change the weather to any of the selections available.

 

 

chik, If you want very little cloud coverage just choose the weather theme in FSX to cold fronts or fair skies and set this slider all the way to the left,

this will give you just a few scattered clouds.

 

You have to use both of these Density slider and the FSX weather themes to adjust the weather to exactly what you want it to be. 

just experiment with these some and you will figure out what works for you or not.

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If you want very little cloud coverage just choose the weather theme in FSX to cold fronts or fair skies and set this slider all the way to the left,

this will give you just a few scattered clouds.

 

 

    Thanks, I'll mess with it some more

 

BTW, I'm not sure what triggers this but the "cloud coverage density" setting in the .cfg file seems to revert to a setting of (5) at times. I know I purposely set it to (1) for that lightly scattered look but every now and then I go to adjust something in the .cfg file and shezam, it's at (5) again........?

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Well that it why we always say to open FSX with REX, it makes sure to maintain your REX setting in the FSX CFG. 

Anytime you go into the FSX settings and change anything it will revert back to the FSX default setting in your CFG..  

So remember anytime you change FSX settings in the FSX settings screen you have to go back to the REX CFG. manager

and set your REX settings again and then open FSX with REX so the FSX CFG. will go back to the REX settings and then each time you fly open FSX with REX and they will stay the same.

Now once you are flying and you open the FSX menu and change the weather in the FSX menu it won't do this but if you open FSX

and go and change settings and not fly it will revert back to the default FSX settings in the CFG.

 

Hope this helps.   ~  James

Edited by Skyy High Airways

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