ATIS Conditions Incorrect - Few Clouds at 1,100 Feet

Cloud Cover and Visibility reported on ATIS do not match the conditions seen in the sim when using Live Weather.

It always reports “Few clouds at 1,100 ft Few Clouds at 4,300 Ft Few Clouds at 12,700 ft” even if the sky is completely overcast. Visibility and Dew Point is often reported incorrectly as well (usually 3 or 10).

This is not to be grouped with “Live Weather is Inaccurate” reports. Regardless if live weather doesn’t match real world conditions, if it’s overcast in the sim, the ATIS should report overcast.

To Replicate:

  1. Open World Map, find an area with overcast clouds
  2. Load into aircraft and tune to the ATIS at that airport

Additional Context as to why this is important:
Pilots tune to the ATIS prior to takeoff/landing to know if it’s safe. VFR Pilots cannot fly if the cloud ceiling is less than 1,000ft, and visibility less than 3. That’s why we rely on the ATIS frequency.

It’s not just you, others have the same, as do I. The altitude values do vary slightly slightly, but the cloud layers are always reported at around 1000 ft, 4000 ft and 11-12,000 ft.

Example posts I found elsewhere:

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I’ve had the same atis every single time at any airport I’ve been to. Can’t understand how something so fundamental to the core of the sim is so broken and they are allowed to get away with releasing it in such an incomplete state. And no mention of any fixes for the live weather problems. Have reported the ATIS bug to zendesk. Totally unacceptable.

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Same for me
I hope this will be fixed

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Agree that this is a major issue…but uhh they did acknowledge the problems. In detail actually, and say it is already “significantly improved” to be released on the next patch.

Not sure if you’re replying to my issue saying they acknowledged the problem, but to be clear, I’m speaking of the ATIS and its report of the depicted live weather.

Whether the live weather data is accurate is a whole different issue. If the sim shows it’s overcast, I want ATIS to tell me it’s overcast. :slight_smile:

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Yeah thats true. For the first time yesterday I had it NOT report 3miles visibilty. Did the usual 3 layers of cloud layers. Always at some 100 ft interval too. 4,100 10,100 etc. very strange

I think this may be tied into the problems with real-world weather. ATIS Always states the sky condition as “few clouds 1,200, few clouds 4,300, few clouds 12,500” regardless of where the clouds actually are. ATIS also always says the dewpoint is 10C, which is rarely true. Wind, temperature and altimeter seem to come through correctly, although the wind itself doesn’t get properly represented when real-world weather settings are used. Amazing these bugs made it through multiple beta cycles.

Same here, oh and guess what I installed patch #2 yesterday and Asobo did nothing with this bug. ATIS info is still incorrect. bugs bugs bugs…hope devs read this forum and soon make proper fixes.

I have this problem still as well.

Thank you for this post. I’ve had this same problem since day one.

I think this is a general bug with ATIS rather than live weather itself. No matter where I go in the world ATIS always reports 3 layers of clouds when using live weather and just 1 cloud layer when using preset weather.

In areas where the live weather actually has clouds, it is not obvious that the ATIS information is incorrect. So the bug becomes obvous where there are clear conditions or few clouds. I first noticed this at Denver KDEN where cloud layers were reported at 1200, 4200 and 12400. As Denver is at 5400 feet, 2 of the reported layers were underground. Looking outside the cockpit, the conditions were clear over the airport with clouds to the North, which didn’t seem too far from the real ATIS reports.

So my conclusion is ATIS is unreliable for clouds at least, although live weather does appear to be populating the skys with appropriate clouds, based on local conditions. Although I believe that the live weather (like live traffic) is more likely delayed somewhat, rather than actually live.

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Dew point. One Zero…

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Perhaps just an oversight…I ABSOLUTELY agree with your findings and agree that the system needs fixin; however, ATIS reporting of cloud layers is not in MSL, but rather AGL.

Learn something new every day.

Had this problem as well.

Looked out the window in Copenhagen this morning and it was foggy as hell. METAR info online said visibility 300m and fog. I loaded up FS and the ATC told me it was IMC conditions no VFR allowed, so obviously it was loading in the correct situation, but it was clear blue skies and no clouds in sight. Very strange!

I am looking in to the exact same issue and was going to ask here. Looks I am not the only one. I tried several places with fog, and all I get is blue skies.
Any idea would be nice. If any…

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Just to clarify, this issue is about ATIS being incorrect about the conditions as seen in the sim.

What you seem to be describing is an issue with live weather not matching real life conditions. This topic is independent of that - simply about the ATIS Frequency.

Hello, yeah I saw this afterwards. I might start a new topic for this. The sim actually seems to match the weather very well. Only fog seems to cause issues.

Thanks
Michael

Same problem here. The pattern few clouds at 1000, 4000 & 12000 is occurring almost everytime and everywhere, regardless of what cloud layers are depicted in the sim.

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