Incorrect spatial relations between thermals and Cu clouds makes realistic glider flights impossible

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Yes, retested with official gliders

Brief description of the issue:

Incorrect placement of thermals in relation to Cu clouds (experienced both with weather presets and live weather), as detailed on the picture below makes realistic glider flights requiring use of thermals impossible. In real life glider pilots observe location of Cumulus clouds to find thermal lift and be able to do cross country flights over flatlands.
This bug report concentrates only on the spatial relations between thermals and Cu clouds, other discrepancies of thermal model (like shape, size, lift distribution etc) will be reported in separate bug reports.
Expected solution: Please correct thermal model and cloud visualization of all cases depicted in the illustration.

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All experienced incorrect cases are summarized on the picture below:

Video showing incorrect case 3: Microsoft Flight Simulator SU11BETA Thermal Preset Test Timelapse - YouTube


Retested in SU11 with official gliders, confirms same effects,
no improvement in thermal model between SU11BETA and SU11

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This issue reports many deficiences in SU11 thermal model, can be experienced in many places.
Video above was recorded starting from EPKO - 54.128295 17.840775

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Detailed weather settings are visible on above video, here are relevant screenshots
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summer for strong thermals - 17 July 2022 13:02 local (11:02 UTC)

Detailed steps to reproduce the issue encountered:

Perform glider flight with weather and time settings as depicted - single active, but thick layer of Cu clouds, some wind for thermals to be active, follow path as recorded in the above video, or any other flatland terrain.

PC specs and/or peripheral set up if relevant:

does not apply

Build Version # when you first started experiencing this issue:

SU11BETA retested in SU11


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MSFS SU11 thermals are independent of or unrelated to the visible features they produce in real life, I.e. cumulus clouds. The interdependence of thermal position and cloud position is very important for soaring pilots to make judgments about climbing or pressing 9n. The OP has defined the issue well.

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Well it is again me so Yes :slight_smile:

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I did a retest on latest 1.29.29.0 with official glider showing case #2 from the main illustration above - location EPKO (flatlands I fly in RL for 10 years, no ridge lift possible), 17 July 2022 13:02 local, same weather (full .WPR xml seen on the screenshot). After airtow to about 1000m I climbed using only available “blue thermals” (without ever being under cloud or entering any cloud) above condensation height, that is as defined in WPR single cloud layer bottom, to as seen 1775m - well above preset and observable cloud bottom. As expressed in description of case #2 there shouldn’t be thermal at such height or such thermal should form a Cu cloud there right after rising above condensation height. As you can also observe 3D thermal visualization promises also lift well above cloud tops which would be also illustration of incorrectness of case #3.

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See also here and the official DWD thermal forecast (toptherm - one needs a subscription for access) for the day vs the conditions in the sim. Not even remotely close.

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