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Brief description of the issue:
Live Weather often seems off, but it may be off by time zone rather than in quality per se. Flying yesterday morning in Florida (between Tampa Bay and the Space Coast following I-4) I found that around 8 am Pacific local time where I was playing – 11 am Eastern time in the simulator, a time that was correctly reported on the avionics display in the aircraft – I encountered heavy clouds that weren’t visible in current satellite imagery as seen in ForeFlight.
However, if I looked at cloud coverage predictions for the coming day, I saw that there were clouds predicted there between 3 and 6 hours in the future. Note that Eastern Daylight Time is UTC minus 4 hours.
Another user recently reported a similar experience flying in Ontario (also Eastern time zone), with an unexpected storm which appeared IRL five hours later:
I have not yet done a thorough research of this, but I did hear about some past problems on the forum where it seemed to be using past weather. Has something shifted where the time zone offset is being applied incorrectly in the forward direction, and predicted weather from the future is being used?
Has anyone noticed similar problems flying in other time zones, and measured the time offset involved? Does it match the offset of the time zone?
Provide Screenshot(s)/video(s) of the issue encountered:
Unexpected clouds and lightning:
ForeFlight showing the current satellite data around 8am Pacific / 11am Eastern time:
ForeFlight showing predicted clouds for 1500 UTC (same time):
ForeFlight showing predicted clouds for 1800 UTC (3 hours later):
Detail steps to reproduce the issue encountered:
- fly with Live Weather turned on in US/Canada Eastern time zone (eg, Florida or Ontario)
- watch the weather
- compare it to predicted weather from NOAA etc
- or wait a few hours and compare it to reality, if you’re local
PC specs for those who want to assist (if not entered in your profile)
Build Version # when you first started experiencing this issue:
Are you on the Steam or Microsoft Store version?
Did you submit this to Zendesk? If so, what is your ticket #?
Done, but it didn’t give me a ticket number; it said only: