Thats not true in all cases. Just yesterday flying from Barcelona to Mallorca there was quite a lot of haze in live weather, more than I have seen in some time. I could not make out the normal shade variations on the ocean at all, it was masked by the haze and the horizon was very hazy too.
What time were you flying? A late afternoon to evening flight when the sun is low in the sky there is a perception that visibility has reduced…however it’s just the way the light is reflected from the haze already present.
I’ve not noticed any proper reduction in visibility…ever.
We’ve had two years and now we have SU11 beta release notes and so far no progress has been made in visibility representation for live weather.
I get the impression that they are trying to patch the METAR implementation - rather than using Meteoblue data - which in my opinion is not the best solution to the real problem.
The real problem: the representation of global visibility, not just within the METAR zone.
An intermediate solution could be (until they can do the Meteoblue data implementation) to have visibility transition between two METARs, although for METARs far apart this would not always be optimal - but it would certainly be better than suddenly pop-up METAR bubbles.
The best solution would be to combine the METAR data with the Meteoblue data and calculate the visibility from that.
As you approach METAR, you would gradually use the METAR data, outside the METAR zone the Meteoblue data would be used - of course without any abrupt changes.
Or, as many others have suggested: we need a switch to change between models using METAR and Meteoblue - after, of course, we have finally managed to use Meteoblue visibility data in the program.
In an earlier Q&A, the developers commented on the visibility issue that they are “working on the problem” and expect to implement visibility data in live weather by the end of 2022.
End of 2022=SU11.
Visibility representation in live weather is nowhere.
Personally, one of my biggest annoyance since the release is the lack of visibility representation.
I am losing my hopes.
Looks awful. It’s a bug that has been very evidently there and 100% reproducible, about time they should atleast officially admit that they don’t have a solution. Why move in circles to give this or that edition when they can’t get the basics right? All airports reporting low METAR visibility have these fog circles without exception.
I too am beginning to lose all hope.
When I initially realized that we actually had an early access simulator, I was patient and gave the guys time.
But 2 years is 2 years.
I didn’t expect that they wouldn’t pay attention to key things in that time.
I still have a faint hope in SU12, maybe in 4 months we can make some minimal progress.
And I know it’s heresy, but I’ve been launching X-plane 12 more and more lately.
While graphically of course the two programs are not comparable, at least XP handles visibility, so it gives a much better representation of the atmosphere I’m flying in. In MSFS, I always get a “sterile” feeling when I take to the air.
The fact that Asobo is keeping mum about it indicates that they just don’t have any solutions for it, I’m not sure if it’s even worth expecting something in near-future updates. Maybe now they’re realizing that they goofed up when they committed to meteoblue which limits them on so many aspects (absence of true 3D weather radar api being another example).
Otherwise, I’m not surprised that few people miss the representation of visibility.
A friend of mine, who flew the simulator from the beginning, was absolutely shocked after the introduction of METAR when he first encountered limited visibility inside the bubbles.
He said he didn’t even know it existed, he thought the way he had been flying was normal and should be.
My suspicion is that the majority of users are blissfully ignorant…
Meteoblue does provide visibility data. You can see it in the debug weather window. The sim won’t use it though and I suspect it has more to do with performance and graphical limitations like haze popping up abruptly.
FYI, all posts related to Live weather visibility in the Weather Bug forum have been merged into this one: Visibility from METAR not reflected and nor adjustable
So please contribute there and hopefully it will be tag as feedback-logged soon since it has now more votes.
Yes, that thread actually has a specific issue stated at the first post mention the 225@3kts bug that we had everywhere. That were an issue with data. Meteoblue does not predict 225@3kts all over the world. But that thread completely changed weather system/engine/model. So bad bug reporting in the forum. A bug report become a thing that changes the whole sim to be something else because the title is a subjective title. Match what? It should have matched Meteoblue. Nothing else.