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Real World Weather site down? Not updating?

fs2004 weather troubleshooting

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#1 LEAH757

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:43 AM

This is my first post here, though I have been very deep into FS9 for many years, and usually get help with any issue just by scanning the forums, without need for posting myself, but I haven't seen anything here today about this, soooooo, here goes. I have FS9 on two completely separate XP machines (one in my home office, one on a "purpose-built machine for just FS), and since about two days ago, the real-world weather has been "stuck in time". I've followed all the usual recommendations...I have emptied the temp-internet folders, cleared the internet cache of files and cookies, looked to see if I can access the weather website (fs2k.zone, I can), switched on and off real world weather, even deleted all my old flights and weather from the FS folder. Nothing helps, the weather is still giving me an old weather pattern. I load airports all over the US, and it's still blizzarding in KORD (the real weather has passed to the east), cloudy at KPDX, raining at KSDF, sunny in KBOS (it's really snowing heavily in New England now)....they've all stayed the same for several days, and on both machines, so I know it's not computer-specific issue. Is anyone else experiencing this? If not, suggestions?

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#2 Cyanide72

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:42 AM

I'm not sure, but the FS9 real world weather is more than often quite inaccurate. You'd be doing yourself a favor if you just abandoned it for a payware alternative like ActiveSky Evolution. I was using the default weather service for my flights also, but I finally invested into ASE and never looked back. The weather is spot on and is constantly being updated and generated in the sim. It's round about $40, so it is a bit steep, but the payoff you get in return is well worth it. In case you're interested: http://secure.simmar...evolution.phtml
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#3 LEAH757

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:47 AM

In spite of its inaccuracies, I have been pretty satisfied with the "stock" real world weather, and though I know it does not update as frequently as ActiveSky, it has been surving me well for many years. The problem is recent....just this week. I usually take a good look at national radar every morning, and the weather that I have been getting in FS for the last few days (even up to today) is the pattern that was in place over the country 3 days ago. Crappy/snow over the upper midwest, rain a bit south and over the Oregon coast, and severe clear over the East coast, etc, which is not what it is today. So my issue is not with the FS Real-world weather engine, but that, all of a sudden, it has stopped updating (on both my separate computers), and I don't know if I'm the only one experiencing this (which would lead me to look into my modem or router, or even ISP, which is Charter), or it the MSFS server has hung up....and gotten stuck in time.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 12:37 PM

If not, suggestions?


I have also been using ActiveSky for years, dumped MS Real(?) World Weather and never ever regretted it.

Try starting a default flight to somewhere tropical with the default fair weather theme loaded. From that location tap the 'Alt' key and in the drop down find weather and connect to MS real weather. If everything looks good , 'goto' your favorite airport or where you know the current weather. If that doesn't clear the "old" weather then I would say it is the fs2k.zone weather server.

Here are a couple of links to check:

http://fs2k.zone.com/

http://support.micro...spx?scid=836186

I always had problems with the real(?) weather system built into FS2k and FS9 that is why I got ActiveSky.

I hope this helps at least a little.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:53 PM

Hi mebull...thanks for the ideas... I have tried both of those websites over the past two days, and I can connect to them just fine. I did work through that knowledge-base article. I also have deleted ALL my saved flights, started a new one in a sunny locale, and then did the "go-to airport" routine, bouncing to all different sections of the country where I KNOW they are having poor weather, with the same results. I'm still at a loss. :(

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 03:00 PM

I also dumped FS9 real world WX, but for a freeware alternative: FSRealWX lite. Also never looked back.
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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:17 AM

Yes, have the same problem. MS' weather at my home port EDDC is three days late today. Will try Luis Miguels suggestion.

 

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:54 AM

I use FSMetar which has a choice of weather sites and is free. Usually the most up to date site is the VATSIM server. Whereas NOAA is rarely up to date in comparison and also has frequent download failures.  Even worse is IVAO whiich rarely works.

http://metar.vatsim....etar.php?id=all



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Posted 09 March 2013 - 05:44 PM

It seems that the Real Weather is still not updated; I still have the clear skies of Wednesday here at EDDC. Although I tested FSRealWX lite and it's a fine alternative (excepting that I experience some occassional flickering of the 2D satellite panels in my DF B727 when FSRealWX lite is active), it would be interesting what is the problem with Microsofts wheather server...?

 

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 05:08 PM

It's three weeks now that the MS weather server is not updated. FS2004 gets a connection, loads the data but it's still the weather of the very beginning of March. Does really nobody know what's the matter with MS' weather? Meanwhile, I use another application, but it would just be interesting to me.

 

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:58 AM

Also I have the EXACT same problem. The weather is downloading, no errors, but the sky is clear whatever you go, at any airport. I have FS2004 and an aged computer, so I can not afford to instal software who drain cpu from allready nonexisting speed. I want the default weather back.



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:23 PM

Sounds like a Microsoft issue. Unfortunately, there will be a day when Microsoft turns the switch off for good. This might be the time. FSmetar mentioned above is a great alternative.

Sounds like a Microsoft issue. Unfortunately, there will be a day when Microsoft turns the switch off for good. This might be the time. FSmetar mentioned above is a great alternative.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 04:13 PM

there will be a day when Microsoft turns the switch off for good. This might be the time.

 

... celebrating 10th anniversary of FS2004, they could have waited until after July 29th... :(

 

As alternative, see post #6. Works really fine.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:47 AM

My FS Real Weather has been static for a couple of weeks minimum. The following quote may shed some light on the situation (dated March 2009):

Hey Guys,

We have made arrangements for the FSX Weather Server to remain up for the foreseeable future (which probably means at least several more years - hopefully, someone will have released something new by then :-) ).

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:11 AM

What does SimCharts have to do with the FS weather?


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