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Mar 13th, 2009 at 2:29pm

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Whenever I fly around the southern end of Lake Ontario (Toronto, Hamilton, Buffalo-Niagara etc.) I get these weird shaped clouds that put themselves ontop of the rest of the sky. For example, it could be an overcast day, but these clouds will appear ontop of the cloud layer with a distinct outline around them. Even when doing night flying, they appear bright on top of the night sky. If anyone knows what this is all about, please let me know.
 
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Reply #1 - Mar 13th, 2009 at 8:49pm

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what r u using fs9 fsx???Zac Siegel wrote on Mar 13th, 2009 at 2:29pm:
Whenever I fly around the southern end of Lake Ontario (Toronto, Hamilton, Buffalo-Niagara etc.) I get these weird shaped clouds that put themselves ontop of the rest of the sky. For example, it could be an overcast day, but these clouds will appear ontop of the cloud layer with a distinct outline around them. Even when doing night flying, they appear bright on top of the night sky. If anyone knows what this is all about, please let me know.

 
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Reply #2 - Mar 13th, 2009 at 8:55pm

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I'm guessing FS2004 since this is the 2004 support forum.  Wink

Have you installed any environmental addons recently?
Also, does this only occur in the specified region, or does it occur in other locations around the globe?
 

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Reply #3 - Mar 13th, 2009 at 9:30pm

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FS2004. And as I said, only around southern lake Ontario. No new enviromental add ons.
 
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Reply #4 - Mar 13th, 2009 at 9:36pm

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I was just thinking...are these "clouds" generally the same color as the surrounding clouds. White or gray?

If not, it could be Microsoft's interpretation of the Northern Lights. I suppose the effect could be misinterpreted as a cloud.
 

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Reply #5 - Mar 13th, 2009 at 10:11pm

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They are an off-white colour, and are slightly funnel shaped. The separate clouds make up a circle, enclosing the aircraft.
 
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Reply #6 - Mar 13th, 2009 at 10:21pm

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Very strange. Could you post a screenshot please?

Sorry, I'm trying to help, but I'm having a hard time determining what precisely this looks like, and what the cause could be.
 

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Reply #7 - Mar 13th, 2009 at 10:25pm

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sorry, I'm a noobie here, how do I post a screenshot? Embarrassed
 
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Reply #8 - Mar 13th, 2009 at 10:50pm

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To upload images go here http://www.simviation.com/yabbupload.html
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What weather are you flying? weather theme, custom weather, real world.

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Reply #9 - Mar 13th, 2009 at 11:06pm

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It happens with all weather; clear, coudy, custom, real-world etc.
 
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Reply #10 - Mar 13th, 2009 at 11:37pm

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I see where background clouds are apparently being masked by a transparency.

The cloud bmps are in the main Texture folder.  They use intuitive file names so you should be able to find the cloud sets.

I happened to stumble on one that has the same shape as the largest  one in your screen shot,  'cldcn3.bmp'. Maybe check the file dates (created and modified dates). Defaults are generally April and May, 2003. If your's differ maybe they are faulty (alpha??) or for an earlier version of FS.

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...The separate clouds make up a circle, enclosing the aircraft....

Do the 'cloud circles' follow your aircraft, or do you find them at certain fixed locations?

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Reply #11 - Mar 14th, 2009 at 5:24am

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I recognize the cloud that is just in front of the Cessna. It's a cloud that comes from an addon that creates thermals, I can't remember the name of it. There is even an option to enable the display of those clouds (to show where the thermals are) or not.
 
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Reply #12 - Mar 14th, 2009 at 11:58am

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Daube wrote on Mar 14th, 2009 at 5:24am:
I recognize the cloud that is just in front of the Cessna. It's a cloud that comes from an addon that creates thermals, I can't remember the name of it. There is even an option to enable the display of those clouds (to show where the thermals are) or not.


To "see" Thermal and Fuel Trigger boxes in FS2004, add the following line under the [SCENERY] label in your FS9.cfg file:

ShowTriggers=1

Changing the value to 0 (zero) will make them go away.

Hope that is useful.  Roll Eyes
 

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Reply #13 - Mar 14th, 2009 at 6:54pm

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Daube wrote on Mar 14th, 2009 at 5:24am:
I recognize the cloud that is just in front of the Cessna. It's a cloud that comes from an addon that creates thermals, I can't remember the name of it. There is even an option to enable the display of those clouds (to show where the thermals are) or not.


Oh man, you got it. I installed a thermal package for South-Central Ontario and that was it.

Thans for the help.
 
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Reply #14 - Mar 14th, 2009 at 11:55pm

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Opa wrote on Mar 14th, 2009 at 11:58am:
Daube wrote on Mar 14th, 2009 at 5:24am:
I recognize the cloud that is just in front of the Cessna. It's a cloud that comes from an addon that creates thermals, I can't remember the name of it. There is even an option to enable the display of those clouds (to show where the thermals are) or not.


To "see" Thermal and Fuel Trigger boxes in FS2004, add the following line under the [SCENERY] label in your FS9.cfg file:

ShowTriggers=1

Changing the value to 0 (zero) will make them go away.

Hope that is useful.  Roll Eyes


At the risk of sounding dumb, I have to ask. Where do I find the FS9.cfg file. I can find the devices.cfg, displlay.cfg, fs2000.cfg, OldScenery.cfg, scenery.cfg, and suneffect.cfg in the FS9 folder, but I can't find FS9.cfg anywhere. And having added thermals about a year ago, I feel sure there must already be a line like that there because I can see them in various locations where thermals were added. I just need to know where to find the right file and that line to change the value to 0 because they do not look natural.
 

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