Sometimes it is ok to talk simply of the time. During the last two days a friend of mine has been talking to you through one of the groups on WhatsApp that have kept me sane these last few months, the tropical storm that is lashing the part of the world in which he lives. The Storm Isaias reached the Carolinas early this week, before opening up a step-by-Virginia, New Jersey and the east coast of the united States. It is a phenomenon fierce, which has left millions of people without electricity – my friend, who lives in Connecticut, left it in the dark – and, worst of all, that has claimed a few lives with their violence. One feels curious to see how it is close to something like that, with which I did the own thing from the safety of my home through the new Microsoft Flight Simulator.
The weather in real time – or as close to it that it is reasonable – here is the key feature, with data that is extracted from the service Meteoblue, which combines pure observation, and hard with complex predictions to obtain results as accurate as possible. I am not a meteorologist, so I can not attest to its authenticity, and I’m afraid that my methodology when exploring their accuracy is not particularly scientific. What I can say is that when I checked the progress of Isaiah in the application display weather for mobile Windy, and I compared it to what I saw in the Microsoft Flight Simulator, it was all so similar that it didn’t bother me in the slightest the difference.
The first thing I did was to take off from Richmond International Airport, heading towards the north to reach the tail of Isaiah. And it is, as you can imagine, absolutely miserable, with almost no visibility. I’m still relatively novice with this type of flight simulator, so that although you should go to the instruments and flight rules, using to help guide me to the intricate variety of dials and software of the panel, what I did was just go straight into the darkness to see what it feels like to fly in such extreme conditions.
A machine acrobatic as the Extra 330LT did everything was a little lighter, the Cessna 172 is beat to the clouds while a short trip in a Daher TBM 940 was able to thank that in the near future is going to be on firm ground, losing often hundreds of feet tall at a terrifying speed when encountering turbulence. It is not, and should not be, a particularly pleasant experience.
But it is also a fairly effective of getting used to the control of Microsoft Flight Simulator, as well as a decent way of simulation to demonstrate its possibilities. What’s impressive is that, even among the ubiquitous grey and the darkness of a massive storm, Microsoft Flight Simulator continues to look splendid form. On the runway the rain falls almost sideways because of the wind, and streams of water sliding down the windows while we speed on the track. Their behavior is also affected by the windshield wipers, trying to remove the water from our view.
At low altitude you can see parts of Virginia, but it is in the sky where is the real show. Three thousand five hundred feet of height you rise above the clouds of the queue of Isaiah, and there you find a small haven of peace and quiet while you watch as the storm moves and produces glare, oblivious to his fury. It is one of the many moments that I have cut the breathing in Microsoft Flight Simulator, allowing me to see the exceptional weather conditions that are occurring on the other side of the world. Often video game more mind-boggling is proving to be, the truth.
Translation by Josep Maria Sempere.