Microsoft Flight Simulator let people fly into Hurricane Laura
Virtual storm chasers got a unique look at Hurricane Laura without facing any danger.
What you need to know
- People are flying in and around Hurricane Laura within Microsoft Flight Simulator.
- Microsoft Flight Simulator has real-time weather updates.
- Many people have shared screenshots and videos of the storm within the game.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is loved for its realism, but recent meteorological events have shed some light on a feature some haven't focused on, real-time weather updates. Microsoft worked with Meteoblue to map real-world weather into Microsoft Flight Simulator. Now, people are taking advantage of this feature to fly into, around, and above recreations of Hurricane Laura.
Mathias Müller, Meteoblue's co-founder, discussed recreating Hurricane Laura in a statement to The Verge:
Many people have shared screenshots and videos of themselves virtually flying in and around Hurrican Laura. The images and videos show off the game's hyper-realistic modeling, which utilizes Microsoft's Azure.
Above & around Hurricane Laura
Microsoft Flight Simulator (Live Weather) pic.twitter.com/T7v8aJ0jhGAbove & around Hurricane Laura
Microsoft Flight Simulator (Live Weather) pic.twitter.com/T7v8aJ0jhG— Petri Levälahti (@Berduu) August 27, 2020August 27, 2020
Hurricane Laura is a powerful storm that became a Category 4 hurricane before making landfall. At points, its winds reached 150mph. It has since weakened to a Category 1 hurricane. Seeing the storm recreated within Microsoft Flight Simulator gives people a unique perspective of the storm and gives some of a gauge of its size.
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I was amazed when I fly a jet into Laura, incredible. I can't imagine what this sim will be like in 5 years. I hope enough people keep playing to warrant lots of investment into it.