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:

Yesterday’s hurricane was very beautiful to look at and was accurately predicted by our models even days ahead … We are very happy that real-time weather is now part of Flight Simulator. It was a long journey as integrating these massive amounts of data required the solution of many problems. From our end, we would like to have even more details and weather parameters we already compute for our customers and the meteoblue.com website inside the game, but the development on the game side is extremely complex and takes time.

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.

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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