Sundog Software has released version 5 of its SilverLining Sky, 3D Cloud, and Weather SDK for simulation and game developers that offers a new representation of storm clouds for more immersive flight training in dangerous weather conditions.

"SilverLining 5 includes a new library of hand-modeled cumulonimbus thunderheads and towering cumulus clouds," says Frank Kane, founder of Sundog Software. "Our team worked from photographs taken of real storm clouds in various stages of development, to deliver a convincing visual simulation of bad weather from any altitude

Sundog says version 5 includes a cloud editor application that lets customers modify or add their own cloud models – and it delivers improved performance in stormy conditions, due to several new optimizations in how its clouds are rendered. These optimizations result in the software's best performance to date in other weather conditions as well. SilverLining is compatible with round-Earth simulation systems and includes sample integration code for popular frameworks such as OpenSceneGraph.

SilverLining 5 is available for licensing today at on a per-application basis.