In the real world, water does change color when the weather changes in many places.
The most dramatic changes I personally seen where when I lived on Antigua in the Caribbean while in the US Navy back 30 years ago.
That beautiful clear blue water of the Caribbean would turn a dull grey when the sky was overcast from approaching storms.
Water that is not really shallow gets its color from two sources - reflections from the sky or surroundings, and from imbedded sediments.
If the water is not carrying a lot of sediment - reflections from the sky will be the main source of color. A little over a month ago, we were camping at a nice little lake north of Houston Texas. The water was amazingly clear for that area. Apparently spring fed. But it looked green in bright sunlight because of the surrounding green trees (it was a small lake).
Imbedded sediment impacts water color mostly on inland waters. If you've ever flown into KSTL, you might have been lucky enough to see the waters of the Missouri River flowing into the Mississippi. The color difference due to the type if sediment carried is even visible on Google Earth, and at Cairo IL where the Mississippi and Ohio join.
One of the bad things that Google Earth does is artifically tint the colors of oceanic waters. The mud bloom off the coast of Brazil where the Amazon flows into the Atlantic is amazing - extending a couple hundred miles. GE had eliminated that with fake blue colors. (Bing Maps still shows the real imagery in some areas.)
Once a few years ago, we could use GE as a reference for the colors of ocean water, but we can't any longer.
That said - FS tries to make some similar type of changes by changing textures when the weather is changed. Unfortunately, FS has a limited range of colors it can use - unlike the infinite subtle variety in the real world.
Yes, the water in FS does turn grey when there are more clouds in the sky. That is by design and is an attempt to emulate the real world behavior.
Last edited by ReggieF5421; 10-11-2012 at 08:59 AM.
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