For almost as long as there has been a Second Life, there has been a cloud layer at about 200 meters absolute. In New Babbage, the cloud layer is about 100 meters AGL. This is a true 3 dimensional permeable cloud layer. Aviators love them. You can fly through them. Air kraken can lurk in them. Linden Lab refers to these as Classic Clouds.
Then came Windlight. Now clouds are painted on the untouchable backdrop. These are pretty clouds to be sure, but forever out of reach. You cannot fly through them or get above them. They are just 2D pictures.
When Viewer 2.8.0 came out I noticed that the classic clouds were gone. I thought it was just a bug in the viewer, so I waited for V2.8.1…and the clouds were still gone. I reinstalled V2.7.5 and had clouds. Clearly there was a problem in the latest viewers.
I filed JIRA pointing out the bug. You can read it here. Shortly after I filed it, someone posted a link to a Linden task which indicated that the classic clouds had been deliberately removed.
New Babbage will hold an Air Kraken Festival in a couple of weeks and without a cloud layer, kraken hunting will lose some of its challenge. People using non-Linden viewers can still see the clouds but most viewers use the Linden code base so you won’t have them for long.
I am livid about this. Why should we put up with 2D clouds in a 3D world? If you feel as I do, please Watch the JIRA. If enough of us complain perhaps we can get our clouds back.