Include Current Weather Conditions on Activities

I just got this app yesterday, having been relying the native Workout app on my Apple Watch for several years.

While I'm really impressed with the wealth of options & information & analysis available (overwhelmed, even!) I'm a little surprised that such a basic bit of info as the current weather conditions during an outdoor workout isn't recorded. That's REALLY relevant...a 10 mile ride home from work when it's 70 degrees, 20% humidity, & mostly cloudy is not even REMOTELY the same thing as that same 10 mile ride when it's 99 degrees, 90% humidity, and blazing sun, or when it's 35 degrees, spitting rain, and windy. 

Kinda stymied as to why such a robust, feature-rich app wouldn't include that info? Browsing around, seems like people have been asking for this for quite literally years?

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  • One glaring problem is how to get it to include accurate weather data for that specific activity.  I just did a running race last night.  If it had included weather data from any of the local weather stations, it would have said it was raining all night, yet at the race venue, it stayed dry all night.  The running conditions would have been vastly different if it were actually raining as the weather report thought it was doing. 

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  • OK, so first, the weather pulled from an online weather service against a GPS location is typically FAR more specifically accurate than what you're going to see your local CBS affiliate's weather guy say, since he's giving the weather for an entire broadcast region, not a specific location. The weather that Apple's Workout app tags my workouts with is pulled from The Weather Channel, and is usually pretty accurate.

    Second, nothing's perfect. Sure, even a GPS-based weather service might think you're running under sunny skies when an afternoon popup storm just dumped a minor flood on your head, particularly if it was polled early in an hour-long ride and the storm boiled up 45 minutes in, or if your ride stretched over a wide geographic area. (My commute ride home goes from downtown Nashville, crosses the Cumberland River, and goes into 4 miles of wooded greenway...it's not at all unusual for a storm to happen on one side of the river, but not cross to the other.) That's not a reason not to have the information pulled at all...it's just a rationale to make it editable so that you can tweak it if/when needed.

    Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good...

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  • This maybe a solution for you.  I don't use it myself but there is an add-on called klimat app that places weather data into the description area of your activity.  Basic data report is free, but for a small fee you apparently can get wind direction, speed and humidity and UV index and more included.  Their website is klimat.app

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