Pokemon GO's weather effects were announced earlier this week and have already their way into the game with local conditions affecting what players' GPS maps look like and which kind of pokemon are likely to be around. Unfortunately, the update is also pummelling some players with "extreme" weather condition warnings even when it's completely fine out.
An example of the kind of discrepancy between the game's weather warning and conditions on the ground.
While it would just be a funny inaccuracy on its own, the warnings also stop weather-specific spawns from appearing and prevent pokemon from getting the kinds of power boosts they should get depending on whether it's snowing or sunny.
A little #PokemonGo news because there's a lot going on.
- Slaking was nerfed a little bit (still has a 4500+ Max CP)
- Absol raids (shinies have been found)
- Ho-Oh got a pretty large buff. Max CP ⬆️
- Extreme weather sucks; it's 58 degrees, sunny, w/ 20 MPH winds....
— SUK ???? (@SUKnives) December 8, 2017
It's especially prevalent this weekend as much of the Midwest and Northeast in the US gets blanketed with snow and Southern California continues to struggle with ongoing wildfires. Some players have speculated that the extreme weather warnings are partly tagged to alerts put out by weather agencies rather than actual minute-to-minute weather conditions.
Everyone is always pretty hard on meteorologists about imprecise forecasting but whatever the cause, Pokemon GO seems to especially be struggling at the moment.
— Rebecca (@jkalime) December 9, 2017
Pokemon Go's definition of "extreme weather" is, um. pic.twitter.com/8SVPXp11tp
— Wagnarok (@will_wagner) December 9, 2017
— Brandon Leier (@brandon_leier) December 9, 2017
Yes Pokemon Go... such an extreme weather situation right now... pic.twitter.com/NDzjy1eyMF
— Ditto (@DittoPokemon97) December 9, 2017
Check out what Pokémon Go considered to be EXTREME WEATHER pic.twitter.com/vnLlQmZvUH
— LetsJays (@LetsJays) December 9, 2017
Same here. Palm Springs, CA was clear and sunny but we were experiencing “Extreme” weather according to the Pokémon Go app. pic.twitter.com/J1ZlLYqjqf
— Ken Martin (@KMartin1311) December 9, 2017
So let’s talk about this whole “Extreme” weather thing... pic.twitter.com/d5ljdfrRUe
— SUK ???? (@SUKnives) December 9, 2017
In Philadelphia where I am there's currently a couple inches of snow on the ground with more steadily falling, so I figured I'd check to see if I got a similar caution. In the five to ten minutes I spent strolling up and down my street looking at Pidgeys the weather stuff looked to all be working fine though.
Whether or not conditions in your area get you slammed with the extreme weather nerf at this point seems a matter of luck right now. It's understandable the game would want to be very cautious about encouraging people to go out into snow storms or other treacherous conditions with its new weather spawns and stat boots, but it seems to have gone overboard.
We've reached out to Niantic for clarification on what exactly triggers it and how widespread the problem is.