The Weather Summoner

Yes, despite the myriad things digital assistants can do, the second-most common thing people rely on them for is embarrassingly simple: the weather forecast. “Alexa at my house is bored. All I ask her is the outside temperature,” one owner recently tweeted. He’s not alone.

“I use it for weather. That’s it,” Redditor Ricoculus Prime said in a thread. “ ‘Alexa Weather’—that’s all I say to it.”

I usually ask Alexa about the weather two or three times a day, certainly more than any other task she does, and I’m well-versed in all the things she’s capable of. I should be ashamed, but I’m not.