How I Use iOS Shortcuts to Add Today’s Local Weather to My Obsidian Daily Note

Use iOS (or macOS) Shortcuts to add the day’s weather for my location to my Obsidian Daily Note.

How I Use iOS Shortcuts to Add Today’s Local Weather to My Obsidian Daily Note
Current Weather inserted into My Obsidian Daily Note

Use iOS (or macOS) Shortcuts to add the day’s weather for my location to my Obsidian Daily Note.

I used the Templater plugin and a terminal program to get the day’s weather and add it to my note in my original Daily Note Template. It has worked rather well, and I have an article describing the process. The issue with this approach is it only works when my Daily Note is created on my Mac. Since the terminal app is needed to get the weather, it doesn’t run when I create my note on my iPad or iPhone. Now that macOS has Shortcuts along with iOS, this seems to be the best place to put this type of functionality. I have been playing around with a few ideas, and this is the first I have used regularly, and it is working quite well.

The best part with Shortcuts is any text you can generate in Shortcuts from any service or app can be passed to a note using this approach.

Let’s get started.

Create the Shortcut

Below is a screenshot of the complete shortcut. You can download it here. I’ll go over each step in detail. It’s pretty straightforward, but if you haven’t used shortcuts before, you may not realize how to surface some of the variables you need here.

iOS Shortcuts still seem like a work-in-progress, but I am starting to get my head around all the options.

Full Shortcut for getting the current weather

Step 1

We will get the current weather for the device's current location in the first step. Since I run this from an automation on my iPad, this will always be the location where I am when my Daily Note Automation runs.

Step 1
Get Current Weather Action — Does exactly that.

First, we will use the Get Current Weather action and select Current Location as the location. The current weather object will return a Weather Conditions magic variable that we will extract values from throughout this shortcut.

Get Details of Location will give you access to individual properties of an address

Then we will use the Get Details of Location action to extract the City from Weather Conditions returned from the first action. This will allow us to display the City in the outputted text.

Step 2

Here, I created a Dictionary to map all the possible Conditions that can be returned from the Current Weather object to applicable emojis. This does not currently include all possible conditions. Below you will see I output the condition as text and the emoji if it is in the dictionary. I will add more as I see them in use. I did find this list of possible outputs, though they are camelCase and the output here is plain words, they do seem to match.

Dictionary mapping conditions to emojis
Use the Dictionary Action to store a map of Conditions to Emojis

Use the Dictionary action, and add keys and values for each possible conditions.

Use the Get Dictionary Value to get the Emoji that maps to the Current Condition

Then use the Get Dictionary Value action to get the emoji that matches the Condition returned in Weather Conditions. We will use this value below.

When you use the Get Dictionary Value action, you will Get Value for Condition (from Weather Conditions) in Dictionary. Within the action, you can choose the Weather Conditions magic variable, and within that, there is a menu to choose what property you want from the Object.

Choose Weather Conditions as the Value and within that, choose Condition

Step 3

Now you will create the text to be outputted to your note, or anywhere you run this shortcut really. Using a simple Text action, you will enter the text and magic variables as you want them formatted. Right click to insert magic variables. Each of the above generated variables will be available here. You can see the City from the Get Details from Location action, the different Conditions from the Weather Conditions magic variable from the Get Current Weather action, and the Dictionary Value from the Get Value from Dictionary action.

Text Action is where you add all the text and magic variables to be output

For the last step we simply use the Stop and Output action. This returns the text created in the Text action to the Note.

Download the Shortcut
Link to Shortcut

Add the Output to Your Note

You can see in my last article, Automating My Daily Note, where I began using iOS to Automate the creation of my daily note, there is an item I blurred out. This is where I am adding some calls to other shortcuts that add data to my daily note.

What I do is call the shortcut, get the result, then replace some text that is in my template with the generated text.

For weather, the text I replace is {{weather}}

Two actions in my daily note automation that call the shortcut

That’s It

Now there are probably multiple ways to get this info and output it to your note. However, this seems to be the way to do it without any extra apps. There are paid weather apps out there that offer more shortcut actions, but this does enough for me.

Some of the things I am currently working on automating using Shortcuts include getting local sports scores, Jira ticket info and importing calendar info. I will share more soon!

I’d love to hear what you are putting in your daily notes. Let me know in the comments what you’d like to automate.

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