When I enter scores in, I'm only selection course layout, not conditions. When I submit the official report I will mention those conditions, not sure what that changes though
As far as I know, the weather has nothing to do with the ratings.
Correct, the only thing that matters on the ratings is the other players rating playing. If the others playing have a high score, the ratings are adjusted accordingly. So if a 1000 rated player shot 48 for a 1000 the first round and then they shot 52 for a 1000 the second round, it is based off of all the other players with PDGA ratings. It will self adjust slightly as it becomes official though.
So though weather doesn't change, the PDGA also doesn't "manufacture" ratings based on the weather and alter them. It is based solely on a mathematical formula. THe harder the course is scored by the people with ratings already the harder the ratings will be. If 4 1000 rated players all shoot that 48=1000 in round one, and then shoot 52 in the afternoon, everything will be skewed by four strokes on the afternoon round. So the weather plays a part only by the score from the players playing. It doesn't change the ratings criteria because it rained, or because they have another event that was used earlier.
Think about it in KC, we have one of the few places in the world where we have 3-5 placements on every freaking hole. Based on that how would the PDGA be able to determine each hole specific to each course, unless we as TD's turned in each location......it doesn't happen.....
Weather only affects the ratings because it affects the entire field's score. It is with that notion that weather affects the ratings, but not altering the ratings based on the weather.....
Here's the kicker; in Jack's example of a 4 stroke difference between rounds by the same four 1000 rated players, conditions weather wise could be exactly the same from round to round. But those 4 players all simply shoot less well from one round to the next. Assuming the exact same layout and no noticeable change in weather conditions, the course "should" rate the same, but it doesn't, because the rating is not based on the course or the conditions, it's based on how well or not player "seeds" played the course/conditions.
Hint for anyone chasing ratings: Play in events(pools) with as many high rated players as possible. You might get whooped on, but I guarantee you'll get higher rated rounds than if you shoot the same score on the same course under the same conditions playing with lower rated players.
Simply put, disc golf ratings is a flawed system.