We often hear cries from the community about sim X not having rain effects, but do we even need weather in a modern simulation? Looking at the numbers, it appears that very few people actually enjoy racing online in wet conditions, with many drivers struggling to compete effectively with their rivals out on track and in many instances the race ends in a shower of spray and rage quits throughout the field. Very rarely do you have a satisfactory online experience in a wet weather racing environment. More and more modern developers are now bringing either static or dynamic weather conditions to their simulations, however some of the key players in the market still retain static, dry conditions when selecting a race. Assetto Corsa, RaceRoom Racing Experience and Automobilista are key examples of popular racing simulations that don't cater for those looking to get a little damp on track, so do we actually need weather effects, or are they more gimmick than game changer? The question today is: Weather and rain - Essential feature or occasional distraction? Please let us know if you genuinely feel that weather is an important part of your sim racing experience, or if driving in rain / sleet / snow is just something you check out periodically, with no intention of getting under the skin of the feature in question. Have fun debating, and leave your comment below!