My brother and I caught two Piplup in Pokemon Go at the exact same spot. I caught it first whilst it was raining (boosting it). It was level 35 with 10-14-14 IVs, well above the weather-boosted IV floor of 4.

First Piplup

By the time my brother found it, about a minute later, the weather had changed to windy. He caught it. The Pokemon's level had not only lowered to level 30, but also the IVs had lowered to 10-05-06.

Second Piplup

Normally when we find Pokemon together, they share the exact same characteristics (IVs, moves, weight, height, gender, level). The only differences between the Pokemon we have are the Pokemon's level if they are very high (I am level 37, he is level 33 - when his level was lower, he couldn't catch some of the very high level Pokemon that I could and their levels were lowered for his catch). Whilst I know that people can catch the same Pokemon with different IVs, we have never found that to be the case amongst ourselves. In this case, both the level and IVs have lowered. Of note that my brother can normally catch Pokemon of the same level as my level 35 Piplup (and I can confirm that it doesn't lower if I attempt to trade it to him).

My question is, amongst people who normally find identical Pokemon, does the weather changing spontaneously immediately change Pokemon's level and re-randomises the Pokemon's IVs? I was of the opinion beforehand that it only affects Pokemon's IVs and level once they were spawned.

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It is normal that you find the exact same Pokemon, as long as you are both above level 30, or the same level below it. So two players of level 31 and 40 will find the same. Also two players of level 17 will find Pokemon that share their characteristics.

The weatherboost is something different that above effect, but well understood. The maximum level is increased by 35, and the minimum IV is 4 (instead of 0). But when the weather changes, this boost is removed! When this happens, the Pokemon loses 5 levels (I am not sure if he always loses 5 levels or only when it is above the 'normal' maximum level of 30) and has its IV (and probably other stuff as well, but according to your screenshots not) re-rolled. This happens immediately after the weather has changed, so on the hour change exactly.

  • This is also the reason why a good weather boosted spawn is shared in our Telegram group with the information that it is weather boosted, especially when the hour is almost to an end, because it might re-roll the stats to something worthless.
    – Mathias711
    Oct 19, 2018 at 16:16

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