That's right for current temperature at your exact location and for that info a little zipper-pull or similar thermometer is truly local. However, the OP also wanted the daily temperature history and the cell phone app is about the best way to get that.
It depends on what the OP really wants. I took their list as a "nice to have" feature list, since it was stated as what they liked about the Accurite.
A history of what nearby local stations report can be of 20 or even more degrees from the actual conditions where you are in the desert or the mountains. So I think any one solution may be pretty limited.
I guess you pick and choose what you want/need and use what suits that. I'd think that a combination of a cyclo-computer or zipper pull thermometer for local conditions along with the cell phone for forecasts probably covers the bases pretty well for most folks.
For myself, I seldom actually look at the forecast and mostly rely on just local observations. I typically only record observations is they are for some reason exceptional. Others may want more.
If what you want is a record after the fact you can always peruse the local stations at the times and places you were, but again they may differ substantially if you are at substantially different elevations than the nearest stations.
For a weather enthusiast something like the Kestrel 5000 might be nice. It is essentially a full featured hand held weather station.
Lots of different answers may suit any individual, but they are are compromises in one way or another.