The best we can hope for is a good forecast or current conditions that match our clothing. Mac users have the Dashboard Widget for weather, but there’s a free app that’s even better and brings the day’s weather conditions and forecasts within a click.
Free Weather With A Click
What is most interesting about knowing the weather is the gap between the current conditions and how prepared I am at the moment.
If it’s rain, and I’m stuck indoors all day, who cares?
But if I have to slog through the mall parking lot dragging three pre-school girls and nobody is wearing anything resembling rain gear, then I’m not so pleased with myself.
Meteorologist is the Mac’s best free weather app. It resides in your Mac’s Menubar so it’s a click away, which means one click tells you what’s going on outside, and what the rest of the day or the week might be like.
I say might because we’re talking about weather, right? Here’s what a click of the Menubar gets you.
First, there’s a weather conditions icon in the Menubar which shows a reasonable facsimile of the current weather. The click gets you more details.
Preferences let you set up a list of weather forecasts for other cities, all of which are available with the same click.
You also get options to display temperatures in Celsius vs. Fahrenheit, weather forecasts and conditions from your location, and wind speed and barometric pressure.
From the Menubar, Meteorologist displays current conditions as well as a five day forecast, as well as a list of multiple cities and their corresponding weather.
Without releasing the click, Doppler Radar can be displayed for your local city as well as others on the list.
What’s not to like? Come on. Meteorologist is free. It’s accurate (as weather information goes). It’s easy to use (with a click) and stays out of the way but nearby until you’re ready for a weather fix.
Plus, there’s that cool app icon. What I’d like to see is Apple’s Siri voice connected to Meteorologist so that I could just ask what the weather’s like (just like those iPhone TV commercials) and have my Mac warn me about any impending Southern California snow fall.