Everyone complains about the weather and no one does anything about it.
That’s no longer true.
Weather information used to be relegated to TV news, radio at the top of the hour, or a quick look out the window. Weather on your Mac is as varied, as, well, the weather.
Take Safari (or Firefox, or whatever you use to browse) over to MacUpdate and do a search on ‘weather.’
In between are dozens of Mac applications that do something about the weather. They bring it to you.
There’s a Dashboard Widget that brings you a five day forecast of weather from the BBC Weather Centre. There’s Dock Temp X which displays the outside temperature in a Dock icon.
A couple of my favorites include Earth Browser which displays various conditions on the Earth, including weather.
A good companion for those who need an eye candy fix is Earth Desk which brings weather to your desktop. It’s huge. It’s colorful. You have to find your own city.
There’s a Hong Kong weather Widget for Dashboard. There’s MaxPod which puts news and weather on your iPod. I’d love to see something like that with color weather maps and graphics for the new iPod with video.
One of my favorites is Meteorologist which puts weather information in the Mac’s menu bar. That’s handy and lets you see what’s happening at a glance, no clicking, or mouse movement required.
Radar in Motion is the Mac360 weather Widget of choice.
As you rumage through these weather wise applications, check the last update date. Some of these weather projects have not been updated in awhile and may not function well with Tiger or Panther.
Seasonality displays a ton of weather information for different locations. Many of these Mac weather applications get their data over the internet from NOAA, Weather.com, and other locations where weather data is available for free.
WeatherManX is another of my weather favorites. It’s simple, gathers a bunch of information, handles multiple cities, has floating information windows (handy), and works very well. It’s also $10.
There’s no shortage of weather, and no shortage of Mac applications to tell you about the weather.
What do you use on your Mac to check weather conditions? Got a favorite? Tell us about it.