Everyone talks about the weather but no one ever does anything about it. As powerful as our Macs are, they can’t do much about the weather but display current conditions twenty seven eleven different ways.
Menubar? Can do. Dock? Can do. Weather alerts? Can do. Standalone Mac weather app? Can do many times over. Enough already. Doesn’t anyone have anything new in weather apps? Yes.
Desktop: The Last Frontier?
Living in sunny San Diego is not the place to try out those expensive and complex weather forecast and conditions apps. There’s just not enough going on to justify the effort unless you have a bona fide weather fetish.
For me, I need to know how much sun there is, and what the temperature will be.
After that, I can figure out whether we’re going to the beach or shopping. So, where’s a good place to display such basic weather information? My Menubar is crowded already. So is my Mac’s Dock.
That great unexplored territory that I seldom venture into is the Desktop. But that’s where the folks who make WeatherMin have gone. Why? Amazingly, many Mac users actually use the Desktop.
WeatherMin Is Small, Not Mighty
What do you want and need in weather apps on your Mac? WeatherMin is like, well, weather mini, or, weather minimalist, or maybe weather minimum. You get the idea. WeatherMin is not about weather overload.
It’s weather. How many ways can you display current conditions and forecasts? Plenty. My iPhone has half a dozen weather apps, including live radar. My Mac, where I do most of my work when I’m not chasing my three resident carpet crawlers, rug rats, and curtain climbers around the house, needs to give me the fewest distractions.
So, I view WeatherMin as nearly distraction free weather—with a twist.
The twist is that you can customize how the weather is displayed on your Mac’s Desktop. That’s not so easy with those minimalist Mac weather apps for the Dock or Menubar. As it turns out, WeatherMin has a number of customizable weather views from which to choose.
See? Nice, huh?
You won’t be overwhelmed with weather information. A simple glance tells you what current conditions are, what the upcoming forecast is, and… Well, that’s it. That’s all you need to know because you’re a busy person and you can’t do anything about the weather anyway, right?
Setting up WeatherMin is as you’d expect. It’s a minimum of effort.
WeatherMin can find your location automatically and configure without any effort from you. Or, you can choose a city, choose temperature display, choose to start WeatherMin when you login.
Since WeatherMin displays on your Mac’s Desktop then you might want it not to obscure what’s behind the window, so change Transparency accordingly.
Add a Desktop shadow and change themes, too.
Once you’ve installed WeatherMin and selected a theme then you’re good to go. Yes, there are other Mac weather apps that do more. Some are free. Some require a second mortgage or your next unemployment check.
But if all you want is the current weather and a quick look at tomorrow (and, assuming you don’t mind getting weather information from the US Government—we know how reliable the government can be) WeatherMin provides the minimum but with a little elegance and flair.