Without question, I live in the wrong place to be handing out advice on Mac weather apps. Everywhere else in the world has worse weather. Why should I even bother with a Mac weather app?
Maybe it’s because weather everywhere else is worse and that makes me feel better about living in an expensive paradise. Or, maybe I just need to check on weather conditions here and where family members live. I’ll go with the latter.
Instant Weather. No Clicks.
For many who don’t live where I live, weather is important. Here, when the weather changes from normal, it’s no longer officially weather on the local TV and radio. It’s the top story in news.
What I want to know is current temperature, current conditions, and forecast for the next few days.
If I need more than that I’m happy with making one more click. But only one. And I’m not interested in conditions or trends for the past year or five years.
Meet Meteo. It’s the Weatherman without the Mac. A free Mac app that resides in your Mac’s Menubar. One look gets you weather. One click gets you more.
The Meteorologist In A Mac
Meteo, or Meteorologist, is one of a number of Mac apps that give you weather conditions and take up space in the Menubar (another problem for Mac utility app collectors).
Set the app’s preferences to display current temperature, conditions, and city (up to 25 cities) in the Menubar. Weather can be obtained from any one of multiple sources.
Also included are weather alerts, weather radar (where available), and forecasts, all easily accessible from the drop down menu.
What I like about Meteo over other similar apps is the ability to pull in current weather items customized for each city.
For example, where I live I don’t need Wind Chill, Normal High, or Dew Point (among others).
But, for where my parents and other family members live, those items are important, and Meteo makes them visible with a click to the Menubar.
This is an app that’s truly Mac-like, virtually self explanatory (no need for a class in meteorology to figure out how to use it), and highly useful. If you’re traveling, just add a city to Meteo and get an idea of what the weather is like where you’re headed.
Temperatures are displayed in Fahrenheit or Celsius, distances in miles or kilometers. Considering the price and ease-of-use, weather conditions won’t come any better, hence the Top Free Mac Weather App for the Week of Top Free Mac Apps.