Call me crazy, but I think someone or something has been screwing with the weather.
I’m not a climate change expert, but after yet another snowfall in Atlanta I’m ready to side with the Something Is Wrong With The Weather™ crowd. Why? Because something is wrong. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to track the weather using your Mac and Wx, the weather app.
Weather Leaves Tracks
Everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it. Wx, the Mac app, won’t do anything about climate change or your next storm or drought, but it will give you the tools to track what’s going on. And where.
Your hard earned taxes are at work in the National Weather Service and they track weather data all over the country.
Wx is the Mac app that brings that data to your Mac screen with near real-time updates for specific locations.
If a picture paints a thousand words, then Wx will let you know why you chose the wrong place on the planet to live. (Georgia, I’m lookin’ at you!).
Wx looks just like what you’d expect your local TV station meteorologist to use when tracking weather conditions for your area. It handles up to 20 US locations and can download a similar number of weather maps.
Check out the weather radar screen.
There’s much to like about being able to see the weather when it comes at you.
Wx is better than other Mac weather apps for a number of obvious reasons.
Multi-Display Modes – There’s the larger display on your Mac’s screen, with all the details. There’s also a floating MiniWx panel, and a Screensaver. You determine what information you want displayed and where.
Weather Alert – Wx can be configured to trigger an alarm, send you an email, or text message when the National Weather Service issues and alert.
Local Weather – The National Weather Service pulls data from over 1,750 observation points in the US, so you can receive precise information for your area.
Forecasts – Weather forecasts cover seven days and are based on longitude and latitude using specific forecast models—including graphs for cloud cover, wind, precipitation, humidity, and temperature.
Better Forecasts – Wx pulls in data from the National Digital Forecast Database which features a three mile spatial resolution. That gives you a more accurate forecast for local neighborhoods, and an improvement over traditional zone forecasts.
Radar Console – The weather radar is my favorite feature. It’s attractive eye candy with a purpose. You get seven types of radar overlaid on national site maps. Very cool.
Configuration – Wx sets up to your requirements for location—zip code, city, state, latitude, longitude, and even recommends the five nearest National Weather Service observation sites (including radar.
Weather Browser – All the basic information is loaded into the web browser built in to Wx, so it doesn’t affect Safari, and updates are automatic.
All these features may feel a bit overwhelming, but if you’re serious about know what’s going on with weather, you need all the tools you can get. The only other negative is that Wx only gives you the weather in the U.S.
Wx is just about everything you want in a weather tracking and forecast application for your Mac—except it won’t really do anything about the weather. That’s a pity. A weather-altering app for the iPhone would be a killer.