Why should the Mac360 team give a patootie about a weather app for your Mac? After all, half the staff live in sunny San Diego, California. The other half lives in sunnier Honolulu, Hawaii.
Do we care about the weather in your neck of the woods? Not so much, but we care about Mac apps that make it a little more fun, enjoyable, and beneficial when it comes to checking and tracking weather.
Click, And Ye Shall Receive
Yes, there are plenty many ways to check the weather, dear Mac user. There are weather and radar Dashboard Widgets that don’t even require a click (swoosh your mouse pointer to a hot corner).
There are weather apps that track weather conditions, historical weather information, and even give you alerts when it’s all about to go bad on you.
Some Mac weather apps display a weather icon in the Menubar or Dock, so you can kinda sorta see what’s going on outside without doing anything but taking a peek.
Outside is a
cheap relatively inexpensive Mac app that brings all the weather basics you need right to the Menubar, and, with a click, gives you even more details about current conditions and forecasts.
Here’s what you get with a click to the Mac Menubar:
By itself, the Menubar icon will display current weather conditions (all updated by the US NOAA Weather Service, so you know it was accurate once upon a time). Sun for sunny, clouds for cloudy, rain for rain. Hey, that’s how teeny tiny icons work.
The current outside, possibly nearby, temperature for a given location can also be displayed. Locations are handled by Postal Code, Zip Code, or City name, and temperatures are displayed in Fahrenheit or Celsius.
When you click the icon in the Menubar is when the weather information takes a decidedly fun turn to the South.
Outside also displays a 6 Day Forecast, an hour-by-hour forecast, an animated radar map, satellite cloud coverage map, all of which can be setup as a click-on drop down menu window, or simply standalone on your Mac’s screen so you can stare at it the weather details while weather changes.
Alright, I’m not actually advocating that you do that, but it’s an option if you’re so inclined. Worldwide weather information is available, but forecasts only come from the US, Europe, and Japan. The satellite maps are worldwide but the radar maps are US only.
Outside is surprisingly attractive, useful, and easy to set up and use. Hey, it’s the weather. Most of that information comes from the same place (the sky and NOAA), so any app that’s worth a trip to Starbucks has to rearrange the details so it looks better. Outside (the weather app) does that.