It’s on TV and radio, iPhones and iPads, and in full featured, instantly updated weather information on your Mac. Some might say that typical weather apps are a dime a dozen. That’s because they all do about the same thing. Current conditions and a forecast.
What weather buffs need to do is think different and grab the best Mac weather app on the planet.
Your Personal Home Weather Station
Here’s the way it works. Weather conditions and forecasts are for amateur weather watchers. Seasonality Core is for hard core weather fanatics.
A home weather station that purports to be a comprehensive product needs to meet six important criteria.
Weather details, flexible interface to match your weather data requirements, the ability to watch weather conditions in multiple locations, a detailed weather timeline for historical reference, beyond standard radar and satellite graphics, and graphics to match your Mac’s capability.
Seasonality Core pulls in weather data from multiple locations throughout the planet. These include weather station data, forecast model data, and what is called advance imagery.
A little eye candy can make the weather clearly understandable.
Create your weather locations and click to view current conditions.
Seasonality will download the previous four days of weather data for each location and save data daily for years to provide you with a great historical weather picture.
Not to detract from Seasonality Core’s great feature list, but it would be nice to download a year of data to start.
Instead of a simply pull down menu from the Mac’s Menubar or a Dashboard Widget, Seasonality Core uses Mac OS X Lion’s full screen mode so you can view the most weather data possible for any location.
It even uses Lion’s trackpad gestures to pinch to zoom in on a map or timeline.
Inside you’ll find weather data on over 200 countries and over 30,000 weather locations.
The app is ad free and subscription free, but what makes it different than most weather apps is the data. It’s not just weather data from various sources. Weather data is also compiled separately by Seasonality Core using other independent and non-commercial sources to ensure accuracy and timeliness.
You get controls for nearly everything, including sliders for graph elements; from temperature and wind speed, to pressure and precipitation, to cloud cover and humidity. And more.
The weather radar graphs are what you’ll see on the nightly television news weather segments (click on any of the images for a larger, pop up view).
What I’d like to see are historical data going back at least a year, and some way to compare weather locations. Otherwise, the few bucks you’ll spend on Seasonality Core will give you many years of useful weather tracking data.