Weather is not something I worry about. Much. San Diego may not have perfect weather conditions, but we don’t worry about it. Much.
Some of my family live in Texas and they talk about the weather all the time. Of course, no one does anything about it. If you live where the weather is a conversation topic then you’ll love one of the most popular Mac apps for weather. It’s free, instantly available, and yet out of the way.
The No-Click Weather Feature
In the internet age there are weather apps and opportunities galore. There must be a couple of dozen Mac apps that do weather. Even Apple’s own Dashboard comes with a weather Widget.
What could be better than a weather Widget that’s free?
How about a Mac Menubar weather app that’s not only free, but does more than the Dashboard Widget? One of our favorite Mac apps of all time is Meteorologist. Guess what it does?
Weather conditions and forecasts and details. All from the Menubar so it’s instantly available to give you current conditions, and one click gets you more information.
Meteorologist is easy to setup. Download, unzip, drag to Applications, and double-click. Meteorologist installs in the Menubar. Preferences are extensive.
The Weather tab gives you options to display temperature and current weather conditions, as well as font, size, and color. Other options display extended forecasts, number of days (1 to 9 days) and more.
The Cities tab in Preferences is especially useful. You can have more than one city forecast in Meteorologist. Add and delete and edit cities in the list. Only the first city is displayed in the Menubar. Other cities are available with a click.
Global units can be changed from Fahrenheit to Celsius, Miles to Kilometers, and so on. One click to Meteorologist and you get plenty of options you won’t find in the Dashboard weather Widget.
That single click give you options for the Current Conditions from weather.com, including temperature, and a radar image.
The Controls selection in the menu allows you to switch between cities on your list, and check the extended weather forecast for x-number of days in advance.
What’s nice about Meteorologist, beyond the free price tag, is how unobtrusive yet convenient it is in the Menubar.
That’s also my biggest complaint. Visually, it’s perfect. Look up and you get current condition and temperature. One click (and hold) gets you everything else—other cities, detailed conditions, and more options.
The cities can be set to cycle through the Menubar position. However, it would be an improvement to have more visual icons for other weather conditions (wind, barometric pressure, alerts, etc.).
Still, Meteorologist is a superbly crafted app with instant usefulness and priced right.