Why is weather so interesting? It’s not as though we can do anything about it. All we can do is watch. And complain. And, maybe do a little preparation. For that, you’ll need a weather app.
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Mac users have a few dozen apps which display weather information, but none are as extensive (read; expensive) as WeatherCat.
Plenty of weather apps are available for the Dock or the Menubar and they mostly do the same thing.
You get the standard current conditions– cloudy, sunny, rain or snow, plus temperature.
Click and you get more detail. Most apps also feature multiple cities so you can check on weather elsewhere in the world.
WeatherCat is for serious weather watchers; those Mac users with more than a passing interest on whether to take an umbrella or add a sweater when heading out the door.
Nope. WeatherCat is a cat of a different color.
WeatherCat works with a variety of hardware weather stations to gather and store weather data.
Combined with the right hardware (get your credit card ready, and reduce the balance) WeatherCat captures local weather information, stores it, slices and dices it, and sends it upline to weather collecting organizations.
Using AppleScript (built-in to OS X), WeatherCat can trigger alerts and actions– email, or to a switch to turn on sprinklers, or turn on the heat or air conditioner (more hardware equals more money).
Because WeatherCat is married to a hardware weather station it features real time gauges, graphs, and imagery. There’s even an option to manage your own weather webcam.
Of course, WeatherCat pulls weather data from online and displays weather forecasts, too, but this comprehensive weather application is for hard core weather fanatics, farmers, and anyone who needs to know what’s really going on outside.
The app itself is rather affordable but the hardware options can run into the hundreds of dollars, so you need to be serious about weather.