iPhone and iPad users have gone ga ga over the Dark Sky hyperlocal weather app which mashes up current conditions with ever changing radar to provide an immediate forecast which is often spot on accurate.
Unfortunately, Dark Sky isn’t a Mac app, but Forecast Bar is and it works much the same way by blending current, real-time weather conditions with local radar to create a more accurate (and rapidly changing) weather application. If you want to know what the weather is like where you and your Mac are at the moment, this is the one to get.
The Price Of Good Weather
Have you ever noticed that there’s a price tag associated with good weather? That explains why it’s more expensive to live in Honolulu than in Hackensack. Good weather seems to beget the need to have more money.
So it is with Forecast Bar. The entry fee is nominal but the more accuracy in weather conditions and forecasts you require also comes with a price tag. What you get are basics but localized. Current conditions, high, low, forecasts for the next hour (which changes quickly; just like Dark Sky) and the next 24 hours, humidity and more.
Forecast Bar has no equal when it comes to visual esthetics.
One click to the Mac’s Menubar displays current condition details plus forecasts for the next hour, and five day forecasts. Notification Center alerts make it easy to be notified as weather conditions change.
Another click brings Forecast Bar’s details on current conditions, including humidity, wind direction and speed, barometric pressure, visibility, and standard sunrise and sunset times. Forecast details don’t even require a click– simply move the Mac’s screen pointer over Forecast Bar to see more details.
No weather app is complete with detailed, animated radar maps and Forecast Bar does not disappoint (though the maps are much like those in Dark Sky I prefer the standard green, orange, red for precipitation and storms) with a global radar image that can be zoomed into any location for which there is data.
Forecast Bar’s price tag is nominal considering the value, graphics, and detail it brings (which makes it a bit more premium in the weather app spectrum), but if you want a lifetime of 15-minute, or 10-minute, or merely fast updates, each of those levels comes with a price tag of its own with an in-app purchase. So far I’ve had no issue with the Forecast Bar out of the box experience, but some in the construction industry or farming community or pilots and drivers might prefer a faster update process.