One of my favorite iPhone weather apps is called CARROT Weather, a talking weather forecast robot with an attitude. The iPhone app is packed with useful features and notifications, but it’s the somewhat insulting attitude that’s the claim to fame.
Now there’s CARROT Weather for the Mac which delivers similar weather information with a similarly caustic, spicy attitude as the iPhone version. As weather apps go, CARROT Weather is superb. As an informative companion, well, let me just say you need to be a glutton for punishment to fully appreciate the attitude.
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CARROT Weather on the Mac does weather proud. First, it overflows with data. Second, the forecasts are remarkably accurate, especially the forecasts for the next hour. Using CARROT is an adventure because the more you use it, the more it unlocks secrets and changes itself, the displayed scenery, and the characters which interact with you.
For example, on the iPhone version, CARROT may opt to change your location to something like the moon, complete with weather data, and though the rest of the weather information for each locale is serious, the attitude is refreshing regardless of the forecast.
CARROT uses Forecast.io’s weather data to compile up-to-the-minute forecasts for 24-hours to a week. What impresses me most, beyond the snarky attitude exhibited by CARROT, are the short-term forecasts, especially upcoming precipitation.
CARROT Weather is a fully integrated Mac, iPhone, and Watch citizen, which options to forward notifications as needed. The Mac version has weather radar for the U.S. CARROT also treats weather as both history and future.
CARROT Weather on the Mac has all the details you’d expect in a full-featured, non-professional weather forecast and data app, but it has a few options you’ll like. For example, it has a Mini Window in the Mac’s Menubar so you can view short-term weather forecasts.
The Time Machine function may be the oddest but funnest thing you’ve ever used in a weather app. Not only does it give weather data going back as far as 70 years, it professes to divulge weather 10 years in the future.
As expected, all the basics are there in all versions of CARROT; temperatures, conditions, and forecasts, plus data– pressure, humidity, wind speed and direction, ‘feels like’ temperature, UV index, and much more.
Without question, Mac, iPhone, or Watch version, CARROT Weather is the funnest of all the weather apps. The only negative about CARROT is the Mac version’s price. It’s much higher than the iPhone or iPad version, but delivers much the same data, and worse, there’s no try-before-you-buy option.