Summers here are unbearably hot and humid, and winters are, well, not much to brag about and full of surprises (including an occasional snowstorm), which is why my Macs each have half a dozen weather forecast applications, from free and cheap to full featured and expensive. Here’s one that does weather in 3D.
What Is 3D?
3D? The way I view it, the 3DWeather app is not as much about 3D views of the weather as it about a good weather app with just the right blend of features we want and need, with a little eye candy thrown in to add sweetness.
If you want weather details, then 3D Weather has you covered with all the basics. It’s totally visual. In addition to the pop down Menubar window of weather stats, there’s a full 10-day weather forecast option.
Again, totally visual.
Depending upon the weather conditions wherever you and your Mac happen to be, 3DWeather provides an animated 3D-like scene in a pop up widget that also contains basic weather detail.
Actually, it’s more 3D-like than 3D.
If you want true 3D weather conditions, then look out the window.
That’s as 3D as you can get.
Still, 3DWeather makes gathering weather data a visual pleasure. As the weather changes, so does the 3D-like animation. It also has multiple themes, each with different scenes, places, and atmospheric conditions, all easily controlled under Preferences.
What about the weather?
Well, you can’t do anything about the weather, but 3DWeather gives you plenty of data customization options (the weather data comes from Weather Underground, which is a weather data company, not a subversive group with weather weapons, or a place under the ground which has its own weather), including notifications, and the standard array of current weather data and forecasts.
- Dew Point
- UB Index
- Wind Chill
- Heat Index
- 36 Hour Forecast
- 96 Hour Forecast
Controls are numerous, too. Browse weather with a click to the Menubar, or let the weather widget float over other windows on your Mac’s screen (in different sizes, as needed, or in fullscreen mode).
Thanks to the Weather Underground connection you can also receive alerts in Notification Center. The Mac does not have as many weather apps as you’ll find on iPhone and iPad, but none of those work quite like 3DWeather*.
*It’s not really 3D.