Let’s face it. Following the weather is worse than following politicians. With the former, it’s an every day issue and there’s nothing we can do about it. For the latter, it’s once every few years, we can do something about it, but choose not to. How so? Because the candidate I vote for is OK, the one you vote for is the problem). It’s always been that way.
My Mac, iPhone, and iPad all have a number of weather applications which do much the same thing. Current weather conditions and a weather forecast. For me, because weather in Atlanta changes so frequently and so quickly, I won’t use a weather app that does not have a weather radar feature. I need an instant picture of what’s happening and what’s on the way. Here’s one with everything.
Extreme Radar Weather
From my perspective as one who endures weather rather than rejoicing in it, there is little doubt that humankind is experiencing climate change. The only real issue for me is the cause. Is it nothing more than cyclical weather changes that have been around forever? Or, is the recent climate change man made?
I don’t know. I suspect some of both. I’m a weather watcher lover not a climate change fighter.
Enter Radar Extreme, a Mac weather application that does just about everything, though not always at the same time, and not always the way you want unless you want radar, radar, and more radar maps. And conditions and forecasts. And in that order.
Take a look.
Not only do you get the standard weather information for current conditions and forecasts, you get weather radar screens from everywhere thanks to the built-in weather, satellite, lightning, earthquake and hurricane tracker features. 200,000 locations, interactive solar system, 3D weather images and live cloud cover.
Graphics cover day and night, 10 day weather forecasts and current conditions, including winds, temperatures, and the standard weather fare, but it’s the weather radar graphics that make Radar Extreme worth a look. The so-called World Radars– which you won’t find on my weather radar apps, even on the iPhone– display up to eight different radar components per location. These include shortwave, water vapor, aviation, visibility, rainbow, and the all important Dvorak, JSL, Funktop options. There’s even lightning intensity radar.
You will also appreciate the animated local radar Dock icon. You can never be too far from radar if you’re a certified weather watcher like me, and the option to gather data from multiple locations is a huge plus.
There’s much to like in Radar Extreme and despite a few bugs and issues here and there the price tag is more like an iPhone app than a Mac app. Other than the aforementioned bugs and minor nits, the only other issue that bothers me is updates. Radar Extreme is not without issues and it has not been upgraded in more than a year. For me, any app that does not get an update– even a simple bug fix– every few months, is abandonware.
If you don’t mind a heftier price tag and a decidedly heavy focus on weather radar, then RadarScope is a tool worth trying out.