Weather is free for everyone so why not a free Mac weather app? The Mac has long been home to a growing number of weather conditions and weather forecast utilities. Some are full-fledged apps with historical data. Others are mere Menubar dwellers with the basics; temperatures and current conditions.
Gone for awhile but back and still free is the famed Meteorologist weather app. The latest version has been updated to run on newer Macs all the way up to macOS Sierra, plus it was re-written in Apple’s new Swift language for improved performance, and it has a new list of features.
Weather Is Free
Weather is one of those common human topics where nearly everyone talks about it, but nobody does anything about it. Meteorologist just tells you what’s going on with current conditions and forecasts, but, doesn’t do anything about either one and I’m OK with that. After all, if you live in greater Chicagoland, you know weather is an issue but voting won’t help.
Weather data comes from a variety of sources. Meteorologist does not live in the Dock, but takes residence as yet another utility in the over populated Mac Menubar. The app defaults to weather in Cupertino, CA, home of Apple’s U.S. headquarters, but you can add additional cities which will cycle through the Menubar.
Despite the lack of a price tag, user selectable options abound in Metorologist. Select the Weather Source with a click. Even change the Menubar and display font. Weather data update frequency can be adjusted, too.
Weather conditions can also be placed in a submenu in the Menubar, visible with a click. Display the selected city’s name, humidity, extended forecast (if available) and have Meteorologist check for new versions automatically.
One click to the Menubar can get you plenty of useful information about current conditions and forecasts.
The extended forecast usually goes out five days but displays high and low temperatures and an icon showing cloud conditions.
The latest version comes with a caveat. If you want weather information from multiple sources then you’ll need an API key from those sources you choose to use (relatively easy to grab and install in the Preferences). Additionally, note that some services use different names for the same weather station location, so that might be a hiccup to quick installation and use.
Otherwise, it’s hard to beat free but what you won’t get are those colorful weather conditions icons that are so popular with some weather apps.