Nope, we’re not talking temps here as in temporary workers from the employment agency down the street. Temps in this case is a relatively new Mac weather application that, well, gives you details about the weather.
You know. That weather. The kind of weather that everyone complains about but nobody does anything about it. Temps lets you gather weather data from 10 locations and display it in the Mac’s Menubar so you can complain about weather elsewhere in the world. And not do anything about it.
Weather, Weather, Everywhere
They say you can lead a horse to water but not make it drink. Fair enough. Weather works the same way. We can look at it, think about it, complain about it, but none of that will make much difference. Temps just lets you look at weather from 10 locations, plus your local location, and from a Netatmo Weather Station (three at a time if you want).
What you get for $1.99 is an app that pulls data from up to 2-million weather station locations around the world and up your street. There’s the standard current weather information and data, the three day forecast, plus details including wind, precipitation, cloud cover, humidity, and much more.
Temps can handle up to three Netatmo indoor modules, including rain and wind gauge. All your Macs can be synchronized with Temps via iCloud, and the app’s information display is enhanced to look good on Macs with Retina displays.
What’s missing is what I like about using weather apps on my iPhone. Radar maps. Weather data is good, and so are forecasts, but I truly love to see what’s coming in my direction.
Still, using Temps is easier on a Mac than most weather apps on the iPhone because most of what you want to see– sans the weather radar image– is available with a click to the Menubar, so it doesn’t matter which Mac app is frontmost at the moment. Because it works with Netatmo stations it provides a level of data you won’t get with most of the inexpensive iPhone weather applications.
In addition to weather data and current conditions, plus standard weather forecasts, Temps also displays local time from the cities and locations you select, and that includes sunrise and sunset times.
Not bad for a few bucks.