Without question I’m not the best person on the Mac360 staff to review a Mac weather app. Why not? Because I’m biased. After all, I’ve lived in Atlanta, GA for most of my life and I hate the weather here.
It’s either too cold or too hot or too cold or too wet or too dry or too many bugs but always too something. Really good weather here seems limited to two weeks in late spring, and two weeks in mid-autumn. So, I do what we all do. I check the weather before heading out the door. Here’s yet another easy way to check weather right from your Mac.
Dock. Menubar. Widget.
My dissatisfaction with weather in Atlanta is often coupled to a dissatisfaction with weather apps on the Mac, and through the years I’ve collected more than my fair share. It’s true that weather analysis and data display has improved through the years and that’s apparent in ClassicWeather, a free Mac weather app. If you think about what you want in a weather app for just a moment, you’ll know what to look for. Here it is.
Current conditions. Forecast for the rest of today and into tomorrow. A quick glance at the rest of the week or the next 10 days. And radar.
I’m not a meteorologist but I like to have a heads up on what’s about to hit me in the face when I hit the door.
ClassicWeather is as easy and simple as it gets.
- Current weather conditions
- Forecast for 7 days
- Forecast for next 12 hours
- Forecast by the hour
- Forecast in text format
- Temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius
- Probability of precipitation
- Feels like temperature
- Local time
- Sunrise / sunset
- Current phase of moon
- Multiple cities
- Current location (WiFi needed)
- Weather in menu bar menu and dock menu
- 12-hour or 24-hour time format
- 3 widget designs, 4 sizes
- 2 modes (single window or widget)
Think of ClassicWeather as the Mac’s Dashboard weather Widget on performance enhancing drugs. The forecasts go for six days but also by hour and for the following 12 hours. The graphic visualizes current conditions and a little detail– local time, sunrise and sunset, current location in three designs and in two sizes.
There’s an in-app purchase option for ClassicWeather HD which extends the forecast to 10 days, the next 24-hour forecast, humidity, wind speed and direction, and a few other options, all for a couple of bucks.
What’s missing is a feature that I find many of my fellow Atlanta residents and I use extensively these days– weather radar. The popular RadarScope app has more radar options than I knew existed, but also a price tag approaching $30. The very inexpensive Clear Day weather app uses video to display weather, and features animated NOAA radar for the U.S. (and synchronizes with the iPhone version).
While I’m not a fan of weather that cannot be trusted– and it totally cannot be trusted in Georgia– at least Mac users (and iPhone users) have plenty of weather apps to show us the here and now, and a few days into the future. What’s happening these days is clear. Most of my weather checking happens on iPhone, not the Mac.
Now if I could just find a Mac app that would let me know if it’s worth getting out of bed in the morning.