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There are many ways to find the weather forecast on your Mac. You can visit a weather-related website, or type in the search term “weather” on Google. You can also fire up your smartphone or even go outside.
But often a better way to do it is with a dedicated weather app, especially if you spend all day working on your Mac. Here are six of the best.
Full Featured Weather Apps
The following apps do much more than show you the weather. One talks to you, while another shows you real-time radar. Still, another shows you interesting “peeps.”
CARROT Weather ($11.99)
A snarky comment welcomes you each time you launch Carrot along with a scene featuring unique images and characters. Carrot presents weather in three formats: short-term, hourly, and daily basis. Carrot also includes a distinctive Time Machine feature that allows you to see what the weather was like in your location on a previous date. Turn to a future date and see what could happen based on historical data.
Want even more? You can also add Carrot to your Today Notification screen, and try to unlock its many secret locations such the Moon, Clock Tower (from “Back to the Future” fame), and Frozen Banana Stand.
Radar Live ($8.99)
Whether you’re worried about an approaching thunderstorm, hurricane, or ice storm, the Radar Live has you covered. Featuring radar data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and detailed weather forecasts, this Mac app is beautifully designed and thorough in its scope.
With Radar Live, you can find images from the entire Contiguous United States as compiled by the 155 available NOAA radar stations. You can also find conditions locally or from locations around the world. Save as many weather forecast locations as you want so you always know what’s going on.
Bonus: Even when you’re not using Radar Live, the app is working to provide you with the latest weather information. The app’s dock icon shows current temperature, wind speed, or forecast min/max temperatures, depending on your specifications.
Swackett (free) [No Longer Available]
Long popular with Mac users, Swackett converts complex weather data into easily-understood, visual weather reports. At the heart of Swackett is the use of people symbols called “peeps” that appear appropriately dressed for the weather.
There’s a lot to see in Swackett, including hourly and daily forecasts, visual forecasts for today, tonight, and tomorrow, and local, regional, state, and national full-motion radar images. Swackett is also available on iOS.
Change it up: Like Carrot, Swackett allows you to add a forecast to the Today Notification screen.
Dock and Menu Bar Weather Apps
Don’t have time to check the weather using a regular app window on your Mac? Be sure to take a look at these useful dock and menu bar apps.
Weather Dock (free, in-app purchases)
Weather Dock allows you to see animated current weather conditions on the Mac dock. With one click, you can access more detailed information, including a two day future forecast.
The app’s customization tools are what make it shine. These include the ability to change what the dock icon shows regarding weather (current conditions, today’s forecast, or tomorrow’s forecast) and badge information (real temperature, feels like temperature, or wind).
Extras: An in-app purchase gives you an extra four days of weather, adds an hourly weather forecast for three days, and gives you the ability to add multiple forecast locations.
Are you only looking for a simple weather solution for your Mac? Consider WeatherBug (free), which provides valuable weather information on your menu bar, including real-time and hourly forecasts and a Doppler radar.
Even more: Click anywhere on the WeatherBug box to visit the official WeatherBug website where you can find more detailed information.
Weather 5 Days (free, in app purchases)
Weather 5 days (freemium) is another simple weather app. It adds an hourly forecast and five-day daily forecast to the menu bar. Other data includes humidity, cloud cover, visibility, wind speed, direction, and more.
Extras: You can make an in-app purchase to remove ads, manage your favorites, and get detailed forecasts over five days.
Use Siri on Mac
One of the simplest ways to access weather forecasts on Mac is by using Siri, which made the jump from iOS in macOS Sierra. With Apple’s voice assistant, finding a forecast is as easy as asking a question.
- What’s the weather going to be like tomorrow?
- Will it rain in New York on Wednesday
- Is there snow in the forecast in Boulder, Colorado?
An added advantage: You can pin the results of your Siri search onto the Today Notification screen. Just click on the “+” at the top right of the search results and see the updated numbers whenever you want.
There are many great ways to view weather information on your Mac. While some of these solutions do come at a premium, many do not. Whether you want an all-in-one solution or a way to view the weather on your computer’s dock or menu bar, these apps have you covered.
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Original article by Justin Pot.