I am now using an iMac for a lot more than I ever used a Mac of any kind before, and in so doing I’m discovering some interesting software. I will therefore be telling you about it, because it is much more interesting than telling you about what I had for lunch or dinner. (Having said that, Dinner was actually pretty good; it was something I made up for Huxley but he went out on a date and I ended up eating it. But I digress.)
My Linux box, running Gnome, has a nice little built in weather app on the top bar. It shows the temperature and a sun/cloud icon, and if I click on it I get a weather forecast and a radar map. My iMac did not seem to have that so I went looking for something that would fill the bill and discovered WeathrClip, a “menu bar” application designed by Gavin Wiggins.
Here is what the app looks like when it is merely an icon on the menu bar:
And here is what the app looks like when you click on it:
You can specify a location and also how often there should be an update.
I would like to see one improvement in this app, though I suppose it is possible that this is already built in and since I’m an iDiot when it comes to Macs I just don’t know how to do it. I regularly need to know the weather at two locations. I’d like to be able to switch to the other location now and then. I suppose I could try running the app more than once and see if I can make it work that way ….
Nope, that didn’t work. Anyway, even without this feature, WeathrClip is a very nice little app.
This isn’t the only weather menu bar app, but as far as I know it is the only one that gets its data from Weather Underground. Also, when the app is open, as is generally the case with such apps, there is a button you can press to open a weather web site. The site this app opens is the Weather Underground, and it opens it to the page pertaining to the location you’ve set for it.