What’s the Weather Like Outside?

Weather apps on the Mac are sorely lacking. You generally have to use a Dashboard widget to find out the latest weather conditions in your area. In searching for a decent desktop solution, I found that many of the major weather/news publishers provide Dashboard widgets but none of them provide a simple Mac desktop app. Until now…

Roughly a year ago, the folks at Weatherbug released a public beta of their Weatherbug Alert for the Mac. It’s a simple menu application that provides links to your local weather conditions.

With this application, you specify your current location and Weatherbug does the rest. You get links to the local forecast, radar and any severe weather alerts, right from the menu.


Weatherbug Alert Menu showing the different options

And when there is a severe weather condition, you are then notified via the menubar:


Weatherbug Alert Menu showing the different options

There are other weather applications available. If you perform a search on MacUpdate or VersionTracker, you get pages of them. However, as I mentioned earlier, the majority of them are widgets for the Dashboard.

The nice thing about this Weatherbug Alert app is that it’s available to you within any application with just a quick glance at the menubar.

I think the folks at Weatherbug could take a few steps to really improve this application. Here is my wish list:

  1. Display the current radar in the menu (a small icon that I can click to see a much bigger live map).
  2. Display the forecast in the menubar or within the menu of the application (user configurable).
  3. Allow me to specify multiple locations to monitor weather conditions elsewhere (I like to know the weather for places I frequent in my business travel).

I am sure there are many more features that could be added. The best thing about Weatherbug Alert is its price: free. And, although it has been a little while since the product was updated, at least there has been some active development of the application (testing with Leopard).

Do you have a preferred weather application? If so, please let us know in the comments.

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