What’s to like about the weather in New York? Not much. There’s a couple of weeks in May were everything turns a rich green and flowers bloom. Then, there are two weeks in October where fall colors go on parade. Outside of that, New York weather is too hot, too cold, too dry, too wet, too humid, or too much snow.
Weather information once was the purview of professional meteorologists. Up to date weather conditions required us to tune in the radio or switch to the Weather Channel (or, gasp! look out the window).
Today, my phone has weather conditions, weather forecasts, even weather radar, all merely a touch away. That ease of use and detail is also available on your Mac.
What kind of weather can you get for a dollar or less?
Weather+ gives you an attractive full screen video and a five day forecast from weather stations worldwide, right on your Mac’s Desktop.
Weather is similarly priced but has less visual action. It’s more cartoon-like, but useful, though it spreads weather conditions and forecasts all over the screen.
Weather Icon lives in your Mac’s Menubar. You’ll see the temperature and current condition (cloudy, rain, sunny) but you’ll need to click for other locations and forecasts.
Quick Weather is just that an not much more. One location, current temperature and conditions and the standard five day forecast.
Weather Cal is somewhat unique in that it displays weather in a calendar metaphor, but with many different styles of calendars (Holiday, Music, Business, Sports, etc.). It’s still the local weather, though.
WeatherMan displays the most information available in an app under a dollar. Current conditions, of course, but also weather alerts, weather radar, and extended weather forecasts.
To be fair to Mac weather app aficionados, there are plenty of free apps that provide similar weather information (most of it comes from the same source). And, there are even more expensive and targeted apps such as RadarScope which give you up to the minute look at weather near you.