Everyone who lives within a few hundred miles of the Mincey Family Ranch outside Atlanta has one thing in common. Weather. Weather in Georgia may not be as bad as North Dakota, but that doesn’t mean we like it.
Instead, we Georgians do what any red, white, and blue tax-paying American does about the weather. We watch it. And we complain about it. Not necessarily in that order. For Mac users who want a bit more than can be gathered with a glance out the window, there’s Forecast Bar, one of the better weather conditions and forecast apps you’ll run across, despite the price tag.
Click on the Menubar and you get pop down windows with just about everything weather watchers and complainers need the most. Current conditions, forecasts for the next 24 hours, including highly accurate animated charts and forecasts for the next eight hours (which adds a nice touch of animating rain intensity, something we watch carefully here).
Also built in to Forecast Bar are five day forecasts with temperatures and weather conditions, and matching images. For the U.S. there are local National Weather Service severe weather alerts which show up in Notification Center on OS X.
Other details include a 24-hour temperature and precipitation chart, hour-by-hour sky condition chart, a radar view, and global radar from Forecast.io. Forecast Bar gives you access to five recent locations and your current location. There are light and dark menu bar modes for OS X Yosemite users.
Considering the nominal price tag, Forecast Bar gives you plenty for the money, however, there’s a gotcha if you need more detail and have it updated more frequently. Forecast Bar uses Forecast.io which is an extra cost in-app purchase option, so you need to be a real weather freak to add that.
Otherwise, nicely done, colorful, timely, and instantly usable. Alright, what’s the first best place to look for weather? Out the window.