If there’s one thing not related to whatever science is behind the study of climate change, it’s personal experience. Weather is changing. Now, that’s always been the case on planet earth, but it seems as if we are experiencing more weather extremes than in decades past.
What’s the cause? It could be natural. Things change, including the weather. Some of the obvious change might be caused by mankind’s apparent disregard of planet earth. Regardless, there are plenty of opinions to go around.
One thing is for sure. We watch, track, and talk about weather conditions more than ever. If you’re a Mac user and you want a quick and dirty and free way to check weather conditions and forecasts from here to there, then you need a meteorologist. Or, rather, Meteorologist, the free Mac Menubar utility which displays weather conditions nearby and pretty much anywhere else except Venus and Mars.
Here in Georgia the weather changes as abruptly as anywhere, so many of us– city dwellers or country folk– keep a wary eye on weather conditions and forecasts. Meteorologist does that and so well it might be considered the best weather app value for Mac users.
Meteorologist works much like most weather apps. It grabs data from a variety of sources and displays conditions and forecasts– including recent radar maps– with a click from the Mac’s Menubar.
Click on Preferences and begin the process of setting up and personalizing Meteorologist.
Settings allow you to select which data are important to you, from date and forecast, to precipitation and humidity, even UV index and wind. Plus, you can select the server locations.
Cities are just as easy to add and there are many thousands available. Click the Add City button. Even select which weather data source to use for which city you select.
Meteorologist has long be a favorite of Mac users because it was robust, customizable, displayed weather data in a variety of ways from multiple sources. But, free isn’t much of a business model and the app didn’t work well on recent OS X updates.
Meteorologist is now written in Swift, Apple’s new programming language, so it’s fast and efficient, and plays nice-nice with OS X Yosemite and El Camino (uses the new system font, for example). What’s not to like?