7 of the Most Popular Weather Apps for your Mac

This post is part of a series that revisits some of our readers’ favorite articles from the past that still contain awesome and relevant information that you might find useful. This post was originally published on June 14th, 2011.

Your Mac comes prepared with its own widget for you to check the weather, and it works just fine, but sometimes you want something more accurate, with more features, or perhaps that works through your menu bar or your desktop instead of in your widgets.

Today we are presenting you some of the most popular weather apps available for your Mac. These will range from simple menu bar apps to real pieces of art with animations and other visual flair. Take a look!

Weather+

Weather+ is a beautiful app that can give you the weather along with an animation of the current forecast, and you can throw it into full screen to get the forecast for the next 5 days along with a big clock. You also get a few details like wind direction and speed, along with humidity and all those things that nobody really understands.

Weather+ is one of the most popular weather apps on the Mac App Store, for its gorgeous design and its informative weather animations, but I find it to be too distracting to check often. I prefer very much a simpler menu bar app than an app I have to open to check constantly.

Price: $0.99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Developer: International Travel Weather Calculator

WeatherEye

WeatherEye is a free alternative to apps like Weather+, and it uses the information of The Weather Network. Along with the app, you get a small menu bar icon that displays the current temperature on a small box. In the main menu you get a not-so-pretty and ad-filled interface where you can see a few days’ worth of forecasts and the other stats like humidity and wind.

Not the best option out there, but if what you are looking for is a conventional, free weather app and you don’t care about simlicity or design, this is a decent alternative.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Developer: The Weather Network

Weather HD

Weather HD is similar to Weather+ in that it relies on animations and cool graphics to get your attention. I do, however, like this one more than Weather+ because the animations are just amazing. It allows you to have multiple cities in your configuration and it comes with a useful menu bar icon.

Of course, a beautiful design work comes with a price. If you are willing to pay $4 for a weather app, you won’t regret buying this one. It goes along with the Mac theme very well and it is a pleasure to use. Despite the price, this might be the most pretty option out there.

Price: $3.99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Developer: Vimov

MachWeather

MachWeather is a free and very simple menu bar weather app that lets you check on the local temperature without having to go into any confusing menus. It just always sits there on your menu bar displaying the current conditions, such as the temperature and the cloud conditions, along with a small icon of the current weather.

While it is a free app and it works very well, I find it to be a bit unsightly. I don’t know why, the icons somehow seem to be off and too much info is displayed on the menu bar. I like simplicity, which is what the next app has.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
Developer: Mach Software Design

Menu Weather

MenuWeather is very similar to MachWeather in that it only runs in the menu bar. I use the Lite version of MenuWeather and I have no need for any other weather app, ever. It has beautiful themes that let you use different types of icons, and it displays all the necessary information on a very simple way.

I’ve heard bad things about the paid version, but I’m not sure why anyone would need anything more than the Lite version offers. It’s a very simple and decent looking app, and it’s free!

Price: Free / $1.99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
Developer: Evan Coleman

Weather Dock

Weather Dock is another app that features full-screen animations to let you know the weather, but it does so in a cartoon-ish way that makes it feel pleasant to use. It has basic colors and just a few things on the screen while displaying the weather, so it’s not confusing at all. It will also display the time, date and it even has an alarm feature. Even the icon on the dock displays useful info on the weather.

It might not be as pretty or artsy as WeatherHD or Weather+, but this is a cheaper and less pretentious alternative to those. It has all the features that they do and more, so it’s a very competitive choice.

Price: $0.99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Developer: Presselite

Live Dock Weather

Live Dock Weather also displays the temperature with a useful icon on the dock, and uses that as its gimmick. When you click the icon, a window is displayed showing the current conditions with all the details, a sidebar with the hour-by-hour forecast and on the bottom the forecast for the next seven days. There’s also a menu bar icon that displays a small window with the current weather and allows you to change a few settings.

It works differently than Weather Dock in that Weather Dock works full screen, but this one just displays a small window. This is also less simple, it has more features and displays way too many things in one window. It’s a good app, just not my favorite.

Price: $1.99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
Developer: Raj Kumar Shaw

Conclusion

The weather app market is a big one. Just go into the Mac App Store and search for the weather category and you’ll be shown about 50 of them. Today we showed the most popular options and tried to break them down into the best menu-bar options and the best full-screen animation options.

If you like the animation ones (I don’t), I would suggest that you spend the $4 dollars for Weather HD. It’s beautiful and it works well. If you are looking for a free alternative that just tells you the weather straight up, I would suggest you try the free Menu Weather and MachWeather.

Which weather app do you use? What are your favorite features from it?


  • Franko

    i use weatherbug, and i’m surprised it wasn’t mentioned. granted, i don’t use my weather apps all that often, but i really like weatherbug’s interface, particularly the animated maps.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/james.cull James Cull

    Seasonality is also a good one.

  • Meghan

    I am surprised swackett did not make the list! I love using it, and I find it to be a very practical, stylish choice. And the easter eggs make it fun too!

  • Michael Crumpler

    Awww, you forgot swackett!

  • J.C. Hendee

    That Meteorologist is somewhat strange. For those more interested in function and information in a compact versatile format… rather than superficial flash and splash… it cannot be beat as I’ve tried most of these others.

    And its FREE! And you don’t have to have some app store installed to get to it.

    http://heat-meteo.sourceforge.net/

  • http://jonathandbloom.com Jonathan Bloom

    I use Swackett, because it has cool looking peeps and has a ton of easter eggs.

  • fractalfrog

    Bah! Humbug.
    wunderground.com. no need for any apps :D

  • John

    I tried number of different weather apps but for some reason ended up using “Outside” for some reason:

    http://www.grkov.com/outside

  • John Martin

    I am a weather app junkie. The best for me out of this list for dily use is Live Dock Weather. Especially with the lastest update. Like how you can build the way your weather is displayed.

  • raindrops

    I go outside for my weather info lol You can see the night before what the weather will be like the next day. Do you need an app to wash your butt too? The dumbing down of society just keeps on getting better.

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  • https://twitter.com/#!/pierrerognion Pierre

    My favorite app is Seasonality Core. A bit expensive, but really great!

  • Dennis

    I’m using Swackett X, one of the best weather apps on the Mac in my honest opinion.

  • Blair

    I prefer going the minimal route with a weather app and want it out of the way in the menu bar. The apps that made my short list are:

    Farensius
    Degrees
    SocialWeather (the only one not in the menu bar)
    Temps
    Quick Weather

    . . . all of which have improved since I’ve been using them and are all under $3. The two I most use now are Temps and Quick Weather. Quick Weather is the newest of the bunch and looks the best, but is still working out some bugs and it’s icons are not always accurate. But like I said, it has the best UI of the bunch.

  • http://www.technicaltalk.net/ Peter S.

    I need an App that will not utilize my current internet bandwidth all the time. I mean, the one which will tell me the weather only when I need and not one which will always runs in background and use my internet. let me know if you know one like that.

  • http://thegraphicmac.com Jim

    Call me old-fashioned, but I just look out the window to check the weather…

  • Igor

    I think WeatherBug for Mac is the best one at the moment.It sits in menu bar and shows weather.
    Simple but it works.

  • http://www.weathrclip.com WeathrClip

    Don’t forget about WeathrClip, a nice little weather app that resides in the menu bar to provide current conditions, forecast, and animated radar https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/weathrclip/id548125767?ls=1&mt=12

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