Weather in the greater Chicagoland area is known for being consistent. Consistently inconsistent. Consistently not the weather you want. Consistently not the weather the weather forecast said we’d get.
You get the idea. Everyone complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. Mac and iPhone users have dozens of weather apps, most of which cost little to nothing, and most of which do the same thing. In fact, there are so many free weather apps around it’s hard to justify paying money for an app that displays current conditions, a forecast going out a few days, and some other weather related details.
One that I like for the Mac is called ClassicWeather HD. I’m not sure what the HD stands for, but it doesn’t matter, though there isn’t much that’s high definition other than support for MacBook Pro models with Retina display.
At first glance, ClassicWeather HD looks a bit like Apple’s Dashboard Widget weather app.
Look closely, though, and you’ll find plenty of what you won’t find with many other weather apps, including the Dashboard Widget weather app.
There’s current weather conditions, of course, but there are forecasts (where available) that go out for 10 days, even by the hour for 10 days, so updates are frequent. Precipitation probability is also displayed along with the usual suspects– humidity, wind speed, sunrise, sunset, and options for multiple windows for weather conditions in multiple cities.
ClassicWeather HD can be displayed as a floating window, as an icon in the Menubar, and with weather information in the Dock icon. And, yes, there’s an option to run it as an app or a Widget. I like this app and it’s certainly worth a few dollars, but reviews have been mixed and some important features are missing.
I don’t mind paying a few dollars for a good weather app, and what ClassicWeather HD is missing is detailed weather radar, which is a must for anyone living where weather changes rapidly. One of my favorite weather apps is iPhone only. It’s called Dark Sky and takes a different approach to displaying weather information, especially nearby precipitation.