Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it. Add this nifty Menubar utility to your Mac and you can still complain, but not without being forewarned. Well, from a dozen or so cities, including your weather station. You have one, right?
As a Chicagoland native I find Midwest weather to be among the worst on planet earth. Sure, there are places with worse weather. Siberia, Antarctica, and Seattle come to mind, and I can’t see myself living anywhere near the equator. I sweat. I don’t like bugs. Here in Chicago it’s just too much of whatever weather you do not want at the moment. Too cold, too hot, too humid, too dry, too wet, too many bugs.
As a lifelong Chicago soul who spends too much time slaving over a hot keyboard somewhere close to the HVAC vent, I like to know what it’s like outside. That’s what Temps does. It’s a Menubar weather app that works with a personal weather station.* Caveat below.
Like most weather apps Temps displays detailed weather information for up to a dozen cities from personal weather stations. Click the Menubar for forecasts, current conditions, and a few more useful pieces of weather related information (sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, humidity, cloud cover, barometric pressure, precipitation and more), and you can see what Mother Nature has done to planet earth all over planet earth.
That’s about all the weather information you need, especially for those of us who live in a climate where changing weather is like a changing opinion. It happens too fast, the bad comes back too often, and the good does not linger long enough. Temps doesn’t display a seven or 10-day forecast, though (because it’s likely to change before then anyway; I find such long term forecasts to be worthless), but does break down the day into Night, Morning, Afternoon, and Evening which tends to be more accurate.
*I mention the option to use Netatmo weather stations because we have a couple. One outdoors, one indoors. And Temps works with each. Netatmo also works with your iPhone and is worth a look if weather is an issue where you live. It’s as if Apple created a personal weather station for Mac and iPhone users.
*There’s another caveat, though, and it has to do with the changing of the seasons. And not the seasons outdoors.
Apple was once synonymous with the Mac. The Mac was about all Apple’s customers knew, but today we’ve been blessed with iPhone, iPad, Watch, and Apple TV so where we once used only the Mac to find out the weather, we can now look at the Watch screen, or whip out the iPhone. All that information is easier to receive these days on mobile devices, and the Mac, while still relevant, is less so in a growing number of applications.