Where I live the weather doesn’t change much day to day or season to season. The average weather forecast is always ‘partly sunny, chance for showers, daytime high in the 80s and overnight low in the 70s‘ about 330 days per year. Why bother with a weather forecast app at all?
Inquiring minds want to know. For those afflicted with need-to-know disease, there’s Forecast Bar for the Mac, a handy Menubar app with weather and forecasts only a click away. Other than taking up residence in an already overcrowded Mac Menubar, Forecast Bar is exactly what anyone who wants to know about the weather needs.
Most Mac, iPhone, and iPad weather applications get their weather data from the same range of sources, so there’s little variance in the details, but a huge difference in how the weather is presented. That’s what makes Forecast Bar weather worthy.
No only can you view current conditions and temperature in the Menubar, one-click brings you even more detailed weather data.
Forecast Bar takes a cue from Yahoo!’s weather app for iPhone and injects a background image photo which reflects current weather conditions with details below. Current conditions and temperature, feels like temperature, the high and low for the day, cloud conditions and humidity.
Also visible with a click is the weather description, animated charts for temperature and rain, including rain intensity. Forecasts go out five days, and there’s the all important Notification Center option for severe weather alerts (but only in the U.S.).
Click on the current conditions and more detail pops up, including wind conditions, a compass, dew point, pressure indicator, visibility, and more. For OS X Yosemite users there are two modes– light and dark. Forecast Bar is just nicely done, handy, accurate, and with enough eye candy to be attractive and enough actual weather data to be useful.
Lots of four and five star reviews for this app on the Mac App Store. Caveats? Yes. The developer has opted not to have a trial version, so you’re required to cough up the money first, and if you don’t like Forecast Bar, well, tough cookies. Chances are good you’ll like it, despite the less-than-tender price tag.