A quick and easy way to check the current weather on Mac OS X is via the menu bar. Since the menu bar is always there, unless you hide it, it makes perfect sense to add applications on the menu bar to get quick information. Here is how to add the weather in Mac OS X menu bar for free with Meteorologist.
Weather in Mac Menu Bar in Mac OS X
To get started you will need to download Meterorologist. You can get a copy from the link provided. When you go to the link, make sure you download the right version that is compatible with your version of Mac OS X.
After downloading Meteorologist you will want to run the installer. The installer for Meteorologist will ask you to copy the app to the Applications folder in Mac OS X. You can drag the Meteorologist app directly to the Applications folder from the installer.
Meteorologist will be copied over to the Applications folder. Open the Applications folder and locate the Meteorologist app. If you are running a version of OS X that uses Gatekeeper, you might see the Meteorologist app grayed out with a circle and a line through it. Just launch the app, you will be prompted if you want to open the app. Click Open to continue.
When Meteorologist opens you will be taken to the Cities tab. Here you can select and choose what Cities you want the weather for. Click the Add City or Edit City to add or modify your cities.
When you press either Add City or Edit City, you will be taken to the add new city screen. Here you will want to update the City Name and then either enter in the city zip in the box below weather servers. Hit Search to locate your city. When you find your city select it and press Confirm to continue.
After you are done selecting your city click the tab for Weather. Here you can change the way your weather is displayed in the menu bar. You can also add more information like humidity. After you are done selecting your choices click the Apply button at the bottom.
The next tab we are going to look at is the Updating tab. Click Updating in the menu to go to this tab. Here you can change the frequency of your weather updates. Just change the text box near Update active locations every, to the desired minutes. If you have multiple cities, you can also cycle through them by checking the box next to cycle active locations every. You can also update the frequency they cycle by changing the minutes box. Near the button in the Display Location options, you can choose where to display the weather. Either the Menu bar, the dock, or both. When you are done updating the settings click the Apply button.
The last tab we are going to look at is the Alerts. Click Alerts in the menu to go to this tab. Here you can setup how you want to receive weather alerts. You can add an email address and a phone number to receive alerts. When you are done click the Apply button.
Now that we are done with the settings close the Meteorologist by clicking the red circle in the upper left hand corner. Now go to the menu bar. You will see your city and the current weather displayed. Click on the city to get the drop down. You can quickly check out the current conditions by going to the Current Conditions menu. Hover over it to display more information like dew point, humidity, and others.
While still on the Current Conditions menu, hover over Radar Image. You will get a nice map showing the Doppler Radar.
While still in the menu items, hover over Extended Forecast. Here you can see a 3 day forecast of the weather. When you hover over a date you will see more information like the high and low.
The last menu item under the Meteorologist menu bar is Controls. Hover over Controls to see the menu options. Here you can refresh the weather, switch between your cities, go to the Preferences menu, or Quite the app.
For a free weather app, Meteorologist does have a lot of information for you weather folk.
There are literally a ton of menu bar applications for Mac OS X. If you have a favorite share it in the comments below.
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