By Evan Coleman
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Update (7/24/14): MenuWeather 5.0 is currently in beta. Follow @orbisapp for status updates.
Update (4/1/14): MenuWeather 5.0 is coming soon! See http://orbisapp.com and follow @orbisapp on Twitter.
MenuWeather is a simple, yet powerful, menu bar weather client.
▶ Super-accurate weather data from CustomWeather.com which provides weather to Fortune 100 and 500 companies
▶ Automatically determines your location
▶ Quick access to any number of days and hours of weather right in your menu bar
▶ 15 day forecast
▶ 7 day hourly forecast
▶ Radar maps
▶ Severe weather alerts
▶ Sync settings with iOS version
▶ See the weather for multiple locations
▶ Many customization options
▶ Growl integration
There's so much weather information in MenuWeather! Here's a quick look at what kind of weather you'll get from MenuWeather:
▶ High & Low temperatures
▶ Current temperature
▶ Condition summary
▶ Chance of precipitation
▶ Feel's Like temperature
▶ Wind speed and direction
▶ Barometric pressure
▶ Dew point
▶ Rainfall & Snowfall amounts
▶ Moon phase
▶ Sunset & Sunrise
▶ Moonset & Moonrise
▶ Moon illumination percentage
▶ Radar images
▶ Severe weather alerts
Weather is available in every language through MenuWeather however, the application's preferences are only available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch, German and Simplified Chinese.
What's New in Version 4.2.5
▶ Fixed bug where MenuWeather would hang
I don't get the "hanging" problem people refer to in the reviews where it pegs the CPU and won't force quit. What I get is the app generally just keeps trying to update its info and thus my menu bar has a temperature and a spinner that never goes away. Typically, if I bring up Activity Monitor I can quit the app, relaunch it, and things will go okay.
When the app *does* work, it's useful, though could be more useful. For instance, it will tell me when there are weather alerts for my area, but does not provide any way for me to actually read the alerts, short of scrolling to the bottom, clicking "More Weather", and selecting the alert in there. Why not let me click the warning and read it? Likewise, none of the days are clickable, only the "More Weather" link at the bottom of the menu.
It's a good idea, and I've been using it for awhile, and I bought the paid version (when the lite version existed) to support the app. But it's been a bit of a disappointment.
Good - nearly great
I really like this app. It sits discretely in the corner of my desktop and gives me the information I need when I need it. The only thing I wish is that the banners giving special weather messages could time out the way the banners giving weather updates do. Maybe I just haven't found the setting, but it is annoying when I get weather messages and I know what's in them (we may get several a day when the weather is bad around here) and the message banner covers up my work and I can't get it to go away without clickig on it which brings up the whole program and ruins my concentration on whatever I was working on. However, that is not enough to make me uninstall it as everything else about it is wonderful.
Great weather app
I love this little app. It just sits in the menu bar, giving me a chance to quickly see what the temperature and weather is like. And click on it, and you get 10 days of forecasts.
I have found no problems with it. Works flawlessly from all that I can see.
There is only one, small point about it that always troubles me. It will flash a red "!" when there's some special weather warning. Well, to find that warning, you have to scroll to the bottom of the list of forecasts to get to it. It should be clickable in the menu or something. It flunks ease of use here.