Get the weather forecast in the Mac’s menu bar

Drizzle is a menu bar app for the Apple Mac that will provide you with a weather forecast for today and the next week ahead. It is free and it makes a useful addition to the desktop.

If you live where every day is bright, warm and sunny, you probably are not as interested in the weather forecast as those who live in very changeable regions of the world. When you can get rain, sun and snow in the same day, you need to know what it will be like in the coming hours and days so that you can plan your outdoor activities. Should you head for the beach or take a coat and an umbrella with you when you go out? We need to know!

Drizzle weather forecast for Apple MacThe weather affects us in many ways and we are happy when it is sunny and depressed when it is raining. So what is going to happen today, tomorrow and the day after? Those are the questions that Drizzle attempts to answer.

After downloading it from the Mac App Store (it is in the Productivity category), and running it for the first time, it adds two things to the menu bar at the top of the screen. One is the current temperature outside and the other is a weather symbol.

You do not need to tell it your location because it can work this out. The only configuration setting that had to be changed for me was the temperature scale. Fahrenheit may be common in the US, but where I am Celsius is used. (Water freezes at 0 C and boils at 100 C, which makes sense whereas 32 and 212 F is crazy!).

Click the weather symbol in the menu bar and a panel drops down that shows the current weather and the forecast. There is a large graphic, the temperature, a comment, such as light rain, the humidity and clouds. There are forecast symbols and temperatures every three hours for the day ahead.

Down below is the forecast for the week ahead with weather symbols, maximum and minimum temperatures, humidity and cloud cover.

I like the idea of having a weather forecast in the menu bar and being able to click it to see what the weather will be like for the rest of the day and the week, but this app is not quite perfect.

I found some other weather forecasts, The Weather Channel, Weather Underground and so on, and compared them. Drizzle is a bit pessimistic and the forecast was not as good. By that I mean that the temperatures were a couple of degrees lower and there was more chance of rain. Of course, it could be right and the other forecasts could be wrong. We will see as the week unfolds, but I doubt it.

Another problem is with the fonts. Perhaps the developer has a font on his Mac that I don’t because the text does not quite fit in the space allocated and it either gets scrunched up or chopped off. It is a minor irritation, but one that should be easily fixable.

Drizzle weather forecast for Apple Mac

The notifications is a nice feature and you can choose to be notified when it is going to rain next, if there is going to be a thunderstorm, when the sky will next be clear, and so on.

If the developer can fix the font problem and get a more accurate source of the weather forecast, this could be a great free app.

Title: Drizzle
Price: Free
Developer: Mark Briscoe
Size: 2.1 MB
Version: 1.0.0
OS X: 10.8 or later, 64-bit CPU

 

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