7 Best Weather Apps for Mac

By default, there are two ways to get weather information on your Mac. You can either add a weather widget in the notification area or use Siri. The Siri option is fun, since you just have to ask — “What’s the weather in New York” or “Will it rain in San Francisco“. But, Siri or the widget doesn’t show you much information. You get temperature levels and basic predictions. That’s why you need a third-party weather app for Mac.

Now, there are a number of weather apps, inside and outside App Store. Some of them are free while others have in-app purchases or paid plans. More importantly, not all these weather apps are made the same. There are some features you miss and some you gain. So, in this article, we have not only listed but also compared some of the best weather apps for Mac. Don’t worry, there are both free and paid options.

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Weather Apps for Mac

#1 Weather Dock — Best Weather App for Quick Forecast

Weather Dock is an ultra-minimal weather app for Mac. There aren’t many features to talk about the app. But, it provides accurate weather information via Weather Underground. It also has the potential to be a satisfactory weather app.

  • User Interface & Customization

As the name says, Weather Dock, primarily works as an icon on the Dock. Without opening a window, you can know the temperature and basic forecast. As far customization is concerned, you can change visual theme, animation speed, type of data shown etc.

  • Weather Data

Even with its free plan, Weather Dock shows you three days of weather forecast. It gives a deep view into current conditions as well. You can get to know about Wind, Wind Direction, Dew Point and Humidity etc. Weather Dock: Desktop forecast also has a simple animation to denote the weather condition.

  • Data Availability

The app works worldwide, since it relies on Weather Underground data. However, not all advanced data is available at all locations. That said, you can still count on this weather app to know the accurate temperature and basic prediction, no matter where you are.

  • Availability & Pricing

Weather Dock: Desktop forecast is available for Mac only. This app is basically free, but some options can be unlocked via In-App Purchase. By doing so, you will get 7-day forecast, multiple location support, 3 days of hourly weather forecast and ad-free interface.

Check Out Weather Dock: Desktop forecast

#2 Weather Live Free — Weather App for Long-Term Forecast

Weather Live Free calls itself the most beautiful weather app for Mac, and we think it’s true. It focuses more on the displayed content and the beauty of it. Although you cannot expect any innovative feature, Weather Live Free can be a great free choice.

  • User Interface & Customization

Weather Live Free has one of the colorful interfaces we’ve seen. On the background, you can see animation for the shown weather. It also arranges weather data in an intuitive manner. The app is highly customizable. You can change the overall layout — Full Mode and Text Mode —, position of individual content etc.

  • Weather Data

Compared to the previous one, Weather Live Free shows deeper weather data, such as Wind Chill, Visibility Details, Pressure etc. As said earlier, you can change the positions or disable some. You know the best part? Even in free version, Weather Live Free shows 7-day and 24-hour forecasts.

  • Data Availability

Weather Live Free seems to work in most places, without compromising weather data. In the first choice, it was not showing some content in certain locations. Weather Live Free, however, manages to show in-detail weather data for most locations.

  • Availability & Pricing

Weather Live Free is also Mac-only. Just like the previous pick, it has a freemium plan. You can unlock more features like weather widget, weather on menu bar, temperature on desktop and completely ad-free. It has to be noted that there are no content unlocks.

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#3 Weatherbug — Weather App with Minimal Data

Weatherbug is yet another minimal weather app for Mac. It doesn’t come with a fully-fledged window or a Preferences section, Instead, you can have a quick look on weather data aspects. The icon is available on the Mac menu bar icon.

  • User Interface

Keeping things minimal, Weatherbug shows you the temperature and the weather-condition icon on the top menu bar of your Mac. When you click on the icon, Weatherbug panel gets open, showing more info like local time and weather forecast. There aren’t many customization options.

  • Weather Data

This is where the limitation comes. Weatherbug shows a limited amount of data like current temperature, a graph and live radar. However, when you click on the icon, Weatherbug website opens up, where you can see a lot of information.

  • Data Availability

Weatherbug supports more than 2.6 Million locations, without compromising accuracy of data. It relies on 10000+ weather stations and lightning detection framework. You can add as many locations as possible and it seems to work worldwide.

  • Availability & Pricing

Weatherbug is available for a variety of platforms including iOS, Android, PC, Mac and as Chrome extension. All these tools are free to use and Weatherbug does not have a freemium version. So, you can count on the Weatherbug app for best weather alerts and data across devices.

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#4 Swackett — Mac Weather App for Visual Weather Report

If you need a visual weather report instead of some numbers, Swackett for Mac is a likely option. It is actually a part of a bigger weather network, which launches multiple apps. As far as Mac users are concerned, it gets a visual representation of current weather — also showing whether you’d need a jacket or coat.

  • User Interface & Customization

Swackett app has used a visual-friendly UI. In a simple glance, you can know the current temperature as well as how today will be like. You can expand the other sections to know the weather forecast for days. Swackett does not offer any kind of customization options, though.

  • Weather Data

As far as technical details are involved, Swackett doesn’t show much of data. However, you can know levels of temperature, precipitation levels, sunrise-sunset timings and an hour-based graph of temperature. Just as we said, Swackett also suggest the kind of dress you should wear.

  • Data Availability

Swackett app works worldwide, but it doesn’t let you set up a location. You can find real-time location using ‘Location’ or select the popular ones from list. Also, it shows a single city’s weather details at a time. In the US, many features including radar data are available.

  • Availability & Pricing

Swackett is available for Mac only, but there are some other apps from same developer for iOS. Coming to pricing, Swackett is free to use, but there is a PRO version that costs $5.99 a year. You get Activity Peeps and Dark Mode along with some more data.

Check Out Swackett

#5 RadarScope — Weather App for Enthusiasts and Professionals

If you are looking for best weather radar app, go for RadarScope. It’s definitely a unique weather app for Mac, but not for everyone. You should check this out only if you are a weather enthusiast. As the name says, it’s supposed to give you RADAR details and not just some temperature data.

  • User Interface

RadarScope has been designed in such a way that you have a professional way to look at RADAR data. So, if you are planning to find actual weather data, you should know how to analyze RADAR information. There is a bunch of options for customizations though.

  • Weather Data

As we said, RadarScope does not show you predefined temperature or the precipitation levels. You should have the knowledge and experience to understand what the RADAR data means. This app is for enthusiasts, and enthusiasts only.

  • Data Availability

RadarScope shows professional RADAR data from authorized sources. You can find data from multiple sites across the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam. You are getting level 3 RADAR data from NEXRAD locations across the country.

  • Availability & Pricing

RadarScope is available for Mac, iOS, Android and even Apple TV. You can get high-resolution radar data on a variety of devices. In addition to the free version, RadarScope has two tiers of PRO versions — supporting lightning data and more.

Check Out RadarScope

#6 Carrot Weather — Multi-Platform Weather App for Mac

If you are ready to pay, Carrot Weather is the best overall weather app for Mac. It’s an app that is filled with humor, intelligence and interaction. Carrot Weather doesn’t simply show you the weather — it presents the weather conditions beautifully.

  • User Interface & Customization

Carrot Weather has taken a visual-first approach when it comes to UI. You can get a quick glance of current weather conditions, and Carrot Weather presents the information quite humorously. There is also a minimal window for the Mac menu bar.

  • Weather Data

Carrot Weather brings a huge amount of weather data, but things are meant to be quick here. You can know the current temperature and forecast on daily or hourly basis. You can also access 7-day forecasts from the minimal or full window.

  • Data Availability

Carrot Weather says that the weather data is available worldwide. However, depending on the location, the availability may vary. For instance, advanced options like Dew Point and UV Index may not be available in all cities.

  • Availability & Pricing

Carrot Weather also is the best multi-platform weather app for Mac. It’s available for Android and iOS: you can enjoy the same humorous presentation of weather data on all devices. Carrot Weather for Mac comes with a price-tag of $11.99.

Check Out Carrot Weather

#7 Forecast Bar — Best Overall Weather App For Mac

Forecast Bar is probably the best weather app you can get for Mac. This multi-platform weather app does a great job in showing important weather data without disturbing anything. We’d recommend this app for all common users who need accurate weather information.

  • User Interface & Customization

Forecast Bar doesn’t have a fully-fledged interface. Everything can be managed via the menu bar icon. It has an extensive interface that gives importance to data. Compared to any app in the list, Forecast Bar lets you customize the interface to the minute details.

  • Weather Data

By default, Forecast Bar shows a variety of weather-related information, such as temperature, dew point, wind, pressure etc. You can also get quick forecast information from the menu bar. You can also bring some cool features like Graph Data, Time Machine and Radar Data

  • Data Availability

Forecast Bar works worldwide and tries to bring variety of data to all places. In US cities, you can get as much details as possible. In addition to these, you have some awesome features like minute-by-minute prediction and iCloud Sync.

  • Availability & Pricing

Forecast Bar is the true multi-platform weather app for Mac. It’s available for Mac, iOS and tvOS. You can keep all your devices in sync and even forward alerts and messages. When it comes to Apple TV version, the app lets you know the weather details from home screen as well.

Considering all these awesome features and the simple UI, we believe Forecast Bar is the best choice for almost every Mac user, regardless the location.

Check Out Forecast Bar

Wrapping Up: Weather Apps for Mac

We believe we have brought you some of the finest weather apps for Mac, for all needs. Forecast Bar would be our go-to option. We recommend it for most users. It also offers sync between iOS and tvOS devices you have. However, if you need a humorous way of knowing about weather, Carrot Weather makes sense too. The best part about Carrot Weather is that you can have the same experience on multiple devices. On the other hand, if simplicity is your thing, Weather Live Free and Weatherbug also makes sense. In one way or another, all these apps are better than what Siri has to offer.

About Abhijith N Arjunan

Abhijith N Arjunan is a Freelance Content Writer from Kerala. But when he's not writing about technology, he is interested in Food and pop culture.