WeatherCat
WeatherCat
3.0.4

4.8

WeatherCat free download for Mac

WeatherCat

3.0.4
17 May 2019

Weather station software.

Overview

WeatherCat is weather station software for Mac computers. WeatherCat is designed to work with hardware-based weather stations; as of this time, the following stations are supported:

  • Davis Vantage, Vue, Envoy, Monitor and Wizard stations. WeatherCat also supports the WeatherLinkIP data-logger.
  • La Crosse WS23xx range of stations.
  • Oregon Scientific WMR 88, 928/968 and WMR200 stations.
  • Fine Offset WH1080/2080/3080 stations
  • WeatherHawk stations equipped with an IP server module.
  • Instromet Metplus stations
  • Netatmo stations

As data is gathered and stored in its database, WeatherCat allows you to view weather statistics such as the lowest temperature, or the highest wind speed over any time period stored in the database. In addition, WeatherCat can generate and upload simple Web pages which offer quick 'canned' solution to get your weather data on-line as quickly as possible, as well as template-driven 'custom' Web pages that can contain current conditions, graphs, gauges, statistics, webcam images, and time-lapse movies; these Web pages can be uploaded to your server by WeatherCat for display via a Web browser anywhere in the world. A live list of all possible 'tags' that can be used in your templates is available here.

WeatherCat can also send your weather data to the Weather Underground (Wunderground), the Citizens Weather Observer Program (C.W.O.P.), the Met-Office WOW program, PWSWeather, WeatherBug, OpenWeatherMap and WeatherCloud. In addition is provides close to real time Custom C.G.I. upload to a web-server for your own web-based applications along with the ability to send your data to a MySQL database opening up a world of applications in charting and analysis.

What's new in WeatherCat

Version 3.0.4:
Changes in this release include:
  • Netatmo: Improved server connection failure handling and reconnection. Also improved token expiry handling to avoid latency when token expires.
  • On station comms fail, we no longer show the message to check the USB connections if the station is IP based.
  • Fixed some alignment issues with dock update time in preferences.
  • WeatherLink IP and Vantage station drivers - we now check and correct the station clock at 03:05, previously it was at 00:05 (if option is enabled in Station Hardware Options).
  • Custom web processing has been re-architected to increase the processing speed. The actual speed up seen over V3.0.3 will depend on the computer - a more powerful computer will show more of a speed up than a less powerful one when processing identical templates.
  • Simple web processing speeded up as per custom web.
  • Fixed some threading issues.
  • Changed comms fail message so it doesn't show 'May need to restart computer' if station doesn't use a serial to USB driver.
  • Tidied up the dock update time preferences for alignment.
  • Custom scrolling graphs now have a maximum period of 56 days, previously 28.
  • WeatherLink IP station driver now explicitly logs to WeatherCat's log window when it disconnects hourly to allow the logger to upload historical data (if allowed in the Station Hardware Options). In addition, the hourly disconnect period has been increased to the recommended 1 minute (up from 20 seconds).
  • Latest Italian translation updates courtesy of Federico Paoletti.

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10 WeatherCat Reviews

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Elagache
15 May 2012

Most helpful

WeatherCat is the sports sedan of Mac weather programs. It is slick, very fast and nimble. Still, it is comfortable enough to be used in a wide range of conditions. WeatherCat is the latest creation of developer Stuart Ball who has been working on Mac weather software since 2004. It rests upon the modern Xcode development environment and doesn’t suffer from any legacy Mac code or Windows/UNIX porting inefficiencies. It is easy to set up and run with any weather station it supports. It can import data from a number of other weather station programs if you have been using something else. At the same time, it has advanced features that you will appreciate as your interest grows. It has a robust custom alert system to keep you informed of changing weather that interests you. It has an extensive graphing system to allow you to display the changing weather conditions. If you want to share your data with others via Internet weather websites, it supports uploads to Weather Underground and CWOP. There is a free add-on available to upload to 3 additional web services and web templates that support several more upload services. For the adventurous, WeatherCat allows you to create your own weather website. There is a simple website built-in or you can create your own custom website. It is even possible to have real-time weather displayed using the custom CGI feature. There are a number of website templates using this capability that can be freely downloaded on the WeatherCat forum. For the truly bold, it is even possible to extend WeatherCat using the AppleScript interface. WeatherCat’s “secret weapon” it is enthusiastic user-community that can be found on the WeatherCat forum. There you can find anything from troubleshooting hints to advice on setting up your weather station instruments. Trying to set up a home weather station can be really bewildering. Finding passionate and friendly Mac users comfortable with weather station hardware is reason enough to check WeatherCat out.
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Version 1.0.0
Bull-Winkus
28 September 2014
WeatherCat 2.0 has just been released. I participated in the pre-release Beta testing of this excellent software. There's a lot of improvements under the hood, but the visual improvements are stunning. In addition to the strip charts, which didn't get changed, you now have an oasis of gauge creation ability in the software. Gauges can be scaled to any size on the screen you're comfortable with, can track as many as 4 parameters, or can track a single parameter with pointers for daily high, low and average. Just select 'Custom Gauges - New' from the Tools menu, choose your variable parameter from the pop-up menu choices (for each of 4 possible pointers), and if you like custom set the color of the pointers, scale text, scale and labels. With 5 different gauge bodies to choose from, it's easy to create gages that match a certain criteria. For instance, all of my temperature gauges have a black case; all of my rain gauges have a wooden case; and all of my wind gauges have a gold case. In addition to the new gauges, you can now create up to 5 synthetic channels. An simple example would be if you wanted to create a gauge and/or chart to track the difference between inside and outside temperature. There can be as many as 5 parameters referenced in your formula, which you write using Applescript functions. The simple example above would be written "return param1-param2" where param1 is External Temperature and param2 is Internal Temperature. Nearly all software involves compromise, and for the life of me, I wish I could think of some to document in this review. But, the fact is, WeatherCat was already a great program for weather data management, and now with gauges and synthetic channels, it's excellent! This now is a weather program good enough to warrant changing platforms to get. Have you been thinking about owning a Mac, but your weather station software is holding you back? It's time to step up.
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Version 2.0.0
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Felix01
Felix01
29 September 2014
Great review, Herb!

I noticed one little thing I hope the developer will fix since I'd reported it on V 1 but still wasn't corrected in V 2 .... if users select 24-hour time format, the initial screen (WeatherCat) "Time of Data" incorrectly shows the time between midnight and 1 a.m. Example: If the sampling time is 15 minutes after midnight, the "Time of Data" shows up as 24:15 vice the correct 00:15.

And another thing I'd hoped we'd see was a pre-programmed script for heating and cooling degree days from a selectable base temp. Oh well, there's always V 2.1. :-)
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Felix01
Felix01
29 September 2014
One more thing, forgot to mention that V 2 is half-price for owners of the previous version (limited time offer). You do have to e-mail your previous serial number (registration code) to the developer to qualify. My approval came back within the hour.
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Bull-Winkus
Bull-Winkus
29 September 2014
Thanks Felix! And thanks for adding the talking points. Since I always use 12 hour time format, I haven't run across that.

I did think of one thing that might make the software better. Although, as complex as it is on the number of automated features, this is a pretty minor concern. I wish the gauges were not semi translucent. Displaying the gauges over a desktop image lets some of the image come through, which kills the illusion of real gauges. For that reason, I have to use a desktop image that is uniform throughout, like a single color grey. It's a small complaint, but as you said, "… there's always V 2.1. :-)" Stu is usually very responsive to these little issues.

That reminds me! I need to get my upgrade done. Better go do that now.
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Felix01
26 May 2014
Considering how robust the WeatherCat forum community is, I'm really surprised it's been so long since this superb piece of weather software for the Mac has been reviewed. I guess people don't come to visit when everything works as it should and the software is updated regularly to support the most current Apple OS. Validates the PR folks who always say the complainers skew the stats...you never hear from those who are satisfied. WeatherCat is now up to version 1.2.4 and making good progress toward version 2 (expected late summer/early fall). This literally is a turn key operation, load the software, make the applicable connection with your weather station console or sensors and you're in business with weather graphing, statistics and archives right on your Mac desktop. And want to join the network of Personal Weather Station owners who flow their station data into the national grids (Citizen Weather Observation Program, Weather Underground, WeatherBug, PWS Weather, and others)? WeatherCat is pre-programmed to do it for you...set up an account, enter your UserName and Password and you're live. It's that simple. In fact, for several of the services, an account can be established from right inside the WeatherCat application! Doesn't get any simpler than that. Plus, the software supports Rapid Fire reporting...updating every 2.5 seconds...so it's near-real-time data flow to the national grid. Highly customizable as well for advanced users. One tip for Davis Instruments weather station owners who use the WeatherLinkIP data logger, determining the WeatherLink IP address so WeatherCat recognizes your station is a bit cumbersome. So what you want to do is download the free LanScan app from right here on MacUpdate. Fire LanScan up, click on "Lan your Scan" and it'll instantly display the IP address for the Davis WeatherLink hardware. Drop dead easy! And, of course, WeatherCat users don't need to use the antiquated Davis software when using Davis hardware on Apple computers. To configure the Davis data logger without loading & running the Davis software, merely "Quit" WeatherCat and then type the Davis IP address in your browser search window which will open up the Davis data logger window. That's a one-time step. The reason why WeatherCat has to be shut down while the Davis data logger is configured is because the data logger can't be accessed by two apps at the same time. Highly recommended weather app for Mac users. Supported by a developer who cares about his customers and answers e-mail questions/problems promptly.
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Version 1.2.4
N8NOE
02 April 2013
Just a GREAT application for your Weather Station.
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Version 1.1.5
Randall75
14 December 2012
If you are using a mac and want the best weather software for retrieving your weather data from your weather station to your mac then WEATHERCAT is the one you want, it's continuing development by it's creator Stu Ball will give the most you can get from any weather software out there I been using it from the beginning stages and it has performed like no other on the market I had tried others but they just did not keep up with what you needed, here you can ask for request and if it is up to the needs of others it gets add, this software is being used around the world and all of the ones that use it gives it two thumbs up and more I tell you give it a try its the best
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Version 1.1.0
Jozgta
19 August 2012
For Weather enthusiasts with a Mac, this is by far the best program to view, present and log your weather data. Extremely flexible and reliable, full of features, easy to use. Only one gripe (that will hopefully be resolved in a future release): it is not possible to import my 10 years of data, in my case Davis .WLK format.
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Version 1.0.1
1 answer(s)
Frodo8
Frodo8
30 June 2016
Second that comment. Since Cat can read the Davis logger, for the life of me why can't they write a few lines of code to read the Davis file and move our historical info to Cat. This is a huge oversight. It would be great selling point as well.
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Pbeaudet
01 July 2012
This is a great weather station app. Read Elagache review for more.
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Version 1.0.1
Elagache
15 May 2012
WeatherCat is the sports sedan of Mac weather programs. It is slick, very fast and nimble. Still, it is comfortable enough to be used in a wide range of conditions. WeatherCat is the latest creation of developer Stuart Ball who has been working on Mac weather software since 2004. It rests upon the modern Xcode development environment and doesn’t suffer from any legacy Mac code or Windows/UNIX porting inefficiencies. It is easy to set up and run with any weather station it supports. It can import data from a number of other weather station programs if you have been using something else. At the same time, it has advanced features that you will appreciate as your interest grows. It has a robust custom alert system to keep you informed of changing weather that interests you. It has an extensive graphing system to allow you to display the changing weather conditions. If you want to share your data with others via Internet weather websites, it supports uploads to Weather Underground and CWOP. There is a free add-on available to upload to 3 additional web services and web templates that support several more upload services. For the adventurous, WeatherCat allows you to create your own weather website. There is a simple website built-in or you can create your own custom website. It is even possible to have real-time weather displayed using the custom CGI feature. There are a number of website templates using this capability that can be freely downloaded on the WeatherCat forum. For the truly bold, it is even possible to extend WeatherCat using the AppleScript interface. WeatherCat’s “secret weapon” it is enthusiastic user-community that can be found on the WeatherCat forum. There you can find anything from troubleshooting hints to advice on setting up your weather station instruments. Trying to set up a home weather station can be really bewildering. Finding passionate and friendly Mac users comfortable with weather station hardware is reason enough to check WeatherCat out.
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Version 1.0.0
1 answer(s)
Elagache
Elagache
28 September 2014
WeatherCat has just been updated to version 2.0. This release features two major changes. WeatherCat now has customizable gauges with beautiful aesthetics and many options. Those who might have been reluctant to use WeatherCat because of the lack of "snazzy" gauges now have lost that excuse.

The other major upgrade is the ability to create "synthetic channels." These are snippets of AppleScript that manipulate real data from your weather station to create new data streams. These synthetic data streams can be graphed, displayed, or used just like any other WeatherCat data. Now what WeatherCat can do for you is only limited by your creativity. For example, you can subtract the outside air temperature from the inside air temperature and make for yourself a little alert to tell you when you should open up your windows to cool the house. The synthetic channel feature can be used to compute something much more complicated like the Blaney–Criddle estimate of evapotranspiration.

WeatherCat 1.0 was already outstanding, but WeatherCat 2.0 sets new standards for weather station software.
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Bull-Winkus
14 May 2012
I've been using the beta version of this software for over a month now, and I must say I'm impressed! I have the Davis Vantage Pro II Weather Instruments package, and WeatherCat has done an excellent job of catching and storing the data, while displaying live views of the most eye popping custom charts on any computer today. And price? For what it does, this software is a real bargain! In addition to charting your data, it seamlessly sets you up with weather underground and Citizens Weather Observer Program, then goes a long way toward enabling the management of your own custom weather web pages. There are some missing wish list items, but then this is version 1.0. Expect it to get even better with each new iteration. If you do weather on the Mac, or you want to do weather on the Mac, there is no better choice! http://trixology.com/weathercat/
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Version 1.0.0
embayweather
12 May 2012
Excellent piece of software and so easy to use and setup. uses a wide range of weather stations and functions very well with my Oregon 928. Great support in place through the forum or through macweather.net. A great looking interface which is highly configurable to your own needs. takes very little computer resources too. All in all a bargain at the price, and a must for any serious mac weather enthusiast.
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Version 1.0.0
Pbeaudet
11 May 2012
This is a GREAT weather app to go with your weather station. It works with Davis, Oregon Scientific, and other weather instruments. The developer is great to work with. Check it out!
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Version 1.0.0