Forecast Bar
Forecast Bar
5.4

4.3

Forecast Bar free download for Mac

Forecast Bar

5.4
01 October 2019

Accurate, local live weather and forecasts.

Overview

Forecast Bar, powered by Forecast.io, offers hyper-accurate, hyper-local live weather and forecasts right in your menu bar. With beautiful background images matching current weather conditions and time of day, along with a simple and clean interface, you will find yourself checking the weather non-stop!

  • Tapping on Forecast Bar opens up a panel full of relevant weather information, including:
    • Current conditions, with current, feels like, high, and low temperatures, as well as relative humidity
    • A succinct description of the weather for the next hour, and next 24 hours
    • Rich, animated charts showing temperature and rain forecasts
    • When rain is detected in the next hour, an animated chart showing rain intensity
    • 5 day forecast, with high and low temperatures and weather conditions
    • Stunning animated icons for each weather condition
    • Full description of all local NWS severe weather alerts (U.S. only), including Notification Center support
  • Tapping again on the forecast displays a rich, animated panel with additional information, including:
    • Current wind conditions with an animated compass
    • Dew point and humidity readings, with a "mugginess" animated gauge
    • Pressure indicator with trend information
    • Sunrise and sunset times for the day
    • Visibility reading
  • Other features:
    • You can also tap on any day's forecast to see a full 24 hour temperature and precipitation chart.
    • Forecast Bar offers full support for light and dark menu bar modes, and carefully conserves your computer's power.
    • Forecast Bar automatically uses your location, or allows you to type in any location to get weather reports.

What's new in Forecast Bar

Version 5.4:

Note: While the software is classified as free, it offers in-App Purchases.

  • Improved support for Dark Mode

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18 Forecast Bar Reviews

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Dana-Sutton
04 April 2016

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There are a lot of great weather programs out there, including, no doubt, this one. The problem is that almost all of them come pre-linked to a given weather service, and when it comes to accuracy these services are all over the place. If you don't like the one for the area where you live, there's nothing you can do about it. The only service I halfway trust is Dark Sky, and unfortunately that's an iOS-only app. On a Mac, your only safe recourse seems to be to go to the Weather Undergound site, dig around for a reporting station in your immediate area, go to its special web page and bookmark it.
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Version 2.5.3
OhEssex
25 January 2019
Forecast Bar is available for your Mac, your iPad/iPhone and your Apple Watch - that's three separate purchases. I certainly don't begrudge the developers this - each app has it's own development path. What does irk me though is that each app could *easily* use the same data format for weather updates and iCloud could be used to keep all of your various devices in sync that have the app installed, but they charge a separate subscription for weather updates for each separate app. That's just being greedy.,
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Version 5.2.3
Jimw
23 January 2019
This App scares me. First of all it is a paid subscription app but nowhere on their website could I find any pricing and had to dig to find out it was subscription based. Some pricing is present on the App store but the subscription ($4) does not indicate the subscription term (month, year). It does show a short term subscription of $.50 for one month but no indication if that can be renewed. This is a multiple device App but you must purchase a separate subscription for each device. There is no information about the company anywhere or where it is located. The only information provided is a single email address. Based on its URL it does seem to be a non-US company. My research also indicates it is also focused on games as 'games' is in the parent companies title. Clicking on a link for the Mac version of the App on the parent companies website took me to a website of an on-line avant garde magazine that supports the app features for which a subscription cost $50/year. Nowhere in my research did I find any information about the companies behind the App or magazine or where they are located. Additionally they collect data regarding the use of the App and the only way to opt out is to not use the App. Given a lack of full open disclosure of pricing contact info other than an email address, or the company behind it there is no way I will consider using this App. Despite its slick presentation my security, privacy, coupled with vague cost is not worth the risk for me.
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Version 5.2.2
dvh
13 December 2018
The issue with CPU usage was fixed in an update months ago (7/18?) and on my iMac runs 0.1-0.2% at idle. The developer has indicated that they have to pay for weather data from Dark Sky and The Weather Company and their subscription helps cover these costs. For something I use / look at many times a day $8 - $12 / year is reasonable. This is a very full-featured app.
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Version 5.0.2
OhEssex
10 June 2018
My laptop fans were running at a slowish speed so I opened up the Activity Monitor to find the culprit - been keeping my eye on it for over 15 minutes and Forecast Bar has been over 10% CPU for that entire time - something's not quite right and it needs fixing...
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Version 4.0
Wts
05 June 2018
If you are running Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.5 or 10.13.4 you don't need Forecast Bar. I have Forecast Bar installed on a iMac not running High Sierra and it's great to know what the weather is when i'm working away in my basement suite.
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Version 4.0
2 answer(s)
kliere
kliere
07 June 2018
Why is this: "If you are running Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.5 or 10.13.4 you don't need Forecast Bar"?
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Wts
Wts
07 June 2018
kliere
Jun 07, 2018
+0

Why is this: "If you are running Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.5 or 10.13.4 you don't need Forecast Bar"?

because in High Sierra a weather forecast is built. Plus you can set it to forecast other locations.
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476429
03 June 2018
Requires a subscription to perform automatic weather updates.
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Version 4.0
Tlance
28 April 2017
I have tried so many weather apps over the years, even paying for more than a few. I always returned to WeatherMan. But I was never satisfied with it. I find a decent, if not excellent radar function to be essential. More, it does not give my second most desired feature - hourly forecasts. I found myself merely using the menubar function and relying on web-based weather (e.g. WeatherUnderground, local news affiliate weather, etc.). But I continued to want I it all in one app! The above is a roundabout way of saying Forecast Bar is easily the best Mac weather app at the moment. I had tried it a few times but there was always something about it, especially the active map and the high CPU/RAM hit. The map is most excellent now. The hit on resources is as little as any other weather app that does anything substantial. My standby, Weatherman, does use much less. But while it does more than so many it still doesn't match up to Forecast Bar. I've now bought it for my iPad and iPhone. Also, easily the most customizable!
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Version 2.9.1
elsid
24 September 2016
I used to use this a lot, but in the last few months it began predicting rain every single day, including the bright sunny ones! Also, it seemed to really slow down restarting my Mac. I don't know of any way to solve these problems so I stopped using the app.
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Version 2.7
Dana-Sutton
04 April 2016
There are a lot of great weather programs out there, including, no doubt, this one. The problem is that almost all of them come pre-linked to a given weather service, and when it comes to accuracy these services are all over the place. If you don't like the one for the area where you live, there's nothing you can do about it. The only service I halfway trust is Dark Sky, and unfortunately that's an iOS-only app. On a Mac, your only safe recourse seems to be to go to the Weather Undergound site, dig around for a reporting station in your immediate area, go to its special web page and bookmark it.
Like (2)
Version 2.5.3
1 answer(s)
OneAfter909
OneAfter909
28 June 2016
Forecast Bar is powered by Forecast.io, the same weather service Dark Sky uses.
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Dan-D
24 February 2016
The radar map is broken indeed – but apparently just for people located outside the USA (just like the weather alerts).
Aeris Weather seems to be an US-only service! (forecast.io worked great in Europe)

Very irritating and misleading, in particular as the official website says "See *global* animated radar maps alongside the detailed forecast with just a single tap."
I'm thinking about asking for a refund if this bug/missing feature doesn't get fixed w/ the next update!

Furthermore, offering only social media based support sucks!
I tried to contact the company via their support-email too, multiple times, a few weeks ago, but have not received any reply yet.
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Version 2.2
1 answer(s)
Dan-D
Dan-D
25 February 2016
UPDATE:

I finally received a reply via email today, the developers are working on a solution for international customers.

Will update my rating as soon as they find/implement a working solution.
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