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8 Excellent Free and Open Source GUI Weather Tools

Are you worried about global warming? Or are you looking for weather forecasts at your fingers? Here in London, we’ve seen extremely unusual weather patterns in the past decade.

What’s the difference between climate change and weather. Weather refers to short term atmospheric (minutes to months) changes in the atmosphere. Climate is the weather of a specific region averaged over a long period of time.

Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure, as in high and low pressure. In most places, weather changes from minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour, day-to-day, and season-to-season.

Are you looking to stream your weather data to a personal web site? We highly recommend you combine WeeWX with a small single-board computer, such as one from the very inexpensive Raspberry Pi range. A very cheap but reliable solution.

Many of the software tools retrieve their weather data from the OpenWeatherMap no charge weather API. This lets you access current weather data for any location including over 200,000 cities.

If you love the power of the command-line, you’ll want terminal-based weather tools. You should read our separate roundup.

Here’s our verdict captured in a ratings chart. Only free and open source software is eligible for inclusion.

Ratings chart for best free and open source graphical weather tools

The table below lets you explore each of the tools. Click the links in the table to learn about each tool, with detailed features, screenshots, and more.

GUI Weather Software
WeeWXInteracts with weather stations to produce graphs/reports
OpenWeatherGNOME extension with an always-visible display of the weather
meteo-qtSystem tray application for weather status information
Condensed WeatherKDE Plasma widget
HaloWeather software written in Python
WeatherMonitor the current weather conditions
KweatherConvergent weather application for Plasma
wmweather+National Weather Service METAR bulletins, ANV and MRF forecasts
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Torin Doyle
Torin Doyle
5 years ago

Hi Steve. I love running ‘curl’ in the terminal. You can also use ‘curl’. ?