WeatherCat is weather station software for Macintosh computers.
WeatherCat is designed to work with the following hardware-based weather stations:
- Davis Vantage, Vue, Envoy, Monitor and Wizard stations. WeatherCat also supports the WeatherLinkIP data-logger.
- La Crosse WS23xx range of stations.
- Oregon Scientific WMR 928/968 stations.
- Oregon Scientific WMR 200 stations.
- WeatherHawk stations equipped with an IP server module.
- Fine Offset WH1080/2080/1090/3080 stations. These stations are often rebranded under a variety of names, for example Ambient Weather WS-1080 or Watson W-8681 – please see our Wiki page on this station for more information: http://wiki.trixology.com/index.php/Fine_Offset
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 (including missed data whilst off-line and webcam images), the Citizens Weather Observer Program (C.W.O.P.) and provides close to real time Custom C.G.I. upload to a web-server for your own web-based applications.
WeatherCat monitors the weather and can run a set of pre-defined and user programmed alerts that can trigger emails and/or run scripts should an alert trigger; for example to switch on your sprinklers, heating or cooling. In addition WeatherCat can integrate with other systems via its AppleScript interface.
WeatherCat is designed to run 24/7/365 and doesn’t normally require user interaction or maintenance. Important events are notified via email – for example WeatherCat may detect a problem uploading weather data to Wunderground – it will typically be able to resolve the issue, but if it can’t, will send you an email.
Other features include:
- Real time gauges
- Scrollable and synchronised graphs/daily data/satellite imagery with direct access to any date in your database (just enter the date you want to view)
- Comprehensive reports – recent, daily, monthly, annual. Daily and monthly reports are saved as PDF’s to disk, email option available
- Webcam integration via local connection, third party software or remote camera via http
- A banner generator for on-line forums/web pages (see our user banners at top of this page)
- Programmable current conditions rules to suit your particular climate
- Forecasts (if available from your weather station)
- Easy to use daily rain editor
- In-built weather journal (journal can be posted to web-pages)
- Unlimited custom graphs with various drawing/plot styles
- Clients for OS X (supplied in the distribution) and iOS - both work over local network and internet
- Great user generated custom web-templates
- LWC2 compatibility (will import data and settings on first run)
- A custom CGI feature that can send raw weather data to your web-server in real time for further processing/display
- Additional custom web file processing for more dynamic web pages
- Data recording periods down to 1 minute with adaptive sampling
- Localised in German, French and Italian.
- Easy to understand central status view and more!
- Automatic daily backups of your weather data.
- Calibration including anemometer height compensation.
- SDK for creating plug-ins.
WeatherCat’s feature list is extensive – we can’t cover them all here, but please feel free to download and browse the manual for more information (7.8MByte, PDF).
- Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later (Intel only) – older builds for PowerPC are available below.
- Supported weather station hardware
- Optional web-cam
WeatherCat (V1.1.5, 16.3 MB) Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Intel) or later. This is a free update for existing owners.
WeatherCat comes with a 14 day trial period; during this time, all functionality will be available. After 14 days WeatherCat will stop collecting data and will require the purchase of a license to continue operation.
Software Development Kit
If you wish to write plug-ins for WeatherCat, you’ll need the WeatherCat SDK. Documentation and example project included (Xcode 4)
Although no-longer maintained, these older releases are made available should you wish to run WeatherCat on a Mac that isn’t able to run the latest release.
WeatherCat (V1.0.2, 16.2 MB) Mac OS X 10.6 to 10.8 – PowerPC and Intel
WeatherCat (V1.0.2, 15.8 MB) Mac OS X 10.5 only – PowerPC only