Get the latest weather updates on your desktop with WeatherMate

Aug 14, 2020
Updated • Aug 20, 2020
Software, Windows software

Planning on going out soon? Why not check the weather before you do?WeatherMate is a freeware tool that displays weather updates on your desktop.

WeatherMate default settings

The program starts with New York as the default location. So, unless you're from NY, the first thing you may want to do is to right-click on its system tray icon and select "Locations".

WeatherMate system tray

Switch to a different US state, or select International, then pick your Country and your City. Click on the add button to add the selected location to the list. You may add multiple locations to Weather Mate. Re-order the list using the arrow buttons in the Locations window, or use the remove option to delete a location from your list. The tray icon will now display the temperature at your added location. Mouse over it for additional information. But that's not the main interface of the program.

WeatherMate location selector

WeatherMate has a desktop window (it's like a widget) that is partially hidden at the top of the screen. Move your mouse over the line that's displayed and it expands to a small window. This pop-up shows you the weather forecast for the location. For e.g. The cloud conditions, wind speeds, etc.

WeatherMate Desktop window

Go back to the tray menu and select Current Conditions > Brief. The program's window will now display the current temperature, weather conditions, wind speed and "feels like" temperature. Switch to the Detailed Current Conditions mode, to view the humidity and pressure levels, dewpoint temperature, visibility range, sunrise and sunset times.

You can get the weather forecast from WeatherMate > Forecast menu. It has 4 options: Daily, Day by Day, Weekly Summary, Weekly Detail. Enable the daily option to see the chances of precipitation for the day in a small panel in the program's desktop window. "Day by Day" displays similar information but has 2 arrow icons that can be used to view the next or previous day's weather reports.

Weekly summary expands the window by adding a large panel with the temperature forecast for the week, and this includes different weather icons. The Show menu has toggles to display Severe Alerts, Radar Images and US Maps. WeatherMate supports multiple radars for US locations, access them from the Show > US Radars menu. It's similar to the locations window, you'll to need to select the radar you want to see and add it to the window.

WeatherMate show severe weather alerts radar images and US radar

Move over the program's desktop window to get more information about the weather. The status bar at the bottom of the window indicates when the program last updated the weather information. Click on the "Update" hyperlink to perform a manual refresh of the weather panel.

WeatherMate Desktop window. manual update

Don't like Imperial Units? Toggle the "Use Metric Units" option from the tray menu to view the temperature in Celsius. Adding more panels to the window makes it difficult to read at the default size. Fortunately, you can increase the size of the window from the Show > Width menu.

WeatherMate has quite a few settings that you can customize. The display section lets you set the language, toggle full location names, 24-hour clock. Adjust the desktop window's position, run the program when Windows starts, switch the autohide behavior from the Settings. The system tray icon's color is also customizable. The program plays an audio notification when a severe weather alert has been issued for a region, where it reads out the alert information. It uses Windows' speech settings as the voice. You can set it to speak the location name, severe weather alerts, current conditions, near term forecast, adjust the speech volume and speed levels.

Use the "speaker" icon at the top of the desktop window to hear the weather report at anytime. WeatherMate is available in a portable version.

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  1. GoodMeasure said on August 14, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks for reviewing weather programs! This looks interesting and I see there have been a couple recent updates to the program. It would be nice generally for weather app reviews to state what data source each app uses (hopefully they use more than one to choose from). The unfortunate Dark Sky changes are stirring up the weather app/source market.

    I see from WeatherMate’s FAQ that it seems to require Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1 framework. Some users care about that. I also am curious about tracking as weather apps/programs/sites/gadgets are notorious for tracking and advertising.

    I have not installed this at the moment. I am currently trying out some weather options, and have been corresponding with developers regarding privacy issues in my very limited free time. I am curious as to what other people are using for weather on desktop, web, and mobile. A round-up of weather programs/sources/sites and what platforms they work on would be interesting.

  2. Emil said on August 14, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Kind of clunky, huge window, no dark theme… I have the 8gadgetpack with updated MyWeather and Radar gadgets those are much more elegant.

  3. Anonymous said on August 14, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    I had difficulty using it. It flashed the forecast in a small pane at the top of the screen, then disappeared. I thought it had crashed, so I tried to rerun it, only to find that it was still running. I couldn’t find it (I didn’t try that hard), so I used Task Manager to stop it. It’s now history.

  4. dmacleo said on August 14, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    been using it for years. uncheck the prevent from being dragged and can place it wherever desired. iirc resize is an issue been a bit since I tried. I just have it auto hidden top center

  5. Ryan said on August 14, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Disliked the fact I couldn’t move or manually resize the window. Also multi monitor support is lacking

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