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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Weather in iCal!

This is a great tip submitted by Tom: Weather in iCal! Getting the weather predictions right in your calendar can be useful especially if you are synching your calendars with your iPod, Palm, Cell Phone or any other portable device. There is a good weather website, http://www.wunderground.com/, that brings you the weather predictions right in your calendar. First, you have to find your location and click on the button that says "iCal". It will download the calendar and you can add it to iCal by loading the downloaded file. From what I can see, it is not working with a RSS feed. That is unfortunate, because it means you will have to redownload the weather for the week ahead every week. I think it is still worth it if you want to get that weather on a portable device. Thanks Tom for the great tip!

19 Comments:

Blogger Jack Squat said...

very cool weather site and great iCal addition.Thanks for keeping us posted.

May 15, 2007 at 1:57 AM  
Blogger liagiba said...

That's pretty awesome! I always have to open up dashboard to check the weather! I don't even mind going back and adding it each week! Awesome! Thanks!

May 15, 2007 at 2:17 AM  
Blogger Leif said...

I didn't have the possiblity to test it yet, but it works on my google calendar.

Just copy the ical URL and remove the "?units=both" at the end.

This way you can import is at public calendar (at least in google calendar).

Unfortunately, this way degrees are only displayed in Fahrenheit, which makes it useless for me, as I am from germany.

There is also a tutorial on this site:

http://lifehacker.com/software/google-calendar/add-weather-to-gcal-177700.php

May 15, 2007 at 3:04 AM  
Blogger Bracken said...

Google Calendar has weather integration (Settings > General > enter zip code then choose F or C).

Has anyone tried syncing this with iCal?

May 15, 2007 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I also use freeware WeatherSnitch, which displays current conditions for any number of cities I select via a drop-down menu in the menu bar.

Kind'a, sort'a redundant--but not really...

May 15, 2007 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Ylan said...

Instead of clicking on the iCal icon, I copied the link and the in iCal I subscribed to a new calendar with that link. It appears that this way iCal knows that its not a downloaded calendar, but a subscribed one and seems to refresh on command (and presumably on schedule too, but I need to wait a while to see that).

YMMV.

May 15, 2007 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Lu said...

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May 15, 2007 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Lu said...

units options

?units=both : C & F
?units=metric : C only
?units=english : F only

May 15, 2007 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger liagiba said...

Ylan,
Do you think with subscribing to the calendar the way you do, it will update it every week? I don't mind going back and updating it myself, but it would be neat if it did it on it's own.

May 15, 2007 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Lu said...

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May 15, 2007 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Lu said...

liagiba //

you can choose refreshing every week(or every 30 minutes, day, etc.)

May 15, 2007 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Ylan said...

liagiba:

I think it will update every day, but I won't be sure until next week :) I set mine to update daily.

May 15, 2007 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

This iCal calendar would be a whole lot more useful as a subscription calendar. As it is, I am going to have to download it every week. It should do it's magic automatically like a blog.

May 15, 2007 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger David said...

Well I added a new calendar in Ical. Found my location on their website ... right click (ctrl+click of course) on the iCal file link, copied link location, and subscribed to this link in iCal. I set the refresh to every day ... automatically the new calendar was loaded. This absolutely SHOULD work just fine.

May 17, 2007 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger TOM said...

David, you have solved the riddle! I sent the idea to a new mac tip, but it didn't update automatically. Your input has provided the answer. I have weather in 6 different cities that I visit regularly, but keep them all unchecked except my home weather. All I need do is to check one and it downloads the weather in that city for me. Handy having the weather right there in ical. Also, click on the day and the information pane gives complete details for the day and an active link to your city's complete weather page.
Thanks David, your help has made this much more useful!

May 18, 2007 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Thanks for finding how to get it through a RSS. It makes a lot more sense that way! I'll post about it tomorrow.

MacGeek

May 18, 2007 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Denis said...

Where is the "iCal" button on the weather website?

May 21, 2007 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Ellie said...

Do you have to pay money for it?

May 21, 2007 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger Aapo said...

I stumbled upon this discussion when I was looking for weather data in my calendar. There seems to be a much easier way to do this. Take a look at

http://www.webcal.fi/xx_en/webcals.php#science

They have a 15-day forecast calendar for any location on earth, and a bunch of other stuff

May 17, 2011 at 7:10 PM  

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