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Stormcloud Weather Extension Comes to Chrome

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Do I need an umbrella tomorrow? Sun-screen? A snow sled?!

To answer those questions you could look out the window, guess, or open up weather.com in your browser.

Alternatively you could install one of the many weather forecast extensions available for Google Chrome, and keep up to speed on the weather forecasts for your area and beyond.

The newest of these meteorological marvels is Stormcloud. Released a few days ago, it’s both beautiful and informative, And we’re going to take a look at it right now…

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Stormcloud for Chrome Explained

Stormcloud for Chrome Explained

So what does Stormcloud do?

First and foremost (since it’s the bit on show at all times) Stormcloud’s toolbar item will show the current (or average, should you wish) temperature.

For more detailed weather stats, including a four-day forecast, one only needs click on the toolbar item to open a vertical pop-up pane.

No more being shunted to a new tab, or having to enter post/zip codes – just click, see, close.

Simple.

And simple really is a perfect way to describe this extension. Simple and well executed. It shows you what you need to see – the weather – and little else.

At its core the app provides:

  • Four day forecast
  • Current conditions, including wind speed and pressure
  • Current/average temperature on toolbar

But simple doesn’t have to mean bland, as Stormcloud proves by making strong use of colour.

The background colour can be configured to suit your tastes or, rather neatly, can automatically base itself on the temperature/weather of the location being displaying. Cold climes? Expect to see some chilly blue hues. More balmy weather? It will warm up with orange and red colours.

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Other options include:

  • Configurable appearance – set background colour, font
  • Multiple location support
  • Choose meteorological units (°F, °C, Mph, K/ph, etc)

Success

The app has proved a big success on the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, where it has been the biggest selling app in the Ubuntu Software Center for several months running.

That’s no mean feat. A quick scan of existing items on the Chrome Web Store shows just how droll weather apps can be.

Pro Version

Although Stormcloud for Chrome is free to install, you can unlock additional features by purchasing a ‘Pro’ code for $1.99.

Cheaper than a cup of coffee in many places, going Pro supports the developer as well as giving you some additional customisation options to play with.

Download

Stormcloud for Chrome is a free download, and works where Chrome does (excluding mobile).

Stormcloud on Chrome Web Store

  • TSRHG

    I can’t get it to change to my location. Uninstalled it. Damn Shame.

    • Paul Tap

      Did you click on the “check mark” on the right side, after adding your location. After that I could delete the other location. Pretty unclear, but that solved it for me.

      • RTM

        the check mark on right isn’t working.

  • http://twitter.com/tatersandeggs Mark Gonzales

    I got it working, go to http://weather.yahoo.com > type in your location in the field midway-right (don’t use zipcode) >

  • http://twitter.com/tatersandeggs Mark Gonzales

    copy the weather location code from the address bar > paste in stormcloud > enter/refresh > works pretty well after that.

  • Michael Tanner

    Why the price difference?

    • http://omgubuntu.co.uk/ Joey-Elijah Sneddon

      $2.99 is the minimum price allowed by Canonical on the Ubuntu Software Center. You can’t sell below this.

      • madjr

        hmm that will probably change when they ship uphone.

      • Michael Tanner

        That’s stupid. Why a minimum price??

        • ikt123

          Because merchants charge a fee, and so the minimum fee is the minimum canonical can set it to in order to cover the fee and make a profit and give the app creator a little bit to.

  • Robert Adonias Costa Gomes

    yay! I was missing stormcloud articles on the OMG!land…

    just kidding… installing it right away!

  • atlantadoug

    Paid for it.. Doesn’t work. Fail