Weather Integration for Calendar

Recently I had a project scheduled to build a pergola with my father in law. I had the date set on my calendar and my to do list laid out for the job. The morning I got up and went out to begin the job clouds start rolling in and moments later the rain comes.Maybe your thinking “why did I not just check the forecast on my local news.” Well,  I am not much of a tv watcher especially the news. This has happened several times on projects that have been affected by the weather.

 

Part of the problem I face when scheduling projects is weather. When I looked on my phone’s weather app or the local news it only gave me a weekly forecast. I like to plan my projects months out. So the search was on.

 

The first solution I have found is the app busy cal. Busy cal is a powerful calendar app for the mac and they also offer a app. Busycal integrates weather right into the app very simple. To set up the app all you do is put your zip code into the weather tap in preferences. This is great but it only allows you to integrate it for 7 days. Busycal uses accuweather.com to feed the weather info into your cal. If you click on the accuweather logo in the preferences pane in busycal it takes you to their site. Once there you can view the extended weather forecast for the entire month. I am not sure why busycal will not let you integrate the weather for more than 7 days if accuweather is producing weather for the month. One work around when planning projects is to have the accuweather site up while planning your cal for the month.

The second solution is to subscribe to a weather ics file. This will provide info like low and high temps and rain percentages minus the little weather icons. This is a great option if you’re not wanting to get out of ical for your main calendar app.

 

You can easily subscribe to info from Weather Underground and have their daily forecasts appear as all-day events in iCal:

 

  1. Visit wunderground.com and search for the specific forecast for the area you’re interested in.
  2. On the resulting page, click on and download the file linked to the ICAL icon near the top-right of the page.
  3. Open the file, and choose to add its data to an existing calendar or create a new one. As for myself, I created a new calendar that is currently set to refresh weekly.

 

This method only allows 7 day forecast as well. I guess with weather being so unpredictable these solutions do not allow the ical subscriptions to go beyond a weekly forecast.  The methods I found have not corrected the issue with the weather forecast only showing 7 days. The only method that I have found to go beyond the 7 day mark is the accuweather.com website. The accuweather.com site allows you to see a 30 day forecast on their site. Not really sure why they will not give you the option to incorporate this in busycal or subscribe to ics file

 

Maybe you know a workaround for the unsolved solution. If so please comment and share your wealth of knowledge.

 

 

 

 

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Originally posted 2013-08-28 15:38:28.

  • Andrew Henley

    I don’t think that this works anymore. I can’t find the iCal link anywhere on any of the pages.

    • Andrew thanks for stopping by. This was an older post. Unfortunately I dont think busy cal is active anymore. I guess I need to take down the post since it’s not a solution.