Fun with the Mac OS X weather widget

Software

While rearranging my Dashboard widgets on my MacBook Pro this morning, I accidently stumbled upon a feature in the Weather widget which upon later investigation has already been well documented. At least I felt like an electronic archaeologist for a few minutes!

Regular Dashboard widget showing weather in Mawson Lakes, South Australia
Regular Dashboard widget showing weather in Mawson Lakes, South Australia

If you haven't tried this out already though, give it a shot:

  1. Fire up your Dashboard, usually with the F12 key
  2. Drag a new Weather widget from the widget bar onto the Dashboard
  3. Hold down the Command/Apple and Alt/Option keys

You now have a widget with the weather set to "Nowhere", and by clicking the picture in the top centre you can change the weather conditions. It was cold and raining before in Rubenerd Nowhere, now it's snowing!

Altered Dashboard widget showing rain in Nowhere

Altered Dashboard widget showing snow in Nowhere

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