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weather indicator applet

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat will remove the current clock applet and replace it with a very simplified applet which you probably already have if you installed Unity in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid. If not, this is how it looks:

clock applet ubuntu maverick

As you can see, it's just a simple clock, with no weather conditions.

But a new Weather Applet was released on Launchpad (pictured in the beginning of the post) which comes with indicator applet support, lots of configurable options and notifications - which you can set to give you severe weather alerts or just weather conditions change:

weather indicator settings

Weather Indicator Applet also comes with an extended weather forecast:

weather indicator applet extended forecast

Being still experimental, there are bugs: even though I've set the temperature unit to Celsius, it displays the extended forecast in Fahrenheit. Also, the panel applet doesn't seem to change (it shows a sun while it's 12:07 AM here).

To install the Weather Indicator Applet in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx or Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:weather-indicator-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-weather
Update July 11, 2010: I've updated the last command since 'weather-indicator' became 'indicator-weather'.

After installing, go to Applications > Accessories > Weather Indicator Applet and when prompted, simply enter your location like so:

weather indicator applet location set

Update January 16, 2011: I've replace the old PPA (which no longer exists) with a new PPA that provides new versions of Weather Indicator!