I just mentioned asciiquarium yesterday, and I suppose it’s only fair to mention another fun text-based tool from the same author: weatherspect.
weatherspect has an obvious heritage with asciiquarium, but unlike its brethren, weatherspect is a little more customizable.
Which you might expect, considering it is, in fact, a kind of weather monitor.
Set up weatherspect with a
-c flag on the first run, and it will use your location information to give a (reasonably) accurate portrayal of your current weather.
As you can see, there’s a constant display for actual information, plus a few silly things to keep you entertained while you are educated on local weather.
There are also seasonal effects, if I understand correctly; I’m not sure why I frequently get Christmas flair, but I won’t complain.
Like asciiquarium, this is well done, amusing and at the same time, functional. Accurate yes, all the way down to dancing turtles. 😛