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AeroWeather Changes Your System’s Aero Color to Reflect Weather Conditions

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Are you looking for a fun and unique way to monitor the current weather conditions in your area? AeroWeather lets you monitor the current temperature or outside conditions by changing your system’s aero color to match.

Update: Thanks to ETC reader Michel for letting us know that a new version has just been released for this app (download link below).

From the website:

Temperature-based color changes

  • Minimum and Maximum values let you define your own range of colors
  • Maximum temperature (or higher) is always red
  • Minimum temperature (or lower) is always purple
  • Color is calculated based on minimum and maximum values (For example, given a minimum of zero, and a maximum of 100, if the temperature is 50 degrees, the calculated color would be a shade of green)

Condition-based color changes

  • UI is grey if it’s cloudy, blue if it’s sunny, white if it’s snowing, dark grey if it’s raining, etc

Night Mode

  • Dims the Aero colors when the sun sets (retrieves sunset time from weather server). Colors appear dimmer and less vibrant
  • Brightens them when the sun rises the next day

AeroWeather only shows U.S. locations at the moment, so we chose two cities on opposite coasts for our examples. For the temperature example we choose a zip code in the Boston area. Looks like the temperature is in the 50s based on the color…

And for our weather example we chose a zip code in the Los Angeles area…got some cloudiness going on there.

One item of interest that we noticed on our test system is that when you exit the application, the aero color does not switch back to your default. That will need to be done manually…

System Requirements: Windows Vista or 7 with aero enabled and the .NET Framework 3.5 or higher.

Note: The setup.exe file will download the necessary files from the internet to install AeroWeather on your system.

Download AeroWeather (Old Version) [via Lifehacker]

Download AeroWeather (New Version)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 11/17/10

Comments (7)

  1. Michel

    There is a new version that supports outside US locations.

  2. msainani

    @ Michael
    can you please provide us the link


  3. AsianAngel

    @msainani – Here is a link I found for the 2.0 version. ^_^ I looked around his blog but did not see a download link there so I got this one from Softpedia. ^_^

  4. tommy2rs

    Now your pc can be just as annoying as the PS3 XMB. The best ps3 trick I have ever learned was how to get the thrice-damned XMB to stay black.

  5. navjot94

    Doesn’t work for me…do you have to do something special with or transparency or something?

  6. AsianAngel

    @navjot94 – Do you have the aero-transparency enabled on your system (Vista/7)? This will not work without it being active…

  7. Crimson33


    Keep in mind that Aero is only available for Home Premium/Ultimate versions of Vista/7. Check your Win version.

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