Weather in Emacs

I recently came across this very nice emacs config file which has lots of neat bits and pieces. One fun thing that caught my eye was getting the weather forecast using the wttrin.el package. To install the package use

;; weather from
(use-package wttrin
  :ensure t
  :commands (wttrin)
  (setq wttrin-default-cities '("Cheltenham"

This sets the list of available cities. You can then use M-x wttrin to see the weather. This will prompt for the city and then show a buffer with the forecast. You can use g to change city and q to quit.

Here is a screenshot:


The only problem is that if the Emacs frame is not wide enough and the lines in the wttrin buffer wrap, it becomes unreadable. My solution is to save the window and frame configuration, then resize the frame to be big enough for the wttrin buffer. The previous configuration is then restored when exiting wttrin. These functions take care of that for us:

;;advise wttrin to save frame arrangement
;;requires frame-cmds package
(defun bjm/wttrin-save-frame ()
  "Save frame and window configuration and then expand frame for wttrin."
  ;;save window arrangement to a register
  (window-configuration-to-register :pre-wttrin)
  ;;save frame setup and resize
  (set-frame-width (selected-frame) 130)
  (set-frame-height (selected-frame) 48)
(advice-add 'wttrin :before #'bjm/wttrin-save-frame)

(defun bjm/wttrin-restore-frame ()
  "Restore frame and window configuration saved prior to launching wttrin."
  (jump-to-register :pre-wttrin)
(advice-add 'wttrin-exit :after #'bjm/wttrin-restore-frame)

Update: open wttrin with default city

By default wttrin prompts you to chose the city from your list when it starts. This function starts wttrin with the first city on your list. You can always change this by hitting g.

;; function to open wttrin with first city on list
(defun bjm/wttrin ()
    "Open `wttrin' without prompting, using first city in `wttrin-default-cities'"
    ;; save window arrangement to register 
    (window-configuration-to-register :pre-wttrin)
    ;; save frame setup
    (set-frame-width (selected-frame) 130)
    (set-frame-height (selected-frame) 48)
    ;; call wttrin
    (wttrin-query (car wttrin-default-cities))
  • ianbarton

    Another nice weather library is which can show the forecast in your org-mode agenda.

    Configuration is something like:

    #+begin_src emacs-lisp

    (add-to-list ‘load-path “~/.emacs-lisp/org-weather”)

    (require ‘org-weather)

    ;; Set your location and refresh the data

    (setq org-weather-api-key “YourAPIKey”)

    (setq org-weather-location “Wilkesley,UK”)

    (setq org-weather-format “Weather: %desc, %tmin-%tmax%tu, %p%pu, %h%hu, %s%su”)



  • Jonathan Chu

    Great article, thanks! Where does `(save-frame-config)` come from?

    • It’s part of the frame-cmds package.

      • Jonathan Chu

        I totally overlooked that comment where you said it requires it. :facepalm: Thanks Ben!