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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations System 10.4
Tiger only hintI had some problems entering my location in the Weather widget under Tiger. It seems like it does not support non US locations out of the box. At least I was not able to find a way by just entering "City, Country" and other variations.

I checked the javascript source and found a way to make it work:
  1. Go to accuweather.com
  2. Click on World
  3. Select your region
  4. Enter your location
  5. Press Go
Move your mouse over the link matching your location in the search results. Look at the end of the target URL in Safari's status bar, and you'll see a parameter called zipcode. This is what needs to be entered in the weather widget's location field to make it work.

For Zurich in Switzerland this parameter is EU;SW;Zurich;. I entered this "zipcode" in the Weather widget, and it now works as expected. I think it is pretty self explanatory as to how the format works. You can ommit the trailing semicolon if you like.

[robg adds: I can't confirm the problem or the solution -- please post any comments one way or the other...]
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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: kirkmc on May 03, '05 01:22:53PM

I have absolutely no problem getting weather for my location (in the French Alps). I just enter the city, then the country like this:

Embrun, France

Works fine - no hacks necessary.

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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: hariya on May 03, '05 01:39:34PM

It works fine for me. I think the trick is to just type the city name and hit Enter. Below the text box, it will say "Validating ..." and then show a list of cities if there are multiple matches.



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Fantastic! Just press Enter...
Authored by: lullabud on May 03, '05 01:51:35PM

I was disappointed when I couldn't figure out how to get weather from Non-US cities. Duh, hit enter. Awesome. :)

By the way, I couldn't get this to work with the original hint, but I could by just pressing enter.



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: 3mors on May 03, '05 02:33:33PM

yes, i live in padova, italy and all i have to do is to press enter key after typed "padova"

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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: schapht on May 04, '05 03:35:21AM

This "enter" thing worked beautifully for my location as well, Gifu, Japan.
I don't know why they couldn't have just put a "Validate" button on the window. But at least it works.



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: drct on May 03, '05 02:33:24PM

I had the same problem getting the Weather Widget to remember my London UK Location. Then I realised that I had not set my Time Zone in the Date and Time System Preferences Pane.

Now the Weather widget remembers my location every time, even after quitting the widget.



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: zorg on May 03, '05 02:44:53PM

In parts of Canada it doesn't seem to work. For example, in my province I can get both Fredericton and Moncton (New Brunswick), but not Saint John. I've tried all combinations (Saint John, SaintJohn, with NB, with New Brunswick, with Canada, even the postal code E2H 1A1 -- as it shows on Accuweather.com website) but no luck!! :(
Any ideas???

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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: kirkmc on May 03, '05 04:58:00PM

Not every city is available. My town (in France) is not, but a town about 20 km away is. This said, since I live in the mountains, the weather is often different between the two...

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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: zorg on May 03, '05 06:00:29PM

Yet, the main website provides the weather for Saint John. So why can't the widget???

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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: zorg on May 03, '05 06:02:49PM

The main website being accuweather.com

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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: bahn on May 03, '05 07:00:32PM

I live in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and this hack doesn't work either. :(
here's the link, it exists on the site... http://wwwa.accuweather.com/canada-weather-forecast.asp?partner=accuweather&myadc=0&postalcode=K7K%201A1

entering variations of my address, city even the "postal code" the url has fails. I have to settle for Belleville weather.
Belleville?!?! They're smaller than we are! :P
What gives?



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: zorg on May 03, '05 10:15:16PM

I still find it odd that Accuweather.com shows more cities than the Apple Widget!!
Oh well :(
(Hey, I used to live in Ontario, and dated a gal from Trenton -- we referred to Belleville as Ballsville, Ontario :) I wouldn't be happy with weather from there either.

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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: hariya on May 04, '05 07:35:45PM

As I said before, type the city name in the weather widget and HIT ENTER. It will show you the city.

ZORG, Saint John is "St. John" in the weather widget. Try it, it works.

Kingston shows up a long list but I think the one you want is in there.



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: BMarsh on Jul 19, '05 01:59:12AM

another hint here ran across the "fix"

type in the city/town name, then hit tab, it should then show some options
(where hitting enter did not)
for example when I tried Winnipeg and enter, no matches were found
but Winnipeg and Tab gave the option "Winnipeg, Canada(MB)" (and another similar named city)



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: krisjones on May 26, '05 03:12:18AM

I can't get the widget to display the weather for the London that's on the Thames. It comes up as London by default but the report it gives bears no relation to the weather here. It shows sunny at 25 degrees in the middle of the night, and it's now showing London presently at 9 degrees, when the present temperature is 17 degrees. I shall be sticking with WeatherDock, which is much more reliable, although not quite so pretty.



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: Pugwash on May 30, '05 10:10:35AM

[http://wwwa.accuweather.com/help.asp?help=site&page=dashboard]
this is a link to accuweather itself, with a page on how to get weather widget to allow custom weather readings!
Cool!



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: Kool on May 03, '05 03:24:07PM

Remember that some cities have equivalents in other countries, such as Paris or Amsterdam. There are small villages in the US with these names. If the weather reported seems odd, make sure to add you country or state.



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: stcanard on May 03, '05 03:35:38PM

As a Vancouver resident I found that out the hard way!

I was so impressed after installing tiger that it had automatically identified the city and was showing me Vancouver weather.

For 2 days everything was great, then things went wierd; one night it was raining according to the widget but I look outside and it's a beautiful clear night.

Took me about 2 minutes to figure it out ... it was raining in Vancouver Washington, not Vancouver BC...



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: Mr Clicky on May 03, '05 06:37:08PM

Yep, Sydney, Australia = Sydney, New South Wales (not NSW) otherwise you get a Northern hemisphere location I know not where.



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: unforeseen:X11 on May 03, '05 07:02:57PM

Hmmm, I needed the same town (Zurich, Switzerland) to check the weather, and I simply typed "Zurich" into the Field. The Widget gave me a Drop-Down-List with some options, where I found "Zurich, Switzerland", and voilĂ , there I went.

For me, the same worked for other towns like Bern and Chur (both in Switzerland)...



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: jedidavewv on May 03, '05 08:58:49PM

Being a bit of a weather geek (and a would-be refugee to Barcelona, Spain), I like knowing what the weather is there.

This hint didn't work for me. Don't know if the TZ issue is working against me or what.

Difficult to know whether my gripe is with Accuweather (WeatherMenu obtains Barcelona weather just fine, via, I presume, someone not Accuweather) or with this widget.

Ah, well.



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: Moonraker on May 04, '05 07:05:26AM

Works for me here via Dashboard widget.

Barcelona, Spain

currently 21C ;-) Enter that in the window and press return. Then flip to front of widget and wait a few seconds for it to update.

The way I did it was simply entering 'Barcelona' in the window then press 'return' on keyboard and then selecting 'Barcelona, Spain' from the drop down menu. flip to the front and wait for it to update via the net.

good luck



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: mdgr on May 21, '05 09:31:00AM

ahh, it was the pressing of enter that was my problem...

i couldn't get it to work with canberra, australia or canberra, ACT (which works on the website) but by just choosing Canberra then pressing return it worked as it should (however it now shows it as Canberra, New South Wales!?!? hmmm wrong state)



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: XJ0 on May 04, '05 05:34:34AM

I had to use this hint to get the weather for Tokyo...

Thanks



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: octavius on May 04, '05 03:58:26PM

Worked fine for Osaka, wonder why Tokyo didnt work. Maybe because Tokyo sucks.. ;)



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: Moonraker on May 04, '05 07:19:37AM

Another way to do this is to create a new Weather widget (it defaults to your timezone city setting to start in Fahrenheit).

Click the 'i' (info) button to flip the widget.

Enter the city you want (smaller towns may not work).

Then press the 'Tab' key *once*.

It will then automatically start 'Validating...' and bring down a drop down menu of cities available including non US ones.

Choose your city from the drop down menu (if there are a lot of choices you may need to scroll down the drop down menu to see them all)

Select F or C (or else you will get some scary temperatures :-)

Then click 'Done' to flip back to the front and wait for the new city to appear.

If it does not check your internet connection or try again after are launch.

Don't forget it is possible to have a number of Weather widgets open at the same time for different cities around the world etc.

And you can drag one onto your desktop so you can see it all the time (see separate hint for doing this on the site)



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: sigma8 on May 04, '05 01:19:59PM

My default location is Boston, MA (usa)

I tried to add "Munich, Germany" to the clock widget, and it did not work. I then tried adding "Munich", and hit enter.. It then said "validating" and eventually allowed me to select "Munich, Germany" from a pulldown. I selected it, but it did not work.

I then made another clock widget, and typed in "London" for the location. It validated and allowed me to select "London, United Kingdom". This worked great. Perplexed, I tried Munich again in the first widget, but it still did not work!

I then changed the degrees from Farenheit to Celsius, and tried again, and it still did not work, but upon changing it back to Farenheit, it worked. Or at least, I think that was the catalyst. I may have opened a new clock widget and set the location in there.

Whichever the case, international cities _do_ work and I'd venture to say there is some funky bugs at the moment.



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: octavius on May 04, '05 03:57:02PM

i had no problem before, found Osaka Japan just by typing in the city name.



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: ekc on May 11, '05 10:52:16PM

I think this is a bug. I live in Kingston too, and while it might not be a huge metropolis, there are over 120,000 of us, and it doesn't make sense that our neighbours Belleville and Brockville (which have less than that combined) would be listed. It's an oversight. I've sent e-mail to AccuWeather telling them about it, so we'll see what happens...

-Ted



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: Ledrage on May 21, '05 10:04:24AM

The Accu Weather hint didn't work for me in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: snurre on May 29, '05 11:52:07AM

When I first tried the Weather widget it was set to "Stockholm". Naturally, I assumed this was Stockholm, Sweden. But the results from the widget were very wrong quite often, so I really disliked the widget.

Then I noticed that by clicking on it, I could access the AccuWeather website and get lots of information about the weather in Stockholm. But what I also found out from going to that homepage is that it was actually sending me info about the weather in Stockholm, ME. The "ME" part was not showing up on the back of the widget, so most swedish mac users are probably very angry at this stupid weather widget. In stead of the swedish weather, I was getting the weather in North America.

The easiest way to fix this is to simply flip the widget by clicking on the little i in the bottom right corner, place the cursor after the name of your city, and press enter. This will get you a list like this:

Stockholm, ME
Stockholm, NJ
Stockholm, SD
Stockholm, WI
Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm/bromma, Sweden

...and then simply click on the one you want, then click "done" and wait for the widget to update (it takes a few seconds). I recommend everyone to do this. As you can see, there are quite a lot of cities with the same name.



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: roll on May 29, '05 12:18:54PM

My pocation according to the website is EUR;UK;-;SALISBURY;
No cities found!
Whats wrong?



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10.4: Use the Weather widget from non-USA locations
Authored by: Expat.mac on Jun 29, '05 05:29:44AM
Oddly enough, it wouldn't find Kuwait City, Kuwait. When typing in just Kuwait, and then hitting the tab key, it says that no cities were found when it tries to validate. If you type in Kuwait and hit Enter, it will then find Kuwait, Kuwait (not Kuwait City, but it uses only Kuwait.

Even more interesting is that if you use the location finder on AccuWeather.com, and choose Middle East, and then Kuwait, Kuwait City (the capital of the country!) is not even listed as an option.

Thanks AccuWeather!!

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