It's one of the smaller issues, but it's annoying: You're using the MATE or Gnome 2.x Desktop, configured a location in the clock preferences to get the weather icon showing next to your clock, but it just doesn't work. Instead all you can make out is a small space, like on the picture to the right (click to zoom in). Maybe you don't even knew that you can configure a weather icon to show next to your clock? That's OK, this article is as well a how to as a fix for an issue
Getting a weather icon next to your clock
1. If you're using MATE: right-click on your clock and choose preferences. On Gnome 2.x you have to hold the ALT key on your keyboard while clicking.
2. Click on the "Locations" tab and then click on "Add"
3. In the location bar type in the city you want to have the weather displayed for and click OK to save your selection. The bar uses auto-completion to help you with the issue, that you can't choose from all cities, even not all bigger ones that should be choseable. If the city you type in isn't auto-completed than it isn't included and you have to choose another one. The logic behind which one you can choose and which not might seem a bit odd. The explanation though is pretty simple: the data comes from weather stations located at airports and not from ones in city centers. So if you life in a city without an airport and have a much smaller neighboring city that has one, this city can be chosen but yours not. Knowing this should speed up choosing the location a bit.
4. Click on the "Weather" tab and choose the units you want the temperature and other data displayed in. Close the window.
5. Done! You should now see a icon showing your local weather next to your clock, if not read on.
Still no weather icon?
1. Open the list of locations underneath the calendar
Click on your clock to show the calendar. If you look closely on the picture above, you will see a little box with a plus left to the word Locations, by clicking it you open up a list of locations and an day/night map. Though clicking it might be a bit tricky: hover the mouse cursor over the area around the plus and the word Locations till you see the background color changing a little bit, then click.
2. Setting a standard, home location
Take a look at the second picture on the right. On the very button you see a little house icon next to the only city configured. That might be missing on your desktop and is anyhow critical for displaying the weather, since only weather for the home location will be displayed. To set it:
- hover with your mouse right of the city you configure till you see a little button that says "set".
- click it, if necessary enter your user password (with admin rights)
- done! the weather icon should be displayed now.