One of the few things lacking in Media Center has been an easy way to view your local weather without tuning in a news station. Since support for this is still left out in 7MC we have to turn to a plug-in to fill the gap. Heatwave, originally developed by MCExtended on The Green Button, is an elegant solution to the problem providing an easy access and attractive interface for our weather viewing needs.
Setting up Heatwave is also a snap. You can find both the x86 and x64 versions of Heatwave for Windows7 Media Center for download, here(x86) and here(x64). These have had their install files modified to enable support for installation on Windows 7. Once install is complete, Heatwave provides a user interface inside Media Center to setup your locations and other details.
If your weather doesn’t immediately appear in your main menu you can find a link to the plug-in inside the Extras Library. From the main screen you can click settings to edit your preferences including measurement displays, appearances and locations. After saving your settings Heatwave should appear in your main menu unless you opted out of this option. (Note: when saving your settings a warning dialog appears, however settings do save correctly)
That should be all there is to it, you should now have easy access to weather from your Media Center interface thanks to this wonderful little plug-in!