Don't worry, I've got my weather applet, in gnome 2
Had to re-install LMDE all over because there were issues compiling gnome 3 from source. Oh well, gnome 2 works great too, in conjunction with kernel 3 it runs just as fast as gnome 3 and with fewer bugs
Thank you for looking into this, zerozero.
BTW. I could install some other distribution but I keep coming back to LMDE because it really is an awesome Debian derivative.