While waiting for the next storm and watching harmless CIrrus and Altostratus clouds float by today, I thought it would be good for you to review our weather symbols, weather “hieroglyphs,” if you will. If you are a user of them already, you know that they can make your weather/cloud diary more official looking, add luster to it.
If you have not seen these official symbols before, which are displayed below, it would be good for you to memorize and practice copying them down. Since redundancy and repetition are the greatest tools in memorization, the symbols below are repeated several times; also so that you don’t skip over one.
As a practical hint, these weather symbols also make great design elements in wrought iron gates, doors, and fences for the truly weather-centric person!
A snap quiz next week will feature questions like, “Draw the symbol for a severe sandstorm”, or the one for sleet (frozen rain drops that bounce off the pavement, aka, “ice pellets”), and of course, a real favorite phenomenon here, one often discussed, “Draw the symbol for drizzle.” Remember, a symbol is worth a lot of words!
To make this review that bit more challenging, I have not included a legend that explains what each element below represents but maybe this link does. Good luck!
The stormy weather ahead
Still looking at a number of storms ahead, December 12-20th. Here’s one, hot off the 00Z WRF-GFS model run based on global data from last evening, as rendered by IPS MeteoStar:
The End, symbolically, @