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June 01, 2010

From sun to tornado, and everything in between: Environment Canada's weather icons

Yesterday morning, Ottawa was smothered in smoke from forest fires in Quebec. Environment Canada's web site listed Ottawa's weather condition as "Smoke", illustrated by a small fire & smoke icon. A few people noted on Twitter that it was the first time they'd ever seen that icon as part of Ottawa's weather report.

So I was wondering -- what other unusual weather condition icons does Environment Canada have ready to go. It took a bit of sleuthing, but here's the chart. 45 icons in total, raining from sunny to tornado.

How I found them:
  • First I found the source image for "Smoke" at http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/weathericons/44.gif
  • You can't list the entire contents of the /weathericons/ directory, but by inputting numbers you can find them -- from 00.gif all the way up to 45.gif. (29.gif is missing.) There could be more but that's all I could find!
  • I can't tell the difference between 20, 21, 22 & 24 - they all look pretty cloudy to me!
Related: Ottawa Weather Guide

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