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July 12, 2011

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

We're on summer haitus this week & re-posting some good content from the past few years of our blog. Here's one that originally appeared in June 2010.

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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" athttp://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!

See also: Ottawa Weather Guide
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