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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.


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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