A weather symbol is plotted if at the time of observation, there is either precipitation
occurring or a condition causing reduced visibility.

Below is a list of the most common weather symbols:

weather symbols

Wind is plotted in increments of 5 knots (kts), with the outer end of the symbol pointing
toward the direction from which the wind is blowing.
The wind speed is determined by adding up the total of flags, lines, and half-lines, each
of which have the following individual values:

Flag: 50 kts
Line: 10 kts
Half-Line: 5 kts

If there is only a circle depicted over the station with no wind symbol present, the wind is
Below are some sample wind symbols:

examples of wind symbol

Sea-level pressure is plotted in tenths of millibars (mb), with the leading 10 or 9 omitted.
For reference, 1013 mb is equivalent to 29.92 inches of mercury.
Below are some sample conversions between plotted and complete sea-level pressure

410: 1041.0 mb
103: 1010.3 mb
987: 998.7 mb
872: 987.2 mb


The pressure trend has two components, a number and symbol, to indicate how the
sea-level pressure has changed during the past three hours.
The number provides the 3-hour change in tenths of millibars, while the symbol provides
a graphic illustration of how this change occurred.
Below are the meanings of the pressure trend symbols:

example of pressure tendency

The amount that the circle at the center of the station plot is filled in reflects the
approximate amount that the sky is covered with clouds.

Below are the common cloud cover depictions:

example of sky cover