Guide to weather symbols
The above is a typical simplified weather symbol from a chart of weather observations. Let’s look at some other symbols which you may come across when looking at weather reports.
Wind speed: the Beaufort Scale.
In addition to showing the speed of the wind, the direction the tail is pointing in gives the wind direction: in all the weather symbols above, the wind direction is north-easterly, ie from the north east.
Cloud cover is measure in Oktas, or how many eighths of the sky is cloudy.
You can find more information about how both manual and automatic weather station observations are recorded on the MetLink website.