Synoptic chart symbols

A synoptic chart is any map that summarises atmospheric conditions over a wide area at a given time. It displays information on temperature, precipitation, wind speed and direction, atmospheric pressure and cloud coverage, all observed from many different weather stations, aeroplanes, balloons and satellites.

Synoptic symbols used on weather charts

Synoptic weather symbols

Combining synoptic chart symbols

Three examples of different synoptic symbols