Origin and MeaningWhere did the hurricane symbol come from and what does it mean? And how is it used by weather forecasters. Find out all of this and more.
The symbol that represents a hurricane has been used for many years and is one of the most recognizable symbols for weather. Not only can weather forecasters easily recognize it, but even people who don't follow the weather closely know it by what they see on local news broadcasts. Usually, the symbol is a bright red or orange and kind of looks like a "6" and "9" put together in order to form a shape that loosely resembles the structure of a hurricane. Other colors may be used by some people, but it is very rare. Other symbols like a small satellite image of a hurricane may be used as well.
One of the most common looks of the hurricane symbol
Where can you see the Hurricane Storm Symbol?
You will commonly find the symbol on weather sites when a hurricane is approaching and a lot of coverage is being focused on the storm. The other symbol you will find that is used is the tropical storm symbol which is basically just the same except it has a whole in the middle in order to tell the difference between it and a hurricane. You will also probably find the hurricane and tropical storm symbols used on your local news broadcast.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to find out the origin of the symbol, who created it, or when it first started being used. I will continue to research about it and make an update to this page if I find the info. The origin of the hurricane flag may interest you as well.
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