What do these weather icons mean?


macrumors 6502a
May 11, 2008
Thats not snow over a cloud. That is snow falling onto the ground and freezing, meaning a wintry mix/freezing rain.


macrumors 6502a
Oct 4, 2010
Bristol, UK
A thread for this..? Really..?

The symbol in the OPs picture is for heavy/settling snow, which is to different from the light snow symbol in tjb1's post.

Also, this is different from the wintry showers/sleet symbol, which shows both snowflakes and raindrops.

Finally, it is not an upside down cloud.

Glad we cleared all that up.

P.S. Please don't put your fingers in electrical sockets either. :cool:


macrumors member
Apr 23, 2010
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Freezing rain or slushy mix of way too much weather variance?


macrumors 68000
Nov 6, 2009
Alexandraa, That looks like sleet.

No icon-based forecast would predict only hail. Hail is a product of intense generally warm-season thunderstorms so if, for some reason, hail was in the forecast you would see a thunderstorm icon.

Sleet is formed in an atmosphere where there is a warm layer well above the layer of sub-freezing surface air. Snow well aloft melts into rain in this warm layer, then re-freeze to sleet or ice pellets. Sleet bounces too, just like in the picture. :)

(Hail is formed by intense updrafts within a thunderstorm which pull raindrops well up to a sub-freezing layer a mile or so above the surface of the earth. The frozen drops fall as the updraft weakens, but are often pulled back up into the sub-freezing level by other updrafts, adding a layer of water/ice each time as the hailstone falling into the rain/cloud and then gets pushed back up over and over again. Sometimes this process (with very intense updrafts) can produce hail the size of a grapefruit or larger.)

And the OP's icon is heavy, accumulating snow...as Frosticus said.


macrumors 6502a
Mar 5, 2009
Croxley, Herts
Maybe there's a way to extract all the icons from the iPhone OS and then we could analyze.
There is a strict order to weather icons and it should be possible to deduce the meaing simply by the order in which they are listed or named.


macrumors newbie
Feb 3, 2012
A lot of people been saying its hail, ive never seen it before its so weird..stupid cold rubbish weather :(


macrumors demi-goddess
Oct 20, 2011
Austin, TX
My weather reading for tomorrow has rain coming out of the sun on it. I will brace myself for fire and brimstone rain accordingly.

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