Customization: Weather Icons

After you have customized the templates you may decide that its time to give those weather icons a face lift.   The specifications for updating the icons isn't that hard,  you will need graphic software, such as Paint Shop Pro,  to develop new ones.  Also, HAMweather provides custom design services which may be of use as well.

There are two sets of icons for possible customization.  The main set that HAMweather uses are the icons you see when obtaining zone forecasts and hourly observations. There is a second set of weather icons that are used by HAMweather Pro .  These are the small weather icons that HAMweather Pro uses in the dynamically generated national summary and forecast maps.  Since both of these sets have different specifications, instructions for modifying each have been separated into two categories, HAMweather icons and HAMweather Pro icons.

Customization : HAMweather Icons

The standard HAMweather Icons are the easiest to customize for they have the least specifications.  The default graphics that come with HAMweather are 256 color gifs with a width of 55 pixels and a height of 58 pixels. The graphics that you develop can be of any type or size, but you should keep the goal of a small file size in mind to speed downloads.

The are several weather types that you design graphics for. Actually many of the weather types use the same icons.  HAMweather allows you to define different weather icons to use for night forecasts. Again, the night icons can use the same graphics used else where.  The HAMweather web administration allows you to define what icons to use, both day and night for each forecast type.

Below is a table of the default weather types and their corresponding day & night time weather icons. 

Weather Condition Day Time Icon Night Time Icon
variable cloudiness pcloudy.gif (2043 bytes)
pcloudy.gif
pcloudyn.gif (613 bytes)
pcloudyn.gif
variable clouds pcloudy.gif (2043 bytes)
pcloudy.gif
pcloudyn.gif (613 bytes)
pcloudyn.gif
blowing snow blowingsnow.gif (2470 bytes)
blowingsnow.gif
blowingsnow.gif (2470 bytes)
blowingsnow.gif
drifting snow blowingsnow.gif (2470 bytes)
blowingsnow.gif
blowingsnow.gif (2470 bytes)
blowingsnow.gif
rain and snow rainandsnow.gif (2729 bytes)
rainandsnow.gif
rainandsnow.gif (2729 bytes)
rainandsnow.gif
snow and rain rainandsnow.gif (2729 bytes)
rainandsnow.gif
rainandsnow.gif (2729 bytes)
rainandsnow.gif
rain shower showers.gif (1911 bytes)
showers.gif
showers.gif (1911 bytes)
showers.gif
snow shower snowshowers.gif (2589 bytes)
snowshowers.gif
snowshowers.gif (2589 bytes)
snowshowers.gif
shower showers.gif (1911 bytes)
showers.gif
showers.gif (1911 bytes)
showers.gif
freezing rain freezingrain.gif (2640 bytes)
freezingrain.gif
freezingrain.gif (2640 bytes)
freezingrain.gif
drizzle drizzle.gif (1718 bytes)
drizzle.gif
drizzle.gif (1718 bytes)
drizzle.gif
mist drizzle.gif (1718 bytes)
drizzle.gif
drizzle.gif (1718 bytes)
drizzle.gif
fog fog.gif (1933 bytes)
fog.gif
fog.gif (1933 bytes)
fog.gif
smoke smoke.gif (1999 bytes)
smoke.gif
smoke.gif (1999 bytes)
smoke.gif
thunderstorm tstorm.gif (2169 bytes)
tstorm.gif
tstormn.gif (1714 bytes)
tstormn.gif
flurries flurries.gif (2092 bytes)
flurries.gif
flurries.gif (2092 bytes)
flurries.gif
fair fair.gif (1764 bytes)
fair.gif
fair.gif (1764 bytes)
fair.gif
snow snow.gif (2349 bytes)
snow.gif
snow.gif (2349 bytes)
snow.gif
rain rain.gif (1684 bytes)
rain.gif
rain.gif (1684 bytes)
rain.gif
mostly sunny sunny.gif (1919 bytes)
sunny.gif
sunnyn.gif (557 bytes)
sunnyn.gif
partly sunny pcloudy.gif (2043 bytes)
pcloudy.gif
pcloudyn.gif (613 bytes)
pcloudyn.gif
sunny sunny.gif (1919 bytes)
sunny.gif
sunnyn.gif (557 bytes)
sunnyn.gif
increasing clouds mcloudy.gif (2062 bytes)
mcloudy.gif
mcloudyn.gif (565 bytes)
mcloudyn.gif
increasing cloudiness mcloudy.gif (2062 bytes)
mcloudy.gif
mcloudyn.gif (565 bytes)
mcloudyn.gif
mostly cloudy mcloudy.gif (2062 bytes)
mcloudy.gif
mcloudyn.gif (565 bytes)
mcloudyn.gif
partly cloudy pcloudy.gif (2043 bytes)
pcloudy.gif
pcloudyn.gif (613 bytes)
pcloudyn.gif
cloudy cloudy.gif (1804 bytes)
cloudy.gif
cloudy.gif (1804 bytes)
cloudy.gif
windy wind.gif (2029 bytes)
wind.gif
wind.gif (2029 bytes)
wind.gif
sleet sleet.gif (2507 bytes)
sleet.gif
sleet.gif (2507 bytes)
sleet.gif
partial clearing mcloudy.gif (2062 bytes)
mcloudy.gif
mcloudyn.gif (565 bytes)
mcloudyn.gif
clearing fair.gif (1764 bytes)
fair.gif
fair.gif (1764 bytes)
fair.gif
clear fair.gif (1764 bytes)
fair.gif
fair.gif (1764 bytes)
fair.gif

 

Customization : HAMweather Pro Icons

The next set of icons are the the HAMweather Pro weather icons. These images are the ones used on the National Forecast and  Summary maps.  When you customize these there are a few specifications that you must follow:

HAMweather Pro Icon Restrictions

  • The images have to be 32 x 32 (height and width both = 32)
  • On the Color Palette, pos 15 must be white (r-FF g-FF b-FF)
  • The parts of the icon that are to be transparent should use the white that is set in the palette position 15

Following is a table of the HAMweather Pro Icons.  You will notice that this list is a bit smaller than the standard icons and also currently only one set of icons are supported.   That means day and night use the same icons.  The feature of night icons may be added in the future for the National Summary, so you may want to go ahead and create some night icons. Also you can set the icons to corresponding  weather conditions using the HAMweather web administration.

Weather Condition Weather Icon
sunny sunny.gif (417 bytes)
sunny.gif
showers rain.gif (254 bytes)
rain.gif
partly cloudy pcloudy.gif (380 bytes)
pcloudy.gif
mostly cloudy mcloudy.gif (352 bytes)
mcloudy.gif
fair pcloudy.gif (380 bytes)
pcloudy.gif
clear sunny.gif (417 bytes)
sunny.gif
rain rain.gif (254 bytes)
rain.gif
snow snow.gif (298 bytes)
snow.gif
cloudy cloudy.gif (176 bytes)
cloudy.gif
misty rain.gif (254 bytes)
rain.gif
windy wind.gif (187 bytes)
wind.gif
Thunderstorms tstorm.gif (274 bytes)
tstorm.gif
Snow Shower snowshowers.gif (299 bytes)
snowshowers.gif
Rain and snow rainsnow.gif (330 bytes)
rainsnow.gif
haze pcloudy.gif (380 bytes)
pcloudy.gif

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