Weather and
Climate Philately

Below is an index to checklists of postal and numismatic items in various Weather and Climate categories. Each page features postal items such as stamps, souvenir sheets, postal stationery, postmarks, cancels, meters, and also cinderellas and cachets from covers when appropriate, as well as numismatic items (banknotes and coins). We include all known items, even those considered illegitimate by catalogues or postal authorities, with the idea that users will decide what items are acceptable for their own collections.

Our goal is to build an online catalogue for Meteo-Philately that is as complete as possible and is freely available to everyone. Readers who know of additional information or images, or who have suggestions for improvements, are invited to contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Sections/divisions of the table below
International Weather Programs and Organizations
International Weather-Related Programs
National Weather Services, Centers, and Observatories
Weather Instruments and Atmospheric Measurements
Storms and Other Weather Phenomena
Other Weather-Related Categories
Atmospheric Optical Phenomena
Meteorologists, Climatologists, Atmospheric Scientists, and other Contributors to Meteorology and Climatology
Space Weather and Planetary Weather

International Weather Programs and Organizations
WMO logoWorld Meteorological Day (WMD)
(annually: 23 March)
IMO-WMO centenary logoInternational Meteorological Centenary
(100th anniv. IMO-WMO: 1873 — 1973)
50th WMO logo50th Anniversary of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
(1950 — 2000)
WMO logoWorld Meteorological Organization (WMO)
(does not include IMO/WMO-specific
(WMD, IMO-WMO Centenary, WWW, GAW, and 50th Anniversary WMO)
items in the links directly above.)
WWW logoWorld Weather Watch (WWW) (1963 →) and
Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) (1989 →)
GARP logoGATE logoGlobal Atmospheric Research Program (GARP) (1960s →),
GARP Atlantic Tropical Experiment (GATE) (1974), and
Global Weather Experiment (GWE) (1978 — 1979)
(also World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) (1990 — 1998))
International Weather-Related Programs
IPY logoIPY logoInternational Polar Year (IPY)
(1st: 1882 — 1883; 2nd: 1932 — 1933;
3rd: 1957 — 1958 [IGY]; 4th: 2007 — 2008)
IGY logoInternational Geophysical Year (IGY)
(1957 — 1958)
IQSY logoInternational Quiet Sun Year (IQSY)
(1964 — 1965)
IHY logoInternational Heliophysical Year (IHY)
(2007 — 2009)
IHD logo3IHD logo2International Hydrological Decade (IHD)
(1965 — 1974)
ISDR logoNatural Disaster Reduction
PUOS logoPeaceful Uses of Outer Space (PUOS)
MTPE patch (older)EOS MTPE patch (newer)Mission To Planet Earth (MTPE)
SCAR logoScientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
National Weather Services, Centers, and Observatories
weather observatoryNational weather services, centers, and observatories
(and their anniversaries, as well as meteorological schools and training facilities, meteorological outreach, private meteorological services or organizations, and meteorological societies)
Weather Instruments and Atmospheric Measurements
thermometerThermometers, temperatures and temperature units
hygrometerHygrometers, and atmospheric humidity measurement and units
barometerBarometers, atmospheric pressure and pressure units
anemometerwindsockAnemometers, windsocks, and wind vanes
(also wind measurements, and wind towers)
weather balloonradiosondeWeather balloons and radiosondes
(and pilot balloons, tracking theodolites, tracking antennas and equipment,
and Eole isentropic, un-manned stratospheric balloons, and dropsondes)
rain gaugesnow gaugePrecipitation (rain and snow) gauges
(plus evaporation pans, water-depth gauges, snow-depth measurements, and precipitation amounts)
sunshine recorderSunshine recorders/heliographs, actinometers, and pyranometers
(and signaling heliographs)
radarGround-based remote sensing in meteorology
(radar, lidar, sodar, etc.)
Stevenson screenStevenson screens
(weather instrument shelters)
autostationocean buoyAutomatic weather observing stations
(land autostations, and ocean buoys)
wx-shipOcean weather (hydrometeorological) ships
wx-planeWeather research aircraft
wx-rocket(Sub-orbital) Atmospheric research rockets
Storms and Other Weather Phenomena
cloudsClouds and skies
(only items with clear intent to show clouds)
tornadoTornadoes, waterspouts, and dustdevils
hurricaneHurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones
(and tropical cyclone relief overprints)
blizzardwinter weatherWinter weather and storms
(including blizzards, snowflakes, snow falling, ice pellets, and frost)
rain and umbrellathunderstormSummer weather and storms
(including rain, thunderstorms and lightning, and hail)
marine stormExtratropical marine storms
windStrong winds and windstorms
duststormDuststorms and sandstorms
stormsOther storm-related
fogFog, mist, and haze
Other Weather-Related Categories
weather mapWeather maps
(surface and upper-level weather maps, station models, weather symbols, vertical cross-sections, and streamlines)
satellite imageSkyLab EREP imagingSatellite remote sensing of the Earth-atmosphere system: Images, instruments, and techniques
atmospheric water cycleAtmospheric water cycle
ozone destructionOzone (O3)
(including World Ozone Day, annually: 16 September;
Vienna Convention, 1985;
and Montréal Protocol, 1987)
cloud seedingWeather modification
(rain enhancement, and hail and lightning suppression)
wx-vane airplanesevere-weather alert Meteorological specialties and applications
four-seasonsGeneral references to weather/meteorology/atmosphere
(mostly not found in any other category)
Atmospheric Optical Phenomena
haloSun pillarAtmospheric optical phenomena (except Rainbows and Auroras)
rainbow(Selected) Rainbows
aurora(Selected) Auroras
droughtDrought and desertification
PPRG logoPreserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers (PPRG)
classificationClimatic regions and climate-related maps
meetingClimate-related international conferences
greenhouse effectCO2Anthropogenic climate change
(including greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, and global warming)
ice globehot globeNatural climate change and variability
weather observatoryClimate programs, institutes, and research
four seasonsOther references to climate and climatology
Meteorologists, Climatologists, Atmospheric Scientists, and other Contributors to Meteorology and Climatology
BjerknesChronological and alphabetical indexes
KöppenClimatologists and contributors to climatology
Space Weather and Planetary Weather
space weatherSpace weather
planetary weather and climatePlanetary weather and climate
Total: 60+ major divisions

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This Website created and maintained by Don Hillger and Garry Toth.
The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the following to the information and images on this Website: Harry Reynolds, Raino Heino, Bob Kochtubajda, Peter Elias (windsocks, see also his Airports on Stamps website), Amy McCullough (hurricanes), Dave Meier (IGY, see also his IGY website), Gary Denis (tornadoes), Valeria Menichini (meteorologists), Robert Greenwald (IGY), John Youle (IGY, IPY, and SCAR), David Stone (Newton), George Fox (Theophrastus), Charles Glenn (tornadoes), Blanton Clement, Jr. (WMO), Charles Schollenberger (IGY), Peter Douglas (IPY and PPRG), Panagiotis Giannopoulos (Thales, WMD, WMO, and ozone; climate change, see also his Climate Change website), Drazen Poje (images and numerous Michel numbers), Markus Wydera (weather balloons, see also his Balloons in Philately website), Maury Pautz (tornadoes), Christian Hidalgo (PPRG), Glenn Estus (floods), Margaret Morris (Tower of Winds), Steffen Thunert (IQSY), and Cliff Lawson (weather balloons, see also his Radiosonde Museum website).
Images of some of the IPY stamps and coins were taken from Pobjoy Mint press releases.
Updated: 2017-01-17