weather map

Weather
Maps


Below is a checklist of Weather maps on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Maps relating to the climate rather than the weather also appear on many stamps and postal items. A checklist of these items can be found in the Climatic Regions and Climate-Related Maps page.

A weather map is any graphical means of displaying the distribution of meteorological data over a given (usually extensive) area of the Earth's surface.

See also the following Contributors to Meteorology for information about weather maps that they produced:

Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
Surface weather maps
(generally with isobars and/or fronts, sometimes with isotherms and/or precipitation amounts and/or weather symbols)
Surface weather maps
(generally with isobars and/or fronts, sometimes with isotherms and/or precipitation amounts and/or weather symbols)
Station models3 (not on weather maps)
Weather symbols (not on weather maps) Weather symbols (not on weather maps)
Upper-level weather maps4 Upper-level weather maps4
Cross-sections (vertical slices) of the atmosphere Cross-sections (vertical slices) of the atmosphere
Streamlines2 Streamlines2


Below is a list of Weather maps on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Surface weather maps
(generally with isobars and/or fronts, sometimes with isotherms and/or precipitation amounts and/or weather symbols)
Albania1210 (Mi1338)1969Isobars
Albania1208-1210 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
ArgentinaC85 (Mi808)1963Isobars and (quasi-stationary) front
ArgentinaC86 (Mi809)
ArgentinaC85-C86 fdc1Two stamps and cancel on FDC
ArgentinaC85-C86 fdc2Two stamps and cancel (same) on FDC (different)
ArgentinaC85-C86 fdc3Two stamps and cachet on FDC
Argentina977 fdc (Mi1127 fdc)Cachet on FDC1972Isobars (mb or hPa)1 and (warm and cold) fronts
Argentina977 sc1 (Mi1127 sc1)Cachet (same) on souvenir card (Buenos Aires cancel)
Argentina977 sc2 (Mi1127 sc2)Cachet (same) on souvenir card (Rosario cancel)
ArgentinaNoneCancel on cover1974Isobars and (quasi-stationary) front
ArgentinaNoneCancel (same) on cover (different)1974Isobars and (quasi-stationary) front
ArgentinaNoneCachet on cover1984Isobars
ArgentinaNoneCachet on cover1988Isobars
ArgentinaNoneCachet (same) on cover (different)1988Isobars
ArgentinaNone(Purple) cachet on cover1993Isobars
Austria950 fdc (Mi1423 fdc)Cachet on FDC1973Isobars, highs, lows, fronts and plotted data
Belgium836 scText on souvenir card1973"cartes synoptiques" [synoptic weather maps] (in text)
Bosnia and Herzegovina (Croat Admin.)246 (Mi309)From MS20 (246a (20x 246))2011Isobars
Bosnia and Herzegovina (Croat Admin.)246 fdcStamp on FDC
Canada479 (Mi420)1968Isobars, high and low pressure centers, (warm and cold) fronts; areas of warmer and colder air and precipitation (in fdc9 cachet)
Canada479 fdc1Stamp on FDC (H&E cachet)
Canada479 fdc2Stamp on FDC (Cole cover cachet)
Canada479 fdc3Stamp on FDC (Rosecraft cachet)
Canada479 fdc4Stamp on FDC (Jackson Covers/C. Chickering cachet)
Canada479 fdc5Stamp on FDC (Jackson Covers/C. Chickering and purple rubber-stamp cachet)
Canada479 fdc6Stamp on FDC (Schering cachet), also back
Canada479 fdc7Stamp on FDC (? cachet)
Canada479 fdc8Stamp and (?) cachet on FDC
Canada479 fdc9Stamp and (Mapleaf) cachet on FDC
Canada479 scSouvenir card
Cayman Islands629 (Mi643)1991Isobars (on TV screen)
Cayman Islands628-631 fdc (Mi642-645 fdc)One of four stamps on FDC
Central African RepublicC234 (Mi692)
iC234

Imperforate
1980Meteorologist working on a weather map
Central African RepublicC234a (BL95)On stamp of SS1 (C234)
China (People's Republic)369 (Mi397)1958Isobars and (cold) front
China (People's Republic)367-369 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
China (People's Republic)1386 (Mi1397)1978Isobars and (multiple cold) fronts
China (People's Republic)1384-1388 fdcOne of five stamps on FDC
China (People's Republic)3068 (Mi3196)2000Isobars
China (People's Republic)3069 (Mi3197)
China (People's Republic)3066-3069 fdc1One of four stamps on FDC
China (People's Republic)3066-3069 fdc2One of four stamps on FDC (different)
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2006High (H) and low (L) pressure centers, and cold front
China (People's Republic)Unknown (Mi?)2017High and low pressure centers (but no "H" or "L"), and (warm and cold) fronts
China (Taiwan)3574k_1 label10 (Mi2986-2995 label10)Label from MS10 (3574k_1 (a-j + 10 labels))2004Typhoon defined by isobars and wind barbs; the colour shading shows different wind speeds, with the strongest winds in red/orange
Comoro Islands387 (Mi488)
i387

Imperforate
1978Weather map on light table/illuminated desktop (at bottom of stamp drawing)
Comoro Islands387a (BL185)
i387a
On stamp of SS1 (387)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i387)
Comoro IslandsB4 (Mi854A-861A)
iB4 (Mi854B-861B)
In (lower) margin of MS8 (B4 (a-h))
In (lower) margin of imperforate MS8 (iB4 (a-h))
1988Halley's "première carte météorologique" (first meteorological map, in lower margin text)
CroatiaNoneCachet on WMD cover2004Probable isobars defined by the lines where the patterns of zeros and ones meet (in the cachet background); also probable forecast of precipitation amounts (in color in the inset map)
Cuba1589 (Mi1663)1971Isobars, (warm and cold) fronts, low (B for Baja) pressure center, and arrows indicating the direction of flow
Cuba1589-1592 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Cyprus960 sc (Mi959 sc)Cachet on souvenir card, also back, also detail2000"fronts between warm and cold air" (in text)
DahomeyC25 (Mi246)1965Isobars
DahomeyC25 fdc1Stamp on FDC (Éditions So.Ge.Im. cachet)
DahomeyC25 fdc2Stamp on FDC (Éditions J.F. cachet)
DahomeyC25 fdc3Stamp on FDC (PJ cachet)
Dominica360 (Mi360)1973Isobars
Dominica354-360 fdcOne of seven stamps on FDC
Dominica354-360 proofs1Proof sheet
Dominica354-360 proofs2Proof sheet (different)
Dominica360a (BL17)MS2 (359-360)
Dominica360a fdcMS2 on FDC
Egypt1299 (Mi1531)1985Isobars, with arrows indicating the direction of flow
Faroe Islands220 (Mi215)1991Isobars (labeled but uncertain units), (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts, and partial station plotting model with weather symbols including plotted winds (knots)
Faroe Islands220-221 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Finland767 (Mi1047)1988Isobars
Finland767 fdcStamp on FDC
FinlandUnknown ms fdcCancel on FDC, also back2018Warm and cold fronts
France1903 (Mi2416)1983Isobars, (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts, weather symbols, and arrows indicating direction of flow (on stamp); weather symbols (on cancel)
France1903 essayPhoto essay
France1903 fdc1Stamp on FDC (CEF cachet)
France1903 fdc2Stamp on FDC (CEF cachet, different)
France1903 fdc3Stamp on FDC (PJ cachet)
France1903 fdc4Stamp on FDC (Éditions J.F. cachet)
France1903 fdc5Stamp on FDC (Éditions J.F. cachet, different)
France1903 fdc6Stamp on FDC (Quillivic cachet)
France1903 fdc7Stamp on FDC (? cachet)
France1903 fdc8Stamp on FDC (? cachet)
France1903 sc1Souvenir card
France1903 sc2Souvenir card (different)
France1903 sc3Souvenir card (different)
France1903 maxi1Maxicard
France1903 maxi2Maxicard (different)
France1903 maxi3Maxicard (different)
France1903 maxi4Maxicard (different)
France1903 maxi5Maxicard (different)
France1903 maxi6Maxicard (different)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesUnknown cover (Mi? cover)(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on cover2017Isobars and warm and cold fronts
Germany (East)984a fdc (Mi1343-1345 fdc)Cachet on FDC1968Isobars (mbar or mb or hPa)1, (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts, partial station plotting model including plotted winds (knots) and temperatures (°C)
Germany (East)1362 (BL34)SS11972Köppen's weather map (1876) with isobars (mm Hg)
Germany (East)1362 fdcSS1 on FDC
Germany (East)1364 (BL36)SS1Isobars (mb or hPa)1 and (warm and cold) fronts
Germany (East)1364 fdc1SS1 on FDC
Germany (East)1364 fdc2SS1 on FDC (different cancel)
Germany (East)1362 cover (BL34 cover)SS1 on cover (not FDC date)1972Köppen's weather map (1876) with isobars (mm Hg)
Germany (West)1102 (Mi760)1973Isobars (mb or hPa)1, high (H) and low (T for Tief) pressure centers, (warm and cold) fronts, weather symbols, and partial station plotting model including plotted winds (knots); also arrows indicating direction of flow
Germany (West)1102 fdc1Stamp on FDC
Germany (West)1102 fdc2Stamp on FDC (different)
Germany (West)1102 fdc3Stamp on FDC (different)
Germany (West)1102 fdc4Two stamps and cachet (different) on FDC
Germany (West)1102 fdc5Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Germany (West)1102 fdc6Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Germany (West)1102 fdc7Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Germany (West)1102 fdc8Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Germany (West)1102 fdc9Stamp on FDC
Germany (West)1102 fdc10Stamp on FDC (different)
Germany (West)1102 fdc11Stamp on FDC (different)
Germany (West)1102 scSouvenir card
Germany (West)1404 (Mi1187)1983Isobars (mb or hPa)1 and (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts
Germany (West)1404 fdc1Stamp on FDC
Germany (West)1404 fdc2Stamp on FDC (different)
Germany (West)1404 maxi1Maxicard
Germany (West)1404 maxi2Maxicard (different)
Germany (West)1404 scSouvenir card, also back
Germany2090 (Mi2127)2000Isobars (mb or hPa)1, (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts, and full station plotting model including winds (knots), temperatures and dew point temperatures (°C), and weather symbols
Germany2090 fdcStamp on FDC
Germany2090 scSouvenir card
GermanyB966 fdc1 (Mi2508 fdc1)Cancel on FDC2006Isobars, high (H for Hochdruck) and the low (T for Tiefdruck) pressure centers, and (cyclonic and anti-cyclonic) winds
GermanyB966 fdc2 (Mi2508 fdc2)Cancel on FDC (different)
Ghana505 (Mi522A)
i505 (Mi522B)

Imperforate
1973Isobars
Ghanai503-i506 fdcOne of four imperforate stamps on FDC
Ghana507b (Mi525A)
i507b (Mi525B)
One of MS2 (507 (a-b)) (BL51A)
One of imperforate MS2 (i507 (a-b)) (BL51B)
Ghanai507 fdcImperforate MS2 on FDC
Great BritainNoneEssay1976Isobars
Great Britain956-959 fdc1 (Mi891-894 fdc1)Cancel on FDC1981Isobars, arrows indicating the direction of flow, (cold) front, and plotted winds (knots)
Great Britain956-959 fdc2 (Mi891-894 fdc2)Cancel (same) on FDC (different)
Great Britain956-959 fdc3 (Mi891-894 fdc3)Cancel (same) on FDC (different)
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc1 (Mi1924-1927 fdc1)Cancel on FDC2001Isobars, low (L) pressure center, and (warm and cold) fronts
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc2 (Mi1924-1927 fdc2)Cancel (same) on FDC (different)
Great Britain1966 fdc (Mi1927 fdc)Cancel (same) on FDC
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc3 (Mi1924-1927 fdc3)Cachet (background) on FDC2001Isobars (mb or hPa)1 and (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts; also "150th anniv.: The first weather map" (in text)
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc4 (Mi1924-1927 fdc4)Cachet (same background) on FDC (different)
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc5 (Mi1924-1927 fdc5)Cachet (same background) on FDC (different), also back and insert1 and insert2
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc6 (Mi1924-1927 fdc6)Cachet on FDC2001(Occluded) front, weather icons6, plotted temperatures (°C), and arrows indicating the direction of flow
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc7 (Mi1924-1927 fdc7)Cachet (same) on FDC (different)
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc8 (Mi1924-1927 fdc8)Cachet (same) on FDC (different)
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc9 (Mi1924-1927 fdc9)Cachet (same) on FDC (different)
Great Britain1966a fdc1 (Mi1924-1927 fdc1)Cachet on FDC2001Isobars (mb or hPa)1, (uncertain type) front (with non-standard barbs), weather icons6, and arrows indicating the direction of flow
Great Britain1966a fdc2 (Mi1924-1927 fdc2)Cachet on FDC (different)(Occluded) front, weather icons6, plotted temperatures (°C), and arrows indicating the direction of flow
Great Britain1966a fdc3 (Mi1924-1927 fdc3)Cachet on FDCIsobars (in background)
Great Britain1966a fdc4 (Mi1924-1927 fdc4)Cachet (same) on FDC (different)
Great Britain1966a fdc5(Benham) cachet on FDC, also back and insert"150th anniv.: The first weather map" (in text)
Great BritainNoneCancel on cover2001Isobars and (warm and cold) fronts
Hong KongUnknown1 ss (BL?)SS1 (stamp)2014Isobars and Typhoon Vicente. (The 20 value incorporates a lenticular effect designed to show the typhoon track).
Hong KongUnknown1 ss (BL?)SS1 in presentation pack with front and back
Hong KongUnknown1 fdcSS1 on FDC
Hong KongUnknown1 maxiMaxicard of stamp
Hong KongUnknown2 ss (BL?)SS1 (stamp)
Hong KongUnknown2 fdcSS1 on FDC
Hungary3490 (Mi4339)1995Map of precipitation amounts over Hungary (during an unknown but most likely short period of time)
Hungary3490 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Iceland738 (Mi742)1991Isobars/streamlines, low (L) pressure center, and (warm and cold) fronts (and warm seclusion)
Iceland738-739 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Iraq644 (Mi716)1972Isobars and (warm) front
Iraq645 (Mi717)
Ireland332 (Mi292)1973Isobars and (warm and cold) fronts, and (occluded) front (with no barbs)
Ireland333 (Mi293)
Ireland332-333 fdc1Two stamps on FDC
Ireland332-333 fdc2Two stamps on FDC (different)
Ireland332-333 fdc3Two stamps and cachet on FDCIsobars, high (H) pressure center (1032 mb or hPa)1 (on cachet), and (warm and cold) fronts
Israel952+tab (Mi1050+tab)Stamp and tab1986Isobars
Israel952 misperfMis-perforated
Israel952+tab folderStamp and tab on FDC folder
Japan459 fdc (Mi451 fdc)Cachet on FDC1949Isobars, (multiple warm) fronts, and partial station plotting model including plotted winds (knots)
Japan1564 (Mi1588)1984Isobars (mb or hPa)1, (warm and cold) fronts, and partial station plotting model including plotted winds (knots) (on stamp and FDC cachet); isobars and (warm and cold) fronts (on cancel)
Japan1564 mihon1564 overprinted "mihon"
Japan1564 sc mihonSouvenir card (1564) overprinted "mihon"
Japan1564 fdc1Stamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Japan1564 fdc2Stamp and cancel (same) and cachet (different) on FDC
Japan1564 fdc3Stamp and cancel (same) and cachet (different) on FDC
Japan2698d (Mi3008)One of MS10 (2698 (a-j)) (Mi3005-3014)2000Isobars (mb or hPa)1, hurricane/typhoon symbol, and plotting model with temperatures and dew point temperatures (°C), non-standard7 plotted winds (knots), pressures (mb or hPa)1, and a portion of a cold front
Japan2698d-e+2698g-h fdcOne of four stamps and (?) cachet (with design like stamp) on FDC
Korea (South)NoneBack of postal card, also front2016Isobars, cold front, warm front and vertical cross-section across the fronts with schematic typical clouds and upper atmospheric motion (on front only)
Kuwait577 (Mi571)1973Isobars (mb or hPa)1
Kuwait577 proofProof with non-adopted colors
Kuwait578 (Mi572)
Kuwait578 proofProof with non-adopted colors
Kuwait579 (Mi573)
Kuwait579 proof1Proof with adopted colors
Kuwait579 proof2Proof (different)
Kuwait577-579 fdcThree stamps and cachet on FDC
Kuwait577-579 fdc2Three stamps on FDC (different)
LiberiaMi2902One of MS17 (Mi2893-2909 + label)2000Isobars
Malagasy Republic1062 (Mi1389)1992Isobars, high (a [or A] for anticyclone) and low (d for dépression) pressure centers, and two plotted temperatures (°C)
Malaysia577 (BL12)SS11996Isobars and low pressure centers (but no "L" identifiers)
Malaysia577 fdcSS1 on FDC
MongoliaC78 (Mi986)1976Isobars (mb or hPa)1 and (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts
Morocco102 (Mi531)1964Isobars (mb or hPa)1
Morocco102-103+C10 fdc1One of three stamps on FDC
Morocco102-103+C10 fdc2One of three stamps on FDC (Éditions J.F. cachet)
Morocco102-103+C10 fdc3One of three stamps on FDC (different)
Morocco274 (Mi720)
i274

Imperforate
1973Isobars
Morocco274 fdc1Stamp on FDC
Morocco274 fdc2Stamp and cachet on FDC
Morocco274 essay1Essay
Morocco274 essay2Essay (different colors)
Morocco274 essay3Essay (different colors, and shifted background)
Mozambique946 (Mi1015)1985Isobars
NetherlandsB651 (Mi1380)One of book of 4 (B652a (B650-B651+2x B652)) (MH41 (1379C+1380D+1381D-E)), with interior1990Symbolic isobars
NetherlandsB651 maxiMaxicard
NetherlandsB652 (Mi1381)One of book of 4 (B652a (B650-B651+2x B652)), with interior, also detail(Warm, cold, and occluded) fronts superimposed on satellite image
NetherlandsB652 fdcStamp on FDC
NetherlandsB650-B652 fdcTwo of three stamps on FDCSymbolic isobars, and (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts superimposed on satellite image
New Zealand2172-2177 fdc1 (Mi? fdc1)Cancel on FDC2008Isobars (mb or hPa)1, (warm and cold) fronts5; (fronts incorrectly drawn with respect to the high pressure centre)
New Zealand2172-2177 fdc2 (Mi? fdc2)Cancel on FDC (different, available only in a special Limited-edition album)
NigerC41 (Mi70)
iC41

Imperforate
1964Isobars
NigerC41 fdc1Stamp and (Blue and brown and black printed) cachet on FDC
NigerC41 fdc2Stamp on FDC (brown cachet)
NigerC41 dsDeluxe sheet (C41)
NigerC41 proof1Signed proof (black)
NigerC41 proof2Signed proof (brown)
Niger311 (Mi456)
i311

Imperforate
1975Isobars
Niger311 fdcStamp on FDC (printed cachet)
Nigeria311 essayEssay(Warm and cold) fronts
Nigeria312 essayEssay (different)
Niger393 (Mi573)
i393

Imperforate
1977Isobars, (multiple cold) fronts, weather symbols, and arrows indicating the direction of flow
Niger393 proofsColor proof strip
Niger393 fdcStamp on FDC (Edila cachet)
PolandNonePostal card1973Isobars, (warm and cold) fronts, (small portion of occluded) front, and weather symbols
Portugal1114 (Mi1147)1971Isobars (mb or hPa)1 and (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts
Portugal1113-1115 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Portugal1180 (Mi1209)1973Isobars, high (A for Alta) and low (B for Baixa) pressure centers, (warm) front, and arrows indicating the direction of flow
Qatar327 (Mi524)1972Isobars and (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts
Russia (USSR)2495 (Mi2500)1961Isobars and (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts
Russia (USSR)3860 (Mi3891)1971Isobars
Russia (USSR)3860 cover (Mi3891 cover)Stamp and cachet on cover1971Isobars
Russia (USSR)NonePrinted stamp on stamped envelope1985Isobars, (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts, and weather symbols
Russia (USSR)NonePrinted stamp on stamped envelope (different cancel)1985Isobars, (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts, and weather symbols
Russia (USSR)NonePrinted stamp on stamped envelope (different cancel)1985Isobars, (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts, and weather symbols
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1987Isobars
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope (with cancel)1987Isobars
RussiaNoneCachet on cover2007Isobars (mb or hPa)1 and fronts in weather map
Russia7139 (Mi1548)From MS8 (7140a (4x (7139-7140)))2009Isobars (mb or hPa)1 and small plotting models, isotherms (in color); isobars, fronts, and high (H) pressure center (in sheet margin)
Russia7140 (Mi1549)
Russia7140a fdcMS8 on FDC
Russia7140 fdcStamp on FDCIsobars (mb or hPa)1
Russia7139-7140 fdcTwo stamps and cachet on FDCIsobars
RussiaNoneCachet on stamped envelope2011Isobars (mb or hPa)1 in weather map
Slovenia425 fdc (Mi312 fdc)Cachet on FDC2000Map of precipitation amounts over Slovenia (during an unknown but most likely short period of time)
SpainNoneAerogramme1999Isobars (mb or hPa)1
Spain3543-3544 fdc (Mi4289-4290 fdc)Cancel on FDC2008Isobars (mb or hPa)1, high pressure (A for Alto), and cold front (in cancel)
Spain3544 fdc (Mi4290 fdc)Cancel (same) and cachet on FDC
Staffa (Scotland)Local fdcCachet on local post FDC, also detail1978Isobars
Staffa (Scotland)Local sheetLocal post FDC on information sheet
Sweden1002a fdc1 (Mi806-807 fdc1)Cancel and cachet on FDC1973Isobars, (warm and cold) fronts, weather symbols, and arrows indicating the direction of flow
Sweden1002a fdc2 (Mi806-807 fdc2Cancel (same) on FDC
Sweden1002a fdc3 (Mi806-807 fdc3)Cancel (same) on FDC (different), also insert
Sweden1845-1848 fdc (Mi1633-1636 fdc)Cancel and cachet on FDC, also insert1990Isobars (on cachet)
Switzerland691 (Mi1184)1980Isobars, (warm and cold) fronts, and arrows indicating the direction of flow
Switzerland691 fdc1Stamp on FDC
Switzerland691 fdc2Stamp on FDC (different)
Switzerland691 maxiMaxicard
Switzerland691-693 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Switzerland691-693 folderFDC folder
Syria470 (Mi899)1965Isobars
Syria471 (Mi900)
Syria1206 (Mi1792)1990Isobars, low (L) pressure center, (warm and cold) fronts, and arrows indicating the direction of flow
Syria1464 (Mi2063)2000(Warm, cold, and occluded) fronts
Syria1464 misperfMis-perforated block of 4
Syria1464 fdcStamp on FDC
Tonga786b (Mi1185)One of strip of 3 (786 (a-c)) (Mi1184-1186)1991Isobars and (warm and cold, and possible occluded) fronts (drawn for Southern Hemisphere)
Tonga786b specimenOne of strip of 3 (786 specimen (a-c))
Tonga786b color-proofChromalin proof
Tonga786b mono-proofMonochrome proof
Tonga786c (Mi1186)One of strip of 3 (786 (a-c)) (Mi1184-1186)Isobars and (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts (incorrectly drawn for Northern Hemisphere, rather than Southern Hemisphere)
Tonga786c specimenOne of strip of 3 (786 specimen (a-c))
Tonga786c mono-proofMonochrome proof
Tunisia653 (Mi860)1975Isobars (light blue lines in stamp background) and weather symbols
Tunisia653 fdcStamp on FDC
Tunisia1435 (Mi1687)2008Isobars (mb or hPa)1, high (H) pressure center, and plotting models
Tunisia1435 dsDeluxe sheet (1435)
Tunisia1435 fdcStamp on FDC
Tunisia1435 folderFDC folder, also inside, also back
Uganda1196 (Mi1328)1994Isobars on (left-hand) computer monitor
United Nations188-189 fdc (Mi204-205 fdc)Cachet on FDC1968Isobars and (warm and cold) fronts
United Nations (Geneva)176-177 fdc (Mi176-177 fdc)Cancel on FDC (UNPA cachet)1989Isobars and (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts
United Nations (Geneva)176 maxiCancel (same) on maxicard, also back
United Nations (Geneva)177 maxiCancel (same) on maxicard, also back
United Nations (Vienna)91-92 fdc (Mi92-93 fdc)Special FDC cancel (UNPA cachet)1989Isobars
United StatesNoneCachet on cover1901"Weather Map" (in text)
United States1107 sc (Mi727 sc)FDC with (Fleetwood) cachet on (PCS) souvenir card1958IGY goals included "the gathering of data which would permit the first complete world weather maps"
United States3207-3208 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Printed) cachet on FDC1998(Cold, warm, and stationary) fronts, low (L) and high (H) pressure centers
United StatesNone(Coverscape) cachet on cover2011Isobars (mb or hPa)1
United StatesNone(Coverscape) cachet on cover2013Television weather map (with warm and cold fronts, low pressure centre (L) and weather symbols)
United StatesNone(Coverscape) cachet on cover2013Isobars (mb or hPa)1
United StatesNone(Coverscape) cachet on cover2014Isobars (mb or hPa)1, (warm) front, airmass types mP (maritime polar) and cP (continental polar), and weather observations (in full station plotting model)
United StatesNone(Coverscape) cachet on cover2015Here is a better image of the weather map. It is from 25 November 1950. The low pressure centre in Ohio has a central value of 978 hPa. The map shows station observations in the standard plotting model3, isobars (in hPa/mb), warm and cold fronts and grey shading which is the analyzed precipitation area.
United StatesNone(Coverscape) cachet on cover2016TV weather map with weather symbols and other weather information including a few temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit
United StatesNone(Coverscape) cachet on cover2018Television weather map (with isobars, warm front, the words "cold", "snow" (and snow symbols), "icing", "fog" and "showers", and two temperatures in degrees F)
Upper VoltaC28 (Mi181)
iC28

Imperforate
1966Isobars (mb or hPa)1, (possible cold) front, and plotted winds (knots)
Upper VoltaC28 dsDeluxe sheet (C28)
Upper VoltaC28 fdcStamp on FDC (Éditions So.Ge.Im. cachet)
Vanuatu567 (Mi891)1992Isobars
Vanuatu565-568 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
YugoslaviaNoneCachet on WMD cover1990Isobars (mb or hPa)1 and weather symbols
Station models3 (not on weather maps)
Canada1287 (Mi1196)1990Surface weather station plotting model:
temperature (26°C) and dew point temperature (14°C);
pressure (1012.7 hPa) and pressure tendency (falling 0.7 hPa in the past 3 hours, then steady);
wind (20 knots) from the southwest;
and other weather quantities
Canada1287 fdc1Stamp on FDC (Canada Post Corp. cachet)
Canada1287 fdc2Stamp on FDC (? cachet)
Canada1287 fdc3Stamp on FDC (? cachet, same, and signatures), also English insert and French insert
Canada1287 fdc4Stamp on FDC (Colorano silk cachet)
China (People's Republic)367-369 fdc (Mi395-397 fdc)Cachet on FDC1958Surface weather station plotting model:
temperature (12°C) and dew point temperature (4°C);
pressure (997.3 hPa) and pressure tendency (falling 1.2 hPa in the past 3 hours);
wind (25 knots) from the southwest;
and other weather quantities
China (People's Republic)NoneCancel on postal card, with detail same as cachet on PRC 367-369 fdc2010Surface weather station plotting model:
temperature (12°C) and dew point temperature (4°C);
pressure (997.3 hPa) and pressure tendency (falling 1.2 hPa in the past 3 hours);
wind (25 knots) from the southwest;
and other weather quantities
Jersey (Great Britain)1299 (Mi1330)2008Surface weather station plotting model:
temperature (12°C) and dew point temperature (11°C);
pressure (1016.4 hPa), pressure change (falling 0.5 hPa in the past 3 hours);
wind (25 knots) from the northeast;
and other weather quantities
Jersey (Great Britain)1299a (BL?)MS10 (10x 1299)
Jersey (Great Britain)1297-1301 fdcOne of five stamps on FDC, also back
Libya276-278 fdc (Mi185-187 fdc)Cachet on FDC, also detail1965General surface weather station plotting model: TT = temperature, WW = visibility and/or current weather symbol, CL, CM and CH are low, mid and high cloud amounts, N = total cloud amount, W = pressure tendency (the wind and the dew point are missing from this model)
Weather symbols (not on weather maps)
ArgentinaNoneCachet on cover1964Plotted winds (20 knots)
AustraliaNone(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover, also back2007"H" high pressure area symbol
AustraliaNone(Black rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on cover2009"H" high pressure area symbol
Belgium2655 (Mi?)On 5 stamps and in (upper) margin of MS5 (2655 (a-e))2013weather symbols
Belgium2655 changedMS5 (2655 (a-e)) with changed colors (when above 25°C in strip of 4 (2655f) and also in lower-left margin); see also hot-and-cold animation
Belgium2655a-e fdcFive stamps and cachet on FDC
BeninC382 (MiO473)Dahomey C188 overprinted1988weather icons6
BeninC624 (Mi1568)Dahomey C188 surcharged2009weather icons6
Brazil936 (Mi1013)1962weather symbols
Brazil936 fdc1Stamp on FDC
Brazil936 fdc2Stamp on FDC (different)
Brazil936 fdc3Stamp on FDC card
Brazil936 folderFDC folder
Brazil1035 fdc (Mi1128 fdc)Cachet on FDC1967weather symbols
Canada2838aOn stamps and label and in (all) margins of MS5 (2838 (a-e + label))2015lightning symbol
Canada2838brainbow symbol
Canada2838chalo symbol
Canada2838dfog symbol
Canada2838efront symbol
Canada2838 fdcMS5 on FDC, also back(As above for stamps)
Canada2838 sheetPress sheet (containing 6x MS5)(As above for stamps); weather symbols (in upper margin)
Canada2839From self-adhesive booklet of 10 (2843a (2x (2839-2843))) with coverlightning symbol
Canada2840rainbow symbol
Canada2841halo symbol
Canada2842fog symbol
Canada2843front symbol
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2002Typhoon symbol
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card (different)2002Typhoon warning, typhoon symbol
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card200?Tropical cyclone warning, typhoon symbol
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2005weather icons6
China (People's Republic)NoneCancel on postal card, with detail1 same as cachet on PRC 367-369 fdc, and detail22010weather symbols (in detail2)
CroatiaNoneCancel on WMD cover2006Plotted wind NNE at 40 knots
CroatiaNoneCancel on postal card2013Plotted wind NNE at 10 knots
CroatiaNoneCancel (same) on postal card (different)2013Plotted wind NNE at 10 knots
DahomeyC188 (Mi534)1973weather icons6
DahomeyC188 dsDeluxe sheet (C188)
DahomeyC188 proof1Signed proof (red)
DahomeyC188 proof2Signed proof (blue)
DahomeyC188 proofs1Color proof strip
DahomeyC188 proofs2Color proof strip (different)
DahomeyC188 proof pair1Color proof pair
DahomeyC188 proof pair2Color proof pair (different)
DahomeyC188 proof pair3Color proof pair (different)
DahomeyC188 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
DahomeyC199 (Mi552)C188 overprinted1974weather icons6
DahomeyC199 doubleC188 double overprint
Dominican RepublicB47 (Mi876)622 overprinted and surcharged1966Hurricane/typhoon symbol
Dominican RepublicB48 (Mi877)623 overprinted and surcharged
Dominican RepublicB49 (Mi878)624 overprinted and surcharged
Dominican RepublicB50 (Mi879)625 overprinted and surcharged
Dominican RepublicB51 (Mi880)626 overprinted and surcharged
Dominican RepublicCB28 (Mi881)C146 overprinted and surcharged
Dominican RepublicCB29 (Mi882)C147 overprinted and surcharged
Dominican RepublicCB30 (Mi883)C148 overprinted and surcharged
Dubai124 (Mi361)1970Low (L) pressure center indicated by a small "L"
France1903 fdc1 (Mi2516 fdc1)Cancel on FDC (CEF cachet)1983weather symbols
France1903 fdc2 (Mi2416 fdc8)Cancel (same) on FDC (CEF cachet, different)
France1903 fdc3 (Mi2416 fdc2)Cancel (same) on FDC (PJ cachet)
France1903 fdc4 (Mi2416 fdc3)Cancel (same) on FDC (Éditions J.F. cachet)
France1903 fdc5 (Mi2416 fdc4)Cancel (same) on FDC (Éditions J.F. cachet, different)
France1903 fdc6 (Mi2416 fdc6)Cancel (same) and (Quillivic) cachet on FDC
France1903 fdc7 (Mi2416 fdc5)Cancel (same) on FDC (? cachet)
France1903 fdc8 (Mi2416 fdc7)Cancel (same) on FDC (? cachet)
France1903 sc1Cancel (same) on souvenir card
France1903 sc3Cancel (same) on souvenir card (different)
France1903 maxi1Cancel (same) on maxicard
France1903 maxi2Cancel (same) and part of design on maxicard (different)
France1903 maxi3Cancel (same) on maxicard (different)
France1903 maxi4Cancel (same) on maxicard (different)
France1903 maxi5Cancel (same) on maxicard (different)
France1903 maxi6Cancel (same) on maxicard (different)
Germany2090 fdc (Mi2127 fdc)Cancel on FDC2000weather symbols
Germany2090 sc (Mi2127 sc)Cancel and cancel reproduction on souvenir card
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc1 (Mi1924-1927 fdc1)Cachet on FDC2001weather icons6 and (warm and cold) fronts
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc2 (Mi1924-1927 fdc2)Cachet (different) on FDC(Warm and cold) fronts
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc3 (Mi1924-1927 fdc3)Cachet (different) on FDCweather icons6 and plotted temperatures (°C)
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc4 (Mi1924-1927 fdc4)Cachet (same) on FDC (different cancel)weather icons6 and plotted temperatures (°C)
Great Britain1963-1966 packPresentation pack(Warm and cold) fronts
Great Britain1966a fdc (Mi1924-1927 fdc)Cachet on FDC (same)2001weather icons6 and plotted temperatures (°C)
Jersey (Great Britain)1298 (Mi1329)2008Plotted winds corresponding to Beaufort wind scale values 6, 7, and 8; and mariners' strong-winds symbol
Jersey (Great Britain)1297-1301 fdcOne of five stamps on FDC, also back
Netherlands508-509 fdc (Mi1015-1016 fdc)Cachet on FDC1973weather icons6
NorwayUnknown bk (Mi?)Self-adhesive prestige booklet cover2016weather symbols
SenegalC62 (Mi372)
iC62

Imperforate
1968weather symbols (on edges of stamp), including plotted winds (5, 10, and 50 knots)
SenegalC62 proof1Signed proof (green)
SenegalC62 proof2Signed proof (blue)
SenegalC62 dsDeluxe sheet (C62)
SenegalC62 fdcStamp on FDC (Éditions So.Ge.Im. cachet)
SloveniaNoneCachet on cover1999Sun weather icons6
SwedenNoneCancel on postal card1977Four plotted winds (calm, 5, 10, and 15 knots)
SwedenNoneCancel on stamped envelope1977Four plotted winds (20, 25, 30, and 35 knots)
SwedenNoneCancel on aerogramme1977Four plotted winds (40, 45, 50, and 55 knots)
Sweden1313 (Mi1096)From booklet pane of 10 (1317a (5x (1313-1317)), or entire booklet (1317b) (MH77)1980Two plotted winds (5 and 10 knots)
Sweden1313-1317 fdcTwo of ten stamps on FDC
Switzerland (IMO)NoneMeter on cover1950weather symbols
United StatesNoneCachet on cover1901"Weather and temperature flags" as weather symbols
Upper-level weather maps4
Cayman Islands629 (Mi643)1991Upper-level height maps (hanging on wall in background)
Central African RepublicC115 (Mi326A)
iC115 (Mi326B)

Imperforate
1973Upper-level height map
Central African RepublicC115 proof1Signed proof (blue)
Central African RepublicC115 proof2Signed proof (black)
Central African RepublicC115 proof3Signed proof (red)
Central African RepublicC115 proofsColor proof strip
Central African RepublicC115 fdc1Stamp on FDC
Central African RepublicC115 fdc2Stamp on FDC (different)
China (Taiwan)3574k_1 label7 (Mi2986-2995 label7)Label from MS10 (3574k_1 (a-j + 10 labels))2004Wind barbs of mid-level or upper-level atmospheric winds. These are atmospheric motion vectors (AMVs) calculated from satellite data by tracking the motion of identifiable cloud elements
Grenada498 (BL28)SS11973Computer-generated upper-level height map
Namibia690-693 fdcInsert for FDC1991"upper-air levels" (several times in insert text)
Cross-sections (vertical slices) of the atmosphere
CroatiaNoneCachet on WMD cover1994Vertical cross section of atmosphere
Grenada495 (Mi521)1973Simplified global general circulation over the globe and in vertical cross-section
Mozambique1104 (Mi1186)1989Radar RHI (Range-Height Indicator) display of precipitation in cross-section
Mozambique1103-1106 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
YugoslaviaNoneCachet on WMD cover1991Winter season cross-section of mean potential temperatures, 75°N to 75°S, including isobars (mb or hPa)1
Streamlines2
Canada2205a fdc1 (Mi2391-2392 fdc1)Cancel on (Canada Post) FDC2007Streamlines
Canada2205a fdc2 (Mi2391-2392 fdc2)Cancel on (Canada Post) FDC (different)
French Polynesia768 (Mi?)From MS6? (6x 768 + 3 labels); also booklet cover1999(possible) streamlines
French Polynesia768 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
GermanyB966 (Mi2508)On (surrounding) selvedge2006Streamlines
GermanyB966 fdc1Stamp (but no selvedge) on FDC
GermanyB966 fdc2Stamp (but no selvedge) on FDC (different)
Guinea Republic1189 (Mi1340)1992streamlines (over oceans only)
Guinea Republic1189a (BL393)On stamp of SS1 (1189)
Guinea Republic1194b (Mi1340-1345)MS6 (1189-1194)
Iceland738 (Mi742)1991Schematic streamlines or isobars
Indonesia1897 (Mi1987)Also on (surrounding) selvedge of block of 4 (4x 1897)2000Streamlines
Indonesia1897 fdcTwo stamps and cachet (covering entire envelope) on FDC
Mali847a (Mi1672)
i847a
From MS4 (847 (a-d)) (Mi1672-1675)
From imperforate MS4 (i847 (a-d))
1996Streamlines (in background of stamps)
Mali847b (Mi1673)
i847b
Mali847c (Mi1674)
i847c
Netherlands508-509 fdc (Mi1015-1016 fdc)Cachet on FDC1973streamlines (arrows)
RomaniaNoneCancel on cover1989Low-pressure streamlines on computer monitor
Spain3544 (Mi4290)2008Streamlines around high (A for Alto) pressure center
Spain3543-3544 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Spain3544 fdcStamp on FDC
Spain3543-3544 folderOne of two stamps in folder
United Nations (Vienna)411+cancel (BL21+cancel)Cancel (on 411)2007Schematic streamlines or isobars

1Pressure units in millibars (mbar or mb) and hectopascals (hPa) are equivalent in value, the first is old-metric and the second is SI (modern metric system).
2Streamlines on these items are the paths traced by winds resulting from a given configuration of isobars (constant pressure lines).
3The surface weather station plotting model presents weather observations in a specific compact arrangement that is universally used and understood by professional meteorologists.
4Unlike surface weather maps which show isobars (constant pressure lines), upper-level weather maps generally show the heights (constant height lines) at standard pressure levels.
5Warm and cold fronts are usually associated with low-pressure systems, not the high pressure system shown on this item.
6Weather icons are common symbols used to represent weather phenomena on television weather maps and other popular maps relating to the weather. They are not the standard weather symbols used in station plotting models (footnote no.3).
7For plotted winds, the standard is that the barbs face toward lower pressure (to the left, looking downwind, in the Northern Hemisphere). However, on this item some wind shafts have barbs on both sides. This is non-standard and clutters the map unnecessarily.


Below is a list of Weather maps on satellite launch covers.

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Surface weather maps
(generally with isobars and/or fronts, sometimes with isotherms and/or precipitation amounts and/or weather symbols)
United States1963-06-19Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) insert or insert variation (slighty different map symbols) from TIROS-7 launch cover, also frontIsobars (no units), (warm and cold) fronts, and weather symbols
United States1963-06-19Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) insert or insert variation (slighty different map symbols) from TIROS-7 launch cover, also front (and signature)
United States1963-06-19Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(SpaceCraft/Swanson) insert or insert variation (slighty different map symbols) from TIROS-7 launch cover, also front
United States1963-06-19Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(SpaceCraft/Swanson) insert or insert variation (slighty different map symbols) from TIROS-7 launch cover, also front
United States1963-06-19Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(SpaceCraft/Swanson) insert or insert variation (slighty different map symbols) from TIROS-7 launch cover, also front (and signature)
United States1968-08-16Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on ESSA-7 launch coverIsobars
United States1970-01-22
1970-01-23
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB, CA
(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on TIROS-M and OSCAR-5 launch cover, also insertIsobars and (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts
United States1970-01-23Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on TIROS-M and OSCAR-5 launch coverIsobars and (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts
United States1970-01-23Kennedy Space Center(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on TIROS-M and OSCAR-5 launch cover
United States1972-10-15Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Vandy?/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet (based on an original SpaceCraft/Swanson design) on NOAA-2 and OSCAR-6 launch coverIsobars and (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts
United States1972-10-15Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet (based on an original SpaceCraft/Swanson design) on NOAA-2 and OSCAR-6 launch cover
United States1973-07-16Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet (based on an original SpaceCraft/Swanson design) on ITOS-E [failed] launch coverIsobars and (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts
United States1974-11-15Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet (based on an original SpaceCraft/Swanson design) on NOAA-4 and OSCAR-7 and Intasat launch coverIsobars and (warm, cold, and occluded) fronts
China (People's Republic)2004-10-19?(Printed) cachet on FY-2C launch coverIsobars and weather icons6
China (People's Republic)2004-10-19?(Printed) cachet (different) on FY-2C launch coverMap with weather symbols and temperatures over China (warmer in red tones, colder in blue)
China (People's Republic)2008-05-27?(Printed) cachet on FY-3A launch coverPossible weather map with isobars and shading (low pressure in red tones, high pressure in blue tones)
United States2009-10-18Vandenberg AFB, CA(Mission 57) cachet on DMSP-5D3-F18 launch cover, also backIsobars (mb or hPa)1 and high (H) and low (L) pressure centers
French Guiana2014-07-30Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on ATV-5 launch coverAnticyclone with isobars (hPa)
weather symbols (not on weather maps)
China (People's Republic)2004-10-19?(Printed) cachet on FY-2C launch coverPlotted wind (30 knots); also weather icons6
China (People's Republic)2004-10-19?(Printed) cachet on FY-2C launch cover (different cancel)Plotted wind (30 knots); also weather icons6
China (People's Republic)2012-01-13?(Printed) cachet on FY-2F launch coverCloud, sun, snow, etc.
Upper-level weather maps4
United States2009-10-13Cape Canaveral FL(Mission 57) cachet on 50th anniv. Explorer-7 launch cover, also back500 hPa height map with contours in 100s of feet, and high (H) and low (L) pressure centers
French Guiana2014-07-30Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on ATV-5 launch cover500 hPa level anticyclone,with heights (m)
Cross-sections (vertical slices) of the atmosphere
French Guiana2014-07-30Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on ATV-5 launch coverVertical cross-section of the anticyclone, with various pressure levels (hPa)
Streamlines2
United States1966-05-15Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on Nimbus-2 launch cover, also insertStreamlines

1Pressure units in millibars (mbar or mb) and hectopascals (hPa) are equivalent in value, the first is old-metric and the second is SI (modern metric system).
2Streamlines on these items are the paths traced by winds resulting from a given configuration of isobars (constant pressure lines).
4Unlike surface weather maps which show isobars (constant pressure lines), upper-level weather maps generally show the heights (constant height lines) at standard pressure levels.
6Weather icons are common symbols used to represent weather phenomena on television weather maps and other popular maps relating to the weather. They are not the standard weather symbols used in station plotting models (footnote no.3).


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