Low Pressure Secrets
Quiz of the day: What do all the following symbols depict?
Answer: Well, you might think each is a different way to represent a surface low pressure system like what you might see on your favorite daily weather map (for example, from The Weather Channel). [Note: Northern Hemisphere only. Down south of the Equator, the winds spin clockwise around these things.] It turns out, though, one is an outlier. This symbol:
might look vaguely familiar—for it is the “History” button from the iPad Google Search App (Note: If you don’t have an iPad or the Google Search App, you can see a screen shot of what I’m talking about here. The History icon is at the lower-left of the main screen.) It looks like this:
Whoa! Where did that come from? And, when did the symbol for a low pressure system become an image to represent search history? My best guess is one of the Google button-icon graphics artists secretly is a fanatical weather weenie, and this icon was a perfect way to subtly expose that interest. Very clever! Even more so, I bet if I were to hop on a plane to go taste a Barossa Valley Shiraz, the app would automagically respond to my hemispheric orientation and convert the icon to: