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How to plot the cyclone symbol in a figure?

Asked by Cecilia Fleeger on 19 Jul 2019
Latest activity Commented on by Cecilia Fleeger on 25 Jul 2019
I have to mark the location of a cyclone in a plot. I couldn't find a special character for meteorologic symbol for cyclone. Does Matlab has a symbol for cyclone?
Thank you,


I could not figure out a way, and I am a bit pessimistic. Armed with info from here, I thought the following code might work, but you can see that it did not display the cyclone unicode (but did display the ersatz one that Star Strider recommended).
ht(1) = text(0.2,0.5,char(167));
ht(2) = text(0.8,0.5,char(127744));
Thank you @the cyclist. I guess it's time to push forward so Matlab will add meteological symbols in the special character database.

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Answer by Star Strider
on 19 Jul 2019

I am not aware of one, although I have not yet needed to use one.
One option is to use the section sign (§) with a text object:
text(xc, yc, char(167), 'HorizontalAlignment','center', 'VerticalAlignment','middle')
Here ‘xc’ and ‘yc’ are the respective (x,y) coordinates where you need to plot it.


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Answer by Cecilia Fleeger on 25 Jul 2019

Thank you @Star Strider. I ended up using a circle to present centroid of hurricane path.

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My pleasure.

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