It’s been a few weeks since a post, so I thought I would celebrate the Northern Hemisphere winter solstice with some snowflake symbols from the Unicode list.

Character Name Character Hex Entity Code Decimal Entity Code
SNOWFLAKE &x2744;
TIGHT TRIFOLIATE SNOWFLAKE &x2745;
HEAVY CHEVRON SNOWFLAKE &x2746;

### Why the Snowflake Symbols?

I am stumped on this one. These symbols come from the “Dingbats” block of Unicode which normally includes other ‘images’ like the pointy finger and the leaf bullet. I had thought that these snowflakes may represent some meteorological concept, but I’m not finding any references to them. Doesn’t mean one won’t turn up in the future though.

### Snowflake Font support

You usually need a font with a large set of math symbols to also get the extra “science” symbols. Some good bets are:

If you actually want to enter these symbols into a document, then your best bet is usually the Windows Character Map, the Macintosh Character Palette or the Macintosh Unicode Hex Input Keyboard.

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