The key command to create lightning in your text

Would you like the ability to include some lightning bolts in your txts? Could your tweets use some extra magnificent flash? I would love to have a lightning bolt character. And you know what? Unicode has a lightning bolt! Here it is:

That’s no lightning bolt! That’s a confused arrow! What is unicode trying to pull over on us?

(A big thanks to Vera for discovering this. She was the genius who wanted to find a lightning bolt character. And she is the genius for finding it, but discovering that it’s a lost arrow. Thank you Vera-the-Genius!)

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Vera
Vera
14 years ago

Spudart! This poor arrow has been forced to impersonate a lightning bolt! That’s not right! Thank YOU for using your powerful blog to shed a light on this sad charade. You get: ★+★=刐 (and by the way! you are the genius who came up with: ★+★=刐) 刐 x 刐 x ★+★ x 刐 for spudart!

Justin
Justin
13 years ago

More appropriate for most use is the high voltage sign U+26A1 (for which the alternate names include “thunder” and “lightning symbol”). ⚡

Vera
Vera
13 years ago

Hey! Now that’s a better looking lightning bolt! ⚡ 🙂

Justin
Justin
13 years ago

I was curious about the confused arrow U+2607. It turns out to be #13 in a series of 100 meteorological symbols for displaying present weather conditions at a station, meaning “lightning visible, no thunder heard”. Complete chart (US National Weather Service) at http://www.srh.weather.gov/srh/jetstream/synoptic/sfc_plot_symbols.htm excruciating detail (UK Met Office) at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/corporate/library/factsheets/factsheet11.pdf and background info on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Station_model

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