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Weather beacon barometer atop the Westpac Place building in Sydney

A weather beacon is a beacon that indicates the local weather forecast in a code of colored or flashing lights. Often, a short poem or jingle accompanies the code to make it easier to remember.[1][2]

The beacon is usually on the roof of a tall building in a central business district, but some are attached to towers. The beacons are most commonly owned by financial services companies and television stations and are part of advertising and public relations programs. They provide a very basic forecast for the general public and not as an aid to navigation.

In addition to displaying weather forecasts, some weather beacons have been used to signal victory or defeat for a professional sports home team.

History[edit]

The first attempt to create a weather beacon as a form of advertising was from Douglas Leigh, who, in 1941, arranged a lighting scheme for the Empire State Building to display a weather forecast code with a decoder to be packaged with Coca-Cola bottles. The plan was never implemented because of the attack on Pearl Harbor later that year.[3] Leigh resurrected his idea in Minneapolis in October 1949 with the Northwestern National Bank Weatherball.[4]

In Australia, the Mutual Life and Citizens insurance company installed weather beacons atop its buildings in 1957 and 1958.[5]

Weather beacons were most popular during the 1950s and 1960s.

Similar devices[edit]

List of weather beacons[edit]

Australia[edit]

Austria[edit]

  • Wetterleuchtturm, Ringturm, Vienna

Belgium[edit]

Canada[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Finland[edit]

Germany[edit]

Japan[edit]

Turkey[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

  • Light Towers Project (Coventry Point, Mercia House, Hillman House), Coventry[28][29]
  • Castlemilk Lighting Project, Glasgow

United States[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

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  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=344vwknMlFA
  3. ^ Manhattan Users Guide
  4. ^ "Remembering a beloved icon", Northwestern Financial Review
  5. ^ a b c Federation and Meteorology, Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962, page 1032
  6. ^ "Harbinger, 2007". adriangollner.ca. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  7. ^ MLC Building, North Sydney
  8. ^ Photo of Westpac Place: View of the weather beacon displaying its red light panels Archived 25 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Hitachi Building, Brisbane
  10. ^ Hitachi Building Weather Beacon RIP sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  11. ^ Weather beacon to be given the flick – Queensland – BrisbaneTimes
  12. ^ McCarthy, John (19 November 2007). "Weather beacon to be turned off". The Courier-Mail. 
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=casRsothePY
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTGwaUziEvQ
  15. ^ MLC Building, Adelaide
  16. ^ Lloyd, Tim (30 March 2007). "City beacon stands tall". The Advertiser. 
  17. ^ 303 Collins Street, Melbourne
  18. ^ "Who's afraid of Red, Green and Blue" – an urban installation by LAb[au] on Brussels Dexia Tower
  19. ^ Coolopolis: Montreal 50s SKYTOWER woot-woot!!!!
  20. ^ 505 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, Montreal
  21. ^ 2,640 Colored Bulbs Will Predict Weather, The Gazette, 13 April 1956, p. 23
  22. ^ Montreal this morning, The Gazette, 14 Jan. 1976, p. 3
  23. ^ Correction, The Gazette, 17 Jan. 1976, p. 4 (beacon to be demolished, not building)
  24. ^ http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_KwIagbGuYv4/SsUU9M5RBBI/AAAAAAAAAAM/H3s4SQgtKCg/s320/Plains1.jpg
  25. ^ STAWAG – Die Wettersäule Archived 25 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  27. ^ Beyazit Tower
  28. ^ icCoventry – Put that light out!
  29. ^ Coventry Design Awards 2001 – Three Towers Lighting Project : Hillman House, Corporation Street
  30. ^ Mattei Building, Fresno
  31. ^ News10.net – News10 Weather Tower Key
  32. ^ Nolte, Carl (8 December 2008). "Lights atop One Rincon Hill signal S.F. weather". San Francisco Chronicle. pp. B–1. Retrieved 13 December 2008. 
  33. ^ Dickinson, Joy Wallace (7 April 2002). "Short Play Brings Rainmaker's 1939 Tale Back to Life". Orlando Sentinel. 
  34. ^ Orlando Sentinel – History of the Church Street Station Area by Archived 3 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  35. ^ Bell Savings Building, Chicago
  36. ^ Weather Bell sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  37. ^ Weather Bell Archived 5 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  38. ^ Clocks of Chicago 1: Bell Federal Savings Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  39. ^ Memories Of Marina City
  40. ^ Warmer Weather Ahead sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  41. ^ Colder Weather in Sight sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  42. ^ Channel 9 KCAU-TV Weather Ball
  43. ^ "What Do The Weather Lights Mean?". WLWT.com. Hearst Television. 17 April 2009. Archived from the original on 10 March 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  44. ^ 1952 The Falstaff Weather Ball is First Lit
  45. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 March 2005. Retrieved 14 December 2006. 
  46. ^ Falstaff Brewery – New Orleans Louisiana sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  47. ^ New Orleans, Louisiana Daily Photo
  48. ^ Tower shines after 50 years: 10/1/00
  49. ^ http://www.mlive.com/business/mid-michigan/index.ssf/2013/11/watch_as_two_women_with_strong.html
  50. ^ http://www.wzzm13.com/weather/weatherball.asp
  51. ^ Grand Rapids Business Journal – Weather Ball History
  52. ^ weather ball sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  53. ^ Valley City Sign Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  54. ^ The Technical History of WEBC Radio: Chapter Five Archived 20 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  55. ^ New Header[permanent dead link]
  56. ^ Guided by History: Weatherball Archived 16 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  57. ^ MNHS.ORG | Exhibits | Weather Permitting
  58. ^ History of the NWS in the Twin Cities – At the Airport
  59. ^ A History of Minneapolis: Banking and Finance Archived 6 June 2002 at the Wayback Machine.
  60. ^ "Remembering a beloved icon". Northwestern Financial Review. 2001. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. 
  61. ^ MHS Visual Resource Database Image
  62. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=Z6k2sY7AeCwC&pg=PA121&dq=weatherball#PPA121,M1
  63. ^ http://www.kchistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/Askren&CISOPTR=58&CISOBOX=1&REC=7
  64. ^ http://www.hoachorus.com/harmonotes/Dec05Harmonotes.pdf
  65. ^ Pershing Building, Kansas City
  66. ^ http://www.terracottalofts.com/bldghistory.asp
  67. ^ Blacktie-StLouis | PREMIERE EVENTS | The 8-foot, 1200-pound neon ball sits on top of a 50-foot rotating tower and can be seen over a 10-mile radius when lit Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  68. ^ Terra Cotta Lofts, St. Louis
  69. ^ Weather Ball 2 sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  70. ^ Weather Ball sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  71. ^ US Bank Tower, Billings
  72. ^ Helena_Last_Chance_Gulch
  73. ^ Dunlap, David W. (4 February 2008). "No More MONY in the Midtown Skyline". The New York Times. 
  74. ^ Gothamist: Find Another Weather Forecast
  75. ^ Mutual of New York Building, New York City
  76. ^ http://townofmanteo.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={887829A3-F959-42C2-95C7-248BCDF8D423}&DE={82D8218D-C660-4DA1-89F4-E6303D384BA8}
  77. ^ Burleigh County : General Information Archived 10 December 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  78. ^ Bismarck-Mandan Blog – Weather Beacon: been there, done that, got the t-shirt Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  79. ^ Save the Weather Beacon! You can help!
  80. ^ Chiquita Center, Cincinnati
  81. ^ Lisa Miller (producer) (1987). WKRC-TV Gets Weather Beacon (Television advertisement). Cincinnati, Ohio: WKRC-TV. ♪ If you wanna know / what the weather will be / just look up to the top / of the Chiquita Building. ♪ 
  82. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=4dz2XwSzSKEC&pg=PA23&lpg=PA23&dq=%22weather+beacon%22+%22oklahoma+city%22&source=web&ots=Wc-AsNw0-b&sig=6GVF-IjtOoYxsQG8muL2OKXZ7uU#PPA23,M1
  83. ^ Tulsa TV Weather
  84. ^ Tulsa Historical Society | Learn | Exhibits | Historic Sites Archived 20 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  85. ^ 320 S. Boston 3 sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  86. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  87. ^ Standard Insurance Plaza, Portland
  88. ^ "Sign in to OregonLive.com". The Oregonian. 
  89. ^ Downtown Portland from our window by Gallun : Weather Underground
  90. ^ officeflowers sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  91. ^ http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/default.aspx?pageId=47
  92. ^ New twist on an old landmark – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review[permanent dead link]
  93. ^ Gulf Building, Pittsburgh
  94. ^ http://www.cparchives.com/archive.cfm?type=You%20Had%20to%20Ask&action=getComplete&ref=2497
  95. ^ http://www.readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=126076
  96. ^ http://www.co.berks.pa.us/commissioners/cwp/view.asp?A=11&Q=490871
  97. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  98. ^ US Bank Building, Sioux Falls
  99. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  100. ^ [2][permanent dead link]
  101. ^ 28 January 2007 – Provident: a Beacon in the Chattanooga Community – Memories – Chattanoogan.com
  102. ^ Maclellan Building, Chattanooga
  103. ^ http://www.nashvillewebreview.com/automat/nashville/popular_buildings/LandC/landc_brochure/LandC2.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  104. ^ http://www.cardcow.com/21559/life-and-casualty-tower-nashville-us-state-town-views-tennessee-nashville/
  105. ^ http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-mercantileclock_13met.ART.State.Edition1.454c55b.html
  106. ^ http://www.snarkymalarkey.com/?p=415
  107. ^ Mercantile clock to tick once again | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Steve Brown | Real Estate | Business Columnist | Dallas Morning News
  108. ^ The Center for American History
  109. ^ ImageShack – Hosting :: 6006032fa.jpg
  110. ^ Travis Tower, Houston
  111. ^ ImageShack – Hosting :: 6006085yc.jpg
  112. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 August 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2007. 
  113. ^ SixFlagsHouston.com | Photos :: Historical Photos :: globe
  114. ^ Drury Plaza Hotel River Walk, San Antonio, Texas Archived 14 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  115. ^ Drury Plaza Hotel- San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio
  116. ^ KSL 5 Eyewitness Weather Tower at Trolley Square – Utah News from KSL-TV, Salt Lake City, Utah Archived 16 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  117. ^ http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695216239,00.html
  118. ^ ksl.com – Historic weather tower lights up skyline
  119. ^ http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4196/is_20060308/ai_n16164672.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  120. ^ JS Online: Galvin envisioned weather flame on old Gas Co. building Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  121. ^ Wisconsin Gas Building sur Flickr : partage de photos !

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