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Amazing Weather Beacon on Gulf Tower - KDKA-TV
Amazing Weather Beacon on Gulf Tower - KDKA-TV
Published: 2012/07/28
Channel: Ian Smith
WKRC Weather Beacon 1987.wmv
WKRC Weather Beacon 1987.wmv
Published: 2010/01/14
Channel: pbarrett
The Gulf Tower Weather Beacon
The Gulf Tower Weather Beacon
Published: 2014/04/30
Channel: PointPark NewsService
Where We Live: The Portland weather beacon
Where We Live: The Portland weather beacon
Published: 2015/12/21
Channel: KOIN 6
KCCI weather beacon going dark
KCCI weather beacon going dark
Published: 2012/09/26
Channel: KCCI
TV 8 Weather Beacon and The Iowa Spirit on 8
TV 8 Weather Beacon and The Iowa Spirit on 8
Published: 2010/11/10
Channel: oakparkstudio
Pittsburgh Weather Beacon
Pittsburgh Weather Beacon
Published: 2013/08/01
Channel: Joseph Shirk
New - Pittsburgh Weather Beacon
New - Pittsburgh Weather Beacon
Published: 2013/08/01
Channel: Joseph Shirk
Weather beacon and deep thoughts
Weather beacon and deep thoughts
Published: 2011/10/09
Channel: Diana's Adventures
Slots Tutorial: The Weather Beacon Bonus
Slots Tutorial: The Weather Beacon Bonus
Published: 2011/02/24
Channel: uwslotstutorial
Gulf Tower Weather Beacon w o Audio
Gulf Tower Weather Beacon w o Audio
Published: 2012/07/07
Channel: Larry Walsh
Gulf Tower Weather Beacon
Gulf Tower Weather Beacon
Published: 2012/06/28
Channel: Larry Walsh
Gulf Weather Beacon 2
Gulf Weather Beacon 2
Published: 2012/10/18
Channel: Larry Walsh
Complicated Place - by Scott Stilwell, performed by Weather Beacon Red
Complicated Place - by Scott Stilwell, performed by Weather Beacon Red
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Douglas Aupperle
WKYC Weather Beacon Explainers
WKYC Weather Beacon Explainers
Published: 2015/01/22
Channel: David Hrvatin
Gulf Weather Beacon 2
Gulf Weather Beacon 2
Published: 2012/10/18
Channel: Larry Walsh
WKRC Weather Beacon 1987
WKRC Weather Beacon 1987
Published: 2014/11/11
Channel: LOCAL 12
The Weather Beacon Atop The Gulf Tower Rough Draft!
The Weather Beacon Atop The Gulf Tower Rough Draft!
Published: 2014/02/27
Channel: James Hill
Brisbane Weather Beacon being Switched Off
Brisbane Weather Beacon being Switched Off
Published: 2007/12/02
Channel: Peter Jones
The Portland weather beacon blinks green
The Portland weather beacon blinks green
Published: 2015/12/18
Channel: KOIN 6
WEATHER BEACON SHORT!
WEATHER BEACON SHORT!
Published: 2012/10/28
Channel: Lou Sipolt, Jr
Weather Beacon - 1990
Weather Beacon - 1990
Published: 2017/11/14
Channel: 39,999 Views
Hitachi building weather beacon in Brisbane
Hitachi building weather beacon in Brisbane
Published: 2007/11/29
Channel: AntonExtravis
How To Operate The Ruffwear Beacon
How To Operate The Ruffwear Beacon
Published: 2018/01/03
Channel: Ruffwear
KCCI Weather Beacon Shines Again
KCCI Weather Beacon Shines Again
Published: 2010/05/03
Channel: KCCI
broken weather beacon
broken weather beacon
Published: 2008/01/03
Channel: David Pitkin
8742 kHz: Bangkok meteo Weather beacon with scary music - "The Ice cream truck of Doom"
8742 kHz: Bangkok meteo Weather beacon with scary music - "The Ice cream truck of Doom"
Published: 2011/06/18
Channel: Jozef Bogin
Western Skies - by Scott Stilwell, performed by Weather Beacon Red
Western Skies - by Scott Stilwell, performed by Weather Beacon Red
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Douglas Aupperle
More Songs About the Sun - by Scott Stilwell, performed by Weather Beacon Red
More Songs About the Sun - by Scott Stilwell, performed by Weather Beacon Red
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Douglas Aupperle
Stanford Weather Beacon - ME216M
Stanford Weather Beacon - ME216M
Published: 2017/05/04
Channel: Anand Upender
Weather Beacon Red Warmer Weather ahead
Weather Beacon Red Warmer Weather ahead
Published: 2017/06/11
Channel: 39,999 Views
Octo LED Beacon Magnet Mount Flash Patterns
Octo LED Beacon Magnet Mount Flash Patterns
Published: 2017/12/27
Channel: SpeedTech Lights
WEATHER BEACON SHOWS UP AT HALLOWEEN PARTY!
WEATHER BEACON SHOWS UP AT HALLOWEEN PARTY!
Published: 2012/10/28
Channel: Lou Sipolt, Jr
WEMOS D1 R2 WiFi weather beacon
WEMOS D1 R2 WiFi weather beacon
Published: 2017/01/07
Channel: pczekalski
hf weather beacon girl  with sexy voice
hf weather beacon girl with sexy voice
Published: 2011/01/15
Channel: pincbit
Phoenix - original song by Scott Stilwell and performed by Weather Beacon Red
Phoenix - original song by Scott Stilwell and performed by Weather Beacon Red
Published: 2018/02/11
Channel: Douglas Aupperle
RFduino based UriBeacon or Eddystone-URL based Wearable Weather Station Beacon
RFduino based UriBeacon or Eddystone-URL based Wearable Weather Station Beacon
Published: 2014/12/06
Channel: Tom Olson
IGT Money Storm Slot: Weather Beacon Bonus
IGT Money Storm Slot: Weather Beacon Bonus
Published: 2015/05/28
Channel: eyu slot videos
Local brewery makes Weather Beacon Red beer
Local brewery makes Weather Beacon Red beer
Published: 2013/12/11
Channel: KCCI
Phoenix - by Scott Stilwell, performed by Weather Beacon Red
Phoenix - by Scott Stilwell, performed by Weather Beacon Red
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Douglas Aupperle
Billy Built a Bomb - by Scott Stilwell, performed by Weather Beacon Ted
Billy Built a Bomb - by Scott Stilwell, performed by Weather Beacon Ted
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Douglas Aupperle
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins' Goal Beacon
Published: 2014/05/07
Channel: Gulf Tower Weather Beacon
Darkness - by Scott Stilwell, performed by Weather Beacon Red
Darkness - by Scott Stilwell, performed by Weather Beacon Red
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Douglas Aupperle
Kenwood TS850s / Beacon 5450 Khz USB
Kenwood TS850s / Beacon 5450 Khz USB
Published: 2009/02/16
Channel: Dan Nicolae
#11 قتال الويذار بوس ! weather boos وجبت البيكون ! beacon رهيب !! 3yash craft
#11 قتال الويذار بوس ! weather boos وجبت البيكون ! beacon رهيب !! 3yash craft
Published: 2017/12/15
Channel: iAref g4mer
Complicated Place - original song by Scott Stilwell performed by Weather Beacon Red
Complicated Place - original song by Scott Stilwell performed by Weather Beacon Red
Published: 2018/02/11
Channel: Douglas Aupperle
Beacon Windows - Weather or Not - Education in Action
Beacon Windows - Weather or Not - Education in Action
Published: 2014/04/24
Channel: Beacon Windows
Boys Don’t Dance - by Scott Stilwell, performed by Weather Beacon Red
Boys Don’t Dance - by Scott Stilwell, performed by Weather Beacon Red
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Douglas Aupperle
Turn It Around - by Scott Stilwell, performed by Weather Beacon Red
Turn It Around - by Scott Stilwell, performed by Weather Beacon Red
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Douglas Aupperle
♫ "Can Stop The Wither" - Minecraft Parody of Justin Timberlake - Can
♫ "Can Stop The Wither" - Minecraft Parody of Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: Phantaboulous
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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]

China[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Finland[edit]

Germany[edit]

Japan[edit]

Turkey[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

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
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  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  28. ^ Beyazit Tower
  29. ^ icCoventry – Put that light out!
  30. ^ Coventry Design Awards 2001 – Three Towers Lighting Project : Hillman House, Corporation Street
  31. ^ [2]
  32. ^ Mattei Building, Fresno
  33. ^ News10.net – News10 Weather Tower Key
  34. ^ Nolte, Carl (8 December 2008). "Lights atop One Rincon Hill signal S.F. weather". San Francisco Chronicle. pp. B–1. Retrieved 13 December 2008. 
  35. ^ Dickinson, Joy Wallace (7 April 2002). "Short Play Brings Rainmaker's 1939 Tale Back to Life". Orlando Sentinel. 
  36. ^ Orlando Sentinel – History of the Church Street Station Area by Archived 3 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  37. ^ Bell Savings Building, Chicago
  38. ^ Weather Bell sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  39. ^ Weather Bell Archived 5 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  40. ^ Clocks of Chicago 1: Bell Federal Savings Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  41. ^ Memories Of Marina City
  42. ^ Warmer Weather Ahead sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  43. ^ Colder Weather in Sight sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  44. ^ Channel 9 KCAU-TV Weather Ball
  45. ^ "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. 
  46. ^ 1952 The Falstaff Weather Ball is First Lit
  47. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 March 2005. Retrieved 14 December 2006. 
  48. ^ Falstaff Brewery – New Orleans Louisiana sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  49. ^ New Orleans, Louisiana Daily Photo
  50. ^ Tower shines after 50 years: 10/1/00
  51. ^ http://www.mlive.com/business/mid-michigan/index.ssf/2013/11/watch_as_two_women_with_strong.html
  52. ^ http://www.wzzm13.com/weather/weatherball.asp
  53. ^ Grand Rapids Business Journal – Weather Ball History Archived 31 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  54. ^ weather ball sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  55. ^ Valley City Sign Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  56. ^ The Technical History of WEBC Radio: Chapter Five Archived 20 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  57. ^ New Header[permanent dead link]
  58. ^ Guided by History: Weatherball Archived 16 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  59. ^ MNHS.ORG | Exhibits | Weather Permitting
  60. ^ History of the NWS in the Twin Cities – At the Airport
  61. ^ A History of Minneapolis: Banking and Finance Archived 6 June 2002 at the Wayback Machine.
  62. ^ "Remembering a beloved icon". Northwestern Financial Review. 2001. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. 
  63. ^ MHS Visual Resource Database Image
  64. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=Z6k2sY7AeCwC&pg=PA121&dq=weatherball#PPA121,M1
  65. ^ http://www.kchistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/Askren&CISOPTR=58&CISOBOX=1&REC=7 Archived 26 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  66. ^ http://www.hoachorus.com/harmonotes/Dec05Harmonotes.pdf
  67. ^ Pershing Building, Kansas City
  68. ^ http://www.terracottalofts.com/bldghistory.asp
  69. ^ 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.
  70. ^ Terra Cotta Lofts, St. Louis
  71. ^ Weather Ball 2 sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  72. ^ Weather Ball sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  73. ^ US Bank Tower, Billings
  74. ^ Helena_Last_Chance_Gulch
  75. ^ Dunlap, David W. (4 February 2008). "No More MONY in the Midtown Skyline". The New York Times. 
  76. ^ Gothamist: Find Another Weather Forecast Archived 11 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  77. ^ Mutual of New York Building, New York City
  78. ^ http://townofmanteo.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={887829A3-F959-42C2-95C7-248BCDF8D423}&DE={82D8218D-C660-4DA1-89F4-E6303D384BA8}
  79. ^ Burleigh County : General Information Archived 10 December 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  80. ^ Bismarck-Mandan Blog – Weather Beacon: been there, done that, got the t-shirt Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  81. ^ Save the Weather Beacon! You can help!
  82. ^ Chiquita Center, Cincinnati
  83. ^ 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. ♪ 
  84. ^ 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
  85. ^ Tulsa TV Weather
  86. ^ Tulsa Historical Society | Learn | Exhibits | Historic Sites Archived 20 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  87. ^ 320 S. Boston 3 sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  88. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  89. ^ Standard Insurance Plaza, Portland
  90. ^ "Sign in to OregonLive.com". The Oregonian. 
  91. ^ Downtown Portland from our window by Gallun : Weather Underground Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  92. ^ officeflowers sur Flickr : partage de photos !
  93. ^ http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/default.aspx?pageId=47
  94. ^ New twist on an old landmark – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review[permanent dead link]
  95. ^ Gulf Building, Pittsburgh
  96. ^ http://www.cparchives.com/archive.cfm?type=You%20Had%20to%20Ask&action=getComplete&ref=2497[permanent dead link]
  97. ^ http://www.readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=126076
  98. ^ http://www.co.berks.pa.us/commissioners/cwp/view.asp?A=11&Q=490871
  99. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  100. ^ US Bank Building, Sioux Falls
  101. ^ [3][permanent dead link]
  102. ^ [4][permanent dead link]
  103. ^ 28 January 2007 – Provident: a Beacon in the Chattanooga Community – Memories – Chattanoogan.com Archived 22 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  104. ^ Maclellan Building, Chattanooga
  105. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20081118134918/http://www.nashvillewebreview.com/automat/nashville/popular_buildings/LandC/landc_brochure/LandC2.html. Archived from the original on 18 November 2008.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  106. ^ http://www.cardcow.com/21559/life-and-casualty-tower-nashville-us-state-town-views-tennessee-nashville/
  107. ^ http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-mercantileclock_13met.ART.State.Edition1.454c55b.html
  108. ^ http://www.snarkymalarkey.com/?p=415
  109. ^ Mercantile clock to tick once again | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Steve Brown | Real Estate | Business Columnist | Dallas Morning News
  110. ^ The Center for American History
  111. ^ ImageShack – Hosting :: 6006032fa.jpg
  112. ^ Travis Tower, Houston
  113. ^ ImageShack – Hosting :: 6006085yc.jpg
  114. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 August 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2007. 
  115. ^ SixFlagsHouston.com | Photos :: Historical Photos :: globe Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  116. ^ Drury Plaza Hotel River Walk, San Antonio, Texas Archived 14 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  117. ^ Drury Plaza Hotel- San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio
  118. ^ 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.
  119. ^ http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695216239,00.html
  120. ^ ksl.com – Historic weather tower lights up skyline
  121. ^ http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4196/is_20060308/ai_n16164672.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  122. ^ JS Online: Galvin envisioned weather flame on old Gas Co. building Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  123. ^ Wisconsin Gas Building sur Flickr : partage de photos !

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