Sunlit Gas Flame (photo)

Anyone who lives in Milwaukee or has driven on the elevated freeway loop south of Downtown knows the Wisconsin Gas Building, a beautiful Art Deco tower topped by a weather beacon in the shape of a flame.  The flame changes color to announce the weather forecast.

  • When the flame is red, there’s warm weather ahead!
  • When the flame is gold, watch out for cold!
  • When the flame is blue, there’s no change in view!
  • When there’s a flickering flame, expect snow or rain!

On my way back from getting coffee I happened to notice the Gas Building flame glowing in the sunlight (at center left, below, through the trees).  I believe that must be an extreme shade of gold, to signify even COLDER cold!

Wisconsin Gas Building

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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2 Responses to Sunlit Gas Flame (photo)

  1. I haven’t thought of that for ages!!! We used to look for that light all the time. 🙂


  2. I had forgotten about that!!! Cool!! 🙂


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