Posted: Mar 10, 2014 5:59 PM by Pat Shingleton
The first weather observers targeted sky conditions and objects in the environment impacted by atmospheric conditions. Examples include wind, moving across a lake, leaves changing colors and migratory birds. As noted in a previous column, a 34 mile ride in the station wagon to Pittsburgh, PA, in our younger days, included the Gulf Building, whose lights changed colors with changing weather. The building was not only reliable but a fixture on many of the evening weathercasts. The Hancock Tower in Boston shines blue to indicate a clear view, flashing blue when clouds are due, steady red for rain ahead and flashing red for snow ahead. The former Shaw building, now CBI building on Essen, is the only building displaying lights for occasions.