#FINDMEFRIDAY: Berkley Building Weather Beacon

Congratulations to Matt Johnson for being the first student to tweet a selfie from the January 26th #FindMeFriday location!


A little about this week’s location:

The Weather Beacon is a 65-foot high structure with 288 neon lights that sits on top the Berkeley Building, otherwise known as the Old John Hancock Tower. On clear evening, the Weather Beacon can be seen from miles away and, on return flights into Boston, it is often the first thing travelers look for when descending onto the runways of Logan Airport.

It began lighting up the Boston skyline in 1949 and, except for a few years during the energy crisis of the late 1970s when it was turned off to conserve power, it has provided Bostonians with the weather forecast ever since.  A well-known rhyme assists in deciphering the color code: Steady blue, clear view/Flashing blue, clouds due/Steady red, rain ahead/Flashing red, snow instead

Even the Weather Beacon is a Red Sox fan. During baseball season, flashing red lights lets baseball fans know the Red Sox game has been postponed due to poor weather. In 2004, when the Red Sox won the World Series, was the first time the red and blue lights flashed in unison and the accompanying rhyme: Flashing Blue and Red, when the Curse of the Bambino is dead!  The Weather Beacon did the same in 2007 and 2013 when the World Series trophy came home to Boston.

So, the next time you are about to venture out, be sure to check out the Weather Beacon to know whether or not you should wear your galoshes.

Go see your city, my friends!