The Flint Weather Ball

July 24, 2006


9714crop, photo by Hemicuda82.

Isaiah Mays captured a great shot of this Flint landmark.

Of the Weather Ball, Gary Flynn at Water Winter Wonderland writes:

Long before The Weather Channel existed and more than a decade before Flint even received cable TV, people in and around downtown Flint could look at the top of the Citizens Bank building and figure out the weather forecast every evening. Ever since the Citizens Bank Weather Ball was built in 1956, Flint residents and visitors who knew the Weather Ball rhyme knew what to expect:

When the weather ball is red, higher temperatures ahead.
When the weather ball is blue, lower temperatures are due.
Yellow light in weather ball means they’ll be no change at all.
When colors blink in agitation, there’s going to be precipitation.

Read the rest of A Very Useful Landmark at Water Winter Wonderland.

7 Responses to “The Flint Weather Ball”

  1. fivecats Says:

    Very nice, especially with the jet contrails in the sky.


  2. Christine Says:

    Thank you so much for this great shot. I was searching for a shot of the weatherball a few weeks ago. This is great.


  3. Judy Clark Says:

    I’d like to see a night shot, too, or maybe even video. That’d be great! (it would also be nice if your site specified “EMAIL,” not “Mail.”


  4. brian babey Says:

    Wow, i thought the Minneapolis-St Paul area only had this. ours was from 1949-1983. I thought it was a cool idea and still do! i agree with Judy a Night shot would be cool. Brian from Minnesota.


  5. Sarah Says:

    I am looking to purchase a picture of the weather ball in Flint, MI anyone have any suggestions of place to look.


  6. […] weather ball will undergo a slight transformation, however. The letters CB (for Citizens Bank) will change to FM […]


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