The Flint Weather Ball


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.

8 thoughts on “The Flint Weather Ball

  1. 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.”


  2. 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.


  3. My parents taught me this rhyme. I can remember every time we went to flint from grand blanc I always ask to drive by the weather ball. I thought that was a great treat.


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