Old Hancock Beacon & Weather Forecast, Boston
When walking around in Boston, to get the weather forecast all you have to do is look at the light on the Old John Hancock building.
There is a poem that can tell you how to decode the signals:
Steady blue, clear view.
Flashing blue, clouds due.
Steady read, rain ahead.
Flashing red, snow instead. (or in summer, Red Sox game is cancelled)
Adjacent to the modern John Hancock Tower is the 1947 Old John Hancock Tower. This art deco building has a pyramid-shaped roof topped with a weather beacon. The beacon has a different color depending on the weather: clear blue means a clear view, flashing blue means clouds due, steady red signals rain ahead and a flashing red beacons warns for snow.
Here's a picture I took of the Old John Hancock reflected in the new John Hancock Tower.
And here's a way to remember the system of the lights:
1. Clear blue, clear view
2. Flashing blue, clouds du
3. Steady red, rain ahead
4. Flashing red, snowstorm ahead
(or today's Red Sox game is cancelled)