The old John Hancock Building’s weather light poem

I moved to Massachusetts in the 70’s after graduating high school and lived in the Backbay section of Boston for two years. I loved all the lights, city life, the nightlife, variety of buildings and Boston’s rich history.

One of things I learned was the poem for why the color of the lights changed on top of the old John Hancock Building:

Steady blue, clear view.
Flashing blue, clouds due.
Steady red, rain ahead.
Flashing red, snow instead.

Today the light is a steady red meaning rain ahead just in case the dark skies weren’t a big clue.


Stay dry!


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