Now you know... about the Wisconsin Gas Co flame

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The Wisconsin Gas Company building has been part of Milwaukee's skyline for years. The distinctive flame atop the building is not only decorative, but also gives a 24-hour weather forecast.

Wisconsin Gas Company building
The photo is from the Historic Photo Collection located in the Central Library's Humanities Department. For questions about the Historic Photo Collection call (414) 286-3061.

However, the colors can be confusing to those people who don't know this rhyme:

When the flame is red, there's warm weather ahead!
When the flame is gold, watch out for cold!
When the flame is blue, there's no change in view!
When there's a flickering flame, expect snow or rain!

The flame has also been used as a navigation aid by Great Lakes captains. After all, the flame is 21 feet tall, it weighs four tons, and it can be seen from as far away as 30 miles!

[The information for this entry was found in MPL's Ready Reference Quick Fact File. Make sure you visit the Quick Fact File for other interesting and useful tidbits of information.]

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