Well, they won’t be hot today, but while I sat on my daughter’s deck in Pittsburgh over the weekend, cardinals were singing in the trees in her backyard, and people were wearing shorts. The sun was hot — it was in the mid 50s, and the breeze was cool but not Arctic.
At home, that sun was also hot – - the breeze was cool, but sun glinting off the ice on the bay is one awesome thing of beauty. Cardinals and robins were hanging out in our backyard.
I love Erie — no matter what the weather — it is our weather. It’s also nice to get away for a change of scene, and I got a change of scene in the ‘Burgh.
The Gulf Tower
The photo above is of the Pittsburgh skyline from my daughter’s deck at night. One thing the photo doesn’t show is the colorful Gulf Tower — it’s there – I just couldn’t capture the colors. A light show every day of the year. The photo at right is the tower in living color. Here’s the significance: Constructed in 1932, the 44-story building served as a neon weather forecaster for decades, according to the www.colorkinetics.com
Red light predicted fair weather. Blue light predicted rain or snow. In the 1970s — during the energy crisis — the Gulf Oil Company shut down the neon tower lights.
In 2012, it was christened the KDKA-TV Weather Beacon. Read the entire article right here. Philips and the realty company installed a more energy efficient display that reveals present weather conditions. Lights on the tower’s top three stories signify the current temperature, ranging from bright red for hot to dark blue for cold. The 39th through 41st floors indicate precipitation, humidity and wind speed in shades of purple, green and pink.
It also celebrates home runs, goals, and touchdowns for Pittsburgh’s home teams, and the colors cycle through to create a really neat light show.
Back home in Erie, we’ll be lucky to hit the high 20s for the next week, and we will get more snow. But signs of spring are out there. And when the 40s return — looks like at least 10 days according to weather.com — keep an eye out for spring. The official day is 24 days away. Our days are getting longer, and green grass is under all that snow. The sun is warm — if we can just get a peek at it!
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.