By now you’ve probably heard our Weather Watcher jingle. What you might not know is that the cheerful tune has become an important lesson for some students at Green Central School in Minneapolis.
The new Weather Watcher sign atop the WCCO building has been alerting TV viewers and passersby to changes in the air since the day after Thanksgiving. That has prompted several Good Questions from WCCO viewers, including one from 10-year-old Alex of Glenwood City, Wis. He wanted to know: How do we decide when to change the color? For example, flurries were in the forecast for Monday night, but warmer weather is on the way. The Weather Watcher was shining red. “I was watching the news and it was showing red on the thing, and I looked at it and said snow is coming, too,” Alex said.
Friday night marked the beginning of the end of downtown Minneapolis’ Holidazzle parade, and WCCO-TV was there to capture the luminous celebration. Frank Vascellaro and Amelia Santaniello emceed the parade’s opening night, which coincided with the official lighting of the WCCO Weather Watcher.
Thirty-one years ago on Thanksgiving Day, a massive fire in downtown Minneapolis robbed the Northwestern National Bank of its iconic weather ball. But on Friday, a new twist on the weather ball concept was shining over Nicollet Mall.
WCCO-TV’s downtown Minneapolis location will now feature one of the city’s most unique rooftop spaces with a highly visible exclamation point provided by a new landmark that is reminiscent of a local icon that was destroyed in a Thanksgiving Day fire 31 years ago.
St. Louis has an arch while San Francisco has its iconic Golden Gate. But for generations of Minnesotans, it was a colored ball perched atop a downtown Minneapolis bank that many remember.