The Weather Ball is a 64-ton, 125' tall futuristic steel structure with a neon ball on top that forecasts local weather 24 hours a day. From 1967 to 1987, it sat on top of the former Michigan National Bank in downtown Grand Rapids. In 2003, the ball was rescued from its ignominious grave at a Kalamazoo scrap yard, rebuilt and relocated to the WZZM TV station on the north side of Grand Rapids. Most older Grand Rapids natives are familiar
with this catchy rhyme:
Weather ball red, warmer weather ahead.
Weather ball blue, colder weather in view.
Weather ball green, no change foreseen.
Colors blinking bright, rain or snow in sight.