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Milwaukee Gas Light

By Stefanik Software LLC

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


When the flame is blue, there's no change in view!

Since 1956, Milwaukeeans needed only to look toward the downtown skyline to get their weather forecast. That's when the Wisconsin Gas Co. installed the flame-shaped, color-changing light atop their iconic Art Deco building on Wisconsin Avenue.

The flame isn't just decorative, it's a weather report. The meaning of the colors isn't obvious, so a rhyme was created to help people remember:

When the flame is red, it'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!

Now this historic and simple weather forecast is on your iPhone!

The Milwaukee Gas Light app will give the forecast for your current location, so even if you're not downtown, you can still see flame.

What's New in Version 1.2


Apparently that's a thing for some people. ;)

Scroll up and you'll see a toggle for C/F above the 3-day forecast.

Thank you to all the users that contacted me with their ideas for improvements! I had no idea the Gas Light would become so popular internationally.

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Customer Reviews

Brings Back Memories

In 1960, when I was seven years old, I was on a train going from Eagle River Wisconsin to Chicago. I can only remember one thing from that entire overnight train ride 54 years ago. At about 4:00 in the morning, I woke up and looked out the window. There were all these big buildings and at first I thought we were in Chicago. But then I saw this one building with a blue, "flame like" light on the very top. We were actually going through Milwaukee and I never forgot the sight of that building because of the huge artificial flame on top! When I saw this app I just had to download it. Besides using it for the weather it's also my "lock screen" wallpaper. I love this app!!

Unemployed DJ and Lecturer at UW- Milwaukee School of Business

Here is at fact. The gas flame on top of the old Gas Company HQ building that is a fixture in downtown Milwaukee changes colors to indicate changes in the weather. The old Gas Company (now part of We Energies) used to have one electrician who was responsible for maintaining the electrical bulbs inside the flame atop the building. That electrician, that man's name was Alvin Beneditz. Al Beneditz taught me how to build and maintain electrical work in my house. Al Beneditz was my beloved father-in-law. This is true and I miss him. He was so good to me. He loved me and I loved him.

Nostalgic Milwaukee weather flame

Reminds me of the Weather Bell in Chicago. I loved this app immediately. Literally, the weather at a glance. My other weather weather apps fill in the details. A little bit of history on my phone, right down to the last brick.

As for comments on "spying", I've never committed a crime, the authorities aren't after me, I love my country and hate terrorists, and the app needs my location to give me an easy, accurate take on the weather. I'm not paranoid.

Milwaukee Gas Light
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  • Free
  • Category: Weather
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 6.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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