PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The KDKA-TV Weather Beacon Atop the Gulf Tower is now up and running.

It’s a new, hi-tech version of the weather beacon that the building was known for before the energy crisis of the 1970’s prompted its owners to turn it off.

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The new version uses energy-efficient LED lights which will show current weather conditions, but it debuted with a patriotic display for the Independence Day holiday.

Alfonso Roberts IV, 11, who is involved with the Make-A-Wish program, pressed the button to start the lights. He gave his approval, saying he thought the lights looked like a rainbow.

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Inez Willmer from Oakmont said she remembers the old beacon and thinks her kids will enjoy looking at the new one.

The award-winning team of Cindy Lamauro and Chris Popowich are responsible for the beacon’s lighting design.

The beacon will begin displaying the current weather conditions Thursday evening.


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