National Weatherperson's Day

By: Jill Gilardi
By: Jill Gilardi

February 5 is National Weatherperson's Day! This is the day that recognizes individuals in the fields of meteorology, weather forecasting and broadcast meteorology, as well as volunteer storm spotters and observers.

Some take weather information for granted. Turn on a light switch, you get light. Turn on your television or radio, or check a web site and you get the weather forecast.

To make sure that information is available around the clock, meteorologists and weathercasters and environmental scientists are collecting, analyzing and processing data to help you plan your day, and to issue warnings to keep you and your family safe.

This day also commemorates the birth of John Jeffries in 1744. Jeffries, one of America's first weather observers, began taking daily weather observations in Boston in 1774 and he took the first balloon observation in 1784.


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