National Weatherperson’s Day
National Weatherperson’s Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on February 5th. This holiday commemorates all of those who work in meteorology, weather forecasting, and storm spotting. It’s also a day when weather observers are commemorated as well. This holiday falls on the date of the birthday of John Jeffries in 1744.
John Jeffries was a doctor, surgeon, and scientist who is considered to be one of the first weather observers. From the 1770s through 1816, he kept detailed records of the weather. The good doctor also pioneered the field of using balloons for observing weather in the United States. In fact, in 1784, he made his first weather balloon observation.
The History Of National Weatherperson’s Day
Unfortunately, we were unable to locate what person or organization first created this holiday. However, we do know that it’s been around for a long time. How long has this holiday been observed? This holiday has been observed for approximately half a century and is celebrated every year by meteorologists and those interested in meteorology.
Interesting Facts About Meteorology & The Weather
Who’s up for some interesting meteorological facts? If you’ve just raised your hand, then allow us to entertain you with the following facts. Facts that we uncovered while researching National Weatherperson’s Day.
- Aristotle first mentioned meteorology in 350 BC.
- The lowest part of the atmosphere is the Troposphere.
- Most TV weather people are not meteorologists but are instead weathercasters.
- A cricket’s chirps can tell you what the ambient temperature is.
- In 1899, the Mississippi River froze its entire length.
- Cats and dogs can sense when a tornado is coming.
- A heatwave can bend train tracks.
Observing National Weatherperson’s Day
This holiday can be observed simply by thanking a meteorologist or local broadcast weather forecaster for all that they do. If a person doesn’t know a weatherperson, then they can always give a shout-out to the meteorologist at their local TV station using the hashtag #NationalWeatherpersonsDay on social media.