National Weatherperson’s Day

National Weatherperson’s Day is a holiday observed annually on February 5th. This holiday commemorates all those who work in meteorology, weather forecasting, and storm spotting. It also honors weather observers. The holiday coincides with the birthday of John Jeffries in 1744.

John Jeffries was a doctor, surgeon, and scientist considered one of the first weather observers. From the 1770s through 1816, he kept detailed weather records. The good doctor also pioneered using balloons for weather observation 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 determine who or which organization first created this holiday. However, we do know that it has 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 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 they do. If a person doesn’t know a weatherperson, they can always give a shout-out to the meteorologist at their local TV station using the hashtag #NationalWeatherpersonsDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
February 5 Monday
Next year (2025)
February 5 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
February 5 Sunday
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