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National Weather Person’s Day

National Weatherperson's Day

A few things, like the weather, can affect our day — or inspire small talk in an elevator. But instead of getting caught in a heavy downpour without an umbrella, what if there were a group of special people who could give us a hint beforehand? That’s why we celebrate National Weatherperson’s Day every year on February 5 — on the birthday of John Jeffries, one of the first weather observers to take daily measurements (back in 1774). The day honours individuals in meteorology, weather forecasting and broadcast meteorology, as well as volunteer storm spotters and observers.

National Weatherperson's Day Timeline

The Birth of the Rain Man
One of America’s pioneer weather forecasters, John Jeffries, is born.

Daily Weather Reports
Jeffries begins to make daily weather observations in Boston.

How’s the Weather Up There?
Jeffries becomes the first person in the world to gather weather information from a weather balloon.

“Mean Girls”
Popular character Karen Smith from “Mean Girls” becomes a weather girl by the movie’s end.

How To Observe National Weatherperson's Day

Thank your weatherperson
Forecasting the weather is not an easy job. Even with all the technology available, meteorology is not an exact science. These days most newscasters use social media to keep us updated. Take a moment to let them know you appreciate their hard work.
Go outside
Life is so hectic these days, and it’s easy to find ourselves running from the house to our car to our office and back again. Take a moment and go outside to appreciate the weather. Even if it’s miserable out, taking a moment to rejoice in the changing seasons can put a smile on your face and make the day a little easier.
Try your hand at predicting the weather.
Numerous online games and simulations will let you practice predicting the weather. Check them out—you may never look at your weatherperson the same way again!

Why National Weatherperson's Day Is Important

They help us plan our day.
It’s hard to imagine leaving the house in the morning without checking to see if it’s predicted to rain or if we need to bring a jacket. Not to mention finding out if some major weather event is threatening our safety. Thank goodness we have our friendly weatherperson to let us know what to expect so we aren’t caught unprepared.
Predicting the weather is cool science.
From the early days of the thermometer and barometer to today’s use of advanced radar and satellites, science and technology have made some amazing tools available to meteorologists and weather enthusiasts to predict the weather.
Weatherpeople save lives
Knowing a major weather event is coming has saved countless lives. From preparing your home for a storm to staying off the roads due to major evacuations, our weatherpeople use their knowledge and insights to keep us prepared and safe.

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