Most if not all of us usually check the weather forecast before going out of the house. It is done to ensure that we are prepared before heading outside. Checking the weather helps us to know when to bring the umbrella, when to wear thicker clothes or when to plan that outdoor party. Such important information is provided for us by a weather person and in the United States, there is a day where they recognize individuals in this field.
February 5th is the National Weatherman’s day celebrated in the United States. The celebration commemorates the birth of John Jeffries, who is considered to be the first regular weather observers in 1774. Jeffries is a Boston physician by profession, a scientist, and a surgeon. He made weather observations, collected data and recorded them. Jeffries did this every day and now it has became part of our everyday lives. Jefferies was also the very first human beings along with Jean-Pierre Blanchard to fly in a balloon over London across the English Channel. He carried a thermometer, a barometer, and a hygrometer (to measure humidity) to the height of 9000 feet just to take weather observations. He kept weather records from 1774 to 1816.
Aside from remembering the contributions of John Jeffries, National Weatherman’s day also honors those who work in the field of meteorology from the storm spotters to the people you see on camera. This is a day to recognize those people who collectively provide us with accurate weather and climate forecasts as well as warning signals for the upcoming storm, hurricane, and the likes.
National Weatherman’s day celebrates the science of meteorology and encourages people to pay tribute to the men and women who forecast and broadcasts weather-related information and warnings every single day of the year. This day honors the men and women who go on the field to take storm, typhoon, and earthquake reports. The persons who from time to time risk their lives in order to gather climate or weather information and to be able to alert the public about severe weather conditions.
Learning more and listening to the weather patterns and meteorological events. Knowing the weather forecast is valuable to us in so many ways. We should not forget the dedicated local and international meteorologists and weather forecasters who vigilantly creates forecasts to help us plan our day. They continuously issue warnings to help us keep safe or help us plan our activities for the upcoming days which affects what we do, how we dress, where we go or if we even have to go at all. The men and women at our local Weather Service forecast office collect the raw weather data to be able to issue weather forecasts and warnings in order to protect life and property. The extensive climate data records can help architects, researchers, engineers, utilities to plan ahead in cases of an upcoming severe weather conditions.
Thank all of the meteorologists and weatherperson for all of the hard work that they give. Because predicting “Mother Nature” Is very challenging even with the most state-of-the-art technology. If you are a science teacher or have young adults in your life, get them encouraged to look at meteorology as a career option.
Those being honored on National Weatherperson’s Day work hard to precisely forecast and report the always changing and unpredictable weather. With all of the new technological advances, forecasting is still a challenging business because, as stated earlier, we all know how hard it is to predict “Mother Nature”.