In case you haven’t heard today in National Weather Person’s Day in the United States. There is some good history to how this started all thanks to the man pictured right John Jeffries. Today celebrates his birthday 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. This is a day to recognize the men and women who collectively provide Americans with the best weather, water, and climate forecasts and warning services of any nation.
Many of us 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. It’s easy to forget that around the clock, dedicated meteorologists and weathercasters are vigilantly creating forecasts to help you plan your day, and issuing warnings to help keep you safe.
I’ve been fascinated with the weather since I was 6 years old and while it might be easy to celebrate today for myself. I think it’s better to celebrate the field I work in and love… Meteorology. Most Meteorologists work tireless hours 24/7 365. Weekends, middle of the nights sometimes 24 hours straight. The weather doesn’t really have a schedule or know it’s the weekend or a holiday. The weather happens 24/7 and so a Meteorologist but be a 24/7 profession. Now we take our fair share of jokes about our profession. Sometimes personally but sometimes only because we love it so much and we want it to get better. I know I do!
Just remember we are right more often than not. Read my blog on this topic–> Perspective on the accuracy of Meteorologists.
I’ve always loved Author and American humorist Mark Twain. He had some great weather related quotes beside his famous writings of Tom Sawyer and Huck Fin.
The one that always struck me was this famous weather related quote.
“Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it.”
Well, today to celebrate National Weatherperson’s Day I encourage you to do something about it. Here are 5 ways you can help make our science even better.
Become a COOP Observer. Collect weather data and help with forecast and climate data research.
Join the Ping project for crowd-sourcing precipitation types. This is super easy grab a smartphone app and report what’s falling at your location.
Become a trained Skywarn spotter and help report severe weather. This is one of the most important things you could do and it literally could help save lives.