Honor the dedication of meteorologists to face all weather for our benefit.
History of National Weatherperson’s Day
National Weatherperson’s Day is celebrated on February 5th, the birthdate of the first weather observer in the US, Dr. John Jeffries.
He was a physician, scientist, military surgeon and avid balloonist.
He started taking daily weather measurements in Boston beginning in 1774.
In 1784, he made the first balloon flight over London to gather data to study air at high altitudes.
In 1785 he and Jean-Pierre Blanchard were the first to use a balloon to cross the English Channel by air.
The National Weather Service
The National Weather Service “provides weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.”
The U.S. experiences some of the most extreme and diverse weather: 26,000 severe storms, 1,300 tornadoes, 12 Atlantic basin tropical storms, 5,000 floods, 69,000 fires, and dozens of heavy snowstorms and blizzards in an average year. The National Weather Service tracks them all.
Their duty is not just to provide a local forecast so we know when to take an umbrella. Their goal is to create a “Weather-Ready Nation” where “society is prepared for and responds to weather, water, and climate-dependent events.” They are concerned with protecting American lives and property.
And you can help.
You or your organization can become an Ambassador, readying your community for extreme weather, water, and climate events.
“Whether talking about preparedness and resilience in your home, office, at community centers, within schools or local businesses, on your website, or on social media, you will be helping to spread the word, inspire others to take action, and helping our great nation become more weather–ready.”
“Any organization committed to serving as an example and engaging their stakeholders to make this country ready, responsive, and resilient can be an Ambassador.”
Be a force of nature.
For more information, see their brochure on being a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.
How to celebrate National Weatherperson’s Day:
- apply to become a Weather-Nation Ready Ambassador with the National Weather Service
- visit our Weatherperson’s Day Pinterest board
- Use #WeatherpersonsDay on social media to thank your favorite weatherperson, meteorologist or atmospheric scientist
- Watch The Aeronauts