National Weatherperson’s Day

Today is National Weatherperson’s Day in the United States. Observed annually, it is a day to recognize the work of all individuals involved in the field of meteorology – not just famous prognosticating groundhogs.

According to the NWS, February 5, 1744 was the birthday of Dr. John Jeffries – one of America’s first weather observers.  As a Boston based physician with a deep interest in weather, he kept daily records from 1774 to 1816.  He also took the first known weather observation from a hot air balloon in 1784.

Recognizing the significant contributions Dr. Jeffries made to the science of weather, this day was chosen in his honor.

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Melissa Fleming is an environmental communicator and visual artist working at the intersection of art and science. She is passionate about exploring, learning, and sharing information about the natural world. She has presented her interdisciplinary work in a variety of mediums at venues and conferences around the world.