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February 5th is National Weatherperson's Day

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If you have no idea what to do today then take some time to understand and thank your local weather observer today because it's National Weatherperson's Day!  How many times have you checked the weather without actually looking outside?  Let's get right into celebrating National Weatherperson's Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

This day is set aside to commemorate the birth of one of the United States' first weather observers, John Jeffries. John was born on this day in 1744 and led a very interesting life.  He was a military surgeon for the British Army in New York during the American Revolution. In 1785 he floated across the English Channel with Jean-Pierre Blanchard in a balloon, not a boat ;). And he actually was the surgeon for Patrick Carr who was shot during the Boston Massacre, which made him a key witness during the trial.  But besides all of that, John Jeffries started to take daily weather measurements in Boston starting in the year 1774. He also would observe the weather in a balloon floating over London in 1784. Now THAT'S a weather balloon!
 
We've come a long way since then; everything is all digital and way more advanced. But if it wasn't for people like John Jeffries taking those first few steps we may not be as advanced as we are today. I mean, when is the last time you wondered how the weather was going to be and walked outside and stared at the sky for a while for your forecast? That's what I thought ;). We depend on our local weatherperson to do that for us!  They let us know how the weather is going to be for today and give us a forecast into the days to come which is very beneficial to us. It lets us know how to dress, how to plan our trips, if we need to protect our crops overnight and so on.  Without these weather observations we might end up having a chilly day because we wore shorts when it was going to get colder than expected. We might end up in an accident because things got icy and we had no warning. And our crops might get damaged by frost because we didn't cover them in advance. Aren't you glad we have these forecasts?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?  Well, why not spend a little time watching a weatherperson do what they do best?  Pay attention to the different things they're making you aware of with their weather report.  We often look over the little tidbits of information they give out without realizing it.   Or you could send them a letter, email or thank them in person if you have the chance.  Let them know that you appreciate the work that they do.  It always gives someone a boost when they realize the good they're doing.  Or you could give them a break and go buy a thermometer, barometer and maybe even a digital weather forecaster.  Take things into your own hands and learn how to use these instruments to get accurate weather predictions for your specific area.  You could even compete with the Weather Channel and see if you can make a more accurate prediction than they did.  You may not win, given the amount of technology they have on their side, but it wouldn't hurt to try ;).  Regardless of what you do today, I hope the weather is nice where you are and that you know what the forecast is in advance!





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