National Weatherperson's Day
Yes, you read correctly! There really is a National Weatherperson's Day, which is primarily celebrated in the United States. It is a day that recognizes all meteorologists, weather forecasters, storm spotters, and weather observers.
Meteorologists work for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), which includes the National Weather Service, the Storm Prediction Center, and the National Hurricane Center. There are also those that work for private companies and the military. Some are professors and then there are those of us in television.
National Weatherperson's Day is observed on February 5th, which is the birthday of John Jeffries. He was one of the nation's first weather observers. He began taking daily weather measurements in Boston in 1774. Ten years later, he took the first weather balloon observations. He continued taking weather observations until 1816.
It is the one day a year where we recognize all of the hard work from those in the weather profession. I have to admit that it is nice to have a day in which we get thanked for all the hard work we put in forecasting, especially during severe weather. But it is also just a fun day for meteorologists, where we hope to get weather shaped cookies or cakes. (Hint for next year!)
Meteorologist Sonya Stevens