Did you know there was a day for your favorite weatherperson? Well, today is the day. According to this NWS web site (link), February 5 is National Weatherperson’s Day, commemorating the birth of John Jeffries 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.
National Weather Service meteorologists and many private forecasters work 24/7/365 to provide timely and useful forecasts and warnings which are used by millions of people every day to plan work and play schedules and to protect their lives and their businesses.
In honor of the day, here is a link to Dr. Marshall Shepherd’s blog on “15 Weather Myths Debunked”. Dr. Shepherd is a UGA geography professor who is the head of the atmospheric sciences program there and is also the host of WxGeeks, which airs on The Weather Channel every Sunday at noon.