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National Weatherman's Day – February 5, 2023

The United States celebrates National Weatherman’s Day, sometimes known as National Weatherperson’s Day, on February 5 every year. It honors meteorologists, weather forecasters, and broadcast meteorologists, as well as storm spotters and observers. It is commemorated on February 5, the birthday of John Jeffries, one of the first weather observers in the United States, who began taking daily measurements in 1774.

History of National Weatherman's Day

Weather refers to the state of the atmosphere, such as how hot or cold it is, how wet or dry it is, how quiet or stormy it is, and how clear or foggy it is. The troposphere, which is slightly below the stratosphere, is where the majority of meteorological events on Earth take place. While climate refers to the averaging of atmospheric conditions over longer periods, Weather refers to day-to-day temperature, precipitation, and other atmospheric factors. It can be determined and predicted by studying several factors and that’s where weathermen come in.

A meteorologist is a scientist who studies and works in the discipline of meteorology with the goal of better understanding or forecasting Earth’s atmospheric phenomena, such as weather. Meteorologists in research investigate meteorological phenomena, whereas weather forecasters and operational meteorologists use mathematical models and information to make daily weather forecasts. They work in a variety of settings, including government organizations, private consulting and research firms, industrial businesses, utilities, radio and television stations, and educational institutions.

They are not to be confused with weather presenters. A weather presenter is a person who announces the weather prediction on radio, television, or the internet every day. They inform viewers about the present and future weather conditions, explain the causes for this evolution, and transmit to the public any weather threats and alerts issued for their region, country, or wider areas, using a variety of tools such as projected weather maps. There are no prerequisites for becoming a weather presenter; nevertheless, depending on the country and medium, it might range from a television host’s introduction to meteorology to a diploma in meteorology from a recognized university.

On the birthday of John Jeffries, the Father of American Weather Observation, National Weatherman’s Day is observed. On this day in 1745, he was born. Those in this field put in hours of work and research to determine weather conditions and bring that information to us. If it weren’t for them, we would never be prepared or dressed appropriately for harsh weather conditions. National Weatherman’s Day is a day of appreciation for these heroes.

National Weatherman's Day timeline

1940
T.V. Weatherman

Weather reports begin to be broadcasted on television.

1958
The World Follows

France joins the list of countries to broadcast a daily weather report on television.

1961
Heroic Weatherman

Weatherman Dan Rather broadcasts his weather report alerting people about a hurricane and saving thousands of lives.

1982
The Weather Channel

A channel specifically for weather is set up and starts broadcasting weather reports 24 hours a day.

National Weatherman's Day FAQs

What is the coldest it has ever been?

The coldest temperature to ever be recorded yet has been -89.2°C.

What is the hottest it has ever been?

The hottest temperature to ever be recorded so far is 56.7°C.

Are tornadoes common?

The answer depends on the location. The U.S., for instance, faces around 1,200 tornadoes a year.

National Weatherman's Day Activities

  1. Appreciate weathermen

    Whether it is the broadcaster on your local weather channel or storm spotters, weathermen inform and protect us from several negative effects of harsh weather conditions. They enable us to protect our belongings by moving them, dressing appropriately and evacuating when necessary, etc.

  2. Learn about the field

    Weather forecasting is a thorough and complex discipline and requires a lot of study and analysis to get a proper reading. It is an important job and there is a lot to read up about it. Take the day to get a gist of what it’s all about.

  3. Spread the love

    We often have our own cute and entertaining experiences with the weather — for instance, the time you checked the forecast and saw a snow warning right before bed and frantically moved outdoor furniture inside having a great laugh with your roommates. Use the #NationalWeathermansDay and share your anecdote on social media

5 Facts About Weather You Probably Didn’t Know

  1. Fire tornadoes exist

    Wildfires sometimes result in tornadoes of fire known as fire whirls.

  2. There’s an animal connection

    It is believed that cats and dogs can sense when a tornado is coming.

  3. Some things can’t be explained

    In July 2001, there was blood-red rain in Kerala, India.

  4. It is powerful

    Sandstorms can swallow entire cities.

  5. There is unparalleled intensity

    Heatwaves can bend train tracks.

Why We Love National Weatherman's Day

  1. It is a difficult job

    We seldom think about the effort that goes into other jobs. Weather forecasting is a complex field and to be able to bring accurate predictions to the masses is no easy feat. This day highlights that.

  2. It is an important job

    We have proven historical evidence of how weather forecasts have saved thousands and thousands of lives by alerting people and initiating evacuations and other safety measures. Without this, harsh weather would wreak a lot more damage than it already does.

  3. It deserves appreciation

    In the hustle and bustle of life, it can be challenging to slow down and learn about and appreciate every single profession and the things that others do to make our lives easier. Days like this allow us to do that for all the unsung heroes.

National Weatherman's Day dates

YearDateDay
2023February 5Sunday
2024February 5Monday
2025February 5Wednesday
2026February 5Thursday
2027February 5Friday

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