National Weatherperson's Day
(Also known as National Weatherman's Day)
National Weatherperson's Day is observed next on Sunday, February 5th, 2023 (64 days from today).
National Weatherperson’s Day is celebrated annually on February 5, birthday of John Jeffries, one of the first weather observers to make daily measurements (back in 1774). The day honors individuals in the fields of meteorology, weather forecasting and meteorological broadcasting, as well as those who volunteer to spot and observe storms.
History of National Weatherperson's Day
National Weatherman's Day is a great chance to honor all people working in the field of meteorology, forecasting weather and broadcast. The day also recognizes volunteers who spot and observe storms as well as any other person working in the weather field.
This annual holiday celebrates the birthday of John Jeffries, born on this date in 1744. Dr. Jeffries, a scientist and surgeon, is considered one of America's first weather observers. Weather records from 1774 to 1816 were stored carefully by him. In addition, Jefferies pioneered hot air ballooning in the United States and made the first hot air balloon observations in 1784.
Honorees in this celebration work hard to accurately forecast and report the ever-changing, and often unpredictable, weather. Despite all the new technological advances, meteorologists continue to face challenges in weather forecasting. Predicting “Mother Nature” and the path she might choose, is a very difficult task even with the most modern technology.
Knowing the weather forecast is valuable to us in many ways. We often look at the forecast to plan our activities for the coming days. It affects what we do, how we dress, where we go or even where we go. Getting ready for upcoming storms, hurricanes or tornadoes will save lives.
National Weather Service
“Providing the best warning service to the American public to save lives is one of the main missions of the forecasting office of the Weather Service (NWS). Recent severe weather statistics show that we continue to improve our ability to warn the public of impending hazardous weather.
Nationwide flash flood warning times improved from 22 minutes in 1993 to 78 minutes in 2008. Accuracy increased from 71 percent to 91 percent. Tornado warning times have increased from 6 minutes in 1993 to 13 minutes today. The accuracy of tornado warning increased from 43 percent to 72 percent. The 2008 winter storm accuracy was 89 percent with an average lead time of 17 hours. Since 1990, the Tropical Prediction Center's 24- to 72-hour tropical storm forecast tracking error has decreased by more than 50%. These more accurate alerts and longer lead times will keep the community safe.”
How to celebrate National Weatherperson's Day
Thank your local weather person. It could be someone you turn on the news to keep you up to date with the latest storm news. Or, it could also be storm detectors reporting to the National Weather Service. Their warnings warn us of impending dangers affecting our lives and livelihoods. Consider how the weather affects our daily lives, and you appreciate how accurate forecasting is whenever possible. Share your experience and say thank you to the weather expert doing an outstanding job in your area!
Use the hashtag #NationalWeatherpersonsDay to post on social media to spread the word and encourage people around the world.
ObservedNational Weatherperson's Day has been observed annually on February 5th.
Friday, February 5th, 2021
Saturday, February 5th, 2022
Sunday, February 5th, 2023
Monday, February 5th, 2024
Wednesday, February 5th, 2025