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Posted On 04 Feb 2020
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Happy Weatherpersons Day!

February 5th is the day designated as a day to celebrate and recognize meteorologists and weatherpeople. The work these men and women do everyday helps all of us plan our days, wardrobe and activities. Moreover, their diligence in tracking weather patterns keep us safe from dangerous life threatening storms.


But when did this all start? Why February 5th? How can I be a meteorologist and track weather at home?

The History of Weatherpersons Day

This annual holiday commemorates the birthday of John Jeffries, born on this day in 1744.  Dr. Jeffries, a scientist, and a surgeon, is considered to be one of America’s first weather observers.  He kept weather records from 1774 to 1816. Additionally, Jefferies pioneered the field of ballooning in the United States and took his first balloon observation in 1784.

From 1771 through 1774 Dr. Jeffries was on board a squadron of British ships in Boston Harbor as a surgeon helping the wounded soldiers at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Dr. Jeffries is considered to be one of America’s first weather observers. He began taking daily weather measurements in 1774. National Weatherperson’s Day is celebrated in his honor on his birthday.

Ready to learn more about Dr. John Jeffries? Click below for a link to Wikipedia.

Ready To Start Observing Weather

Ready to observe weather at home? GREAT! Monitoring the weather can be fun and educational for children and adults. With some tools from your friends at Yeagers, you can be out there observing in no time! Here are some tools that can help!


Thermometer – Keeping tabs on the temperature can help recognize weather patterns. There are many types of thermometers that can provide the actual temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius. Many digital thermometers include a monitor that stays outside, while you can stay out of the elements too!


Rain Gauge – These are tubes that have markings denoting the amount of rainfall you received since you last checked it. Depending on your yard, you can place these in the lawn or mounted to a wall or pole.


Weather Radio – Observing and tracking the weather is fun and exciting. But it is always good to have the advice of the phenomenal meteorologists who have their eyes on all the high tech tools. 


Camera – See a cool cloud you never saw before? Take a picture! Many weather news programs and websites ask for photos of interesting weather phenomena. You never know when you have a unique weather experience others would love to see.

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