Friday, February 5, 2010

National Weatherman's Day

Okay, so this post is somewhat personal since I AM a weatherman!  National Weatherman's Day honors weathermen and women who work hard to accurately predict the often fickle weather.  Despite major technological advances and supercomputers, forecasting the weather is still a trickyand ever changing business.

Knowing the weather is important in so many ways.  It affect how we dress, where we go, and even if we go.  Space launches are made or delayed depending upon the weather.  And, knowing the weather can save lives.  The most obvious example is knowing when and where hurricanes or tornados may hit.

According to the Air Force News, Weatherman's Day "commemorates the birth of John Jeffries, one of America's first weathermen".  Jeffries was born on Feb 5, 1744.  He kept weather records from 1774 to1816.

If you see a weatherman today, give them your appreciation for a job well done.

While we know why this day was created, we do not know who initiated it or when.  I could find no documentation in congressional records to confirm that this is truely a national day.


PS  I am aware of at least two weather people who live in Helena, myself and Ashley Brand who lives in Hillsboro.

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