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National Weatherperson's Day

February 5th is National Weatherperson's Day, commemorating the birth of John Jeffries in 1744. Jeffries, a Boston physician and one of America's first weather observers, began taking daily weather observations in Boston in 1774. He took the first balloon weather observation over London in 1784. He carried a thermometer, a barometer, and a hygrometer to the height of 9000 feet.

This is a day to recognize and thank the men and women who provide Americans with the best weather, water, and climate forecasts and warning services of any nation. Despite all the weather technology it still takes a dedicated group of meteorologists to correctly intepret the weather data, deliver the most-accurate forecasts to help plan your day, and most importantly - warn you when dangerous weather threatens.

John Jeffries