Imagine the life of a weatherman, and again… isn’t it supposed to be a Weather Person!?! You get up every morning hoping you have predicted the weather correctly for your viewing audience. Sure there’s a 50/50 chance of being wrong, but that also means there is a 50/50 chance you are right!
Today it isn’t enough to just be a good meteorologist. You have to speak well and at least be good looking enough to not turn your audience’s stomach! Today was created to honor John Jeffries, the first American meteorologist, or at least a man that kept the weather records from 1774-1816. He was born on February 5th, 1744. Weather does generally come in a pattern, figure out that pattern and you may be able to predict your own weather!
How to celebrate – Watch the weather on tv or listen to it on the radio. Learn to predict your own weather. Always carry an umbrella just in case.
Don’t you just love it when the weatherperson says there is a 50% chance of rain? In short, it means, maybe it will rain, maybe it won’t. Actually, they are more right anymore than they are wrong. It has become a true science. Even though it is called Weatherman’s Day, like everything else, it should be Weatherperson.
According to the US Air Force, the day belongs to John Jeffries who was born on February 5th, 1744. He kept a complete record of the weather in his area from 1774 to 1816. In fact, it is the Air Force who created the day to honor his accomplishments.
On a daily basis, we may think they are guessing since even with as much science as it there is, they do still sometimes get it wrong. Of course, it isn’t really their fault, it’s mother nature not cooperating with what is apparent to all the predictors.
However when it comes to major storms, hurricanes, blizzards or severe heat spells you had better pay attention to them because while it may not matter in the everyday events of your life, in those more serious times, it could be life saving.
How to celebrate – Thank your local weatherperson. Track your weatherperson and see how often they are right in your area. Check each weatherperson’s prediction against each other and see which one is right more often.
The first Saturday in December is Skywarn Recognition Day. This year that happens to be December 3rd. It’s something that touches us all and most of us don’t even know it existed.
All across the United States amateur radio operators participate in an early warning system to let others know what they see in the sky and the weather that might be expected to follow. It is vital that this communication takes place, so important that the National Weather Service relies on these operators to keep them informed of what is coming, and in some cases, what has happened.
They call themselves the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and are very proud of the information they send along the way, and well they should be. They are Public Service Volunteers, an army of men and women that do all they can to let others know what they might be in for, weather wise, and send out warns about hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, fire, high winds, anything that might threaten someone else. They often are in the middle of the storm themselves, transmitting as long as they have the power to do so.
If you would like to know more about them or possibly find out how you can help you can contact them via this site. Though the operators have been around for years they were not celebrated until 1999 when the National Weather Service created the day of recognition. We owe them more than you can begin to imagine, they should be thanked and celebrated by everyone.
How to celebrate – See if you can become one of the Operators yourself! Find out if anyone you know is one of the operators and thank them for their service. Contact N.O.A.A. to see what else you might do for them.