Today is National Weatherpersons Day
Today is National Weatherpersons Day! This is a day observed by individuals in the field of Meteorology, weather forecasting broadcast meteorology, volunteer storm spotters and weather observers.
National Weatherpersons Day honors the birthday of John Jefferies, the first weather observer in the United States. Jefferies started taking daily weather observations in Boston in 1774 and made his first weather balloon observation in 1784. Many folks take weather forecast for granted and never think about all the science and effort behind it.
Men and women in the weather forecast field gather raw data, analyze it and study numerical computer models to issue the weather forecast providing residents in the areas they cover the information to be able to prepare and plan for any impending weather moving their way.
Partnerships between The National Weather Service, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration along with private partnerships from broadcasting companies, private analytical companies, meteorologist and weather forecasters continues to improve the ability to provide accurate and up to the minute forecasting for the general public. Forecasts are more accurate now than they were even as recent as 10 years ago. The National Weather Service and the Storm Predictions Center has been able to increase their warning lead teams year over year to provide watches, warnings and advisories to the public as quickly as possible.
So, take a moment today to give thanks to the individuals you get your local weather forecast from. It only takes a moment and brings aa smile to someone’s face!