February 5th is National Weatherperson’s Day. This day was chosen to honor John Jeffries who was born on this date in 1744. A scientist and surgeon, he was one of the United States’ first weather observers, keeping meticulous notes from 1774 to 1816. In fact, he was the first to use a balloon to make weather observations in 1784.
The purpose of this holiday is to honor all individuals in the fields of meteorology, weather forecasting, and broadcast meteorology. Volunteer storm spotters and observers are also recognized on this day as well as any others that work in the weather field.
We often take weather reporting for granted. Turn on your television, check your phone, or fire up the computer – the data is always there. We seldom think about all the people working behind the scenes who spend their days analyzing patterns to bring us the most reliable data possible. And though that is very helpful for planning our days, the purpose of the National Weather Service is to save lives when weather threatens them with floods, storms, tornados, or other such. According to the NWS Website, “Nationwide, more than 11,000 volunteer Cooperative Observers take regular measurements of temperature, precipitation, and other data, which is used by forecasters and climatologists. Nearly 300,000 volunteer storm spotters are trained by the NWS to provide visual reports of severe weather conditions to forecast offices and local emergency management officials. Volunteer amateur radio operators provide critical emergency communications during severe weather.” So next time you complain when you get wet on a 20% chance of showers day, think of all the people who are involved behind the scenes making the best prediction they can of a system that can change in unpredictable ways. (Weather is determined by chaos theory, and therefore by definition cannot ever be 100% accurate)
Quotes about the weather
The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.–Patrick Young
Weather is a great metaphor for life — sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella or choose to dance in the rain!–Terri Guillemets
Weather forecast for tonight: dark. Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning.–George Carlin
Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.–Kin Hubbard
For the man sound in body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather; every day has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously.–George Gissing
It is best to read the weather forecast before praying for rain.–Mark Twain
There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.–Alfred Wainwright
On cable TV they have a weather channel — 24 hours of weather. We had something like that where I grew up. We called it a window.–Dan Spencer
I will praise the English climate till I die—even if I die of the English climate. There is no weather so good as English weather. Nay, in a real sense there is no weather at all anywhere but in England.–G. K. Chesterton
Whether the weather be fine,
Whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Whether the weather be hot,
We’ll weather the weather,
Whatever the whether,
Whether we like it or not.
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo
Pray don’t talk to me about the weather, Mr. Worthing. Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else–Oscar Wilde
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