National Weatherperson’s Day

Whether you like it or not, weather affects everyone! If you are anything like me, a big part of my morning routine is to look and see what the weather is going to be for the day. Knowing the weather forecast is valuable in so many ways. We often look to the forecast to plan our activities for upcoming days, as it affects what we do, how we dress, where we go or even if we go at all.

Many of us take weather information for granted. At our fingertips are so many sources to turn to for the weather forecast, but which is the most dependable? They all are! The Weather Channel provides a lot of valuable information, but it may not affect me directly. An app on my phone and social media is convenient when I’m on the run or out of town. I have to say that I really do enjoy tuning in to my local television stations. Like me, I’m sure you have your favorite meteorologists you like to watch. I happen to live in an area of the country that is considered “tornado alley”. That being said, there are times of the year that are like Christmas for our local weather forecasters, and tornado season is one of them. Some can be quite animated, depending on the current weather conditions. It’s easy to watch them every day and feel a connection, as they are the most trusted faces people turn to for weather information. But don’t forget that around the clock these dedicated meteorologists and weathercasters are vigilantly creating forecasts based on information from the National Weather Service in order to help you plan your day, and to keep you safe.

Did you know that there is an official National Weatherperson’s Day? It is observed on February 5th, primarily in the United States. It recognizes individuals in the fields of meteorology, weather forecasting, and broadcast meteorology. Also included are the volunteer storm spotters and observers. February 5th was chosen to commemorate 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 when he carried a thermometer, a barometer, and a hygrometer to the height of 9000 feet.

 

I thought it would be fun to reach out to several of my local meteorologists just to see if weather people do anything to actually celebrate their special day. I had two responses, both from KOCO (our local ABC station). Damon Lane said that Blue Bell will usually drop off ice cream at the station, and cookie bouquet companies will sometimes make a delivery. Michael Armstrong responded that Blue Bell delivers each of them a half gallon of their favorite ice cream flavor, and a local baker will send a cookie basket with a variety of custom decorated cookies. I think that ice cream and cookies are a great way to celebrate! As well, Michael stated that their social media typically goes wild with thank you notes. I personally feel that Oklahoma is blessed with knowledgeable meteorologists and storm chasers. I’m grateful for their skills and willingness to sacrifice time from their families in order to help keep me and my family safe. What type of major weather events do you have where you live? Whatever they are, don’t forget to show appreciation to your weather people!

 

As a Web Merchandiser for Mardel, I write on Education, Jewelry, and Apparel for our web site.  I write from the heart of being a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and Women’s Ministry Coordinator at my church.  More than anything else, I love the Lord.

 

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