Happy National Weatherman’s Day!

John Jeffries, The Father of American Weather Observing. By J. Russel, Caroline Watson (1760-1814) Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

Today is National Weatherman’s Day!

I’m sure that now the gears in your head are turning. Perhaps the date choice has even prompted a question or two. Such as “Why not February 2nd, when weather folks already get all kinds of attention because they relinquish their scientific skills to a rodent?”

It’s not known when this started as an obscure holiday, nor who started it, but at least we can offer why it’s on February 5th. Here is a fascinating history lesson: National Weatherman’s Day is celebrated on the birthday of John Jeffries, the Father of American weather observing. He was born on this day in 1745.

[Read the rest of Patricia Vollmer’s post over at GeekMom!]

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