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February 5 is National Weatherman's Day

Updated on January 9, 2015

The Story of John Jeffries

Benjamin Franklin may be the man credited with discovering electricity, perhaps while his key-and-kite combo made contact with a bolt of lightning similar to the one pictured here.

However, it was fellow Boston-native John Jeffries whose life is commemorated during the wacky February holiday known as National Weatherman's Day. Jeffries was born February 5, 1744. He compiled daily weather reports for Boston beginning in 1774. Along with French hot-air balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard, Jeffries engaged in an historic balloon ride across the English Channel in 1785.

Jeffries was also a physician trained at Harvard. In recent years, the politically correct have started to call this fun February holiday National Weatherperson's Day. Phooey, I say. February 5 is National Weatherman's Day.

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National Weatherman's Day

February 5 2013

John Jeffries was reading the barometric pressure and measuring snowfall long before photography came into common use. So we'll just have to make do with this artistic rendering of what he looked like.

You will find some great quizzes and interesting weather trivia at this squidoo website. So let's get ready to celebrate National Weatherman's Day.

Heeeeeeeeeere's Johnny!

Be your own weather forecaster - National Weatherman's Day

Measure that wind velocity. Check the current temperature. Here are some great DIY weather devices from amazon.

If you don't like the weather, just wait.

Groundhog Day - National Weatherman Day

You like following the weather? Then you'll love the classic Bill Murray comedy about a weatherman who keeps repeating the same day over and over -- February 2, Groundhog Day -- until he gets it right.

Groundhog Day (15th Anniversary  Edition) [Blu-ray]
Groundhog Day (15th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]

Bill Murray is at his wry, wisecracking best in this riotous romantic comedy about a weatherman caught in a personal time warp on the worst day of his life. Teamed with a relentlessly cheerful producer (Andie MacDowell) and a smart-aleck cameraman (Chris Elliott), TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. But on his way out of town, Phil is caught in a giant blizzard, which he failed to predict, and finds himself stuck in small-town hell. Just when things couldn't get any worse, they do. Phil wakes the next morning to find it's Groundhog Day all over again... and again... and again. (product review courtesy of Amazon)


Question: How does a hurricane see? Answer: With its eye.

The Pennsylvania Polka - National Weatherman's Day

In the movie "Groundhog Day" Bill Murray arrives at Cobbler's Notch to the strains of this polka classic. Every time Murray hears it, it's one time too many. But if you love to dance, there is nothing quite like the Pennsylvania Polka.

Red sky at morning, sailors take warning; red skies at night, sailors delight.

Rainbows apologize for angry skies.

A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.

I Got You Babe - National Weatherman's Day

Poor Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day." Every day his radio alarm goes off to the same old Sonny and Cher tune. Here's your chance to own your own copy.

I Got You Babe
I Got You Babe

I have always loved this song by Sonny and Cher. The download process was simple and easy and was easy to transfer to my iPod. I'm glad I selected this song. (amazon customer review courtesy of CJ-MO)


A Perfect Storm - National Weatherman's Day

The page-turning book from which the George Clooney movie was based.

The Perfect Storm : A True Story of Men Against the Sea
The Perfect Storm : A True Story of Men Against the Sea

Meteorologists called the storm that hit North America's eastern seaboard in October 1991 a "perfect storm" because of the rare combination of factors that created it. For everyone else, it was perfect hell. In The Perfect Storm, author Sebastian Junger conjures for the reader the meteorological conditions that created the "storm of the century" and the impact the storm had on many of the people caught in it. Chief among these are the six crew members of the swordfish boat the Andrea Gail, all of whom were lost 500 miles from home beneath roiling seas and high waves. Working from published material, radio dialogues, eyewitness accounts, and the experiences of people who have survived similar events, Junger attempts to re-create the last moments of the Andrea Gail as well as the perilous high-seas rescues of other victims of the storm. (product review courtesy of amazon)


Let me know you stopped by and "weather" you have any plans for National Weatherman's Day, February 5, 2015.

Weather or not, here come your comments - National Weatherman's Day February 5, 2013

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I will be retired from the NWS for around 2 months on Weathermen day 2013. It was fun... I wish that weather were as easy as walking outdoors and looking up, but alas, there are those who need to have forecasts for many days out to plan work.

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      Jules Corriere 6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      I enjoyed reading your lens in Silly Celebrations for February. Yay for weathermen. They're correct come of the time, aren't they?!

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I did nothing special that day, just checked the weather, like any other day. Thank you, meteorologists!

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      AngryBaker 6 years ago

      grin... my kids wonder why we need a weatherman.. we could just look outside

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Excellent! You did it up right my friend! Looking forward to next February's National Weatherman's Day!

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      I'll be busy watching the skies.