Happy National Weatherperson’s Day

Dakota Hunter in the First Defense Weather Center.

Today is National Weatherperson’s Day, also known as National Weatherman’s Day.

A Cumulus cloud over Chautauqua Mall. Image by WNYNewsNow. Photo date 09/13/18.

It is celebrated Feb. 5 each year and recognizes individuals in the fields of meteorology, weather forecasting, broadcast meteorology; as well as those who volunteer as storm spotters and observers.

The day is observed on the birthday of John Jeffries, one of the United States’ first weather observers who took daily measurements starting in 1774, born on Feb. 5, 1744.

Jeffries made the first balloon flight over London in 1784 with the purpose of gathering data for a scientific study of the air at high altitudes.

We thank our Chief Forecaster Dakota Hunter for his hard work everyday telling us the weather.

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