By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Pinpoint Weather Team
February 5, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- February 5 marks National Weatherperson's Day. It is held on the birthday of John Jeffries. He was known as one of America's first weather observers. According to the National Weather Service, Jeffries started keeping daily weather observations in 1774. He took the first balloon observations in 1784.
National Weatherperson's Day recognizes the dedicated men and women who work to provide weather updates for public safety.
Meteorologists work in several places. Television station weather teams may be widely recognized faces of meteorology, but they also work in partnership with meteorologists at the National Weather Service. The NWS works in several offices around the country to forecast, launch weather balloons, record observations, and issue severe weather watches or warnings. NWS meteorologists recently worked for weeks without pay during the government shutdown.
Meteorologists also work in emergency management, air travel, military, and private companies, among other fields.
Some people may think weather is as simple as opening an app on a cell phone. Meteorologists provide the human factor to analyze models. Usually an app can tell a person about current conditions, but forecasts on pre-installed phone apps strictly use computer models. A human can analyze upper air information, multiple weather models, and other factors to put together an accurate forecast.
Meteorology is a "messy" science. After all, the atmosphere is a fluid and constantly moving with several factors impacting weather systems. Meteorologists continue to conduct research to improve weather models.
So take a moment to say 'thank you' to one of the many meteorologists working to keep your family safe. They are always working around the clock. When dangerous weather threatens, they'll be at work to keep you safe.