February 10th Umbrella Day

If you are looking at making a fashion statement, try using an umbrella. They make one look classy, educated and very British… if you like that sort of thing. It’s sort of funny that a tool used to keep one dry when it rains is also used to keep one cool when it’s sunny. They also double as a walking stick and make wonderful play swords, and they work really well for pushing buttons you might not otherwise be able to reach.

How to celebrate – Get yourself an umbrella. Carry an umbrella no matter what the weather; protect yourself from the sun as well as the rain. Make sure your umbrella matches the outfit you are wearing.

February 5th National Weatherman’s Day

This is the only job in the world where you can be right, and wrong, at the same time. It was only recently that I understood the predicting thing, a 50% chance of rain doesn’t mean maybe it will, maybe it won’t… it means that 50% of the area covered will get rain, the other 50% won’t. Today celebrates John Jeffries’ birthday, who kept weather records from 1774 to 1816.

How to celebrate – Predict your own weather. Thank a weatherman, or person, for what they do. Get a Farmer’s Almanac.

February 10th Umbrella Day

This is perhaps one more useful tools ever invented. It keeps the rain off of us, or the snow, it shields us from the sun and the wind (With limitations) and it can be very stylish used in the right way with the right fashions. It can also be used to reach objects just beyond our grasp and to fend off would be attackers, human or animal. The biggest problem with the umbrella is that we never seem to have one with us when we need one ! That is the reason for making a fashion statement and just keeping one with you at all times!

How to celebrate – Find your favorite umbrella. Try and remember where you left your umbrella last. Buy umbrellas to match your outfit.

February 5th National Weatherman’s Day

Everyone wants to know what the weather is going to be like so they can plan accordingly. We look to our weatherman (weatherperson) to tell us what to expect. Half the time they are right! The first weatherman in the US was John Jeffries who kept weather records from 1774 to 1816. Today celebrates his birth on February 5th, 1744. With the weather extremes that come today it is important to listen to your weatherperson, they can save your life. For the most part, weather is a record of the history in your area. Records tell us what to expect, even though as of late weather hasn’t been one for the records. Of course equipment has changed almost as much as the weather and makes the predicting a little more exact.

How to celebrate – Thank your weatherperson. Watch the forecasts every day, keep your own record of how often they are correct. Remember a 50% chance of rain does not mean maybe it will rain, and maybe it won’t. It means 50% of the cover area will get rain.

February 5th National Weatherman’s Day

Imagine the life of a weatherman, and again… isn’t it supposed to be a Weather Person!?! You get up every morning hoping you have predicted the weather correctly for your viewing audience. Sure there’s a 50/50 chance of being wrong, but that also means there is a 50/50 chance you are right!

Today it isn’t enough to just be a good meteorologist. You have to speak well and at least be good looking enough to not turn your audience’s stomach! Today was created to honor John Jeffries, the first American meteorologist, or at least a man that kept the weather records from 1774-1816. He was born on February 5th, 1744. Weather does generally come in a pattern, figure out that pattern and you may be able to predict your own weather!

How to celebrate – Watch the weather on tv or listen to it on the radio. Learn to predict your own weather. Always carry an umbrella just in case.

February 5th National Weatherman’s Day

Don’t you just love it when the weatherperson says there is a 50% chance of rain? In short, it means, maybe it will rain, maybe it won’t. Actually, they are more right anymore than they are wrong. It has become a true science. Even though it is called Weatherman’s Day, like everything else, it should be Weatherperson.


According to the US Air Force, the day belongs to John Jeffries who was born on February 5th, 1744. He kept a complete record of the weather in his area from 1774 to 1816. In fact, it is the Air Force who created the day to honor his accomplishments.

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On a daily basis, we may think they are guessing since even with as much science as it there is, they do still sometimes get it wrong. Of course, it isn’t really their fault, it’s mother nature not cooperating with what is apparent to all the predictors.

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However when it comes to major storms, hurricanes, blizzards or severe heat spells you had better pay attention to them because while it may not matter in the everyday events of your life, in those more serious times, it could be life saving.

How to celebrate – Thank your local weatherperson. Track your weatherperson and see how often they are right in your area. Check each weatherperson’s prediction against each other and see which one is right more often.

December 3rd Skywarn Recognition Day

The first Saturday in December is Skywarn Recognition Day. This year that happens to be December 3rd. It’s something that touches us all and most of us don’t even know it existed.


All across the United States amateur radio operators participate in an early warning system to let others know what they see in the sky and the weather that might be expected to follow. It is vital that this communication takes place, so important that the National Weather Service relies on these operators to keep them informed of what is coming, and in some cases, what has happened.


They call themselves the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and are very proud of the information they send along the way, and well they should be. They are Public Service Volunteers, an army of men and women that do all they can to let others know what they might be in for, weather wise, and send out warns about hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, fire, high winds, anything that might threaten someone else. They often are in the middle of the storm themselves, transmitting as long as they have the power to do so.


If you would like to know more about them or possibly find out how you can help you can contact them via this site. Though the operators have been around for years they were not celebrated until 1999 when the National Weather Service created the day of recognition. We owe them more than you can begin to imagine, they should be thanked and celebrated by everyone.

How to celebrate – See if you can become one of the Operators yourself! Find out if anyone you know is one of the operators and thank them for their service. Contact N.O.A.A. to see what else you might do for them.