HRD wishes everyone a Happy National Weatherperson’s Day

Today is National Weatherperson’s Day, a day to recognize the men and women who collectively provide us with weather and climate forecasts and warnings.  It is easy to forget that around the clock, dedicated meteorologists who vigilantly create forecasts to help plan your day and issue warnings to help keep you safe.


John Jeffries 1744-1819 
Caroline Watson (circa 1760-1814), after John Russell
Engraved frontispiece to his Narrative, 1786
National Portrait Gallery
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

The day is a commemoration of the birth of John Jeffries in 1744.  Jeffries is one of the first weather observers in North America. He began taking daily weather measurements in 1774 in Boston, and took some of the first weather observations from a balloon over London in 1784 and during a famous balloon flight over the English Channel the following year.  During this flight, he also dropped a letter to the ground, making it one of the earliest pieces of airmail.

He was also a physician and military surgeon with the British Army in Nova Scotia and New York during the American Revolution.  He graduated from Harvard college and received his medical degree from the University of Aberdeen.  He died in Boston in 1819.