Today commemorates the birth of John Jeffries in 1744. A Boston physician and one of America’s first weather observers, Jeffries began taking daily weather observations in Boston in 1774.
According to the National Weather Service, he took the first balloon weather observation over London in 1784. He carried a thermometer, a barometer, and a hygrometer to the height of 9000 feet.
This “holiday” recognizes the men and women who collectively provide Americans with weather, water, and climate forecasts, as well as warning services.
It’s almost fitting that the 2010 commemoration comes at the same time an “epic” snowstorm (to use a term uttered by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration official) is bearing down on the Atlantic seaboard.