Fun Fact February 5, 2020
5 February 2020
February fifth is National Weatherperson Day! It recognizes individuals in the fields of meteorology, weather forecasting and broadcast meteorology, as well as volunteer storm spotters and observers. It is observed on the birthday of John Jeffries, who was born February 5, 1744 and was a Boston physician, scientist, and a military surgeon with the British Army in Nova Scotia and New York during the American Revolution. Jeffries is also one of the United States’ first weather observers who took daily measurements in Boston starting in 1774 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. The Archives and Special Collections at Amherst College has a collection of his papers, including a letter he dropped from the balloon during his historic flight. That letter is considered the oldest piece of airmail in existence. We take this opportunity to salute and honor our very own meteorologist Kemp Miller on National Weather Persons day!
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