FEBRUARY 5, 2018 | NATIONAL WEATHERPERSON’S DAY | WORLD NUTELLA DAY | NATIONAL SHOWER WITH A FRIEND DAY
NATIONAL WEATHERPERSON’S DAY
Always celebrated on February 5th, National Weatherperson’s Day, which is also known as National Weatherman’s Day, is a day to honor all individuals in the fields of meteorology, weather forecasting, and broadcast meteorology. Volunteer storm spotters and observers are also recognized on this day as well as any others that work in the weather field.
This annual holiday commemorates the birthday of John Jeffries who was born on this day in 1744. Dr. Jeffries, a scientist and a surgeon, is considered to be one of America’s first weather observers. He kept weather records from 1774 to 1816. Jeffries took his first balloon observation in 1784.
Those being honored on National Weatherperson’s Day work hard to accurately forecast and report the always changing, and often unpredictable, weather. With all of the new technological advances, forecasting the weather is still a challenging business. Predicting “Mother Nature” and what path she may choose, is a very daunting task even with the most state-of-the-art technology.
Knowing the weather forecast is valuable to us in so many ways. We often look to the forecast to plan our activities for upcoming days. It affects what we do, how we dress, where we go o
r even if we go at all. Being prepared for upcoming storms, hurricanes or tornadoes can save lives.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:
“The primary mission of the Weather Service (NWS) forecast office is to provide the American public with the best possible warning service to save lives. Recent severe weather statistics show that we continue to improve our capability to warn the public of impending hazardous weather. Nationally lead time for flash flood warnings improved from 22 minutes in 1993 to 78 minutes in 2008. Accuracy over the same time period increased from 71 percent to 91 percent. Lead time for tornado warnings has increased from 6 minutes in 1993 to 13 minutes today. Tornado warning accuracy increased from 43 percent to 72 percent. Winter storm accuracy in 2008 was 89 percent with an average lead time of 17 hours. Since 1990, the Tropical Prediction Center’s 24 to 72 hour tropical storm forecast track errors have been reduced by more than 50%. These more accurate and longer lead time warnings help communities
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #WeatherpersonsDay to post on social media.
We do know why this particular day was chosen as we have read about Dr. Jeffries. However, research has failed to find the creator of National Weatherperson’s Day.
NATIONAL SHOWER WITH A FRIEND DAY
National Shower with a Friend Day is held annually on February 5th.
Winter is the coldest and loneliest season of the year. With dwindling daylight and Valentine’s Day at its heart, February can often leave people feeling dejected and somber. National “Shower with a Friend Day” injects a bit of humor into the season while also serving to educate people on the benefits of showering in fresh, filtered water (and the effects of chlorine).
To learn more about how chlorine is harmful to shower or bathe in, as well as consume, go to www.NewWaveEnviro.com.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #ShowerWithAFriendDay to post on social media.
New Wave Enviro, a company located in Denver, Colorado, submitted and the registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed this day in July 2014.
WORLD NUTELLA DAY
When hazelnuts and chocolate collide, interesting things begin t
o happen. For example, World Nutella Day is celebrated millions around the globe on February 5.
It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention and adding hazelnuts when cocoa is hard to come by may have been an Italian trick during hard times. In the 1800s, in the northern Italian city of Piedmont, they made a paste of chocolate and hazelnuts at a time when the nuts were abundant, but the cocoa was not.
At the end of World War II, cocoa was once again difficult to come by. Pastry Maker, Pietro Ferrero, made loaves of this sweet paste and called it Giandujot. Soon after, the Ferrero Company was founded on May 14, 1946.
It wasn’t until 1951 that Ferrero made the paste into a spreadable form. We wouldn’t even recognize the spread by name until 1964 when Ferrero’s son Michele gave the jar of creamy hazelnut and cocoa the name Nutella.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Sara Rosso founded World Nutella Day in 2007 in celebration of and a way to introduce her favorite spread to her friends. She first discovered Nutella while living in Italy as a food blogger. Read more about her discovery and creation of World Nutella Day at whenihavetime.com.
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