NATIONAL WEATHER OBSERVERS DAY
National Weather Observers Day on May 4th provides a day for the people who enjoy watching and observing the weather.
Weather observers often assist the National Weather Service as Storm Spotters. These hobbyists are valuable resources for communities. This day is also an opportunity to get out and learn about a variety of weather phenomena, the history of weather tracking, and find about meteorological instruments.
When is Skywarn Recognition Day?
Around the world, weather stations and weather spotters contribute to hundreds of thousands of observations a day. From land, sea, and sky, these observations provide valuable information that helps predict weather and warn of impending storms. They also contribute to historical data that is studied and may help to better understand weather phenomena.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WeatherObserversDay
While you’re exploring the weather, sign up for a weather spotters course. Learn how to identify different types of clouds, shifting weather, and prepare for types of weather in your climate. Use #WeatherObserversDay to post on social media.
You can also learn how to make your own barometer. It is easy to do with only a few items you likely have at home. We also created this weather chart you can download and print. Will you begin tracking the weather near you?
Visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for more ways to help your students to #CelebrateEveryDay!
NATIONAL WEATHER OBSERVERS DAY HISTORY
In 1989, Alan Brue, who was a psychology major at State University of New York, founded National Weather Observers Day on May 4th. The New York college senior created the day for weather enthusiasts and professionals to celebrate their love of weather.
May 4th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
T.F. Rowland received U.S. Patent No. 89,794 for the first offshore oil-drill rig.
Construction begins on the Panama Canal.
The first-ever Grammy Awards ceremonies took place bi-coastally. The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, and the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York City, New York co-hosted the events. Winners included Ella Fitzgerald, David Seville and the Chipmunks, Frank Sinatra, and the Kingston Trio.
At 1,451 feet, the Sears Tower in Chicago becomes the world’s tallest building.
May 4th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Julia Gardiner Tyler – 1820
The “Rose of Long Island” became the 11th First Lady of the United States when she wed President John Tyler in a private ceremony in New York on Jun 26, 1844. President Tyler’s first wife, Lady Letitia Tyler had died in September 1841.
Frank Conrad – 1874
With over 200 patents to his name and an insatiable interest in the radio, “The Father of Radio Broadcasting” paved the way for the first commercial radio station.
Audrey Hepburn – 1929
The award-winning British actress created a lasting impact around the world in classic roles such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday, and Sabrina.
Keith Haring – 1958
The American pop artist’s colorful graffiti panels gained prominence in the 1980s. Haring also used his art as social activism, conveying political and social themes.