Time to Celebrate: It's National Weatherman's Day

February 5, 2012; 3:25 PM ET
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Photograph of a Taylor Weatherscope taken by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell on May 29, 2010.

Weather forecasters across the U.S. are recognized for their weather reporting excellence each year on Feb. 5.

The date was chosen to commemorate the birth of John Jeffries. He was born on Feb. 5, 1744. Jeffries was one of America's first weather observers.

Jeffries began taking daily weather observations in the city of Boston in 1774. He took the first balloon weather observation in 1784.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Intern Nick Marguccio said, "I first became interested in the weather when I was in the second grade. I enjoyed learning about the weather and doing weather experiments. Ever since then, I have always wanted to forecast the weather."

"The Blizzard of 1993 super-storm first interested me in the weather," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Andy Mussoline. "Recently, I have started to prefer warmer weather."

If you know or see a weather forecaster today, be sure to thank them for all their hard work throughout the year.

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