While it's not a widely celebrated holiday (although it was celebrated here at KBTX with Blue Bell ice cream and those of us in the Weather Center do want to once again say thank you to the folks over at Blue Bell for treating us), February 5th is actually National Weatherperson's Day. It commemorates the birth of John Jeffries, who was one of the country's first weather observers. He kept track of the daily weather conditions in Boston in 1774 and is credited for taking the first weather balloon observation in 1784.
Thankfully, things have come a long way since we sent up the first weather balloon. Developments in technology such as radar and satellite imagery have been a couple of the greatest leaps when it comes to weather forecasting, and the technology keeps improving.
Once again, thanks to everyone who made our day a little brighter (despite the gloomy, gray day) with all the treats and nice e-mails. Bob, Shel and I really appreciate it!