Have you thanked your weatherperson lately?
Today is National Weatherperson’s Day – a day to recognize men and women making contributions in the field of meteorology.
National Weatherperson’s Day became a recognized “holiday” in the 1990s in honor of one of the first weather observers in the U.S., John Jeffries. Always fascinated by the weather, Jeffries started recording daily weather measurements in Boston in 1774. Because of his contributions to the science of weather observing and forecasting, February 5 (Jeffries’ birthday) was chosen as National Weatherperson’s Day.
To celebrate, we’ve rounded up our Top 3 Favorite Fictional Weatherpeople from the silver screen:
Groundhog Day (1993)
A weatherman named Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, is tired of covering the annual Groundhog Day ceremony in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. When he wakes up the next day, he soon discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and again… and again. At one point, he snaps and steals Punxsutawney Phil:
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) and Anchorman 2 (2013)
Steve Carell plays Brick Tamland, a goofy, dimwitted weathercaster at a 1970s-era TV station. While star Will Farrell takes much of the spotlight in these comedies, Steve Carell gets in a lot of laughs as well:
L.A. Story (1991)
In this romantic fantasy-comedy, Steve Martin plays Harris K. Telemacher, a “wacky weekend weatherman” for a local Los Angeles TV station who is searching for love and greater meaning in life.
We’re not sure why weatherpeople are depicted as dimwits and goofballs – In fact, weatherpeople who are also meteorologists must take lots of math and science courses in school, all the way through college and even beyond.
So don’t forget to thank your favorite weatherperson today!