While cruising the web this morning, I came across several articles proclaiming Friday Feb. 5, 2010 as National Weatherperson’s Day, which commemorates the 1744 birth of Dr. John Jeffries (1744-1819). Jeffries began taking weather measurements in 1774 in Boston where he was born.

Basically, you might say he was the first American weather observer.

A Boston physician, scientist and military surgeon during the American Revolution in Nova Scotia, Jeffries is also recognized for accompanying Jean-Pierre Blanchard on a 1785 balloon flight across the English Channel.

Jeffries was also the star witness in the Boston Massacre.

So, if you see a weather forecaster today, give them your best.