Happy Weatherman’s Day!

February 5th is National Weatherman’s Day…or so I’m told. A search for information on the net reveals this explanation on the website holidayinsights.com:

“According to the Air Force News, Weatherman’s Day commemorates the birth of John Jeffries, one of America’s first weathermen. Jeffries was born on Feb 5, 1744. He kept weather records from 1774 to1816.”

This morning on Dave Durian’s morning show on WBAL Radio, Dave used the occasion to ask me the top 5 questions or comments I hear all the time! Here’s my top 5:

1. “You’re a lot shorter in person!”
2. “Are those your twins?” (It seems everyone still thinks of our 18 year old twins as babies.)
3. “Can’t you do anything about this…?” (heat, rain, cold or current bothersome weather)
4. “Is this because of global warming?”
5. ” Did you predict this?”

Dave also wanted to know the top 5 weather events I’ve covered since returning to my hometown of Baltimore in November of 1989…here they are in chronological order:

1. March 13, 1993 … The Blizzard of ’93. 12-16″ of snow, 52 mph gusts, record low barometer (28.52″), state record 47″ of snow in Grantsville.

2. January 19, 1994 … Bitter Cold. BWI-Marshall: high +5 low -5. Owings Mills: high 0 low -10. Manchester: high -2 low -14.

3. January 7-8, 1996 … The Blizzard of ’96. 22-36″ snow, part of a record 62.5″ of snow in the winter of ’95-’96.

4. September 18, 2003 … Tropical Storm Isabel. Chesapeake Bay storm surge of 6-8 feet above normal tides. BWI-Marshall wind gust of 55 mph, 2.13″ or rain.

5. February 15-18, 2003 … The Blizzard of ’03. Record single storm snowfall, 28.2″ at BWI-Marshall.

Tom Tasselmyer

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