February 5, 2021 – National Weatherperson’s Day | Black History Month

Would You Be Willing To Do Your Job In The Face Of A Hurricane?

Welcome to February 5th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate respect for impossible jobs and illustrious contributions.

Meteorologists don’t get much respect. Most of the time when people watch the weather report, they want to know if they’re going to need an umbrella or a warm coat. And then they’ll spend the rest of the day complaining about how the meteorologist got it wrong. But one weatherperson has a different reputation. When Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel comes to report in your town, batten down the hatches. Starting with Hurricane Andrew in 1992, he’s reported on over 100 hurricanes. Jim stands out in the wind and rain as long as conditions permit in order to give viewers an accurate account of what’s happening with any given storm. On National Weatherperson’s Day, we celebrate the men and women all across the world who give us a heads up on what’s overhead. And if they get it wrong, you’ll have something to talk about at the water cooler.

James West was born in 1931 in Prince Edward County, Virginia.  As a boy, he loved taking things apart and after an accident involving a radio, he discovered a curiosity for electricity.  This led West to obtaining a degree in physics and a position with Bell Laboratories as an inventor.  By 1968 his inexpensive, highly sensitive compact microphone was in mass production and the technology is still used in 90 percent of today’s microphones as well as telephones and tape recorders. James West was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 1999 and today holds over 250 patents for his inventions.  He is 89 years old and is currently a professor at Johns Hopkins University. During Black History Month we celebrate the men and women who continue to inspire us with their amazing achievements. 

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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