Today I’m sharing ideas for National Weatherperson’s Day on February 5. On this day we celebrate the birthday of Dr. John Jeffries who is considered to be one of America’s first weather observers. He started recording daily weather information in 1774. This day also recognizes all professionals who forecast and broadcast the weather today.
Here’s how your residents can enjoy National Weatherperson’s Day:
Host A Guest Speaker
Invite a local TV or radio weather forecaster to come in and visit with your residents. I attended this event at a nearby assisted living facility a couple of years ago, and it was fascinating. The weatherman talked about all sorts of topics including cloud formations, climate change, and the process of forecasting the weather. Of course, the residents loved to reminisce about changes in our local weather over the decades.
Another excellent guest speaker is a storm chaser. They always have lots of exciting adventures to share with residents.
Watch A Weather Themed Movie
Check out these favorites: (Click the links to watch the movie trailers.)
Share Famous Quotes About The Weather
Here are a few to get you started. (You can find a lot more on this site.)
- If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm.–Frank Lane
- Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.–Anthony J. D’Angelo
- Who cares about the clouds when we’re together. Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.–Dale Evans
- When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season I’ll know I’m growing old.–Lady Bird Johnson
- On cable TV they have a weather channel—24 hours of weather. We had something like that where I grew up. It was called a window.–Dan Spencer
Play Weather Trivia
Did you know that the highest temperature ever recorded on earth was 136 ℉ and the lowest temp was -128.6℉? Check out this site for a lot more fun facts and trivia quizzes.
Go On An Outing
Visit your local science museum and focus on the displays about the weather. Or visit a TV station and learn about how the weather forecasters predict and broadcast the weather.
Enjoy A Weather Themed Snack
Bake and decorate cookies to look like clouds, rain boots, or snowmen. Make a cake in the colors of the rainbow. Create a cloudy day parfait by alternating blue Jello and whipped cream in a clear glass. You’ll find tons of other creative weather-related snack ideas on Pinterest.
Solve A Weather Puzzle
Try Weather Themed Crafts
Weatherperson’s Day is a perfect opportunity to invite children to join your residents for a craft project. One of our favorite activities is making paper snowflakes. Most residents recall fond memories of doing this when they were young, and they get a kick out of doing it again. I find it works best to use flat coffee filters for the snowflakes. Check out this site for lots of other weather themed craft projects that kids and residents can enjoy together.
Other Days To Celebrate In February
National Mail Carrier Day falls on February 4. Provide supplies for your residents to create a giant thank-you card for the person who delivers mail to your facility. I bet you’ll brighten that person’s day!
Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated on February 17. Check out my previous post on Make A Difference Day for lots of fun ideas!
I would love to know your ideas for celebrating National Weatherperson’s Day. Please share your suggestions in the comment section!