Pat Shingleton: "The 1st Weatherman..."
John Jeffreis was a Boston physician, scientist, and military surgeon with the British Army during the Revolutionary War. He is recognized as the first "weatherman." As an early balloonist, he accompanied Jean-Pierre Blanchard in 1785 by crossing the English Channel in a balloon. During the flight, Jeffries took readings with a thermometer, barometer and measured humidity with a hydrometer. He checked electrical activity with a electrometer and used a ribbon and scissors to log the rise and fall of the balloon. He also carried a pen and pencil, curious to see if they were affected by thin air. He was born today in 1744, now known as National Weatherman's Day. Thanks to Cookies-by-Design for their "Weatherman's Day" treats-gone in 5 minutes.