When is National look up at the Sky Day? Always May 4th!
What is this holiday all about?
This holiday honors all people who love to observe the weather! The aim of this holiday is to have fun learning and observing the weather for the day. It's a lot of fun to simply share stories and weather photos from past weather observing and to continue the tradition of this holiday by having a weather observing party in your very own back yard. Get out the cameras, lounge chairs and party food; invite your friends and family to a day of weather watching. This is one holiday that doesn't get rained out. In fact it would make the holiday perfect for a weather observing day. Get the community together with a few covered tents and party on through the wind, rain or snow. The kids will love it!
Weather is quite the wonder for most of us- There are so many weather enthusiasts, there is actually a group of amateur weather observers called "The Association of American Weather Observers" ( http://www.aawo.net) from around the United States. "Their aim is to educate the public on weather awareness-and to simply share stories among themselves on recent extreme weather that they viewed at their location." also see wikipedia
Origin of this Holiday
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We did however find that this holiday has been celebrated for years. There is plenty of documentation to support that this holiday does indeed exist and is becoming more and more popular each and every year.
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So have fun with it and celebrate it! Look up into the sky and see what you can see-
We found recognition about this holiday from:
Calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday.
How is this holiday celebrated?
- Some class rooms will observe the weather from outside of class on this day or from the windows of their class on this day- It's the perfect day to learn about weather and holiday observances-
- Some Clubs have what they call "Sky Parties" where they group together for drinks and snack food under the sky- This is also popular for the holiday "Look up at the sky day which is celebrated May 4. On this holiday it is popular for Astromony clubs to gather together at night and look up at the stairs.
- On this day it's traditional for families to gather on blankets on the ground and look up at the sky and see what they can see. Families usually do this during the day and have fun watching the clouds move. It's a popular game to see what characters and shapes can be seen forming in the clouds.
Definition of "weather"
"Weather is a set of all the phenomena occurring in a given atmosphere at a given time. Weather phenomena lie in the troposphere. Weather refers to current activity, as opposed to the term climate, which refers to the average atmospheric conditions over longer periods of time. When used without qualification, "weather" is understood to be the weather of Earth."
"Weather occurs due to density (temperature and moisture) differences between one place and another. These differences can occur due to the sun angle at any particular spot, which varies by latitude from the tropics. The strong temperature contrast between polar and tropical air gives rise to the jet stream. Weather systems in the mid-latitudes, such as extratropical cyclones, are caused by instabilities of the jet stream flow. Because the Earth's axis is tilted relative to its orbital plane, sunlight is incident at different angles at different times of the year. On Earth's surface, temperatures usually range ±40 °C (100 °F to −40 °F) annually. Over thousands to hundreds of thousands of years, changes in Earth's orbit affect the amount and distribution of solar energy received by the Earth and influence long-term climate"
A look into related National Holidays
• Weather Person's Day: February
• Moon Day: July 20 (Lunar Landing 1969)
• Over The Rainbow Day - May 15
• National Go Fly a Kite Day - 24
• Air Day - November 11