BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. (July 22, 2014) Richard Hendrickson, 101, a retired dairy and chicken farmer on eastern Long Island, has been tracking daily weather readings since Herbert Hoover was in the White House, and this weekend he’ll receive a special honor from the National Weather Service.
The federal agency is naming its 80-year service award in honor of Hendrickson, who has been doing the volunteer job for 84 years, longer than anyone in history.
Hendrickson has collected an estimated 150,000 observations for the Weather Service since he started watching the weather in 1930 when he was just 18 years old.
Meteorologists say the information Hendrickson has collected over the decades is invaluable for researching climate change and other factors.
Hendrickson will be honored Sunday at the National Weather Service office in Upton, New York.