At 101, weather observer gets a place in the sun

BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. - A retired dairy and chicken farmer on eastern Long Island has been tracking daily weather readings since Herbert Hoover was in the White House.

This weekend, he is receiving a special honor from the National Weather Service.

The federal agency is naming its 80-year service award in honor of Richard Hendrickson. He has actually been doing the volunteer job for 84 years. That's longer than anyone in history.

The 101-year-old is estimated to have collected 150,000 observations for the Weather Service. He started collecting data 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.


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