Richard Hendrickson takes weather observations at his Bridgehampton farm. Photo courtesy of NOAA.
When Richard G. Hendrickson logged his first weather observation for the U.S. Weather Bureau, the precursor to the National Weather Service, Herbert Hoover was president. Since then the retired Bridgehampton farmer, who just happens to be 101 years old, has filed twice daily reports, tallying more than 150,000 individual weather observations over 84 years.
On Sunday, July 27, the weather service will honor Mr. Hendrickson for his long service at an open house at its office in Upton. Since he is the first weather observer in the history of the program to serve more than 80 years, the new 80-year service award will be named in his honor.
Mr. Hendrickson started volunteering as a weather observer when he was 18 years old. His lifelong commitment stems from his personal interest in weather and a sense of patriotism. “I enjoy observing the weather, it’s what I do for my country,” he said.
His enthusiasm for weather extends beyond collecting data. In 1996 he authored, Winds of the Fish’s Tail, which highlights his years of observing the weather on Long Island’s East End.
The award presentation will take place at the weather service’s office at 175 Brookhaven Avenue in Upton at 9:45 a.m.