Richard Hendrickson started his service in 1930, back when Herbert Hoover was president. Some would say the 101-year-old farmer has just about seen it all, at least in terms of the weather.
Without fail for the last 84 years, Hendrickson has recorded the weather from his home in Bridgehampton, New York, as a volunteer to the National Weather Service.
“There’s never been a day missed,” Hendrickson said.
He’s seen the typical rain, snow and sunshine, but he was also around for historic blizzards, hurricanes and extreme heat. Each and every day, twice a day, he recorded the weather.
“You’re taking the weather every day and nice days it’s … monotonous,” he said, pausing for a moment to pick out the right word. “But then you get the thunder and lightning. Bam!”
For his eight decades of service — the longest of anyone in the history of the Cooperative Observer Network program — NWS is honoring Hendrickson this month with an award named in his honor.
NWS wrote that Hendrickson played “a critical role in building our nation’s climate history.”
Watch this video about Hendrickson’s more than 80 years of volunteer service to NWS:
(H/T: Popular Science)
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