After 84 years of serving as a volunteer weather observer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service, Bridgehampton resident Richard Hendrickson will be honored this Sunday for “playing a critical role in building our nation’s climate history.”
Mr. Hendrickson, still an active volunteer for the service at age 101, will receive a new 80-year service award named in his honor at a special presentation Sunday morning at the New York weather forecast office in Upton. According to a press release from NOAA, Mr. Hendrickson is the first person in the Cooperative Observer Program’s history to serve more than eight decades.
“I enjoy observing the weather—it’s what I do for my country,” he said in the release.
Mr. Hendrickson began volunteering when he was 18 and has since filed two reports every day, accumulating thousands of individual weather observations. He has also done more than just collect data on the weather—in 1996, he wrote “Winds of the Fish’s Tail,” a book highlighting his experience observing conditions on the East End.
I. Ross Dickman, meteorologist-in-charge at the Upton office, said NOAA is proud to honor Mr. Hendrickson for his unprecedented length of service.
“Volunteer observers are the bedrock of weather data collection,” Mr. Dickman said. “Richard has contributed thousands of weather measurements to build the climate record for Long Island, and after 84 years holds the title of the nation’s longest-serving volunteer weather observer. With this award, we honor Richard for his selfless dedication to his community and the country.”