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NWS to honor 101-year-old weatherman

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Richard Hendrickson has been reporting weather conditions to the National Weather Service for the past 84 years, and he still uses a rotary phone to call in. (Source: CBS) Richard Hendrickson has been reporting weather conditions to the National Weather Service for the past 84 years, and he still uses a rotary phone to call in. (Source: CBS)

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY (CBS) - Across the country, 8,500 volunteer observers record the nation's weather every day, but none have been doing it longer than 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson.

This weekend the National Weather Service will honor his eight decades as an observer.

"Excited? Oh yeah, sure," Hendrickson said. "I can hardly talk."

For 84 years, Hendrickson has been monitoring the highs and lows from the thermometer shelter in his backyard.

He also checks the rainfall daily and then glimpses out his kitchen window to check the wind.

Then he calls in the numbers on his rotary phone.

Weather was important to Hendrickson because he was a farmer. His family raised cows and chickens on more than 100 acres of land.

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