Bernadine Healy, president of the American Red weather monitoring is a love of nature along with a Cross; Eric Tolbert, North Carolina's Director of sense of duty. To him, measuring the weather is a way Emergency Management; John Jones, deputy director of serving his country. of the National Weather Service; Harvey Ryland, "He's an extremely nineteenth-century man, and I president of the Institute for Business and Home mean that as a compliment," said his son, Richard H. Safety; and William Hooke, senior fellow of the AMS. Hendrickson. "He was raised in a farming environment The caucus was created to develop a wider under- in the teens and twenties, being responsible seven days standing within Congress of the value of reducing the a week, 24 hours a day, for the animals and the crops. risks and costs of natural disasters. Jurisdiction for Built into his nature is the concept of responsibility; natural hazards programs is spread among many com- it's the fiber of his being." mittees, each of which handles only a piece of the The Cooperative Weather Observer Program was overall effort to prevent and mitigate natural disasters. inspired by the writing of Thomas Jefferson, who was A caucus can provide the "big picture" to interested something of a weather enthusiast himself. He envi- lawmakers and their staffs, and it gives them the op- sioned a republic of yeoman farmers, all gathering and portunity to see how the issues that fall within indi- vidual committee jurisdictions fit into a larger national effort. Cochairs of the caucus are Senators Ted Stevens (R-AK) and John Edwards (D-NC). The Natural Hazards Caucus is supported by a working group of scientific and engineering societies, including the American Geophysical Union, along with private sector companies concerned with disasters. Mobile Air Pollution Laboratory Among the objectives of the caucus are to improve understanding of the need to mitigate against the im- pacts of floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, landslides and Th e Pennsylvania land subsidence, tornadoes, volcanoes, wind storms, State Bureau of Industrial drought, fire, and tsunamis; foster better land-use plan- Hygiene has just placed ning and optimize building codes; strengthen public in service a new air pollu- and private support for science and engineering re- tion and industrial hy- search by demonstrating how application of advances giene mobile laboratory in science and engineering research can contribute to built into a truck. This is saving lives and money; and support the implementa- the first of its type and tion of new technologies, such as geographic informa- was manufactured by the Mine Safety Ap- tion systems, to address societal challenges faced by pliances Co. of Pittsburgh. In addition to state and local government and the private sector. equipment for testing pollution of air samples and water, it contains a set of me- National Weather Service Volunteer Has Kept teorological measuring equipment. Gov. Data for 7 0 Years Duff, in accepting delivery of the labora- Since 1930, when he was 18 years old growing up tory stated, that "we are going to do every- on a small poultry and dairy farm on the eastern tip of thing possible to prevent another smog Long Island in Bridgehampton, Richard G. tragedy like the one that claimed the lives Hendrickson has gone out into his yard at least twice of 22 persons in and around Donora in a day, in every sort of weather, to record the tempera- 1948." The Bureau has set up a new divi- ture and precipitation and wind velocity as a volun- sion of Air Pollution, which will supervise teer for the National Weather Service. the mobile laboratory. Hendrickson is the longest-serving volunteer east of the Mississippi and on 1 July, when he turned 70, he joined the elite fraternity of only six people in the Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 31, 243. 110-year history of the Cooperative Weather Observer Program who have served the Weather Service into an eighth decade. Behind Hendrickson's meticulous Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 2097
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Sep 1, 2000
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