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Remembering Mark Richards, the dean of D.C. weather observations

Mark Richards was an icon in the Washington, D.C., weather community for 43 years as an observer at Ronald Reagan National Airport. He never missed a day of work until he had a heart attack on the job in March 2014. He was at work on July 26 when he had another heart attack and died on his 72nd birthday. Richards’s diligent quality control at the airport resulted in a top ranking and the lowest error rate nationwide during his long tenure. Richards was a talented musician, singer, entertainer and emcee. He also coached and refereed high school basketball and baseball.