Richland County's Meteorologist Unique in the State, Perhaps One of Few in Nation

Nov 8, 2017

Richland County meteorologist Ken Aucoin checks the weather several times daily to give accurate reports to county emergency managers.
Credit Tut Underwood/SC Public Radio

Ken Aucoin is up before the sun each morning, preparing a weather forecast for Richland County emergency managers, looking for potential weather threats.  As the county’s meteorologist, he’s the only one in the state in his job, which also includes emergency management and public relations duties.  Aucoin has established a network of weather stations across the county, enabling him to pinpoint storm cells and wind problems to within three to four miles of any location in the county. 

National Weather Service meteorologist Leonard Vaughn says the system, and its expansion to neighboring counties are important for many reasons, not the least of which is insuring the safety of thousands of South Carolinians by keeping a close eye on conditions around Williams-Brice Stadium on football game days.