Melvin G. Goldstein (October 23, 1945 – January 18, 2012), known on air as Dr. Mel, was an on-air television meteorologist and the chief meteorologist for WTNH television in New Haven, Connecticut from 1986-2011.
Early life and education
Goldstein was born in Swampscott, Massachusetts in 1945, where, as Goldstein himself put it, "the conversation was always about the weather." [clarification needed] He earned a degree in meteorology from Penn State in 1967, followed by a doctorate from New York University.
In 1972, Goldstein took up a teaching job at Western Connecticut State University He established the only meteorology bachelor's degree in the state, and began to run WestConn's weather center, which supplied forecasting information to 20 local radio and television stations. Goldstein joined WTNH as a meteorologist in 1986. He became somewhat of a local celebrity in Connecticut from these broadcasts, eventually becoming WTNH's chief meteorologist. In 1999, he authored the Complete Idiot's Guide to Weather. He held the honorary title of Director Emeritus at the Western Connecticut State University Weather Center.
In 1996 Goldstein was diagnosed with a multiple myeloma, which his doctors predicted would claim his life within three years. Hoping to beat the diagnosis, Goldstein underwent a series of treatments at Yale-New Haven Hospital and he far outlived his initial prognosis. He returned to work at WTNH, though on a limited air schedule.
On August 23, 2011, WTNH announced Goldstein's retirement after 25 years of service. In celebration of his service, the station produced a prime-time tribute to Goldstein.
On January 18, 2012, Mel Goldstein died from multiple myeloma, aged 66. He is survived by his wife Arlene and his daughters Laura and Melodie.
- "Obituary: Dr. Mel Goldstein". New Haven Register. January 19, 2012.
- Weizel, Richard. "Dr. Mel, Popular TV Weatherman, Dies at 66". The Norwalk Daily Voice. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "'Dr. Mel' Goldstein retires from WTNH after 25 years, WTNH, August 23, 2011
- "Dr. Mel passes away at 66". WTNH. January 18, 2012.