Dr. Mel Goldstein is all smiles when he talks about the weather.
Updated: Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011, 11:25 AM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011, 11:21 AM EDT
New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) -
For Immediate Release:
News 8's Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Mel Goldstein, is retiring. After 25 years at WTNH, Dr. Mel is leaving to focus on his health. He was diagnosed with a form of cancer, called multiple myeloma, approximately 16 years ago and has been courageously battling the disease ever since.
Dr. Mel will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues at News 8. "In my many travels around different TV stations across the US, I've never met a more generous, kind hearted and positive human being than Mel," said Mark Higgins, Vice-President and General Manager of WTNH/WCTX. “During my two years at News 8, I would meet on a regular basis with Mel around 8am and talk about many things...not just weather, but mostly about his desire to help and benefit others."
Dr. Mel has based his career largely around helping others. In1970, he began teaching at Western Connecticut State University, where he developed the Weather Center, established the first Bachelor's degree program in meteorology in Connecticut, and created a scholarship program. He also developed a severe-storm prediction index used by numerous electric utilities across the country. A similar version, called Dr. Mel's Storm Predictor, is currently used on-air by Storm Team 8.
Dr. Mel has participated in numerous medical trials in the hope that these experiments would lead to better treatments for cancer patients. He even donated a portion of his hip for research. Dr. Mel also helped to create an endowed research program for multiple myeloma at Yale University. Plus, the profits from both of Mel's books, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Weather and Dr Mel's Connecticut Climate Book, are donated to cancer research.
"I mainly want to be remembered as I am-- honest, helpful to others, always around when needed. I can't think of a better tribute than that, and it is something for which I will always be grateful," said Goldstein about his retirement. "I have worked hard in an area that I truly love, and I will likely continue in some weather venue until I no longer have the energy to do so."
In celebration of his many years of service to the people of Connecticut, News 8 will produce a prime-time tribute to Dr. Mel. Dr. Mel plans to make one last appearance on News 8 to say, "Good-bye," to the viewers who have come to trust, admire and love him over the years.