Dr. Mel passed away in Janurary, 2012. Please see our tribute page -- http://www.wtnh.com/generic/weather/dr-mel-goldstein
From the time he was a young boy, Dr. Mel Goldstein has been fascinated by the weather. So fascinated, he started a meteorology club when he was in the 8th grade, and decades later, the club is still in existence.
Now Dr. Mel is studying the weather for Connecticut viewers on News 8 at Noon.
A popular meteorologist- Dr. Mel wears many hats. Since 1970, Mel has taught at Western Connecticut State University, where he developed the Weather Center and established the first and only Bachelor's degree program in meteorology in Connecticut. He also developed a severe-storm prediction index used by numerous electric utilities across the country.
He has been a consultant to firms such as IBM, Union Carbide, General Electric, Detroit Edison, Philadelphia Electric, Northeast Utilities, and United Illuminating.
Mel's media career began with a single radio station, and by 1976 his broadcasts were on dozens of radio stations nationwide. He then began doing television and in the 1980's, his forecasts were seen across the country on the Satellite News Channel, an all-news cable effort of ABC and Westinghouse. He became the Chief Meteorologist at WTNH-TV in 1986. Dr. Mel earned a Ph.D. in Meteorology from NYU and holds honorary doctorates from Albertus Magnus College and Mitchell College.
In addition, Dr. Mel has made the transition to author by writing "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Weather." It's a quick and easy guide that can answer any question about weather. The profits from this book are donated to cancer research.
Dr. Mel also wrote a weekly column for the Hartford Courant in Northeast Magazine for 20 years.
All of Mel's hard work has not gone unnoticed. He has received the President's Award from Western Connecticut State University for his teaching and community service; the Connecticut Bloomer Award for contributions to the state of Connecticut; and a nomination for an Emmy award for a series of educational vignettes about the weather.
Dr. Mel also won Best of Connecticut poll for an on-air meteorologist on each of the past eight years. This reader's poll is conducted by Connecticut Magazine.
He has served as director on several boards, including the Connecticut Academy for Education, the Long Island Sound Foundation, and the Ronald McDonald House. He also has an endowed research fund in his name at Yale University. The research is for multiple myeloma.
A scholarship fund has been created in his honor for meteorology students at Western Connecticut State University.
When he's not in front of the camera, Dr. Mel can be found playing jazz piano at his home overlooking Long Island Sound. He and his wife, Arlene, have two daughters, Laura and Melodie.
Dr. Mel talks about Multiple Myeloma and anything else on his mind at drmelmyeloma.com