Madison (WTNH) - Everyday people in Connecticut wake up and turn on thetelevision to check the weather. Rain or shine, nothing too muchseems to rile those who live in the state. But, something that'sbeen consistent in weather for the past half century has just beenshaken up.
"It's about time!" Dr. Mel said. "We're talking about somethingthat was written nearly half a century ago, I really felt like itwas time for it to be updated and that's exactly what I did."
The book does more than just report on the conditions atairports. It shows the historic conditions of every town inConnecticut.
Not only can people research the record highs, lows and otherweather-related conditions of their town, but they can also see howpeople lived through the weather, and how it affected theirculture.
"I wrote about every single major weather event that occurredsince the pilgrims landed on these shores," Dr. Mel said. "Evenwhen all the harbors were frozen and ice covered everything, yousee the fluxuations of weather and climate over centuries. Yourealize Connecticut is a climate-rich place."
Between tornadoes, hurricanes, snow storms and heat waves, therereally isn't any kind of weather that Connecticut doesn't get.
"That's what makes weather in Connecticut exciting, forecastingin Connecticut challenging and the climate in Connecticut very,very interesting," Dr. Mel said.
So why choose Madison as the first stop for his tour?
"Actually she chose me!" Dr. Mel said "This is like a bookparty."
Dr. Mel said he was excited to finally meet some of his fansthroughout his tour, many of those who he talks to through thecamera everyday.
While Dr. Mel was preparing to meet his fans, Roxanne Coady,owner of R.J. Julia Booksellers, was preparing by transforming theback room of the bookstore into a lecture hall for over 100expected guests.
"We do all of Dr. Mel's books, we don't allow other weathermenin the store," Coady joked.
And transform they did. Shelves were moved, books were taken offof tables to be replaced with pastries and drinks brought by Dr.Mel's wife.
"I have been watching Dr. Mel forever, I feel like I grew upwith him," Marilyn Hurteau, of North Guilford, said. "Sometimes hedoesn't have very good news, but we still listen to what he has tosay."
Dr. Mel was introduced by NewsChannel 8's Jocelyn Maminta.
"It is a very user-friendly book for those of us who don't knowmuch about the weather. There are some children here, I mean youcould even understand this book," Maminta said.
"I mean, I wrote it!" Dr. Mel laughed.
He wrote it all while battling Multiple Myeloma, a disease thatdrove Dr. Mel to create the Dr.Mel Goldstein Multiple Myeloma Fund at Yale Cancer Center, thefoundation that will be receiving all of the proceeds from thebook.
"I've lost 7 or 8 inches since I got sick, but I'm still thismuch above the ground and that's all that matters," Dr. Melsaid.
Dr. Mel emphasized that the book isn't strictly about weather,but how people have dealt with it as well.
"It's a narrative on how weather has influenced people," Dr. Melsaid.
"I love this store," Lindsay Wallace, 11, of Madison, said.
There are about four events a week that people can check out atthe book store. Those who want to attend can check out the upcomingauthors that are expected and reserve their spot on their Website.
"They can sign up online or they can call the book store, and ifthey want to get e-mails so they know who's coming, they can signup on the Web site," Roxanne said.
After Dr. Mel answered some questions from the audience, he wasable to meet each person individually, taking some time out to signbooks and hear weather stories from those that matter most to him -his fans.
"I love to meet people," Dr. Mel said. "When I'm behind a cameraat the station, I pretend people are behind it."
Don't worry if you missed tonight, Dr. Mel will be busy the nexttwo months touring the state. Check hereto see when he'll be near you.
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