One of the first things I learned when I moved to Connecticut 31 years ago was that talking about the weather was not simply small talk. You were expected to know the forecast and if you didn't, you were dismissed as being uninformed, or worse, ignorant, so you had to rely on experts and pay attention.
Dr. Mel was one of my favorite weathermen for the longest time. I say was because he retired and then when I moved to the Hartford office of the Courant, I met our weather forecasters here at FoxCT and made a whole bunch of new friends, but Dr. Mel will always have a place in my heart.
There are certain local people who are as much a part of the Connecticut landscape as Sleeping Giant State Park. Dr. Mel was one. At times like this, I think of morning radio broadcaster Bob Steele, another giant from a bygone era and another legendary weatherman who passed away a few months ago, Charlie Bagley, "Fair-weather Charlie."
I'm sort of a weatherman hobbyist. Shortly after my wife and I were married, she bought me a large map of the United States so I could do my nightly weather forecast to the family. I was pretty darn accurate, what with flying by the seat of my pants without a computer. All I had to go by was radar on TV and my own good guess. Modern forecasting instruments make it so much more accurate now. It beats relying on woolly caterpillars, bunions and "the rheuma-tiz."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun