WTNH weatherman Mel Goldstein, known as “Dr. Mel,” died on Wednesday after a battle with multiple myeloma. He was 66.

Goldstein began his media career as a radio broadcaster after obtaining a doctorate in meteorology from New York University, according to WTNH. Goldstein’s radio show won a national following, and in the 1980s he joined WTNH. In 1986, he became chief meteorologist for WTNH. Goldstein also authored “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Weather” and “Dr. Mel’s Connecticut Climate Book.” There is a scholarship fund named after him at Western Connecticut State University.

“Dr. Mel was a dear friend and great public servant, who made every day brighter regardless of the weather,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal LAW ’73 said. “He faced both life and death with profound and powerful grace, caring and courage. I will miss him as a friend and model of humanity and humor.”

Goldstein is survived by his wife and two daughters. A funeral will be held at the Robert E. Shure Funeral Home in New Haven on Friday morning.