August 04. 2017 10:44PM

Longtime Boston weatherman Dick Albert dies at 72

NEEDHAM, Mass. — Long-time Boston television meteorologist Dick Albert died Friday after complications from pneumonia, WCVB-TV reported. He was 72.

A Newton, Mass., native, Albert was known as “Dickie” to millions of viewers and was the dean of weathermen in New England for a time.

Albert was on Boston airwaves for 31 years.

He had a folksy on-air style and often used humor to lighten up his scientific forecasts.

He joined WCVB in 1978 and retired in 2009.

In late 2010, he contributed to the book, “Extreme New England Weather” written by WMUR meterologist Josh Judge, with his thoughts on “The Perfect Storm” in 1991.