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Minnesota meteorologist, P-B veteran Bruce Watson dies at 71

From staff and news service reports

ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- Meteorologist Bruce Watson, who was known for his long-range forecasts of Minnesota's weather, has died. He was 71.

His daughter said Watson died unexpectedly of a staph infection Thursday.

Watson had been a consulting meteorologist for nearly 50 years. He was senior author of the popular Minnesota Weather Guide and was willing to predict the weather months ahead.

He provided the data for the Post-Bulletin's weather page for many years, starting with the launch of the page in the weekend edition in 1983.

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Watson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1954. He kept a large library of weather information -- including a complete set of daily observations taken in the Twin Cities beginning in 1819.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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