TULSA (AP) — Don Woods, a retired meteorologist whose weather cartoon character, “Gusty,” became the official cartoon of the state of Oklahoma, has died.
KTUL-TV officials confirmed Thursday that Woods, the station's first weatherman, died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 84.
Woods was the meteorologist when KTUL first signed on the air in 1954. He would draw “Gusty,” a caricature of a boy, to characterize the weather forecast.
“Gusty” became Oklahoma's official cartoon character in 2005.
KTUL president and general manager, Pat Baldwin, called Woods a true weather pioneer who was good at keeping people safe while making it fun.
Woods is survived by a son and two daughters. His wife, Jane Woods, died in 2008.
The family is planning a private graveside service.