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Famous Twin Cities weatherman Barry ZeVan dies

ZeVan worked at KSTP and Channel 11 in the 1970s and '80s.

Former Twin Cities TV weatherman Barry ZeVan died New Year's Day at the age of 82. 

News of his passing was announced by his granddaughter, NBC Montana's Maritsa Georgiuo, who said ZeVan died Wednesday at approximately 6:30 p.m. A cause of death has not been released. 

ZeVan worked in the Twin Cities at KSTP and KARE 11 during the 1970s and '80s, and was still in the news in 2019 as he began releasing weekly "Retro Weather" videos on YouTube. The retro segments, each approximately seven minutes long, were the idea of comedian Louie Anderson, who along with his father were big fans of "Barry ZeVan, the Weatherman" while growing up in Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune. 

"He had an infectious, vivacious spirit filled with imagination," Georgiuo wrote in a tribute to ZeVan. "Everything he did, he did with panache -- usually wearing his signature white pants. And, for many Minnesotans, he helped answer the pressing question of where the hell is Bird Island, anyway?"

The Star Tribune reported in June 2019 that ZeVan was in remission from chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

ZeVan worked in radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before ultimately beginning an iconic TV career in Montana in 1957. He found himself at KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities in 1974, then left for jobs in Washington, D.C. and Detroit before returning to work at Channel 11 (KARE). 

ZeVan retired from broadcasting in 1987. His final "Retro Weather" segment was recorded the day after Christmas. 

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