Dick Frymire dies

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Noted weather prognosticator and folklorist L.H. “Dick” Frymire, 87, of Irvington, died Friday at his home.

Frymire traveled the country giving speeches on folklore of all types, but particularly was known as a “treeologist.” He developed winter forecasts based on his trees.

A Japanese maple tree which he used in forecasting died in 2010 and was cut down. That year, he used his records to develop the forecast.

He also relied on animals including Ted, a rooster who died of a heart attack in 1994 while watching television in his coop; Sally, a chicken, who was shot in 2000; and Sally’s offspring BoBo, a rooster.

Frymire drew laughs as a guest of Johnny Carson, David Letterman and Jay Leno. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

His wife survives.