Former local TV meteorologist George Elliott lives in Tampa, Fla., but says he’d be happy to return to Wilmington if offered a job in television or otherwise.
Elliott was with WECT from 1994 until Dec. 31, 2008, holding the weather chair through Hurricanes Bertha, Fran, Bonnie and Floyd. Before coming to Wilmington, the Chicago-area native worked for TV stations in Augusta, Ga., Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids, Mich., San Angelo, Texas and Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was on the staff of The Weather Channel, 1986-1991, and served briefly with the National Weather Service in Montgomery, Ala., before moving to Wilmington.
According to former WECT news director Raeford Brown, the former TV6 meteorologist moved to Louisville, Ky., in May 2009 to be near his brother.
George Elliott returned to Wilmington in 2011 to work with WWAY TV 3 as a feature reporter for the “Explore with George” segment until 2014.
According to the American Meteorological Society’s website, he’s let his “Broadcast Meteorologist certification lapse.” He is now a meteorological consultant for Solar Wind Energy Tower Inc., a company dedicated to constructing clean solar energy towers, but he says he is seeking to move back into television, as that is his passion.
Elliott literally wrote the book — or rather, a book — on predicting the weather: “Weather Forecasting: Rules, Techniques and Procedures,” published in 1988 by American Press. (You can still order it through Amazon.com.)
Noted for his distinctive voice and upbeat delivery, Elliott said he built his first weather station back in 1969, in his bedroom at his parents’ house, when he was 10 years old.
MORE: On Feb. 18, 2013, the StarNews published an interview with Elliott, who talked about his role as science consultant for a company poised to construct clean solar energy towers in two sites in the Southwest.
Updated: Feb. 3, 2016
Date posted: June 5, 2009
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