Former local TV meteorologist George Elliott said he missed Wilmington so much he returned for good. He had been living in Tampa, Fla.
“Bar none, Wilmington is the best place I have ever lived,” Elliott said. The community makes Elliott feel at home, he said, and although he has officially ended his work in television, he is not yet retired.
“I am looking for entry-level work,” Elliott said. He would like to work in an office or make deliveries, anything where he is working directly with people in the Wilmington community.
And Elliott sends a message to everyone in Wilmington: “Don’t be afraid to come up and say hi to me. I have never met a stranger, everyone is my friend. … Let’s talk,” Elliott said.
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 let his “Broadcast Meteorologist certification lapse.” While living in Tampa he was a meteorological consultant for Solar Wind Energy Tower Inc., a company dedicated to constructing clean solar energy towers.
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: Sept. 9, 2016
Date posted: June 5, 2009
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