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Where is George Elliott?

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George Elliott

Former WECT meteorologist George Elliott has returned to the Wilmington area. (StarNews photo by Mike Spencer)

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.

Meteorologist George Elliott a key player in wind energy effort

Updated: Sept. 9, 2016

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106 Responses to “ Where is George Elliott?”

  1. On April 4, 2012 at 10:03 pm Brenda Francis wrote:

    Hey “Big G” it’s your turn to call. Been about 7 years now!

  2. On February 4, 2016 at 1:13 am Jane Dugan wrote:

    We moved from Ohio to Kure Beach twenty years ago and I happened to start watching WECT. I LOVED George and his forecasts. You can imagine how upset I was when he was no longer the prime time weatherman. Friends and I were talking recently about how much we still miss him. Bring him back !!!

  3. On February 9, 2016 at 3:15 pm Jim Messina wrote:

    Come on by George , we have plenty of groceries for you to bag

  4. On February 9, 2016 at 3:16 pm David Flave wrote:

    I miss George. I loved his presentations. Let there be no doubt, George is The Hurricane Expert.

  5. On May 28, 2016 at 5:16 am maureen obrien wrote:

    I was a loyal Weather Channel follower while George Elliott was on. It was not the same after he left. The first time that I noticed George was when he was forecasting and said something off beat. I asked my son if George had said what I thought he had said since it was so funny. We miss his fun broadcasts and great personality. I just wish that my best friend could have seen George. He says that news and weather is so dour. But not with George at the helm! Best wishes for whatever you do. Wilmington is lucky. We in Morgantown WV miss you truly.

  6. On September 17, 2016 at 8:04 pm Judy Wood wrote:

    It is great to see George back in Wilmington. He is the best meteorologist that ever lived. WECT as well as WWAY are ignorant if they don’t try to get him back. He has a large following. He would be great in any field. I’d love to see him back in t.v. There is none better. George is very intelligent far above those so called teenie boppers. I know more about the weather than they do. WECT and WWAY lost me as a faithful viewer when George left. I love you George welcome home. You are the best my friend.

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