George Flickinger is the Chief Meteorologist at ABC-13, and he brings 20 years of experience as a professional meteorologist to the Heart of Virginia.
As a child, George always had a fascination with the weather. He would also go jump into bed and hide between Mom and Dad during scary lightning storms in the middle of the night!
He never wanted to be anything other than a weatherman. His earliest weathercasts were in the first grade as the teacher let him stand in front of the class and give the weather report each morning.
Growing up on the coast in Orange, Texas, George and his family had to shelter from hurricanes. When there was no imminent danger, he would sit on the porch during the storm, watching the wind blow the trees and the clouds zoom overhead.
A self-proclaimed weather nerd, George always pursued a career as a meteorologist. He originally wanted to work for the National Hurricane Center, but that changed after visiting and then interning for a local TV station. George liked working with the computers, creating forecasts, and making graphics for the meteorologists.
After graduating from Texas A&M University, George began his TV career in Abilene, Texas. Within two years, he was promoted to Chief Meteorologist at KTXS-TV. He earned the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Seal of Approval becoming the youngest chief meteorologist in Texas with that distinction. He was also voted "Favorite TV Weatherperson" in town four years in a row.
Expanding on his interest in both forecasting and informing viewers live on air during severe weather, George moved to the heart of Tornado Alley in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He worked for two TV stations for 14 years in Tulsa, most recently as the morning meteorologist at KJRH. George honed his storm chasing skills, witnessing and videoing dozens of tornadoes. He and his video have appeared on national TV, PBS weather specials, and the Discovery Channel reality show, "Storm Chasers." He also served as a live weather reporter for CNN.
While in Tulsa, George received a First Place award for the "Best Weathercast" in Oklahoma and earned the AMS designation of Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.
George places a great deal of value on his involvement within the community. Over the years, he's worked with various charitable organizations including the Children's Miracle Network, American Diabetes Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the local community food bank, and a pet rescue group. He enjoys giving weather talks to local groups and has a knack for relating to kids and adults alike.
George and his wife Diana (married in March, 2015) are looking forward to making Central Virginia their new home. Together, they enjoy road cycling and are anxious to explore opportunities for cyclists in Virginia, including the Blue Ridge Parkway. "We are excited to embark on our first Big Adventure - beginning our life together in Virginia!"