George Flickinger is the Chief Meteorologist at ABC-13, and he brings over 20 years of experience as a professional meteorologist and storm chaser to the Heart of Virginia.
As a child, George always had a fascination with the weather, though was quite scared of lightning as a youngster! He would jump into the bed and hide between Mom and Dad on stormy nights.
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.
As 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 interning for a local TV station. George liked creating his own forecasts and making graphics for the meteorologists.
George began his professional career in the same week he graduated from Texas A&M University.
Within two years, he was promoted to Chief Meteorologist at KTXS-TV in Abilene, TX.
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" four years in a row.
George began storm chasing in the 1990s, and soon moved to Oklahoma to continue chasing and studying tornadoes. He worked for 14 years at two different TV stations in Tulsa, most recently as the morning meteorologist at KJRH-TV.
George honed his storm chasing skills, witnessing 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.
On a personal note, George has two dogs, Summer (Maltese) and Tag (Westie) and loves playing outdoors! On weekends you might see him riding his bicycle or hiking the beautiful terrain of Virginia.