Historical society hosts meteorologistPosted on September 26, 2017 by Gloria Mazure in Active Lifestyles, Baby Boomers, Benefit events, Blog, Boomer and Senior Resources, BSR, Community Resources, Eldercare Resources, Entertainment, Environment, Events for Women, History Events, Hobbies, Independent Living, Local Events, Nature, Outdoor Fun, Tribute
The Jacksonville Historical Society meeting will host speaker George Winterling, meteorologist for Channel 4 television
from 1962-2009, at its meeting Sept. 26, at the Old St. Andrews Church, 317 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville.
Reception is at 6:30 p.m., program at 7 p.m. For the program, “Winterling and Weather: A North Florida View,” suggested donation for non-members is $5.
Free parking behind the building. For information, call 904.665.0064
In 1962, when George Winterling began as a meteorologist with Channel 4 television, broadcasts were black and white and reporting was live—no video tape. Prior to his 47 year career at WJCT, Winterling worked as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville. In 1964, he accurately predicted Hurricane Dora would hit North Florida. He’s also known for creating a humiture index—how hot it feels—today used nationwide and beyond as the”heat-index.” Rainfall predictability was another Winterling creation. He recalls television’s earliest Jacksonville broadcasts in 1949. So eager to see more, later as a student of Florida State University, he mounted an antenna on the chimney and watched Bill Grove’s “Eye on the News” from Tallahassee. By the time he retired from Channel 4 in 2009, he was a Jacksonville institution. In this presentation, you’ll learn more about Winterling – known to all as George – and more about North Florida’s weather history.