by Dan Gibson
He's been off the air since June (one in a series of absences over the years) for reasons that haven't been disclosed, but Chuck George has announced today that he's leaving his full-time gig at KOLD to go back to school to get his doctorate.
Chuck George, the popular chief meteorologist at KOLD-TV, has decided to resign and devote his time to his pursuit of a doctorate.
KOLD News 13 Vice President and General Manager Debbie Bush made the announcement today "with much regret."
"While we are very sad Chuck won't be on the KOLD team anymore, we understand and want the best for him in the future," Bush said.
George, who has been on leave since early June, joined the station in February 2003 and quickly became one of the most recognized and favorite on-air personalities in Tucson. He is known for teaching viewers about the science of weather.
"This is the right time for me to pursue my lifelong dream," George said. "I want to continue my love of science in the academic community by pursuing a career in teaching and science in academia. It is a tough decision to leave my friends and family at KOLD as well as the wonderfully supportive Southern Arizona Community.
UPDATE: KOLD is really going all out with this news, including this image, currently receiving a ton of emotional comments as their Facebook cover photo:
More info to come.