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A beloved bow tie-wearing metrologist is retiring but not before saying goodbye to West Michigan.

WZZM 13 Meteorologist George Lessens Retiring

George Lessens
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On Monday WZZM 13 Chief Meteorologist Geroge Lessens was seated next to long-time news anchor Juliet Dragos and Alana Holland when he shared that he would be retiring at the end of the year.

George Lessons Recognised For His Work

On January 31st of this year Chief Meteorologist George Lessens was a recipient of the Charles L. Mitchell Award for Outstanding Service by a Forecaster from the American Meteorological Society.

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He's also a nine-time winner of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.
"Best Weathercast" for 2021, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, and 2003.

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George Lessens via Facebook
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Other awards that George Lessens has received include.

  • The "Silver Circle" award which is given by the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences for 25 years or more of service.
  • Four-time recipient of "Merit Weathercast" in 2003, 2007, 2012 and 2017.
  • Michigan Emmy Awards for Weather in 2005 and 2009.
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George Lessens Has Been On Air In West Michigan For Over 40 Years

George Lessens began his career at 13 ON YOUR SIDE in 1980 as a weekend meteorologist.

From 1985 through 1991, he anchored weekday morning weathercasts before returning to the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts.

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West Michigan has been so lucky to have George for the past 40+ years on our TV and in our community.

I'm so glad that George is giving everyone a heads-up so we still have time to catch his forecasts before he retires later this year around late November to early December.

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