Chuck George

Chuck George, chief meteorologist for Tucson's KOLD Channel 13, has taken a sudden leave of absence from the station - his third since 2010.

KOLD made no public announcement about George's leave, but confirmed his absence Thursday. George has not posted on his Twitter or public Facebook page since April 5.

"Chuck is taking a leave of absence," KOLD Vice President and General Manager Debbie Bush said by email. "Unfortunately, we cannot comment further on employee matters."

Bush said the station was still determining who would fill in for George during his leave, as well as whether or not to hire a temporary weathercaster.

George took a leave of absence from Sept. 9, 2011, to Oct. 24 of that year. His leave began after he failed to finish a broadcast in which he slurred his words. He missed six full weeks of broadcasts. George also took a five-week hiatus in March and April 2010.

George holds a bachelor of science in meteorology degree from the University of Oklahoma and a master of engineering in water resources degree from the University of Arizona. He has worked at KOLD since 2003.

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