In 1989, Winterling passed the American Meteorological Society's exam to become a certified consulting meteorologist.

"I guess I'm getting to be the dinosaur because I've been in it since before computers. I've seen it change from film to videotape and now it’s going digital, which has changed a lot of the way we do things," Winterling told the Jacksonville Daily Record in a 2006 interview.

George's Garden, a weekly feature Winterling created in the 1990s, has become a viewer favorite. Viewers get gardening tips on what to plant, how to grow it, when to fertilize, when to water and other timely tips.

Winterling has been married to his wife, Virginia, for 53 years. They have three children: Wendy Gale, Frank and Steve, as well as several grandchildren.