Elliott was born in Philadelphia, PA, on May 31, 1947. He became interested in weather at the age of five when his father, a research chemist, built a barometer for him. Elliott was a weatherman in his second grade class play and was blamed for rainy weekends in the fourth grade.
Elliott earned a B.S. and a M.S. in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University. In college he was a charter member of Chi Epsilon Pi honorary society. Elliott is also a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Officer Training School.
Elliott joined Accu Weather, the world’s leading commercial weather service, in 1967, and was co- founder of Accu Weather’s radio service in 1971. Elliott is now a senior Vice President and Chief Forecaster for Accu Weather. He is a co- author of the college text “Meteorology,” published by McGraw- Hill.
Elliott is also a co- author of Accu Weather’s award winning On- Line With Accu Weather instructional program for junior and senior high school classes. Elliott is one of only a few people in the world who has earned an accredited status of Certified Consulting Meteorologist along with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Seals of Approval for both radio and television.
Elliott earned the 1993 AMS award for Outstanding Service by a Broadcasting Meteorologist “for his decades of significant contributions to radio weather broadcasting and to weather education at all levels,” and followed this up with the 1994 AMS Charles Mitchell Award for “outstanding and unique dissemination of weather forecasts to the nation’s public by radio and television.” In 1996, The National Weather Association named Elliott “Broadcaster of the Year.”
Married to Bonnie since 1969, Elliott has two sons: Mike and Randy. Bonnie is an award- winning second grade teacher. Randy interned in the Accu Weather promotions department and is now a financial analyst for CSFB. Mike was a part- time broadcaster at Accu Weather, and is an assistant editor for The Virginian- Pilot in Norfolk, VA.