Elliot 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. Elliot was a weatherman in his second grade class play and was blamed for rainy weekends in fourth grade.
Elliot earned a B.S. and an M.S. in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University. In college he was a charter member of Chi Epsilon Pi meteorology honorary society. Elliot is also a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Officer Training School.
Elliot joined AccuWeather, the world’s leading commercial weather service, in 1967, and was a co-founder of AccuWeather’s radio service in 1971. Elliot is now a Senior Vice President and Chief Forecaster for AccuWeather. He is a co-author of the college text “Meteorology”, published by McGraw-Hill. Elliot is also co-author of AccuWeather’s awardwinning On-Line With AccuWeather instructional program for junior and senior high school classes.
Elliot is one of only a few people in the world who has earned the accredited status of Certified Consulting Meteorologist along with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Seals of Approval for both radio and television.
Elliot earned the 1993 AMS award for Outstanding Service by a Broadcast 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 Elliot “Broadcaster of the Year.”
Married to Bonnie since 1969, Elliot has two sons: Mike and Randy. Bonnie is an award-winning second grade teacher. Randy interned in the AccuWeather promotions department and now is a financial analyst for CSFB. Mike was a part-time broadcaster at AccuWeather, and is an assistant editor for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, VA.