The thought of being a meteorologist really peaked for Scott Connell in 1979 when a blizzard blasted his hometown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with one to two feet of snow and drifts of three to five feet. It was every kid's dream: tons of snow and no school for a week! That was the defining moment to steer him toward a career in weather.
When Scott was in the eighth grade, a new television station was coming to town. He read in the newspaper that a meteorologist was going to head the weather team, so he put on his one navy blue blazer, gray slacks, and a tie and proceeded to walk to the location where the old drugstore was being remodeled into a television station and asked to see the general manager. Scott told them he wanted to do the weekend weather. So, at the age of 14, he was sitting in a news director's office explaining what he could do for them. They must have been amused because the news director had him write a resume. Though he no longer has a copy of that resume, he remembers it church youth choir on it, co-captain of the sixth grade school safety patrol, and paperboy for the local daily newspaper. So paperboy would technically be his first job in the media.
A job researching the record high and low temperatures was created for Scott, giving him his big break in TV. This was before computers, which can now do in a few minutes what took him weeks to accomplish. While he wasn't on the air, he did get a great education about weather from meteorologists Greg Fishel, John Bulatewicz, and even Mike Seidel of Weather Channel fame, plus a look at how television news works.
In college at North Carolina State University in Raleigh (B.S. Meteorology), Scott worked part-time for TV stations in New Bern and Raleigh, once again getting great work experience. His most nervous moment ever was the first time he went on-air in Raleigh at the NBC station. All of his friends from college were watching and he thought his heart was going to pound out of his chest! All this great experience, plus good guidance from many great people along the way helped him get to St. Louis in 1991.
Scott says he’s been working with the best, both behind the scenes and on camera since he arrived at 5 On Your Side all those years ago. He recently completed a Masters degree in Geoscience from Mississippi State University, and says he’s very fortunate to have a job he loves and a family that supports him, though even the dogs learned to ignore the alarm clock at 12:15 a.m. when he served as meteorologist on Today in St. Louis.
In 2017 Scott had an opportunity to move to a more traditional sleep schedule and serves as meteorologist during the early evening shows during the week and the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows on weekends.
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