Channel 3 Early Warning Weather Meteorologist Darren Sweeney delivers Connecticut's most accurate forecast every weekend on Eyewitness News. Darren joined the Early Warning Forecast Team in August 2006 with recognition from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) with their seal of approval, as well as the National Weather Association (NWA) along with their seal of approval. A Connecticut native, born and raised in West Hartford, Darren is excited to provide weather updates in his hometown for Channel 3, a station he grew up watching for as long as he can remember. Darren's fascination with weather began at a young age through all of New England's wild weather extremes. His family knew he was captivated by storms because when everyone was going inside to take shelter, Darren would grab a video camera and go outdoors!
Darren has experience with forecasting New England weather. As a meteorologist for a Springfield TV station, Darren won two Associated Press awards for coverage of historic flooding in October 2005 and for Best Weathercast in 2006. He also reported live during severe weather events, most recently the massive flooding that took place along the Merrimack River in May 2006. Before returning to New England, Darren gained experience forecasting severe weather and chasing hurricanes for WFTX-TV in Fort Myers, Fla., where in one instance, he reported live from New Orleans during Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lilly in 2002. Darren earned his Bachelor's degree from Central Connecticut State University and went on to earn his Master's degree at Syracuse University's highly regarded Newhouse School of Communication. In 2003, he graduated from Mississippi State University's Broadcast Meteorology program. During his spare time, you'll find Darren on one of his famous road trips exploring beautiful New England (especially during the summer). He also enjoys the gym and spending time with his family.