Jill Gilardi joined the WBRC First Alert weather team on December 30, 2013. She has nearly 15+ years of experience as a broadcast meteorologist, serving audiences in St. Joseph and Springfield, Missouri, before moving to WOWT in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2011. She's covered blizzards, ice storms, floods, heat waves, and tornado outbreaks. The day Jill calls the toughest of her career came less than a month after a very tough day for many folks in Alabama: It was May 22, 2011, the day of the Joplin EF5. While working in Springfield, Jill won a honorable mention award for Best Weathercast. Weather is a passion of hers, especially severe weather. She started storm chasing in 2008 and even worked for a storm chasing company called Extreme Chase Tours. She chases any opportunity she gets because Jill loves the weather, and seeing the entire life-cycle of a storm and capturing images of it. Jill studied weather at one of the top schools for meteorologists in the country, Lyndon State College in Vermont, and also earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal from the American Meteorological Society. She calls herself a weather nerd who has a way of communicating the weather and relating it to daily life in a fun and easy-to-understand way. Jill is originally from Massachusetts and her passion for weather erupted after Hurricane Gloria in 1985. From that point on, Jill became obsessed with tracking hurricanes and always wanted to be in thick of bad weather. She would beg her parents to either drive her around in 6 inches of snow or take her to the beach to see the waves from a tropical system. Jill is an animal and nature lover to the core! She enjoys loving on her four dogs and 3 cats. She is also into fitness, sports and being an artist on the side. Look for her on our weekday noon newscasts, doing traffic reports at 4 and 5PM and filling in at times for the other meteorologists. Jill also loves engaging with viewers on her Facebook fan page, Twitter and Instagram.
The latest update on Hurricane Michael shows the storm has weakened to a Category 3 storm with winds at 125 mph. The storm center is moving north northeast at 16 mph. The storm is expected to continue weakening slowly as it moves inland.