Jill Gilardi

Jill Gilardi


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.

Recent Articles by Jill

  FIRST ALERT: Showers Tuesday and cooler temperatures

  Is it sleet? Is it hail? It’s graupel

FIRST ALERT for potential black ice Wednesday morning from freezing fog

For the first time in 800 years, Jupiter and Saturn align and will look like one star

Skywatchers will have a lot to see this month, like the upcoming Geminid Meteor Shower

Record breaking Atlantic hurricane season wraps up Monday

Major traffic backup, construction accident on I-20/I-459

The Leonid Meteor Shower peaks Monday night

  FIRST ALERT: Chilly temperatures expected overnight

  FIRST ALERT: Winter 2020-2021 outlook

  FIRST ALERT: A Cat 2 Hurricane is forecast to hit the Gulf Coast by Friday

  Nice weather persists into Tuesday

  FIRST ALERT: Milder temperatures for Labor Day Weekend

Hurricane Rita versus Hurricane Laura

Could the two tropical systems merge into one large storm next week?

How do hurricanes get their names?

  On a day like today, in just 10 minutes the inside of your parked car can reach 115 degrees

The opportunity to see Comet NEOWISE starts tomorrow evening

  FIRST ALERT: for 100+ feeling air through 7 p.m.

FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Fay in depth forecast

Colorado State University releases updated 2020 hurricane season forecast, raises number of storms and hurricanes expected

A comet named NEOWISE might become visible to the naked eye soon

Drought conditions in Alabama this month

FIRST ALERT: Did you know that there are 5 ways you can get struck by lightning?

Astronomical summer begins Saturday

A plume of dust known as Saharan dust will hover over the Southeast next week

  FIRST ALERT: Patchy frost expected tonight

  FIRST ALERT: Rainy and windy Friday.

  Another cool night ahead

  FIRST ALERT Weather Day: All types of severe weather appear likely on Sunday late afternoon and evening