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, tornado outbreaks, flash freezes, tropical systems, and arctic outbreaks. Jill has experienced several unforgettable events in her career, like “snowmageddon” just a couple weeks after starting at WBRC. It was the first time she ever had to sleep at a tv station.
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 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 the 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 three dogs and eight cats. Jill is also a big supporter of the local animal rescues and has 3 adopted cats from a local Birmingham rescue. She is also into fitness, sports, gardening, yard work, camping, and is an artist, in her free time. Look for her on our weekday noon newscasts, doing traffic reports at 4:00PM and 5:00PM, covering live weather updates on First Alert Weather Extra at 6:30PM, filling in for the Chief when needed, and tag teaming with the Chief, during severe weather. Jill also loves engaging with viewers on her Facebook fan page, Twitter and Instagram, so please say hello!