Jill Gilardi

Jill Gilardi

Meteorologist

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

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

  Quiet weather until Sunday, then we deal with severe storms

Eager to plant? You may reconsider after reading this

  Great weather to end the week with!

  Earliest spring in 124 years

  FIRST ALERT: Showers overnight, mainly dry Saturday

  FIRST ALERT: Strong to severe storms possible next week

  FIRST ALERT: Rain on Saturday associated with Nestor and possible severe storms on Monday

  A rollercoaster ride of temperatures ahead

  Miserable heat through Saturday

  FIRST ALERT: Forecast track of Major Hurricane Dorian continues to change

FIRST ALERT WEATHER Day issued for Tuesday due to dangerous heat

  It will be a night to let in some fresh air!

Jill: A cool start to the weekend

  FIRST ALERT: A cool start to the weekend

  FIRST ALERT Weather Day issued for Sunday due to likelihood of severe storms