Ashley Ruiz is the weekend meteorologist at WEAR-TV. She joined the First Warning Weather Team in September of 2016. Ashley is no stranger to northwest Florida. She is originally from New Orleans, but moved to Gulf Breeze during her teen years and is a graduate of Gulf Breeze High School.
Ashley graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences/Meteorology. As a student, she went storm chasing and even chased the supercell that produced the devastating EF 4 tornado in Louisville, Mississippi. Right after graduation, she moved thirty minutes down the highway to Columbus, where she was the weekend meteorologist at WCBI, the CBS affiliate. While working in north Mississippi, she covered numerous severe weather events.
Her love and passion for the weather stems back from her early childhood in Louisiana where she experienced many tropical storms and hurricanes, including Hurricane Katrina.
Ashley is a big SEC football fan and roots for the LSU Tigers and Mississippi State Bulldogs. Also, she is a big fan of Harry Potter and The Walking Dead. Ashley is an animal lover and you may see her out and about with her three-year-old dachshund, Cappie, the Weather Weenie (#WeatherWeenie). If you do, be sure to say hello! Ashley loves to receive weather photos, so be sure to send them to her via social media.