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 in her teens and is a graduate of Gulf Breeze High School.
Ashley graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences/Meteorology. She went storm chasing and even chased the supercell that produced the devastating EF-4 tornado in Louisville, Mississippi. After graduation, Ashley 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 to her early childhood in Louisiana where she lived through 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 five-year-old dachshund, Cappie, the Weather Weenie (#WeatherWeenie). If you do, be sure to say hello!
Be sure to send Ashley your #Furcast pet photo submissions, include your name and your pet's name.