Ashley Brand joined the ABC 33/40 weather team in January, 2007. She’s a certified meteorologist with plenty of experience covering tornadoes and hurricanes. She is comfortable reporting live in the field and loves being able to provide people with information during severe weather.
However, that love wasn’t evident during Ashley’s childhood. Growing up she was afraid of thunderstorms. That changed, though, during the Blizzard of 1993. While watching continuous coverage of the Birmingham storm, Ashley could not get enough information. It was then she decided to pursue a career in meteorology.
Ashley graduated from Mountain Brook High School in 1997. She went on to Mississippi State University and earned a degree in Broadcast Meteorology. After graduating from MSU in 2001, she spent two weeks chasing storms throughout the great plains. The girl who was afraid of bad weather was now tracking supercell thunderstorms and dodging baseball-sized hail.
Ashley’s first job in television was at WTVY-TV in Dothan. She became that market’s first meteorologist to fly into a hurricane with the Hurricane Hunters. Her flight took her through the eye of Hurricane Ivan. When the storm came ashore, she was reporting live from Destin, FL. She also covered hurricanes for CNN and CNN International. Ashley was the first reporter on the scene during the 2002 tornado that severely damaged the south Alabama town of Abbeville. While she’s covered severe storms and hurricanes, Ashley says forecasting winter weather is her favorite. She loves snow!
Ashley anchors the weather segments on ABC 33/40′s weekend newscasts. Her outstanding work has earned her seals of approval from both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. She is the only female meteorologist in Alabama to be recognized by both organizations. In her spare time she enjoys working out, running and spending time with her husband and their dog, a Black Lab named Nimbus.