Meteorologist Ashley Baylor joined Storm Team 8 in January 2019. Ashley is originally from Massachusetts and is no stranger to all of the different types of weather we experience in New England!
Before coming to Connecticut, Ashley working for News 8's sister stations, WAVY in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and WWLP in Springfield, Massachusetts. Some of her most memorable storms include Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Sandy, and the Halloween Nor'easter in 2011.
Prior to joining WWLP, Ashley spent three years at WEAU in Eau Claire, WI and several months in New York City as a weather producer.
In 2014 and 2013, Ashley was voted “Best Meteorologist” by the Valley Advocate. In the same years, she was also voted “Favorite Meteorologist” in the Reader Raves poll by The Republican/Masslive.com. In 2008, she won an honorable mention for her photo of lenticular clouds that was published in the September issue of WeatherWise Magazine.
“I’ve had an interest in weather since I was 9 years old. I moved to Charleston, South Carolina the year after Hurricane Hugo made landfall there. Even though I didn’t live through Hugo, the devastation was still visible a year later. In 1992, still living in Charleston, Hurricane Andrew slammed into southern Florida. I remember being glued to the TV, watching the coverage… I’ve been hooked ever since!”
Ashley is a member of the National Weather Association and graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a degree in Broadcast Meteorology.
Ashley is a HUGE Patriots fan – she and her husband got married in front of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough! They are proud parents of a daughter, Morgan, a rescue pup, Bodie, and two Siamese cats, Chase and Brooklyn. In her free time, you can catch Ashley on the beach or checking out a local zoo.
8 Things you didn’t know about Ashley Baylor
Favorite memory / story from working in TV news?
Either Hurricane Matthew or the February Nor'easter in 2013.
What inspired you to work in news?
I became interested in weather after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. I'm thrilled that I was able to make my childhood dream of being a meteorologist come true.
What is your favorite restaurant in New Haven?
I'll get back to you on that. Open to suggestions!
Who is your favorite musician/band and/or best concert you ever been to?
I actually love metal music. (Most people don't expect that.)
What’s the best dish you can make?
I don't love cooking, but I make an awesome beef stew.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Ibiza, Mallorca, and the Maldives.
What’s something you don’t know about me?
I am ridiculously and inexplicably terrified of frogs.
What are your hobbies / hidden talents?
I was a swimmer for over a decade and coached high school swimming in Massachusetts. That's why my shoulders are so big!