Mariel Ruiz joined THV11’s weather team in June of 2016 before being named morning meteorologist in February 2018.
Mariel has spent countless hours covering floods, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and snow events for the people of Arkansas. She grew up in nearby north Texas and previously worked in west Texas forecasting the wild weather. This Arlington, Texas native has seen her fair share of severe weather in studio and out in the field.
Meteorologist Mariel Ruiz is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), a designation given to her by the American Meteorological Society in October 2017. To earn the CBM, broadcasters must hold a degree in meteorology, pass a rigorous written examination, and have their on-air work reviewed by a panel.
Mariel received her Bachelors of Science in Meteorology from Texas A&M University. While there, she was active in Texas Aggie Broadcasting and a member of the Texas Aggie Storm Chasers. Mariel is a member of the American Meteorological Society. She has previously presented research at the annual conference and has also participated in a panel to speak to upcoming broadcast meteorology students.
With a zeal for communication of all kinds, Ruiz is fluent in Spanish. She often uses social media to share needed weather information with central Arkansas’s Hispanic community. Her social media presence continues to grow tremendously thanks to her unique forecasting through the various platforms available, like Instagram, where users will find continually updated “Stories” on Ruiz’s page as she highlights big moments to expect in Arkansas weather for the day. She is also very active on Facebook, where users can tune into her live videos to ask questions about what’s happening weather-wise in their area.
Mariel has quickly taken on an active role in the Arkansas community by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, participating in Koman Race for the Cure, and becoming the spokesperson for Drain Smart – a program aimed at litter reduction and environmental sustainability. She has a passion for helping young women pursue and advance in STEM careers. Over the summer, Mariel has hosted Museum of Discovery’s Girls in STEM programs to show young women the behind-the-scenes life of a meteorologist. Shortly after arriving to Little Rock, Mariel landed on the cover of El Latino Magazine. The magazine was excited to have a Spanish-speaking scientist on TV and wanted to introduce her to the Hispanic community.
While not forecasting, you can find Mariel exploring a new hiking spot or revisiting an old trail with her fiancé and two large labs or trying a new recipe and spending time with friends and family.