Marla Branson

Marla Branson


Marla knew she wanted to be a meteorologist since the very first time she weather anchored her college newscast. "I was horrible, but I loved it!" she said, as she remembered her early college years. She finished her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi and quickly moved to Mississippi State University to earn her master's degree in meteorology. Marla proved she was ready for the job when she helped her school forecasting team bring home the championship in the University of Oklahoma Weather Challenge. "That's probably my proudest moment," she said. "We worked all year on that competition, and to be able to say I'm a national champion, is not something many Mississippi State Bulldogs can say." Marla has always wanted to live near the ocean and she has found Myrtle Beach to be a perfect fit. "You can't beat the southern hospitality and the variety of weather is amazing," Marla said. Throughout her graduate work she took a particular interest in tropical and coastal weather because she knew one day she would find her home on the beach. "The challenge of forecasting coastal weather is thrilling and it is something that I will always try to learn more about," Marla said. "Weather affects everyone, and it's my job to stay current on the science. I love this job! What can I say, I'm a weather nerd."

Recent Articles by Marla

  FIRST ALERT: New Year’s Eve forecast

  FIRST ALERT: Rain moves in today and lingers for several days

  FIRST ALERT: Rain showers move in today

  FIRST ALERT: Last sunny day before rain starts to creep in

  FIRST ALERT: Tranquil, seasonable Christmas Eve forecast on tap

  FIRST ALERT: Rain off and on today, big improvements by the weekend

  FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY- Heavy rain and a slight risk of severe weather

  FIRST ALERT: Clouds increase Wednesday ahead of next washout on Thursday

  FIRST ALERT- Breezy and brisk today, rain on the way

  FIRST ALERT: The sunshine continues for now

  FIRST ALERT: Frosty morning and weekend rain

FIRST ALERT: Today turns sunny and stays cold

  FIRST ALERT: Cold and damp today with winter weather possible

  FIRST ALERT: Chilly day today rain moves in tomorrow

  FIRST ALERT: Frosty this morning and cold all day

  FIRST ALERT: Cold and sunny today with even colder weather coming

  FIRST ALERT: Sunny and much colder today

  FIRST ALERT: Soggy and mild turning dry and chilly

FIRST ALERT: A couple showers possible today, but more rain tomorrow

  FIRST ALERT: Another night of freezing temperatures

  FIRST ALERT: Breezy and bright today, freeze warning tonight

  FIRST ALERT: Chilly but sunny today

  FIRST ALERT: Stray sprinkle and then CHILLY temperatures

  FIRST ALERT: Clearing and getting cooler

  FIRST ALERT: It’s cold!...But at least it’s sunny

  FIRST ALERT: Heavy rain for the morning drive

  FIRST ALERT: Chilly and damp today

  FIRST ALERT: Rain remains in the forecast with up and down temps

FIRST ALERT: Soggy start to the work week

  FIRST ALERT: Cloudy and cool today