Sean Bailey

Sean Bailey


Sean Bailey comes to the WMBF First Alert Weather Team as the weekend meteorologist! You can catch him Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

He has loved weather since he was in third grade, but the sign that he needed to become a meteorologist really came together after a tornado went through his hometown of Monee, Illinois in June 2008. Funny, this happened only a couple days before student orientation at Valparaiso University in Indiana, where he planned to study meteorology.

He graduated from Valparaiso University in May 2012 cum laude with Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and minors in Math and Communications (yes he LOVES math!). Sean has seen five tornadoes from stormchasing, but is still deathly afraid of lightning.

Sean got his start on TV shortly after graduating, starting in Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania. He covered the crazy winter weather in the Twin Tiers for over two years. Sean still has a piece of New York always with him, as he adopted his puppy Skye from the Chemung County Animal Shelter in 2014. She's a beagle/pomeranian mix and has her own Facebook page.

Sean left Elmira with Skye for Arkansas in late 2014 to be a meteorologist and Adventure reporter for 5NEWS. He covered all modes of severe weather from flooding to tornadoes. The outdoors of Arkansas gave him so many incredible life experiences and he was thankful to learn so much about hiking, biking, flying and so much more over his 2 years in Western Arkansas!

After 27 years of being landlocked, Sean is beyond excited to have his dream job of being a coastal meteorologist here at WMBF!

When Sean is not in the Weather Center, honestly, he's probably somewhere on a beach, listening to country music with Skye. He's also probably trying and falling down while trying to learn to surf.

Recent Articles by Sean

  First Alert: Isolated showers this evening, drier Monday ahead

  FIRST ALERT: Another chance for storms arrives Sunday

Summer of Science: Make your own simple lava lamp for less than $5

  FIRST ALERT: Heat index climbs, as summer humidity seeps in

  FIRST ALERT: Rinse and repeat as scattered storms continue all week

  FIRST ALERT: Watching for isolated storms through the night.

  FIRST ALERT: On and off rain chances through the weekend

  FIRST ALERT: Calm start, but storm chances return midweek

  FIRST ALERT: Calm for now, but storm chances return midweek

  FIRST ALERT: Several more chances at record breaking heat this week

Memorial Day Weekend: Record heat possible, humidity reminds us of summer

  FIRST ALERT: ‘Coolest’ air today, followed by heat index near 100 by weekend

  FIRST ALERT: Heat index climbing for Memorial Day weekend

  FIRST ALERT: Higher humidity lasts for several days

  FIRST ALERT: Heat and humidity ramping up into the weekend

FIRST ALERT: Increasing storm chances through Mother’s Day

FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY SUNDAY: Isolated severe storms possible

Why you shouldn’t only use a hurricane’s “Category” in determining your emergency plan

Lower humidity and drier skies start off the work week

  FIRST ALERT: Storms ending, more scattered rain Sunday

  FIRST ALERT: Scattered storms this weekend, chance of stronger storms Saturday

  FIRST ALERT: Scattered showers return tomorrow, more rain chances into the weekend

FIRST ALERT: Warmth and humidity going up into the work week

Increased fire danger Sunday leads to Burn Ban in effect for Horry County

FIRST ALERT: Staying windy, increased fire danger tomorrow

  FIRST ALERT: Sunny streak ends Friday, as showers and a few storms arrive

  FIRST ALERT: Summer air stays, looking ahead to next rain chance later this week

Sunshine and a warm up as we hop into the work week

Calmer, cooler Easter Sunday. Increased rip current risk along the beaches

  NWS: EF-0 Tornado confirmed in Florence County from Friday’s storms