Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.


Recent Articles
  • UPDATE: Expect showers and storms Thursday evening, a few may be strong to severe

    The weather presents no big problems this morning other than some clouds, a few showers and a stiff south breeze around 10-20 miles per hour with gusts to around 30 mph.  We still expect a round of locally-heavy storms beginning late afternoon lasting through about 12-1 am.  Some of those could present some trouble mainly because of hail and brief strong wind gusts. You can always track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on […]

  • UPDATE: expect showers and storms Thursday evening, a few may be strong to severe

    The weather presents no big problems this morning other than some clouds, a few showers and a stiff south breeze around 10-20 miles per hour with gusts to around 30 mph.  We still expect a round of locally-heavy storms beginning late afternoon lasting through about 12-1 am.  Some of those could present some trouble mainly because of hail and brief strong wind gusts. You can always track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on […]

  • Nancy Watson at Arab Primary is a teaching success

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Nancy Watson is this week’s Tools For Teachers Winner! She teaches Pre-K at Arab Primary in Marshall County. Principal Brad Kitchens calls Mrs. Watson and her students a perfect match. “The thing that jumps out the most is the relationship she has with the children,” said Kitchens. “You can tell she connects with the children not just as a teacher in front of a classroom, but she has a connection with every child in her classroom.” He […]

  • Hard work in a fun evironment describes Mrs. Valerie Johnson’s classroom

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – A 5th grade teacher at Evans Elementary School in Marshall County is this week’s recipient of our Tools for Teachers award. “I would say one of the main things that she portrays is and kind of stands out that puts her above other teachers is the love for her students.” says Principal Robert Sims of Valerie Johnson. Sims says that’s why it came as no surprise a student nominated Mrs. Johnson for the Award. “We have […]

  • Patience is the key for this week’s Tools For Teachers Winner

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Marian Bowling is this week’s winner of the Tools For Teachers Award winner. She teachers kindergarten at Union Hill School in Morgan County. Janice Vest, the School Counselor, says it doesn’t get any better than Mrs. Bowling. “She is the best teacher I have ever met.” said, Vest. “She loves the kids. She has more patience than Job. She has absolutely the sweetest person I have ever met.” In winning $319, Mrs. Bowling and the school […]

  • BLOG: Strong storms produce high wind gusts, hail late Thursday night

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A line of strong storms pushed through the Tennessee Valley late Thursday night, March 9. High wind gusts, vivid lightning and some hail fell, and scattered reports of damage and power outages occurred. This is an archived live blog from the severe weather event. Updates from our team appear below in the order they were posted.

  • Mrs. Katherine Smith’s students eager to learn every day

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – The place to be is in Mrs. Katherine Smith’s classroom! She teaches 5th grade at Frances Nungester Elementary in Decatur. “She is wonderful to the kids,” said Principal Shannon Whitfield. “She will go above and beyond the call to make sure her kids are taken care of. Make sure they are motivated and make sure they are learning in a positive way.” “Her classroom environment is tremendous,” Whitfield added. “Whenever I go into her classroom her […]

  • Update: See how an Ardmore teacher spent her $319 prize winnings!

    ARDMORE, Ala. - We have an exciting update to share with you. One of our Tools for Teachers prize winners recently sent us a picture with some smiling faces! We learned what Mrs. Amy Cotten did with her Tools for Teachers prize money.

  • What To Expect: Heavy Storms Move Through Today

        The Storm Prediction Center has shifted the risk for severe weather through the afternoon, south of the Tennessee Valley. What does this mean for us? The severe risk is very low, but heavy rain and winds up to 30-40 mph will still be possible with storms moving through. There is a minor concern of flash flooding as the main line moves through as well. We could see a quick inch of rain over a short amount of time today. The […]

  • Welcome to Meteorological Spring!

    March 1st was the start of meteorological spring! The equinox isn’t until March 20th, but it’s easier for meteorologists to refer to seasons in terms of cooler/warmer months. That means meteorological winter has ended and we can officially say that it was the warmest on record. Huntsville’s average temperature, including both highs and lows, from December 1st-February 28th came in at 50.5 degrees. In this year’s case, the heat was likely reinforced by the drought the Tennessee Valley has been struggling with […]

  • BLOG: Storms with heavy rain, hail exit the Valley

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The risk of severe storms has ended in the Tennessee Valley. The National Weather Service has expired the tornado watch which had been in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday. This is an archived live blog. Updates from our team appear below in the order they occurred.

  • Mrs. Amy Cotten in Ardmore really makes a difference in her kids’ lives

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – There are some happy folks at Cedar Hill Elementary in Ardmore. Amy Cotten teaches third grade there and won our Tools For Teachers Award! Principal Glen Garner says Cotten fits the criteria of an outstanding teacher to a “T.” “The first one here and the last one to leave. She does a great job. She works to unlock the potential in each student.” “We have a guiding principle at Limestone County Schools that we do best for […]