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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
  • today3

    Nice weather for Black Friday shoppers, limited rain this weekend

    We hit 72° on Thanksgiving Day in Huntsville. Expect a similar forecast this afternoon under a partly cloudy sky. This is well above the average of 59°. Enjoy it now because there are signs of cooler temperatures by the first week of December. Rain will stay away from high school fields tonight. Only a jacket or sweater is required for our teams in action tonight. It’s the semifinals of the state playoffs. Decatur Heritage, Fyffe, Colbert County, and Austin look […]

  • Slight Everywhere - Enhanced TN/NE AL

    More high heat and chance of strong storms this afternoon & evening

    We hit 98° in Huntsville for the second straight day Monday. Look for upper 90s this afternoon with another heat advisory. The heat index could reach 109° this afternoon. It doesn’t look like the oppressive temperatures are going anywhere with the potential of triple digit heat by the weekend into next week. Now to the potential for strong to severe storms.  Disturbances track southeast around a large upper ridge and move across the Tennessee Valley late this afternoon into the […]

  • feels-like2

    Heat advisory in effect through Tuesday, also a chance of storms

    We hit 98° on Sunday afternoon in Huntsville with 97° in the Shoals. Don’t look for much relief this week as highs stay in the middle to upper 90s. Heat index values reach the 105° category both today and Tuesday. There is a heat advisory in effect for parts of the viewing audience this afternoon. Here is a look at your “feels like” temperature this afternoon. We could easily be in the 105° range for around three hours today. A […]

  • feels-like (1) High heat this week, watching Gulf of Mexico

    We hit 94° on Sunday afternoon. Look for more high heat this week with temperatures in the middle 90s. That’s only part of the story. With high humidity, the heat index will make it feel like around 100° during the peak afternoon hours. Take it easy if you are going to be outside. Take breaks, drink plenty of water, and wear light-colored clothing. This is just the beginning. Expect middle 90s at least through Wednesday afternoon. Don’t get too excited […]

  • spc Strong to severe storms possible late tonight

    A cold front is scheduled to move through the Tennessee Valley later tonight into early Tuesday bringing a round of strong to severe thunderstorms to the region. This isn’t expected to be a widespread severe weather event, but damaging winds and hail are possible during the overnight. The Storm Prediction Center has portions of southern middle Tennessee under a *slight risk* for severe storms tonight.     Here is a look at the timing. This will likely be an overnight […]

  • Severe Weather Potential Severe weather in the forecast for the Tennessee Valley

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A slight risk for severe thunderstorms is in the forecast across northwest Alabama late tonight through early Friday. Some of those storms will likely move across Huntsville and Madison through sunrise Friday. Right now, the main threats are wind and hail. The tornado threat at this time is on the low side.

  • Severe Weather Outlook April 3

    Severe weather possible this afternoon/evening across Tennessee Valley

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Storms are expected to push through the Tennessee Valley later today and tonight.  The entire valley is under a slight risk for severe thunderstorms. Hail, damage and isolated tornadoes are all a possibility in this round of potentially severe weather. Expect the storms to arrive in the Shoals late this afternoon and then move through Huntsville and Madison County through the early evening. The storms will then head for Sand and Lookout Mountains closer to 9 […]

  • wednesday-night This weather is more insane than March Madness

    Most of the time when we talk about March Madness, it’s about basketball. Buzzer beaters and the #12 seed making a run to the Sweet Sixteen. Well, this time it’s all about the weather. In the month of March, all bets are off. We can literally get anything and this week could live up to it. Here is what is possible over the next five days: Thunderstorms Highs Around 70° Lows In the Teens & 20s Snow, Sleet, and Freezing […]

  • gulf_low Questions about Wednesday

    There is plenty of chatter about Wednesday’s storm across the Tennessee Valley.  Check back for further updates and adjustments!  With it being Monday morning, it’s too early to make a definite forecast. However, it’s something to watch. There will be a developing area of low pressure to our south and it’s forecast to move across the state Wednesday afternoon into the evening. At that time, there could be enough cold air in place to produce snow across the Tennessee Valley. How […]

  • snow4 Several questions about Friday’s winter weather

    In the short-term forecast, wind chills are an issue today. Highs only reach the middle 20s, but your “feels like” temperature stays in the teens all afternoon. Moisture develops to our southwest setting the stage for another bout of wintry weather in the Tennessee Valley Friday into Friday night. Feeling Like In the Teens This Afternoon Now to the situation setting up for Friday. There are questions for Friday’s precipitation that will make the difference between having a couple of […]

  • weather640

    Cloudy & cool, flurries possible on Christmas Eve

    Let’s get to the potential for snow flurries first in the Tennessee Valley. It’s several days away, but it’s looking more and more like someone will see snow flakes later next week. First, rain is in the forecast Tuesday. As cold air wraps around the system, the rain changes to a brief period of light snow or flurries early on Christmas Eve (Wednesday). Little or no accumulation is expected at this time. If anyone sees a dusting it would be […]

  • whnt-earth-design1 Snow & Sleet reports, no accumulation expected

    We are getting a few snow/sleet reports in the Tennessee Valley this morning. It’s important to know this will be short-lived and no accumulation is expected. Most of the precipitation is now east of the area as cold air filters in! Our followers on Twitter chimed in this morning with their reports of wintry precipitation! Here are a few more from Facebook this morning!   Tasha – Flurries – East Limestone Teddy – Flurries – Florence LeAnn – Flurries – […]


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