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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
  • Colder Temperatures Moving – Mixed Bag As Well

    We make the transition today. Colder air moves in along with a mixed bag of rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow. It’s important to pay close attention to the temperatures through the late morning and early afternoon as there will be a HUGE difference between the Shoals and Sand Mountain today. Some of us will be in the 30s, while others will be in the 60s at the same time!     Here is the winter weather advisory for most […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory: the latest on what to expect for Friday

    Huntsville International hit 68ºF at noon Thursday (the high was 70ºF); by noon tomorrow it could be as much as 35ºF to 40ºF colder behind a strong cold front and a round of rain. That colder air changes some of that rain to a wintry mix and some light snow as early as mid-morning in Northwest Alabama with a gradual change from rainy to wintry eastward through early afternoon. The Winter Weather Advisory is a relatively low-end winter weather statement; […]

  • Taylor Blevins Calling All the Shots At Central School

    Madison County, Ala. – Meet Taylor Blevins. He teaches social studies at Central School in Madison County. “Coach Blevins is a high-energy guy. He brings a lot of excitement to his classroom,” said Principal Alex Hudges. And he also brings something else to the classroom. “He uses the basketball goal as a tool.” How does a basketball goal help with the daily lesson plan? “He passes a basketball around to the students as they answer questions correctly they get to take shots […]

  • Multiple Rounds Of Very Cold This Week

    We start 2018 with very cold air in the Tennessee Valley. A large trough of low pressure along the east coast brings the coldest air of the season to the Tennessee Valley this week. There is a *wind chill advisory* for all of the Tennessee Valley through noon Monday and again Tuesday. It will feel like below 0 at times. It’s a good idea to stay inside the next couple of days. If you have to be out, dress in […]

  • The kids break the good news to Priceville’s Robin Steenson

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. — Robin Steenson teaches 3rd grade at Priceville Elementary in Morgan County. Principal Tanya McCain spoke glowingly about Miss Steenson’s efforts to create a successful learning environment. “It is such a welcoming environment, it’s almost as if you are home,” McCain said. “From the lighting she uses in the classroom to the flex seating, the opportunity the children have to find their perfect spot in the classroom for their perfect learning. So it’s just warm and welcoming. […]

  • A small note card doing big things in Mrs. Ruffin’s classroom

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Say hello to Laura Ruffin. She teaches 6th-grade math at Madison Elementary School. Principal Melissa Mims says Mrs. Ruffin certainly does her homework. “When a child comes from not enjoying math or struggling with math to now a fan of math and now applying those skills independently it means the work we are putting in is paying off for the students and that`s why we are here,” Mims said. Keep that in mind as we introduce […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory For Central & Southwest Alabama

        This is not a Tennessee Valley event. But if you have travel plans to the south, pay attention! Here is a look at the advisory from the National Weather Service in Birmingham:   …ACCUMULATING LIGHT SNOWFALL EXPECTED BEGINNING EARLY FRIDAY MORNING… .Cold air moving in from the northwest will result in rain mixing with and changing to snow beginning late Thursday night and early Friday morning. Temperatures are expected to remain just above freezing while the snow falls, […]

  • Student Nomination Wins $319 for Johnson’s Sherry Caudill

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – 8-Year Micah Reyer nominated Sherry Caudill for our Tools For Teachers Award. She teaches 3rd grade at Johnson Elementary in Limestone County. Mrs. Caudill says it’s the faculty, staff, and the students that keep her coming to school every day. “I love my job here. We have an amazing school in Limestone County. I am truly blessed. Lot of support and everything. The students are wonderful they are my reason for being here everyday.” said Caudill. […]

  • Strong Santa Ana Winds Fuel California Wildfires

    Strong winds continue to cause problems in southern California. Here is a bulletin from the National Weather Service in San Diego:   …Periods of strong Santa Ana winds through Friday with isolated wind damage possible… .High pressure over the Great Basin will bring periods of strong Santa Ana winds through Friday. While the winds will not be quite as strong today, winds will become very strong late tonight through Thursday, with the potential for wind damage. Strong winds will continue […]

  • Muscle Shoals Band Director David Waters Wins $319

    Colbert County, Ala. – David Waters pulls double duty as the band director at both Muscle Shoals Middle and High Schools. High School Principal Chad Holden couldn’t help but brag on his beloved musical educator. “Our band has a tradition of excellence, and under his leadership, they continue to make their mark as one of the best programs in the state,” said Holden. Finding Mr. Water proved to be an easy assignment. All we had to do was follow the […]

  • Sharon Lakin’s efforts are felt in and out of the classroom

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Meet Sharon Lakin. She teaches Kindergarten at Hampton Cove Elementary in Madison County. Principal Autumn Bray says Mrs. Lakin’s efforts are well-known inside and outside the classroom. “I think one of her greatest strengths is that she is a relationship builder not only with the kids but also with the parents. She is a very effective communicator always informing them of things that are going on in the classroom ways that they can become involved and also […]

  • Lots of love & compassion in Mrs. Johnson’s class

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – In Sarah Johnson’s class, it’s all about the alphabet. She teaches kindergarten at Arab Primary  School in Marshall County. Assistant Principal Scott Sutton describes Mrs. Johnson’s classroom as being full of love and compassion. “She is very passionate about her job and very interactive with the kids. You can tell the relationship she has with her students. It’s a very nurturing and caring environment.” said Sutton. She was ecstatic about winning $319!  “Oh my goodness! We […]