Ben Smith

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

  • Low Rain Chances Through Easter

    Posted on: 11:05 am, April 18, 2014, by , updated on: 11:06am, April 18, 2014

    A weak disturbance moves through on Good Friday. This system isn’t a strong one and the best chance of rain...
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  • Breezy & Cooler Through Thursday

    Posted on: 9:00 am, April 15, 2014, by , updated on: 09:01am, April 15, 2014

    Light rain falls this morning – be prepared for wet streets this morning and at the bus stop. Another 0.10″...
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  • Heavy Rain This Morning – Severe Weather Mainly South

    Posted on: 4:21 am, April 7, 2014, by

    Heavy rain moves through the Tennessee Valley early this morning. Thankfully the highest chance of severe weather stays to our...
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  • Live Blog: Friday Morning Storms

    Posted on: 4:05 am, April 4, 2014, by , and , updated on: 06:30am, April 4, 2014

    Strong to severe storms are moving through the Tennessee Valley this morning. Expect strong winds, heavy rain, frequent lightning, and...
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  • Update on Timing & Intensity for Approaching Storms

    Posted on: 9:40 am, April 3, 2014, by , updated on: 12:46pm, April 3, 2014

    One of the biggest challenges in severe weather forecasting is coming up with the timing and intensity of storms a...
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  • Snow Flurries & A Freeze Warning

    Posted on: 2:30 pm, March 25, 2014, by , updated on: 02:53pm, March 25, 2014

    I guess there is new meaning to the words, “spring forward.” How forward? Obviously past March 25th. What a day!...
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  • Colder Air Arrives Today

    Posted on: 10:41 am, March 12, 2014, by

    I hope you enjoyed the stretch of warmer weather in the Tennessee Valley. Our streak of 70s ends today. We...
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  • The Latest on Severe Storms For This Evening

    Posted on: 12:39 pm, February 20, 2014, by

    The Tennessee Valley is on track for severe thunderstorms this evening into the overnight. Here is the midday update. The...
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  • Timing of Thursday/Friday Storms

    Posted on: 2:36 pm, February 18, 2014, by

    One of many challenging tasks of forecasting weather is to nail down the timing of strong to severe thunderstorms. We...
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  • Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Through 9am Tuesday

    Posted on: 8:47 am, February 10, 2014, by , updated on: 08:51am, February 10, 2014

    Things change by the minute when forecasting snow. It’s a very difficult and complex task. This system is no different....
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  • Live Blog: Saturday Snow

    Posted on: 7:03 am, February 8, 2014, by and

    We are watching a batch of light snow move across Mississippi into Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee; we will update...
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  • Say Hello To Another Arctic Blast

    Posted on: 8:51 am, January 23, 2014, by

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Get ready for another surge of arctic air. Temperatures this morning are in the teens and...
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