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Jake Reed joined WHNT News 19 in May 2014 as a meteorologist. Jake is originally from Jackson, Mississippi, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi State University in 2012 with a degree in Meteorology. Some of Jake's studies included winter weather forecasting, tropical meteorology, severe storms forecasting, and Spanish.

Jake most recently worked as a meteorologist at KAUZ in Wichita Falls, Texas. Jake says his time in the southern Plains exposed him to a wide variety of weather. From tornadoes, snow, ice, and drought, Texas has it all. In fact, Jake's first day on air with KAUZ included five hours of wall-to-wall tornado coverage. Jake also created and hosted multiple interactive community severe weather preparedness forums last spring. Prior to Texas, Jake worked as a producer and meteorologist for the number one station in Mississippi, WLBT in Jackson. A portion of Jake's on air work was voted second best weathercast by the Associated Press in the large television market division last year. Jake has also done on-air weather work for WAPT in Jackson, MS, and WCBI in Columbus, MS.

Jake is an avid outdoorsman. From hunting to fishing, if it's outdoors, Jake probably enjoys it. Jake is thrilled to now be closer to home and in an area that has so much to offer outdoors. He is excited to explore the Tennessee Valley and you may catch him out navigating some of the less-traveled roads.

Jake also enjoys writing, public speaking, studying history and geography, music, and nature photography. He also likes keeping up with the latest research in meteorology, particularly in how meteorology is related to social science: How do people perceive and receive weather information in this now-digital age?

The tornado outbreaks in April 2011 gave Jake firsthand experience in not only covering severe weather, but seeing what kind of power and damage only those types of storms can unleash. Jake was a junior at Mississippi State at the time and was interning with WAPT in Jackson, MS. A storm on April 15, 2011, produced an EF-3 tornado in Clinton, MS, a town where Jake spent most of his childhood. He says seeing the damage firsthand on the ground in a place he grew up left him with something he remembers every time there is severe weather. Jake was also on the ground in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, just days after the deadly EF-4 tornado tore across the state on April 27.

If you have a weather question or would like to contact Jake, e-mail him!

Recent Articles
  • Valley Head community tornado shelter, located on Alabama Highway 117. (Photo: Jake Reed/WHNT News 19)

    How to know if your community storm shelter is open before severe weather

    VALLEY HEAD, Ala. (WHNT)– Severe weather can happen at any time in the Tennessee Valley, but community storm shelters are not open around the clock. A DeKalb County woman and her family found that out the hard way during severe weather Friday night. WATCH: Radar animation shows EF-1 tornado touchdown along County Road 776 near Cartersville Counties across the Tennessee Valley have certain policies in place which determine when shelters are opened. You should never assume the community shelter nearest […]

  • Damage to a home in Leesburg (Photo: Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency)

    National Weather Service teams confirm multiple tornado touchdowns across Alabama

    RUSSELL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)– Four tornadoes have been confirmed from Sunday’s storms in Alabama. The storms came in three rounds beginning early Sunday morning, continuing through the early hours of Monday. The first round brought severe storms and tornadoes to the southeastern parts of the state. The National Weather Service in Birmingham has confirmed two tornado touchdowns in Russell County. The first tornado touched down at 8:43 a.m. Sunday and was on the ground two minutes. Survey teams estimate the […]

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    BLOG: Severe storms sweep across Alabama Sunday, April 19

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)– Three waves of severe storms swept across Alabama Sunday and continued into the early hours of Monday morning. WHNT.com’s Maps & Radar Page Mobile Applications NEW Live Alert 19 Baron Saf-T-Net (phone/text)

  • Harvest community storm shelter under construction on April 15, 2015. (Photo: Jeremy Jackson/WHNT News 19)

    Church leader pioneers effort to bring $1 million storm shelter to Harvest

    HARVEST, Ala. (WHNT)– One woman’s determination and heart will soon mean unmatched safety for hundreds of residents in Harvest. The storm shelter– expected to be completed late this summer– is a project Reverend Suzanne Katschke of Cross Winds United Methodist Church began four years ago following the devastation the April 27, 2011 tornado brought to Harvest. “It was sheer devastation” in 2011, Katschke recounts. Harvest has been hit four times in the last three decades– each time by some of […]

  • Tornado in Scooba, Mississippi on April 15, 2011. This tornado crossed into Sumter County and hit Geiger. (Photo: Bryan McCormick)

    Valleywx.com– The ‘Forgotten’ Outbreak: April 15, 2011

    April 2011 stands as the most active month on record for tornado activity in Alabama. Most recall the devastating, state-wide April 27, 2011 severe weather event, but if often overshadows the major tornado outbreak which occurred a few weeks prior on April 15. The Tennessee Valley was not impacted in a big way compared to other parts of the state. Aside from a few damaging wind reports and a hail report, the severe weather was confined to areas south of […]

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    Valleywx.com: Fireball spotted in the sky over Alabama

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)– Dr. Bill Cooke with NASA confirms a fireball was spotted in the sky over Alabama very early Saturday morning. The meteor was detected by two NASA cameras– one in Huntsville and one in Tullahoma– around 1:16 a.m. The fireball was seen at an altitude of 45 miles above Carrollton in Pickens County, west of Tuscaloosa. It traveled north at 42,000 miles per hour before burning up at an altitude of 18 miles.

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    Photo Galleries: Weather Where You Live

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) — Every week, we compile the best of the best of your photos from across the Tennessee Valley. The photos are posted to the gallery below. You’ll also find a ‘submit your photo’ button at the bottom of this page for you to share your pictures with us. Send your Weather Where You Live Photos to photo@whnt.com, share them with us on Facebook, or tweet them with #valleywx. Here is last week’s gallery:

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    UPDATE: Radar animation shows where EF-1 tornado touched down in DeKalb County Friday night

    TENNESSEE VALLEY– The National Weather Service says it will send two survey teams out Saturday to assess damage in parts of DeKalb, Madison and Lincoln Counties. These are the areas that received the most reports of damage from Friday night’s storms. There were more than two dozen reports of severe weather across the Valley from Friday night’s storms. A majority were wind damage reports. We will update you on air and online with the team’s findings later today. PUBLIC INFORMATION […]

  • A picture from the scene of the crash. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Identity of man killed in Lauderdale County wreck released

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)– Authorities say one person was killed in a single-vehicle wreck Friday night. Troopers have released the name of the victim. Police say 59-year-old Steve Clayton Alexander Jr. of Florence was the driver. The accident happened just after 7 p.m. along Alabama Highway 157, near the entrance to the Lauderdale County Landfill. Officials say that Alexander was the only person in the vehicle. Authorities say the truck left the road and struck a tree. It is unclear […]

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    Valleywx.com: The science behind Sunday’s unique cloud formations

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)– Some incredible images of cloud streets– technically known as horizontal convective rolls– were sent our way Sunday afternoon. Cloud streets provide one of the best visual examples of how our atmosphere functions as a fluid. It’s important to understand the concept of the planetary boundary layer (PBL), also known as the atmospheric boundary layer. Simply put, this is the layer of air closest to the ground. Model sounding showing characteristics of the air closest to the ground […]

  • ‘Really brave’ 3-year-old and pregnant mom survive Moore tornado inside closet

    MOORE, Okla. (KFOR)– This is a story about a family who does exactly the right thing when severe weather strikes. Wednesday evening, thousands of people across Oklahoma watched closely as a tornado formed in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. One of those people was Jamie Sheppard, who decided to take cover with her 3-year-old son, Brayden, in their home’s closet. “The windows were shattering out, the doors were opening and closing. It was the strangest smell,  everything,” Sheppard said. […]

  • WATCH: Quadruple-amputee dog learns to walk again

    DENVER (CNN) — Here’s a dog tale about a pooch with a literal “spring” in his steps. Brutus, a 2-year old Rottweiler, is walking again thanks to modern technology and months of training. He’s said to be only the second dog ever known to have four prosthetic limbs. “You can’t explain to an animal why you are putting these contraptions on their feet. You can’t explain to them, that it’s to help them,” foster mom Laura Aquilina told CNN affiliate […]


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