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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
  • Photo: Karen Darwin

    Pictures: See July’s full ‘Buck Moon’

    TENNESSEE VALLEY– The first of two full moons this month occurred Wednesday night, July 1 at 10:20 p.m. A second full moon will occur later this month. The full moon of July is most commonly referred to as the Buck Moon, the Hay Moon, or more appropriately following today’s stormy weather, the Thunder Moon.

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    Severe thunderstorm watch in effect through 6 p.m. Wednesday

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)– A severe thunderstorm watch is now in effect for the Tennessee Valley until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 8.34.24 PM Smoke from wildfires thousands of miles away finds it way into the Valley

    The upper-air pattern over the United States is carrying smoke from wildfires in Washington and southern Canada thousands of miles south and east.

  • Image: MGN Online Not all lightning strikes are created equal

    TENNESSEE VALLEY– Most people classify lightning into two categories: cloud-to-ground or cloud-to-cloud. Lightning strikes can also be identified by their charge. Most lighting strikes are negatively charged, and form in the negatively-charged region under the base of a thunderstorm.

  • Look for Saturn in the southern sky Sunday night, near the Moon.

    How to spot Saturn, Venus and Jupiter in the night sky early this week

    TENNESSEE VALLEY– The bright waxing gibbous moon shines quite close to the planet Saturn, and above the star Antares, as darkness falls on June 28.

  • An aerial view of tornado damage shows entire block of homes in ruins in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, April 28, 2011. Tornadoes and violent storms ripped through seven southern U.S. states, killing at least 259 people in the country's deadliest series of twisters in nearly four decades.  (REUTERS/Marvin Gentry)

    Tuscaloosa among finalists in National Disaster Resiliency Competition

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala.– The City of Tuscaloosa will compete in the second and final phase of the National Disaster Resilience Competition managed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). All states with counties that experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in 2011, 2012 or 2013 were eligible to submit Phase 1 applications that address unmet needs as well as vulnerabilities to future extreme events. Tuscaloosa is among a group of 40 states and local communities now in the final […]

  • Temperature of blacktop pavement Sunday (Photo: Jake Reed/WHNT News 19)

    Ground hot enough to cause second-degree burn injury

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)– Excessive summer heat is forecast to continue in the Tennessee Valley into the middle of the week. Afternoon highs have been warmer than 95 degrees every day since June 15 and 90 or above every day since June 5. As hot as the temperature has been, you might be surprised at just how hot other surfaces– like driveways, sidewalks and parking lots– can get during the afternoon.

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    Scientists find link between above average temperatures and West Nile outbreaks

    BOULDER, Colo. (NCAR/UCAR) – New research has identified correlations between weather conditions and the occurrence of West Nile virus disease in the United States, raising the possibility of being able to better predict outbreaks.

  • The disturbance in the western Gulf has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Bill

    Tropical Storm Bill forms in the Gulf of Mexico

    MIAMI– Tropical Storm Bill has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and will make landfall on the Texas coastline south of Houston during the day Tuesday.

  • Shark found at Talucah Landing (Photo: WHNT News 19 Viewer)

    Shark found in Tennessee River near Talucah Landing

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)– Summer vacation is in full swing in the Tennessee Valley and many families are cooling off in the Tennessee River. You’ll see plenty of fish, maybe a few snakes– but a shark? It happened to one family at Talucah Landing near Valhermoso Springs Tuesday. “[Tuesday] we had a call that came to our district office– we were kind of a little skeptical at first,” said Wildlife Conservation Officer Jay Lowery. As soon as Lowery got out […]

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    Strong earthquake strikes off coast of Japan

    TOKYO (AP)– A powerful but extremely deep earthquake has struck off Japan’s Ogasawara islands, but officials say there is no danger of a tsunami. Japan’s Meteorological Agency says the offshore earthquake struck Saturday at 8:24 p.m. at a depth of 370 miles. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 421 miles. Public broadcaster NHK said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The meteorological agency did not issue a […]

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    UPDATE: All lanes of County Line Road in Madison reopened following gas leak

    MADISON, Ala.– All northbound and southbound lanes of County Line Road near Mill Road in Madison are now back open, according to Madison Police. All lanes of County Line Road near the McDonald’s had been shut down due to a gas leak. Officials have not yet said what caused the gas leak.


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