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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.

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.

A report Jake did on storm shelters was included in a 2015 30-minute weather special, called Taking Action: Lessons Learned from Every Storm. The special was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2016. The same weather special was named Best in Public Affairs Television by the Alabama Broadcaster’s Association in 2016.

Jake was awarded the National Weather Association’s Television Seal of Approval in May 2016.


Recent Articles
  • Satellite image of Hurricane Matthew in early October 2016 (Source: NOAA)

    First above-normal Atlantic hurricane season since 2012 produced five landfalling U.S. storms

    The Atlantic, eastern Pacific and central Pacific hurricane seasons all ended on November 30. According to NOAA scientists, all three regions saw above-normal seasons. Atlantic Basin hurricane season For the Atlantic, this was the first above-normal season since 2012. The Atlantic saw 15 named storms during 2016, including 7 hurricanes (Alex, Earl, Gaston, Hermine, Matthew, Nicole, and Otto), 3 of which were major hurricanes (Gaston, Matthew and Nicole). NOAA’s updated hurricane season outlook in August called for 12 to 17 […]

  • Forecast feels like temperatures at 6 a.m. Friday, December 9 (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Bitterly cold air arrives in the Tennessee Valley late this week

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Our first taste of Arctic air this winter arrives late this week. After having the warmest fall on record in most spots, temperatures may struggle to get above freezing in some areas Thursday and Friday afternoon. Not only will it turn sharply colder, a fierce north wind will push the feels like temperature well down into the teens Thursday night and Friday morning. The Arctic cold front will move through Thursday morning and temperatures will fall through […]

  • Potential rain amounts through 1 p.m. Sunday (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Wet at times this weekend

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After dry, sunny days Thursday and Friday, wet weather will return to the Tennessee Valley this weekend. A slow-moving storm system located over the Desert Southwest is picking up carrying moisture from the Pacific (in the form of high clouds) across Texas and Louisiana into Alabama. Clouds begin moving overhead Friday afternoon and the sky will become overcast by Saturday morning. Light rain may begin moving into the Shoals as early as 10 a.m. Saturday, but for […]

  • Hurricane Joaquin reaches Category 4 strength near the Bahamas on October 1, 2015 (Image: NOAA)

    Senate passes bill to improve weather research, forecasting

    WASHINGTON – Legislation aimed at bolstering weather predictions and research has unanimously passed in the U.S. Senate. The senate approved the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2016 (H.R. 1561) Thursday night. If approved by the House of Representatives and signed by the president, it will become the first major piece of weather legislation adopted since the early 1990s, according to the Washington Post. This legislation specifically aims to improve and advance: Seasonal forecasting Forecast communication Tornado and hurricane […]

  • Tornado damage in the Neel community in Morgan County

    UPDATE: NWS finds new tornado touchdowns in Marshall, Morgan Counties

    NEEL, Ala. – Teams from the National Weather Service in Huntsville have found new tornado touchdowns after surveying damage in Marshall and Morgan Counties. Severe storms caused significant damage in the Danville/Neel area of Morgan County, and the Union Grove area of Marshall County Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service says the damage in the Danville, Need and Pumpkin Center areas of Morgan County was caused by an EF-3 tornado. Max winds were estimated to be […]

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    BLOG: Severe weather moves through Tennessee Valley Nov. 29-30

    A line of intense storms moved across the Tennessee Valley late November 29 and into the early morning hours of November 30. The storms brought heavy rain, strong winds, lightning and tornadoes. Below is an archive of our blog we updated through the system.   Resources when you’re away from your TV: How to program a NOAA Weather Radio WHNT.com’s Maps & Radar Page Live Alert 19 and the WHNT News 19 App Baron Saf-T-Net (phone/text)

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    Wind advisory in effect through midnight Tuesday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a wind advisory for parts of north Alabama and southern Tennessee. The wind advisory is  in effect through midnight Tuesday. Already, wind damage has been reported from non-thunderstorm wind gusts. 3:20p Per @McemaAl Marshall Co EMA, tree down on power line @ Murphy Hill Drive & Lois Lane; set off woods fire, power affected #ValleyWx — Christina Edwards (@ChristinaWHNTwx) November 28, 2016 3:20p Per @McemaAl Marshall Co EMA, brush fire […]

  • A line of heavy rain and storms will move the Valley from 6PM-12AM

    Strong winds, heavy rain, and a few intense storms Monday evening

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After months and months of disappointment, a widespread, soaking rain event looks very likely for the Tennessee Valley Monday night and again Tuesday night. Before the rain gets here winds will pick up considerably. A wind advisory is already in effect for the entire Tennessee Valley Monday. Wind gusts up to 30-40 mph are possible, with higher gusts up to 50 mph possible on ridge tops. Wind gusts this high could knock over any outdoor furniture, Christmas decorations that […]

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    It’s starting off cold this morning! Expect temperature swings today & tomorrow

    Bundle up before you head out the door today! And if you’ve got the week off from work or school, pull on an extra blanket and enjoy the chance to sleep in. We started off the morning below freezing. In some areas it’s in the low 20s! A broad area of high pressure sprawling over the southern part of the U.S. is keeps the Tennessee Valley sunny and dry today. We’ll see highs around 60 with lows Tuesday morning in […]

  • A combine harvester gathers wheat in fields at the start of harvesting on August 9, 2010 in Chebsey near Stafford, United Kingdom (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

    Ongoing drought creates challenges for farmers planting winter crops

    HARVEST, Ala. – Farmers will tell you: there are good years and bad years, but there are often more bad years than good years. What is already a very tough job has become nearly impossible this year due to the ongoing drought. As of mid-November, 90 percent of Alabama is considered to be in severe drought. Much of north Alabama would need between 10 and 15 inches of rain to end the drought, according to Alabama State Climatologist Dr. John […]

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    YOUR PHOTOS: Largest supermoon in 68 years

    If you step outside Sunday night or very early Monday morning, you might notice the moon is looking bigger and brighter than usual. Bigger in fact, than it has appeared at any point in the last 68 years, say scientists. This month’s supermoon, the penultimate of the year, will be the biggest so far of the 21st century. We won’t see its like again until 2034, so make sure you get a look. A “supermoon” occurs when the moon becomes […]

  • View of the smoke in the sky over Eva, Alabama on Sunday, November 13, 2016 (Photo: Jeff Harville)

    Air quality alert issued due to wildfire smoke

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) has issued an air quality alert for Madison and Morgan Counties. The alert is in effect through late Sunday night. An air quality alert means that particulate matter concentrations are expected to reach levels that are unhealthy for sensitive groups of people. Children and people with asthma are at the highest risk under these conditions. The air quality alert was prompted by thick areas of wildfire smoke blowing in from […]