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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
  • No significant rain early this week

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -Last week’s rain was tremendously beneficial. Many areas saw between two and five inches of rain, due in large part to former tropical storm Cindy. Data from the National Weather Service shows this amount of rainfall is between 200-400 percent above normal for this time of year. Rising river levels prompted the National Weather Service to issue a short-lived flood warning for the Flint River Saturday night. The warning was dropped Sunday morning when the river fell below […]

  • UPDATE: NWS drops flood warning for Flint River

    BROWNSBORO, Ala. – The flood warning which had been in effect for the Flint River at Brownsboro has expired. The National Weather Service issued the flood warning Saturday night when the river rose above 17 feet. The river crest at 18.1 feet very early Sunday morning. The river level had dropped to 15 feet as of 8 a.m. Sunday morning. Some minor flooding is still possible along the downstream left bank, according to the weather service.

  • Storm Hunter 19 tracks severe storms, flooding Friday afternoon

    MOULTON, Ala. – When severe weather hits the Tennessee Valley, WHNT News 19 deploys Storm Hunter 19 to bring you live video of the weather where you live, as it is happening. Storm Hunter 19 was already on the road in northwest Alabama Friday when the first warning was issued for Franklin County. Strong thunderstorms moved into northwest Alabama late Friday morning and tracked east through the early evening. Storms produced gusty winds which brought down trees. Very heavy rain […]

  • ‘High’ chance of tropical development in Gulf of Mexico this week

    The National Hurricane Center says there is a high chance the tropical wave currently located near the Yucatan Peninsula develops into a tropical cyclone early this week. A broad area of low pressure located near the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula continues to produce a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms along with winds to gale force several hundred miles to the east and northeast of the center. Although surface pressures are falling over the northwestern Caribbean Sea, […]

  • YOUR PHOTOS: Storms with heavy rain, wind move through Sunday evening

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The risk of strong storms has ended in the Tennessee Valley. The last of the intense pockets of rain and lightning have faded away from radar, but there are still some areas of light to moderate rain. Expect this rain to continue through around midnight. Storms earlier on Sunday produced some scary looking cloud formations in the sky, as well as some bright rainbows. Check out some of the pictures that were shared with us in the […]

  • Storms with heavy rain, wind possible on Father’s Day

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The second half of the weekend will not be as dry as the first. A cold front approaching the region Sunday afternoon will help produce areas of showers and thunderstorms, some of which may be briefly heavy. A large complex of storms which formed over the Midwest Saturday afternoon will fall apart as it tracks southeast toward Tennessee overnight. Some of the leftover rain-cooled air associated with this system may kick off a few showers early Sunday […]

  • Brutal heat sizzles across the Desert Southwest

    PHOENIX –  High pressure aloft will expand across the western U.S. through Monday, with dry conditions and sizzling hot temperatures prevailing for most areas. The high in Death Valley, California – notorious for being one of the hottest places in the country – hit 120 degrees Saturday! The overnight low only fell to 87 degrees. Afternoon highs climbed above 100 degrees across much of the Desert Southwest Saturday. Triple-digit heat was also spreading across West Texas, where the high in […]

  • Hurricane center: Medium chance of tropical development near Yucatan Peninsula within 5 days

    The National Hurricane Center is continuing to monitor the potential for tropical development in the far western Caribbean and near the Yucatan Peninsula. The hurricane center says there is a 60 percent chance of tropical development within this region in the next five days. A broad area of low pressure is expected to form over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and the Yucatan peninsula during the next day or two. Conditions appear to be favorable for gradual development of this system […]

  • VIDEO: Severe wind gusts kick up dust storms Thursday afternoon

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Wind gusts between 40 and 60 miles per hour kicked up several dust storms across north Alabama Thursday afternoon. Several WHNT News 19 viewers caught the clouds of blowing dust on video. Rick Chandler shared video of a large cloud of dust blowing across Zierdt Road near Gate 7 of Redstone Arsenal. This is near the intersection of Zierdt Road and Martin Road. The dust is coming from the construction site of a new Publix. Dust from […]

  • Severe thunderstorm watch issued for north Mississippi through 9 PM

    TUPELO, Miss. – The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of north and central Mississippi under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. Friday. The watch borders northwest Alabama, but does not include any counties in Alabama or in the Tennessee Valley. A complex of storms is forecast to develop over northeast Arkansas and west Tennessee and track south across north Mississippi. It is possible one or two storms may sideswipe extreme northwest Alabama: places like Red Bay and Cherokee. […]

  • Tropical Storm Calvin weakens after making landfall in southern Mexico

    Since Sunday night Tropical Storm Calvin developed in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, made landfall, and weakened into a remnant low. The storm strengthened into the third tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season Sunday night and became the second to make landfall on Monday afternoon. The first storm to make landfall was Tropical Storm Beatriz. The mountainous terrain of South Mexico caused the storm to fall apart quickly after landfall. The storm dissipated early Tuesday. Due to heavy rains […]

  • Total solar eclipse to bring darkness to the Southeast in late August

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A total solar eclipse will bring a brief period of darkness during the middle of the day to millions in the United States on August 21, 2017. This will be the first time since 1918 that the path of a total solar eclipse will cross the entire contiguous U.S. A total eclipse of the sun happens when the moon completely blocks the visible solar disk, casting a shadow on Earth. The path of totality refers to the […]