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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
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    WATCH: Buckhorn High School faculty steal the show at pep rally

    NEW MARKET, Ala. – Students at Buckhorn High School got quite the surprise from some of their teachers during a pep rally Friday. To end homecoming week, 30 members of faculty put on a full on flash mob and they nailed it. The routine took two weeks to prepare, we are told. Buckhorn High School posted the video to their Facebook page Friday afternoon. The video had been watched nearly 30,000 times by Sunday night. Buckhorn beat Jemison Friday night 42-20.

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    Sweater weather: Overnight lows may touch the upper 40s this week

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It is time to pull out your jackets and sweaters! You will need them later this week. A cold front moving through Monday afternoon delivers a long-awaited taste of fall which will last for several days this week. After one more day with highs in the upper 80s to near 90, highs starting Tuesday will only reach the upper 70s and lower 80s. A few communities on Sand and Lookout Mountains may stay in the low and […]

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    Low-latitude tropical wave given ‘high’ chance of developing within 5 days

    TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 200 PM EDT SUN SEP 25 2016 For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center has issued the last advisory on Post-Tropical Storm Karl, located several hundred miles south- southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland. 1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a low pressure area about 1500 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands are showing some signs of organization. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive […]

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    Guide to viewing several planets in late September, early October

    By Bruce McClure and Deborah Byrd From around the world, three of the five bright planets appear in the evening sky as darkness falls in late September and early October 2016: Venus, Saturn and Mars. One other bright planet – Mercury – appears before dawn. Mercury is near the sunrise point and most easily seen from the Northern Hemisphere. Mercury soars highest up from the glare of sunrise in late September 2016. Before Mercury disappears in the sun’s glare in […]

  • Forecast for Friday night, September 23, 2016 (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Excessively hot for Friday night high school football games

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Even though fall began Thursday morning, fall-like temperatures are still several weeks away. Afternoon temperatures have been hotter than 90 degrees for more than 20 days this month and Friday afternoon is no exception to that list. Neither rain nor thunderstorms will be a factor for this week’s match-ups, but you will want to be prepared for it to feel as hot as if this were back in late August. Temperatures will still be in the 90s for tailgaters, […]

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    What do persimmon seeds suggest about the upcoming winter?

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – People are cutting open persimmon seeds to see what is inside – winter must be near. This is a popular topic and one we like to visit every year. Not because we expect it to be completely accurate, but because everyone can join in on the fun. Weather legend has it the shape of the persimmon seed’s root can say a lot about the approaching winter. Snow lovers rejoice at the sight of spoons. The legend […]

  • Chaff found at Sunlake Apartments on Zierdt Road (Photo: Ryan Wade/ UAH)

    Large cloud of chaff shows up on radar Wednesday afternoon

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – It is a hot and mostly sunny afternoon across the Tennessee Valley with no rain within hundreds of miles of us. So what is showing up on radar over Madison County? More than likely, the answer is chaff from Redstone Arsenal. This blob has been visible on radar and nearly stationary for several hours, similar to the infamous “mystery blob” that happened back in June 2013. Chaff consists of small fibers that reflect radar signals and, […]

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    Lightning deaths reach nine year high

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The number of lightning deaths in 2016 has reached a near decade high, according to the National Weather Service. 35 people have been killed by lightning strikes in the United States since January 1. The most recent lightning deaths occurred on September 6 in Wisconsin and Michigan. Two lightning deaths have occurred in Alabama this year; one in Lawrence County and the other happened on Redstone Arsenal. Florida leads the nation in lightning deaths this year. New […]

  • Fall color (Photo: Karen Darwin, Scottsboro)

    2016 will feature the warmest start to fall in six years

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – I am not going to make a big deal about the first day of fall this year for one simple reason: it is going to be way too hot! Despite what the calendar says and the sun’s position in the sky, it will feel a lot more like mid-June than late September when fall begins Thursday. Fall begins the moment the sun’s rays cross the celestial equator moving south. It is also commonly referred to as the […]

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    New York City explosion leaves dozens injured

    CHELSEA, Manhattan —  Twenty-nine people were injured in an “intentional” explosion in the heart of Chelsea Saturday night, jolting a bustling neighborhood teeming with restaurants, bars and pedestrians and alarming the city on what had been a calm weekend evening. “This was an intentional act,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Saturday night. He said there is no known link to terrorism or the explosion that happened in Seaside Park, N.J.  earlier Saturday. “New Yorkers will not […]

  • The chance of rain and storms increases for the weekend. Some areas may receive more than 1 inch of rain through Sunday (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Chance of rain and storms increases for the weekend

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – While the stubborn September heat will continue well into next weekend, an increased chance of rain and storms this weekend may provide a few with some beneficial rain and some slightly cooler weather. A weak cool front moving into the region Saturday slows, stalls, then essentially dissipates by Sunday night. The upper-air system forcing the front south still brings enough dynamics (lift) to get scattered showers and storms going both days. For Saturday, the best chance of some locally-heavy […]

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    Drought conditions expand in northeast Alabama, southern Middle Tennessee

    DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 1023 AM CDT THU SEP 15 2016 ...DROUGHT CONDITIONS IMPROVE SOMEWHAT ALONG THE I-65 CORRIDOR... WHILE DROUGHT CONDITIONS EXPAND OVER NORTHEASTERN ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE... SYNOPSIS: ACCORDING TO THE DROUGHT MONITOR VALID TUESDAY...SEPTEMBER 13TH 2016...MINOR REDUCTIONS IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS OCCURRED OVER NORTH CENTRAL PORTIONS OF ALABAMA...WITH WORSENING DROUGHT CONDITIONS EXPANDING OVER LOCATIONS IN NORTHEASTERN ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE. WHILE MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS /D1/ WERE REDUCED OVER MUCH OF FAR EASTERN […]