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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!

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  • Photo: Karen Darwin, Scottsboro

    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. We can’t wait to see them! 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 […]

  • Study: Daily temperature plays a role in your income

    A new study finds there’s a direct link between temperature and the local economy– meaning your income may be tied to how warm or cold it is right outside your window. The study was completed by the National Bureau of Economic Research. They analyzed data over a 40 year period and concluded that daily temperatures play a “large role” in the economics of a community. The research suggests the warmer the climate you live in, the less money you make. […]

  • VIDEO: Inversion causes Grand Canyon to fill with clouds

    (CNN) — One of the natural wonders of the world was a sight to behold this week, shrouded by a sea of clouds. A rare cloud inversion transformed the Grand Canyon into a foggy vision that was captured on video. “A view of the total cloud inversion from Mather Point around 10 a.m. … Thursday,” the National Park Service said in a message accompanying the video. Mather Point is on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and sits at […]

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    VIDEO: California residents clean up after tornado, mud slides, flooding

    (CNN/KTLA) — Shingles darting through the air. Roofs disintegrating. A steel billboard damaged. This is what a tornado looks like. But this isn’t where you might expect it — in Los Angeles. “It was crazy. It was crazy,” Jamie Mena told CNN affiliate KABC, after shooting a video of bent-over palm trees and his rooftop flying off. “… I am shaken up.” Before Friday, the last time a twister struck the stereotypically sunny city’s downtown was in 1983, slamming into […]

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    Valleywx.com: 5 things to know about mistletoe

    AUBURN, Alabama–Time to meet under the mistletoe as the holiday season approaches. Tony Glover, Cullman County Coordinator for Alabama Extension, said part of the reason mistletoe is associated with Christmas is because of its presence across the globe. “Mistletoe is an interesting group of plants,” Glover said. “These species are found worldwide. This lends the plant to Christmas use because it is found in most parts of the world.” 1. The word “mistletoe” translates literally to “dung-on-a-twig.” Glover said mistletoe is […]

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    Valleywx.com: Surf’s up at…Lake Tahoe?

    A powerful storm slamming the coasts of California, Washington, and Oregon is causing flooding rain, heavy snow, and damaging wind gusts. An unlikely place for surfers, the strong wind gusts are creating some rough waters on Lake Tahoe. Let’s be clear — Lake Tahoe is an extremely cold lake. Despite a current water temperature of 50 degrees, surfers are taking full advantage of this storm. If you’re familiar with the lake, you know what its waves usually look like when […]

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    Typhoon Hagupit is responsible for two deaths as it pummels Philippines, threatens severe flooding, landslides

    LEGAZPI, Philippines (CNN) –Typhoon Hagupit is responsible for two deaths in the Philippines, a government spokesman said Sunday. As Typhoon Hagupit thrashes the Philippines with torrential rain, it’s also threatening the country with a barrage of new dangers: huge storm surge, intense flooding and landslides from a volcano. A day after it made landfall near Legazpi, the massive cyclone crept across the country Sunday at a sluggish pace — about 15 kilometers per hour (9.3 miles per hour). That means […]

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    Valleywx.com: Tricky temperature forecast with an Arctic front approaching

    Another strong Arctic front is making its way south through the Plains tonight, diving all the way south of the Red River into north Texas. Temperatures have dropped well below freezing, with wind chills below zero in spots– something this part of the country has already grown used this season. Ahead of this Arctic airmass, we had near-record warmth today. Muscle Shoals was one degree shy of its record high of 76 set in 2006 and 1946; Huntsville was mild […]

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    Valleywx.com: Windy with storms Sunday, some strong

    Our thinking remains largely unchanged– while a few strong storms with gusty winds are possible, widespread severe weather should not be an issue for us in the Tennessee Valley. That doesn’t mean that watches or warnings won’t be issued, but we expect the greater issues with severe weather will be south of us. It will stay mostly cloudy and very windy today– a wind advisory may be issued. The higher terrain may see wind gusts over 30 miles per hour. […]

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    Valleywx.com: Soaking rain Sunday, single-digit wind chills Tuesday

    Rain has been falling for several hours this morning in parts of the Tennessee Valley. Areas west of I-65 have already begun to see a good soaking rain– and there’s more to come. Throughout the day, rain will increase from west to east. The rain could come down hard at times during the afternoon and at night. As the rain exits early Monday morning, very cold air will be blowing into the Tennessee Valley and a few snow flakes or […]

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    Valleywx.com– Frost Flowers: What they are and how they form

    Candy Dean posted the above photo to our WHNT News 19 Facebook page a few days ago. The short answer to what the ice formations she saw is that they’re called frost flowers. They are quite rare and only form under the perfect atmospheric conditions. The information detailed below is courtesy the Missouri Department of Conservation. “Frost flowers” are ribbons of frozen sap that form at the bases of certain plants during the first hard freezes in fall. When do […]

  • Image: SolaWorld Netherlands/CNN

    Valleywx.com: World’s first solar road opens for traffic

    (CNN) — The world’s first road capable of turning sunlight into energy officially opened for traffic Wednesday in the Netherlands. It’s actually a 230-foot-long bike path in the town of Krommenie. The road is a test route developed by the company SolaRoad. “SolaRoad is a world first that will put the Netherlands on the map as a leader in sustainable innovation,” said Henk Kamp, the Dutch minister of economic affairs, at the opening. The path is made of concrete modules […]


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