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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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    Dense Fog Advisory Issued Saturday Morning

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A dense fog advisory will be in effect through 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning for all of Northern Alabama and Southern Tennessee. A stalled front in the area combined with calm winds and moist air have lead to thick fog development. Visibility will drop to less than a mile for most of the Tennessee Valley during the early morning. Patchy areas of dense fog could linger through the later morning hours, keeping visibility below 10 miles for some communities through […]

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    Small earthquake shakes northwest Alabama Friday afternoon

    FLORENCE, Ala. – A small earthquake shook parts of north Alabama Friday afternoon. According to the USGS, a magnitude 2.3 earthquake struck just west of Florence around 4:30 p.m. Viewers reached out to WHNT News 19 through social media to report feeling the earthquake in Lauderdale and Colbert Counties. Did anyone just feel that boom in florence? #valleywx — Sam Watson  (@SamWatson28) January 13, 2017 Two Facebook users reported light shaking on North Wood Ave. and College Street in […]

  • GREENSBORO, NC - JANUARY 22: Vehicles move along Interstate 85 as an overhead sign indicates 'REDUCE SPEED WATCH FOR SNOW AND ICE' during a winter storm on January 22, 2016 in Greensboro, North Carolina. A major snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with some areas getting up to 30 inches of snow. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

    Southern Great Plains braces for significant weekend ice storm

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A shallow layer of Arctic air moving south into the Great Plains will set the stage for a significant icing event starting Friday and lasting through the weekend. Overnight Thursday, moisture from the Western Gulf of Mexico will move northward over the Southern Plains that will overrun the Arctic front producing rain/freezing rain over the northern edge of the precipitation shield over the Southern Plains into Middle Mississippi Valley by Friday morning. As the moisture continues to […]

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    NWS Huntsville to offer free storm spotter classes

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The National Weather Service in Huntsville is giving anyone with an interest in weather the opportunity to become a certified storm spotter. The storm spotter classes will be held in February, March and early April. The classes are free and open to the public and typically last two hours. Click here to see the list of classes, locations and times. Inclement weather or other factors may cause the schedule to change, so please check the list before […]

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    WATCH: Zoo animals have adorable reaction to Oregon snow storm

    PORTLAND, Ore. – A few animals at the Oregon Zoo were stunned to find their enclosures covered in snow recently. Many people want to avoid the winter precipitation, but a handful of the zoo’s animals couldn’t get enough of the snow. In a video posted on the zoo’s Facebook page, you can see a polar bear rolling around in the snow, creating his own snow angel. A few seals, otters and even an elephant decided to play in the snow […]

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    Cirrus clouds help paint a picture perfect sunset Sunday evening

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A thin layer of high-level clouds draped across the sky Sunday evening helped make for a beautiful sunset. The fact that today was the coolest day in a few weeks and the humidity was extremely low made it even more enjoyable. Flip through the gallery above to view some of the great photos that were sent to WHNT News 19 this evening. Download the Live Alert 19 app to share your photos with one easy click. You […]

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    Cirrus clouds create 22-degree sun halo in the sky Sunday afternoon

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A veil of high and mid-level clouds spreading across the Tennessee Valley Sunday was the perfect setup to see a rare sight in the sky. Several WHNT News 19 viewers, including Ramona Edwards and Tressi Downs, shared pictures with us of a large ring around the sun. Swipe through the gallery below to see their photos. This optical feature is called a 22-degree sun halo. explains it very simply: “Halos are a sign of high thin […]

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    Cool, dry weather expected for the CFP Championship Monday night in Tampa

    TAMPA, Fla. – The Alabama Crimson Tide will play the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship game Monday evening. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. CT at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The weather will be cool and dry with a light northeast breeze. It will be near 60 degrees at kickoff with middle 50s expected in the fourth quarter. Click here to see our coverage from Tampa. If you need to check road conditions […]

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    Wind chill values fall to near zero degrees Saturday morning

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Due to the potential of dangerously cold wind chill values Saturday and Sunday mornings, the National Weather Service in Huntsville has posted a wind chill advisory for the Tennessee Valley. The Advisory will be in effect Saturday morning until 11:00 AM for all of the Valley. Then a wind chill advisory will go into effect again Saturday evening at 8:00 PM through Sunday morning at 9:00 AM for DeKalb, Jackson, and Marshall Counties in Alabama, plus Franklin and Moore Counties in […]

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    Winter Weather Advisory for Tennessee Valley through early Saturday morning

    Light accumulations of snow are possible within the advisory area. With temperatures only in the 20s Friday, any snow that falls will stick. This means slick spots may develop quickly, especially on bridges and overpasses.

  • Forecast visibility at 6 a.m. Monday, January 2 (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Dense fog advisory in effect through Monday morning


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    New Year’s Eve snowstorm shocked Huntsville back in 1963 with 10-20 inches of snow

    New Year’s Eve snow shocked city back in ’63 From the Huntsville Times on December 31, 2003 By John Anderson, Times Staff Writer Forty years ago this morning North Alabama partygoers-to-be woke up to a typical National Weather Service forecast for early winter here: cold rain throughout the day, possibly mixed with sleet. It was not a forecast for the ages. About noon the rain turned into snow as cold air slid farther south than expected. By the stroke of […]