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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!

Recent Articles
  • Organic Farmer Chris Webster shared this photo of the ice storm at his farm in Edmond, Oklahoma. Webster says the animals are okay and have shelter, but fences are down.

    3 dead as flooding, ice storm hit parts of Texas and Oklahoma

    (CNN) — Flooding has led to three deaths in the Dallas area after severe rains, authorities said Saturday — part of a wintry storm system that is leaving tens of thousands without power as it hits the central Plains to the north. More than 7 inches of rain have fallen in the Dallas area from Friday into Saturday morning, leading to widespread flooding, and more rain is expected into Sunday. The victims include a man in Garland, northeast of Dallas. […]

  • Forecast radar valid at 8 a.m. Wednesday (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Heavy rain, gusty winds to impact the morning commute Wednesday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– A band of strong storms with heavy rain and gusty wind will enter far northwest Alabama around 4 a.m. Wednesday. The leading edge of the heaviest rain will be near Huntsville, Decatur and Madison around 8 a.m. Storms will be crossing Jackson, DeKalb and Marshall Counties between 10 a.m. and Noon Wednesday. A wind advisory is also in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday.

  • A freeze warning will be in effect for the entire Tennessee Valley from 2 until 8 a.m. Saturday morning (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Freeze Warning: Areas of frost likely Saturday and Sunday morning

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– A freeze warning has been posted for the entire Tennessee Valley for Saturday morning. The freeze warning goes into effect at 2 a.m. Saturday and continues until 8 a.m. Colder pockets will drop into the 20s both Saturday and Sunday morning, while places like Huntsville should stay near or just above 32 degrees. Widespread frost is likely Saturday and Sunday morning.

  • Picture of the comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) on 12 February 2015 from 50km south of Paris. Credits: Fabrice Noel

    Cheers! Scientists find Comet Lovejoy is releasing alcohol into space

    (NASA)– Comet Lovejoy lived up to its name by releasing large amounts of alcohol as well as a type of sugar into space, according to new observations by an international team. The discovery marks the first time ethyl alcohol, the same type in alcoholic beverages, has been observed in a comet.

  • The death toll from a massive landslide that covered much of a small village in Guatemala continues to rise. By Tuesday, rescuers recovered the bodies of 161 residents of El Cambray, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of Guatemala city. Many more are still missing, the public ministry said.

    More than 270 bodies recovered following severe landslide in Guatemala

    (CNN) — The search for victims of a massive landslide that engulfed much of the Guatemalan village of El Cambray has been called off. After nearly two weeks of digging through the huge mound of earth that buried homes and their inhabitants, searchers have recovered 271 bodies.

  • EF-3 tornado in Limestone County (Al Whitaker/WHNT News 19)

    Alabama ranks highest in nation for average number of tornado deaths per year

    (WHNT)– Nationally, 2015 has been a quiet year for tornadoes. 862 tornadoes have been reported in the U.S. through October 5. This is only about 100 more than the fewest number of tornadoes on record during that time.

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    ‘It’s not over:’ At least 5 dead following severe flooding in South Carolina

    CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley didn’t mince any words Sunday about just how dangerous a situation the weather had become in her state. “We haven’t seen this level of rain in the Lowcountry in 1,000 years,” Haley said at an afternoon press conference. “That’s how big this is.”

  • Image: MGN Online

    Tornadoes touch down in Illinois, Kansas and Missouri Friday night

    (CNN) — Reported tornadoes hit three Midwestern states on Friday. One of the storm systems rumbled through Illinois, causing damage to the roofs of homes and taking down trees in Will County, in the southern Chicago metro area.

  • Four firefighters were injured Saturday as wildfires spread across California and forced evacuations, officials said.
The Valley Fire started as a 50-acre blaze but quickly spread to 25,000 acres by late Saturday.
The Butte Fire, about 70 miles east of Sacramento, has grown to 65,000 acres. It has destroyed at least 85 residences and 50 outbuildings and threatens 6,150 homes.

    UPDATE: California Gov. Jerry Brown declares state of emergency due to wildfires

    (CNN) — California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Lake and Napa counties Sunday, as the Valley Fire continued to bring pain and loss. His announcement, which will help expedite debris removal and waive fees to replace essential documents like birth certificates for those who’ve had to abandon their homes and belongings, came one day after four firefighters were injured. The firefighters were burned in the Valley Fire in Lake County, about 115 miles west of Sacramento. […]

  • Image: MGN Online

    Valleywx.com: Have you noticed a stronger sun glare recently?

    If you’ve been outside at any time over the past few days, you’ve felt a noticeable change in our air. Fall officially arrived Monday evening and for now, it’s felt pretty close to how early fall should feel. If you have a typical early morning and late afternoon commute, you may have noticed something else– a seemingly brighter sun. There hasn’t been any change in the brightness of the sun, but the glare is noticeably more pronounced– and it can […]

  • Lightning strikes near Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field during a weather delay before an NCAA college football game between Florida and Idaho in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

    Lightning causes game delays, cancellation during first Saturday of college football

    (WHNT)– Weather is always a concern for large, outdoor events where tens of thousands of people gather, like college football games. Early in the season– especially in the south– summertime thunderstorms with vivid lightning can cause disruptions. Several games during the first Saturday of the season were either delayed or canceled.

  • Artist's concept of one of the eight Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System satellites deployed in space above a hurricane. (Image: NASA)

    NASA building new satellite mission to improve hurricane forecasting

    (NASA)– Ten years after Hurricane Katrina formed in the Atlantic, construction of NASA’s next-generation hurricane-observing satellite mission now is underway in Texas.


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