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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
  • Fog along Interstate 565 at the Wall Triana/Madison Boulevard exit (Photo by Ty Watwood)

    Watch for areas of dense fog Wednesday night, Thursday morning

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Areas of dense fog are possible beginning late Wednesday night through early Thursday morning. Breaks in the clouds, a light wind, and moisture near the ground will help fog form, especially near bodies of water. Flip through the gallery above to see how low the visibility may get where you live. If you encounter fog while driving, slow down and use your low beams. Using high beams will make it harder to see due to the light […]

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    Watch for areas of dense fog through Sunday morning

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Very light winds, low-level moisture, and the possibility of breaks in the clouds late Saturday night and early Sunday morning may result in areas of dense fog. Fog will be most likely in areas that saw rain Saturday morning and near bodies of water. Other low-lying spots will also be favorable for fog development. Flip through the gallery above to see how dense the fog may be where you live, and how long it will stick around. The […]

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    NWS Huntsville to offer free storm spotter classes throughout the Tennessee Valley

    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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    Little River Canyon paddle trips to return in March

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – The Little River Canyon National Preserve has released dates for upcoming paddle trips to take place in the backcountry portion of the preserve. This section of Little River has easy paddling with level one and two rapids. The popular paddle trips will be lead by National Park Ranger Larry Beane. The first scheduled trip will be Saturday, March 4. Other dates for the paddle trips are tentatively scheduled for March 6, 8, 9, 14, 22, 24-26, […]

  • Forecast radar valid at 8 a.m. Saturday, February 18 (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Wet at times late Friday night, early Saturday morning

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After a beautiful Friday with highs in the middle and upper 60s, our weather turns wetter as we begin the weekend. High-level clouds will begin moving overhead late Friday afternoon and Friday evening, but no rain is expected through the evening hours. The upper-level low responsible for the increase in cloud cover and chance of rain will move overhead early Saturday morning with rain overspreading the area. Flip through the gallery above to see when to expect […]

  • A powerful storm will bring heavy rain, mudslides, and mountain snow to Southern California Friday into Saturday (Image: NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard)

    Powerful storm prompts flood, surf, and wind warnings in SoCal

    LOS ANGELES – A powerful storm system is forecast to pummel Southern California Friday into Saturday with  strong winds, flooding rain, and even mountain snow. The National Weather Service in Los Angeles (NWS) said this storm would be the strongest of the season and “likely the strongest in six years; and possibly even back to December 2004 or January 1995.” The NWS also warned of the potential of dangerous surf on Facebook. “A strong storm system will bring widespread gale force […]

  • Forecast 'feels like' temperature at 7 a.m. Monday (Image: WHNT News 19)

    North wind to create ‘feels like’ temperatures as low as 20-25 degrees early Monday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The cold front responsible for heavy downpours Sunday afternoon will deliver a quick punch of very cold weather early Monday. After reaching the 70s ahead of the front Sunday afternoon, temperatures will drop to near 50 by 10 p.m. Sunday. A persistent and gusty north wind will keep the flow of chilly air in place all night. Expect air temperatures in the low and middle 30s by sunrise Monday. The cold north wind will average 10 to […]

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    Windy and colder behind Wednesday evening’s storms

    The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been canceled for the Tennessee Valley, as the storms have cleared the region.  MUCH colder weather is following this cold front.  Temperatures have dropped almost 30 degrees since mid-afternoon in Northwest Alabama and Southern Tennessee as of 9 PM. We have received several reports of hail from the storms: mainly in Lawrence and Morgan Counties where the most intense storms of the evening passed.  There was also one unconfirmed report of some damage to an […]

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    Showers and storms tapering off this afternoon, evening

    4:30pm update: The chance for strong to severe storms in the Valley is tapering off as we head into the evening hours Tuesday. Refresh this page for the latest image A few heavy showers and thunderstorms continue to push east of I-65 into the Sand Mountain and Lookout Mountain regions, but as of this writing, they remain below severe limits. If you need to head out this evening, we think the weather will be wet, but alright for running errands. […]

  • A significant snow storm will slam the Northeast Thursday into Friday (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Significant storm to produce up to a foot of snow in major Northeast cities

    BOSTON – The major cities of the Northeast face the possibility of a significant winter storm before the week ends. Winter storm warnings are in effect for Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Blizzard warnings are in effect for Long Island and Cape Cod. As an area of low pressure cranks up in the Mid Atlantic, snow will move rapidly into New England by Thursday afternoon. A majority of the snow will end […]

  • Forecast radar valid at 5 p.m. Thursday (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Areas of rain to impact Thursday evening commute

    Refresh this page for the latest image HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – An area of light and moderate rain over northeast Mississippi will spread into the Tennessee Valley over the course of Thursday afternoon. While rain amounts should remain rather light, wet streets may slow you down on your way home from work later today. Flip through the gallery above to see the progression of the rain through this evening. WHNT.com’s Maps & Radar Page Mobile Applications Baron Saf-T-Net (phone/text) Guidance suggests […]

  • The numbers represent how much above average January 2017 was based on average temperature (Image: Southeast Regional Climate Center)

    January 2017 ranks as top 5 warmest in more than a dozen states

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Many are asking, “Where is winter?” We had a few very cold days in January in north Alabama: the stretch of days between January 6 and January 8 featured highs below freezing. Despite that bitterly cold weather, warm weather stole the headlines. Huntsville had at least seven days where the high temperature was at least 20 degrees above average last month. The warmest day of the month was January 14; the high was 76. January 2017 was the […]