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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
  • Round of strong storms likely Sunday afternoon, evening

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – An expansive area of low pressure is moving across the Southern Plains Sunday morning. That system will bring a strong cold front into the Tennessee Valley Sunday afternoon and evening. Storms should first move into Northwest Alabama between 12 and 2 p.m., although it may be a little sooner. The speed of the system will also determine how long storms will stay in our area and how severe they could be. If storms move in during the […]

  • Tornado kills 5 in Texas Saturday evening

    CANTON, Texas – At least five people are dead following a tornado in Texas Saturday evening, according to CBS affiliate KTVT. Three dozen more people were reportedly injured by the tornado. 9:10 PM – Preliminary tracks of the confirmed tornadoes tonight. Surveys will continue tomorrow. #dfwwx #tornado #txwx pic.twitter.com/DSLG9tstvf — NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) April 30, 2017 The twister hit the town of Canton around 6 p.m. Saturday. Canton is located east of Dallas. Video from @TXThunderTruck showing a large […]

  • Why the use of storm-based warnings may mean less alerts sent to you

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Mass confusion during and following a severe weather event in the Tennessee Valley on Saturday, April 22 demands a closer look at storm-based warnings. What are they? How are they used? Why are less people receiving warning information on their phones or tablets? What are storm-storm based warnings? Many people may not be aware that severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings are no longer issued for entire counties. The National Weather Service (NWS) began issuing storm-based warnings on October […]

  • Wind advisory in effect Sunday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The National Weather Service in Huntsville has prepared a wind advisory for all of north Alabama and Franklin, Lincoln and Moore Counties in southern Tennessee. The advisory will go into effect at 10 a.m. and last until 10 p.m. Sunday, April 30. URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Huntsville AL 217 PM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017 ALZ001>010-016-TNZ076-096-097-301000- /O.NEW.KHUN.WI.Y.0004.170430T1500Z-170501T0300Z/ Lauderdale-Colbert-Franklin AL-Lawrence-Limestone-Madison-Morgan- Marshall-Jackson-De Kalb-Cullman-Moore-Lincoln-Franklin TN- Including the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, Russellville, Red Bay, […]

  • Creekside Elementary visits WHNT News 19

    EAST LIMESTONE, Ala. – A smart group of fifth graders at Creekside Elementary School visited WHNT News 19 for a station tour Friday. The students are a part of the school’s broadcasting class. This group is already a pro at putting together news, sports and weather – they do it daily for Creekside Elementary School as part of the Creekside News Network. These talented youngsters tried their hand at anchoring from the WHNT News 19 anchor desk, as well as […]

  • YOUR PHOTOS: Severe storms with hail, high winds hit the Tennessee Valley

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A cold front moving into the Tennessee Valley Saturday afternoon kicked off numerous clusters of strong and severe storms. In some parts of Lincoln and Giles Counties in Tennessee, the hail covered the ground and looked more like snow had fallen. There are reports of damage done by a possible tornado in northwestern Cullman County as well as western Franklin County, around the Pleasant Site community. Do you have a picture of video of severe weather you […]

  • UPDATE: NWS teams find tornado damage in Cullman and Franklin Counties

    PLEASANT SITE, Ala. – Teams with the National Weather Service in Huntsville have completed two planned storm damage surveys following powerful spring storms on Saturday. A team surveying damage in Franklin County near Pleasant Site has found damage consistent with an EF-0 tornado. A 95-mile-per-hour microburst was determined to be the cause of damage near Phil Campbell and Spruce Pine. Public Information Statement National Weather Service Huntsville AL 652 PM CDT Sun Apr 23 2017 ...NWS Damage Survey For 04/22/2017 Tornado/Wind […]

  • Areas of rain possible through Sunday afternoon

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A cold front moved through the Tennessee Valley Saturday and produced several clusters of strong and severe storms. Numerous storms produced very heavy rain, lightning, gusty wind and a lot of hail. Teams with the National Weather Service in Huntsville and emergency managers in Jackson County plan to survey storm damage Sunday. The risk of severe weather has ended in the Tennessee Valley, but we may not be totally done with the rain yet. The parent storm […]

  • A few heavy storms overnight; some strong to severe storms Saturday afternoon

    Before you think about changing your weekend plans (or cancelling them completely), there are some important things you should know about the potentially stormy weather: The timelines still may need to be adjusted. It will not rain all day Saturday. The severe weather threat is low, but the chance of getting enough rain to interfere with outdoor activities is high enough to have rain gear with you.  The most intense storms may contain large hail and strong wind gusts over 60 […]

  • WHNT visits third graders at Cherokee Elementary in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – WHNT News 19 Meteorologist Jake Reed visited the third grade class at Cherokee Elementary School in Guntersville Thursday for a weather presentation. More than 100 third graders gathered in the gymnasium to learn about geography, severe weather, severe weather safety, clouds, and the difference between weather and climate. This was a very sharp group – many of them knew exactly where to go during a severe weather situation in order to stay safe. The third grade class […]

  • The ‘forgotten F5’ tornado of April 16, 1998

    DEERFIELD, Tenn. – An historic tornado outbreak of at least 13 tornadoes struck Middle Tennessee on April 16, 1998. Many of these tornadoes were strong or violent and tracked long distances, killing 4 people and injuring nearly 100 people, while causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. The most infamous tornado during the outbreak struck downtown Nashville, blowing out numerous windows in skycrapers and causing the collapse of some older buildings. Other notable tornadoes included three violent tornadoes in southern […]

  • Smoke plume from controlled burn near Tennessee River visible on radar

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A large smoke plume from a fire near the Tennessee River was visible on radar Saturday afternoon. Although it looked like rain on radar, dual-pol products suggest this is smoke drifting into the air. Several WHNT News 19 viewers sent us pictures of smoke in the sky over south Huntsville. The Huntsville Fire Department confirmed there was a fire on the Morgan County side of the Tennessee River. Officials say the fire is burning about 10-15 acres. A viewer contacted WHNT […]