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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
  • The National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories on tropical depression nine Sunday afternoon (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Hurricane center begins issuing advisories on tropical depression nine in the Gulf of Mexico

    KEY WEST, Fla. – The National Hurricane Center is now issuing advisories on tropical depression nine, which formed near Key West, Florida Sunday afternoon. Key messages from NHC regarding Tropical Depression Nine 5 p.m. EDT Sunday @NHCDirector — NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) August 28, 2016 Tropical depression nine is forecast to become a tropical storm early this week as it moves into the central Gulf of Mexico. The official forecast track from the National Hurricane Center turns the […]

  • Double rainbow over Owens Cross Roads (Photo: Ken Warmath)

    PHOTOS: Amazing views from recent summer storms

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Storms in the summertime put on quite a show from beginning to end. From the first sign of a growing cumulonimbus cloud, to the angry-looking shelf clouds, to the rainbows that often follow – there is always a fantastic picture to be found if you are nearby. Mobile users click here for the photo gallery Do you have a great weather picture you would like us to see? If you have the Live Alert 19 app or […]

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    Warm nighttime temperatures push summer 2016 to second hottest

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The summer of 2016 remains one of the hottest on record in the Tennessee Valley, mainly due to warm overnight temperatures. Huntsville recently set a record for consecutive days of overnight lows at or above 70 degrees. The average low temperature from June 1 through August 27 in Huntsville is 71.5 degrees. This is the second highest average minimum temperature on record for the Rocket City. 2010 holds the record for warmest average minimum temperature from June […]

  • NASA astronaut Jeff Williams captured the photographs, assembled into this composite image, during his Expedition 47/48 mission aboard the International Space Station. Sharing the image on social media, Williams wrote, "A place of inspiration, @GlacierBayNPS. #FindYourPark #NPS100."

    Celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service with a unique view from space

    The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and we’re inviting visitors of all ages to join in the celebration throughout the month! With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 through August 28, the National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque for the centennial! The National Park Service has gathered a sampling of special programs taking place, which can be found here. But hundreds of […]

  • Here’s how they looked back in July, and for some months before that. Mars (brightest), Saturn (above) and star Antares as captured in late July, 2016 by Steve Simmerman.

    How to see five planets in the night sky without a telescope

    The planets Mars and Saturn – along with the star Antares in the constellation Scorpius – have made a prominent triangle on our sky’s dome over the past few months. Mars is now passing in between Saturn and Antares the three objects will appear appear in a straight line in our sky on August 24. Recall that that Mars and Saturn are planets, while Antares is a star. Mars is about 7 light-minutes from Earth (79 million miles, or 127 million km). […]

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    Louisiana Gov. on flooding: ‘People are just starting to pay attention’

    BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana officials say an estimated 60,000 homes have been damaged by massive flooding that swept through the southern part of the state. Mike Steele, spokesman for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said Saturday that 102,000 people have also registered for federal assistance. He says authorities are still assessing damage to homes and that number could fluctuate. Louisiana Gov. Edwards: ‘People are just starting to pay attention’ Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says […]

  • Huntsville sets a new record for consecutive days with lows at or above 70 degrees (Image: NWS Huntsville)

    Huntsville sets new record for warm nighttime temperatures

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As of Sunday morning, Huntsville has recorded 50 consecutive days with low temperatures at or above 70 degrees. This sets a new record, according to the National Weather Service in Huntsville. The previous record of consecutive days with lows at or above 70 was 49, set back in the summer of 2010. Our current stretch of warm overnight temperatures likely ends Sunday night into Monday morning with a brief appearance of fall-like weather. Temperatures are expected to […]

  • Waterspout spotted near Decatur on the Tennessee River Friday evening (Photo: Baker630456)

    Waterspout seen near Decatur on the Tennessee River

    DECATUR, Ala. – Several WHNT News 19 viewers sent in pictures of a waterspout near Decatur on the Tennessee River Friday evening. The picture above was submitted through our Live Alert 19 app by user “baker630456.” Waterspouts can sometimes cause damage if they move onshore, but the National Weather Service in Huntsville said it had not heard of any damage reports from this storm system. Waterspouts fall into two categories: fair weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts. Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes […]

  • Flash flooding in Fort Payne Friday afternoon (Photo: Deanna Ciotta)

    Slow-moving storm causes flash flooding in Fort Payne Friday afternoon

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – Very heavy, slow-moving storms drenched parts of DeKalb County Friday afternoon. Radar estimates suggested as much as four inches of rain fell in about an hour between Pine Ridge and Sylvania Gap. The National Weather Service Office in Huntsville posted a flash flood warning for central DeKalb County. The warning expired at 4:45 p.m. Friday. DeKalb County Emergency Managers reported flooding along 45th Street. The street was closed for a short period of time between Fort Payne […]

  • Water vapor satellite images show two tropical disturbances encountering dry air over the Atlantic (Image: WHNT News 19)

    National Hurricane Center keeping an eye on Atlantic tropical wave

    The National Hurricane Center continues issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Fiona, which is currently located way out in the central Atlantic Ocean. Fiona is expected to remain a tropical storm through the weekend before becoming a tropical depression. A harsh environment will be responsible for the weakening trend. A combination of a dry air mass, increasing vertical wind shear, and convergent upper-level flow should cause Fiona to weaken for the next 3-4 days. The intensity forecast follows the guidance consensus […]

  • Forecast for high school football games/jamborees Thursday night, August 18 (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Rain and storms diminish for Thursday night high school football

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After an afternoon with numerous heavy showers and thunderstorms, the weather is expected to begin improving in time for the first round of high school football games Thursday night. There may still be some areas of rain around at kickoff, but the heavy storms with lightning should not be an issue. Flip through the gallery below to see the forecast radar valid at 7 and 10 p.m. Thursday, as well as 6 a.m. Friday. The futurecast shows […]

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    1-in-1,000 year rain event devastates Louisiana

    DENHAM SPRINGS, La. – Across southern Louisiana Sunday, residents scrambled to get to safety as rivers and creeks burst their banks, swollen from days of heavy rain that in some areas came close to two feet over a 48-hour period. Sunday afternoon, Maj. Doug Cain of the Louisiana State Police said that so far 18,000 people have been rescued from East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes. Four people have been reported dead, said Devin George, the state registrar for vital records. […]


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