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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!

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    Valleywx.com: $5 million per day being spent battling 10 California wildfires

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  • Photo: Ramona Edwards, Grant

    Weather Where You Live: Your Pictures

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    Stranger uses $1,000 to pay it forward at Chick-Fil-A Drive-thru

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    Hurricane Odile makes landfall at Cabo San Lucas as Cat. 3

    (CNN) — Hurricane Odile made landfall at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula late Sunday. Its gales whipped torrents of rain ashore, chasing visitors in popular tourist destinations into closed quarters. Sarah McKinney was in Cabo San Lucas on maternity leave from her job in Arkansas, when the category 3 storm hit there with 125 mph winds at around 9:45 p.m. Pacific (12:45 a.m. Eastern). She and her newborn daughter Madison had already evacuated out of harm’s way […]

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    World’s first 3D-printed car unveiled in Chicago

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    UPDATE: Haines’ family, President Obama release statements on ISIS beheading of British aid worker

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    UPDATE: Navy suspends search for missing pilot following crash

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    2 dead in Desert Southwest flash flooding

    (CNN/AP/WHNT) — Flash floods that slammed parts of the southwestern United States are now blamed for two deaths. A woman in Arizona was swept away by water when she and her husband tried to drive through a flooded area on Monday, and the vehicle was picked up by the water, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said. Both exited the vehicle, and the man, 69, made it to safety, but his wife, 76, was unable to. Another Arizona woman was killed […]

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    Stadium Strikes: The risk of lightning at football games

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT)– College football stadiums are among the most popular outdoor venues in the southeast– the same area which is prone to a high number a thunderstorms with potentially-deadly lightning strikes. With hundreds of thousands of people now gathering outdoors each weekend to cheer on their favorite teams, the threat of lightning is much more apparent. Dozens of pictures posted on social media during the first official weekend of college football showed lightning strikes dangerously close to football stadiums. […]

  • A sequence of radar images from Columbus, Mississippi, Birmingham, Alabama, and Hytop, Alabama, from April 27, 2011, shows the variety of storm structures that occurred during this outbreak. Two images show storm supercells that either had active tornadoes or later developed tornadoes.

    Characteristics of Catastrophe: New Details on the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) — A summary of data collected on April 27, 2011 by scientists and students at The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Earth System Science Center is now published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS). The article is available online. The deadly tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011, was unique in several meteorological aspects, but what made it most unique wasn’t the number of powerful tornadoes spun out that day, or the death and destruction they […]


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