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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
  • UPDATE: Areas of rain, thunder continue through Saturday evening; severe threat remains very limited

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A line of storms continues to weaken as it moves across north Alabama and southern Tennessee Saturday afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has trimmed away the greater risk of severe weather well away from the Tennessee Valley, though one or two heavier storms are still possible through the evening hours. Storms earlier today produced pea-sized hail in Lawrence County and strong wind gusts toppled an older tree near Hillsboro. SATURDAY EVENING: Some showers and thunderstorms may continue […]

  • 22-degree sun halo spotted in the Tennessee Valley Wednesday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Did you see a halo around the sun Wednesday? If you did, you spotted an atmospheric optical phenomenon known as a 22-degree halo. Earthsky.org explains it very simply: “Halos are a sign of high thin cirrus clouds drifting 20,000 feet or more above our heads. These clouds contain millions of tiny ice crystals. The halos you see are caused by both refraction, or splitting of light, and also by reflection, or glints of light from these ice […]

  • National Weather Service team surveys storm damage near Huntland

    HUNTLAND, Tenn. – The National Weather Service in Huntsville has found damage in Huntland they say is consistent with 80 mile per hour straight-lined winds. The National Weather Service deployed a damage assessment team to the area following severe storms Tuesday evening. Read the official statement here. [141p] Update from storm survey: Found damage consistent w/ 80 MPH straightline wind damage in Franklin Co. TN. Details coming later. #HUNwx — NWS Huntsville (@NWSHuntsville) March 22, 2017 Wind coming across Franklin […]

  • Wow! Space station captures nighttime view of Mt. Etna eruption

    The Expedition 50 crew aboard the International Space Station had a nighttime view from orbit of Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna, erupting on March 19, 2017. Astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency captured this image and shared it with his social media followers, writing, “Mount Etna, in Sicily. The volcano is currently erupting and the molten lava is visible from space, at night! (the red lines on the left).”

  • Mid-March freeze may have caused $1 billion in crop losses

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Last week’s deep freeze in the Southeast appears to have nearly wiped out Georgia’s blueberries and South Carolina’s peaches and seriously damaged a number of other crops like strawberries and apples. In South Carolina, 85 percent of the state’s peach crop is gone while the small pink blooms remain on the trees, according to the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. Up to 80 percent of south Georgia’s blueberry crop is gone, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said […]

  • Rain and a few heavy storms Friday night

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Storm Prediction Center posted a ‘MARGINAL RISK’ of severe weather for the northwest corner of Alabama, northern Mississippi and a large chunk of Middle and West Tennessee for Friday evening. A batch of heavy thunderstorms developing ahead of a cool front may produce some large hail as they move southeast toward the Tennessee Valley late tonight. A weak front dropping into the Tennessee Valley will produce a quick round of very heavy rain and some locally-heavy […]

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Your photos of the quick Saturday night snow

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A quick round of snow impacted the Tennessee Valley very late Saturday night. As cold air rushed in, areas of rain changed to snow across extreme north Alabama and southern Tennessee. With temperatures hovering near or just above freezing, snow mainly accumulated on grassy areas and elevated surfaces like rooftops and decks – roads should only be wet, not icy early Sunday morning. We expect no major travel issues in north Alabama. Have a photo to share? […]

  • Winter weather advisory expires as mix of rain, sleet and snow moves out

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The National Weather Service in Huntsville has allowed the winter weather advisory which had been in effect to expire. The last of the mix of rain, sleet and snow has moved out of DeKalb County as of 4 a.m. Sunday. The winter weather advisory had been in effect for DeKalb and Jackson Counties in northeast Alabama, as well as Franklin, Lincoln and Moore Counties in southern Tennessee. With temperatures near or just above freezing, there should be […]

  • Rain changes to snow for some late Saturday night

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It is hard to believe that after virtually no threats of winter weather in January or February, some snow is pretty likely over the weekend. We think the best chance for any snow to actually stick to the ground will be across southern Tennessee. Communities along the U.S. Highway 64 corridor (Waynesboro, Lawrenceburg, Pulaski, Fayetteville, Winchester) might see over one inch of snow. The National Weather Service has included these areas in a winter weather advisory valid […]

  • USGS reports small earthquake in Lawrence County Saturday morning

    TRINITY, Ala. – The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports a small earthquake struck Lawrence County early Saturday morning. The quake was a 2.6 magnitude and was centered about six kilometers southwest of Trinity. The earthquake occurred just before 8 a.m., according to the USGS. WHNT News 19 viewer Danny Appleton, Jr. reported “a loud rumble and a house shaking” near County Road 434 in the East Lawrence area of Lawrence County. Dozens of WHNT News 19 Facebook friends have let us […]

  • Frost advisory in effect Saturday morning

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The National Weather Service in Huntsville has posted a frost advisory for north Alabama for early Saturday morning. A freeze warning is in effect for Franklin, Lincoln and Moore Counties in Tennessee. Both sets of alerts are in effect from 3 a.m. until 7 a.m. A freeze warning is also in effect for Giles, Lawrence and Wayne Counties in southern Tennessee. Frost will be most likely in sheltered areas away from wind. URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE National […]

  • BLOG: Strong storms produce high wind gusts, hail late Thursday night

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A line of strong storms pushed through the Tennessee Valley late Thursday night, March 9. High wind gusts, vivid lightning and some hail fell, and scattered reports of damage and power outages occurred. This is an archived live blog from the severe weather event. Updates from our team appear below in the order they were posted.