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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!

Recent Articles
  • Image: Scott Owens

    Valleywx.com: Video shows dust devil swirling near Trinity

    Mobile users: See the video on YouTube. Viewer video shows a well-defined dust devil near Trinity this afternoon. Scott Owens sent us this video. This is not a tornado, nor a funnel cloud. Tornadoes do not form out of a clear sky– this is a classic example of a dust devil, and it appears to be a pretty big one at that. The Weather Prediction explains this simply: “A dust devil can exhibit a circulation on the ground but since […]

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    Valleywx.com: Another fireball spotted early Tuesday

    Mobile users: See the video on YouTube. We got an e-mail earlier today asking about a possible meteor sighting early this morning, near the time of the International Space Station flyover. We always get the help of our friend Dr. Bill Cooke with NASA, and sure enough, there was a meteor in the sky just after 5:00 a.m. today. “We did pick up a bright meteor around 5:18 am CDT this morning. It was first detected 66 miles above Tennessee […]

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    VIDEO: Ohio State marching band pays tribute to ‘The Wizard of Oz’

    CINCINNATI, Ohio— The Ohio State Marching Band wins again, this time with a halftime show performance of scenes from Wizard of Oz. The Buckeyes battled Cincinnati Saturday night, winning 50-28. The show included a twister, Dorothy and Toto and even a dig at their biggest rival — the Wolverines. For more from the OSU marching band, click here.

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    Fall Colors: Where to see the best colors in Alabama and Tennessee

    If there’s one thing the Tennessee Valley is known for — it’s brilliant fall color. With fall officially arriving Monday evening at 9:29 p.m. C.T., we know the fall colors will soon begin sweeping across north Alabama and southern Tennessee. The Arbor Day Foundation has put together a list of trees that produce the best fall colors. Valleywx.com: How weather impacts fall color Fall colors will begin showing in the mountains of North Alabama in early October and then sweep […]

  • Image: Karen Darwin/Scottsboro

    Weather Where You Live: Your Pictures

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) — Every week, we compile the best of the best of your photos from across the Tennessee Valley. The photos are posted to the gallery below. We’ve posted a ‘submit your photo’ button at the bottom of this page for you to share your pictures with us. We can’t wait to see them! Send your Weather Where You Live Photos to photo@whnt.com, share them with us on Facebook, or tweet them with #valleywx. Here are last week’s favorites: […]

  • Image: Portable Planetarium/WHNT News 19 Jake Reed

    ‘Portable Planetarium’ brings planets, stars to Madison classroom

    Madison, Ala. (WHNT)– Madison Elementary students are getting an out-of-this-world lesson on the cosmos without even leaving the comfort of their school. With a recent widely-seen fireball in the sky over the Tennessee Valley Tuesday night, the portable planetarium setup at the school is a perfect fit. Woodmen of the World loaned their Star Lab/Planetarium for the school’s official observance of Space Week. James Brelsford is a volunteer astronomy educator from the Von Braun Astronomical Society (VABS) and said “he’s […]

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    Valleywx.com: Have you noticed a stronger sun glare recently?

    If you’ve been outside at any time over the past few days, you’ve felt a noticeable change in our air. Fall officially arrived Monday evening and for now, it’s felt pretty close to how early fall should feel. If you have a typical early morning and late afternoon commute, you may have noticed something else– a seemingly brighter sun. There hasn’t been any change in the brightness of the sun, but the glare is noticeably more pronounced– and it can […]

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    Valleywx.com: Tuesday night’s fireball was one of four in the U.S.

    We got a lot of facebook messages and tweets Tuesday night about a fireball being spotted in the sky. It turns out a fireball over southern Tennessee was one of four that were noted in the sky over the U.S. Tuesday night, according to the American Meteor Society. The American Meteor Society also posted what’s called a heat map– showing where witnesses to these four separate events were located. If you saw the fireball, the AMS wants to hear your […]

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    How accurate are persimmon seeds in predicting winter weather?

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT)– Tuesday is the first official full day of fall, but residents in the Tennessee Valley are already talking a lot more about winter. We’ve been getting a lot of pictures and questions about persimmon seeds–and what they mean for the upcoming winter. According to weather folklore, the seed of a persimmon can give clues about an upcoming winter’s weather. There are already a lot of persimmons on the ground at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. We wanted to […]

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    Harvey Cotten retiring from Huntsville Botanical Garden

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT)– After more than 20 years working at Huntsville Botanical Garden, Vice President of Horticulture and Education Harvey Cotten announced his retirement earlier this month. Cotten has worked at the Garden since November 1992, and first began as most do– a volunteer. Volunteers keep the Garden “growing” every day, and Cotten has seen his fair share of change over the last 20+ years. When he began, Huntsville Botanical Garden had just 32 acres and had just expanded to […]

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    New GM Recall: Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impalas affected

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Add 205,309 more cars to General Motors’ recall tally. On Saturday, the automaker announced it was recalling Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impalas because of a problem with the electronic parking brake arm in some vehicles. GM said it was not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities because of the issue. The affected cars are model year 2013-2014 Cadillac XTS and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala sedans. (An additional 16,249 vehicles are being recalled worldwide.) It’s the latest […]

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

    (CNN) — As 10 wildfires raged across California, authorities accused one man Thursday of having deliberately set one of the larger fires that was burning nearly uncontrollably over 111 square miles, officials said. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, faces one felony count of arson with a special allegation of a firefighter, peace officer or other emergency personnel having suffered great bodily injury in the so-called King Fire in northern California, according to the criminal complaint. Huntsman is being held on $10 […]


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