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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: The science behind Sunday’s unique cloud formations

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)– Some incredible images of cloud streets– technically known as horizontal convective rolls– were sent our way Sunday afternoon. Cloud streets provide one of the best visual examples of how our atmosphere functions as a fluid. It’s important to understand the concept of the planetary boundary layer (PBL), also known as the atmospheric boundary layer. Simply put, this is the layer of air closest to the ground. Model sounding showing characteristics of the air closest to the ground […]

  • ‘Really brave’ 3-year-old and pregnant mom survive Moore tornado inside closet

    MOORE, Okla. (KFOR)– This is a story about a family who does exactly the right thing when severe weather strikes. Wednesday evening, thousands of people across Oklahoma watched closely as a tornado formed in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. One of those people was Jamie Sheppard, who decided to take cover with her 3-year-old son, Brayden, in their home’s closet. “The windows were shattering out, the doors were opening and closing. It was the strangest smell,  everything,” Sheppard said. […]

  • WATCH: Quadruple-amputee dog learns to walk again

    DENVER (CNN) — Here’s a dog tale about a pooch with a literal “spring” in his steps. Brutus, a 2-year old Rottweiler, is walking again thanks to modern technology and months of training. He’s said to be only the second dog ever known to have four prosthetic limbs. “You can’t explain to an animal why you are putting these contraptions on their feet. You can’t explain to them, that it’s to help them,” foster mom Laura Aquilina told CNN affiliate […]

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    Valleywx.com: Rain returns soon– and some could be heavy

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)– A freeze warning continues until 9 a.m. for the entire Tennessee Valley. Following this morning’s sub-freezing temperatures, we do not see the potential for another freeze within the next seven to ten days. Temperatures rebound nicely Sunday afternoon with temperatures warming into the upper 50s and lower 60s. With the warmer weather also comes better chances for rain. At least two cold fronts will impact the Valley over the next seven days– the first arrives after midnight […]

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    Extent of damage becomes clearer following Wednesday evening’s storms

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The slow start to the nation’s tornado season came to a violent end Wednesday, when tornadoes raked Tulsa during its evening rush hour, killing one person and injuring others. Tulsa County Sheriff’s Capt. Billy McKelvey said one person was killed in a mobile home park near Sand Springs in the Tulsa area that was nearly destroyed Wednesday amid severe weather. It wasn’t yet clear whether it was a tornado or straight-line winds that hit the mobile […]

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    Photo Galleries: Weather Where You Live

    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. You’ll also find a ‘submit your photo’ button at the bottom of this page for you to share your pictures with us. Send your Weather Where You Live Photos to photo@whnt.com, share them with us on Facebook, or tweet them with #valleywx. Here is last week’s gallery:

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    Nintendo: Mario is headed to your smartphone

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Nintendo will soon unleash Mario and Luigi on your smartphone. The Japanese video game giant is partnering with another company to create new game apps based on existing Nintendo characters, such as Mario Bros., for mobile devices. It’s a significant shift for Nintendo. The company has resisted making its games available on smartphones and tablets, focusing instead on selling its own handheld devices and consoles. But mobile gaming is now one of the biggest sources of […]

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    Valleywx.com: Tennessee Valley spring freeze climatology

    TENNESSEE VALLEY– A frost advisory is issued in the spring when temperatures are forecast to fall to between 33 and 36 degrees with light winds. A freeze warning is issued for the area when temperatures are forecast to fall to or below 32 degrees for three consecutive hours. Average last freeze (29º-32º) Huntsville: April 2 Muscle Shoals: March 29 Belle Mina: April 4 Crossville: April 3 Cullman: April 9 Fayetteville: April 16 Guntersville: March 28 Moulton: April 4 Russellville: April […]

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    A car wash goes a long way during winter weather

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– It’s the winter that doesn’t seem to want to end in the Tennessee Valley. Another winter storm moving in Thursday means more crews will be out treating roadways. Salt is used to melt ice on roadways and sidewalks because it lowers the freezing point of water– meaning that even below 32 degrees, the treated surface still has a chance to melt. Salt bouncing off the road and up into the undercarriage of your vehicle threatens to corrode […]

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    Winter storm watch issued for parts of north Alabama

    (WHNT)– A winter storm watch has been issued for parts of the Tennessee Valley ahead of Thursday morning’s winter weather threat. Areas included in the watch are generally along and west of I-65. The greatest threat of significant ice, power outages, and hazardous travel looks to be in Tennessee, northern Mississippi, and extreme northwestern Alabama. That’s where temperatures drop fastest and precipitation will still be heavy enough to create some potentially serious problems. This will be different than winter weather […]

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    How well did the persimmon seeds do?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Perhaps the most talked-about weather folklore in the Tennessee Valley involves persimmon seeds and winter weather. Last September, WHNT News 19 visited the Huntsville Botanical Garden to cut open some persimmon seeds and see what shape their roots were. The legend says it’s the shape of the root that can say a lot about the winter to come. If the root is in the shape of a spoon, the following winter months will be snowy. A knife-shaped […]

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    #TheDress is black and blue– and the sun is green?

    (WHNT)– Now that the mystery of #thedress has been solved, how about another color crux? When I first learned the following fact in my Physical Meteorology class, I knew the day would come where I could prove that the sun was in fact green. Yes, green. That day has come. We’ll use Wein’s Law to prove this. Wein’s Law– also known as Wein’s Displacement Law– describes the relationship between the temperature of an object and the peak wavelength of the […]


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