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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
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    Photo Galleries: Weather Where You Live

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    For more than 70 years, sand and silt concealed the watery graves of two vessels lost in a battle that brought World War II to America’s shores. A team of researchers led by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries have discovered two significant vessels from World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic. The German U-boat 576 and the freighter Bluefields were found approximately 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina. The discovery of the two vessels, in an area […]

  • Image: Patrick Yarbro/Guntersville

    Skywatchers gather at U.S. Space & Rocket Center to watch lunar eclipse

    Huntsville, Ala (WHNT)– Crowds gathered early Wednesday morning outside the Davidson Center for Space Exploration at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to get an up-close view of the total lunar eclipse. The full eclipse began around 5:25 a.m. local time and lasted for about an hour. “Well I was really worried when we left the house, because it was cloudy and lightning and I told her, ‘I don’t know if we’re going to get to see anything,'” said Bo […]

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    Valleywx.com: Scary clouds with Monday’s storms– What were they?

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    6.2-magnitude quake strikes off coast of Mexico

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  • Image: ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center.

    Valleywx.com: NASA images of dust storm, large thunderstorms over Middle East

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  • 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 […]

  • Image: ISS flyover/Dr. Bill Cooke, NASA

    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 […]

  • Image: The Ohio State University/YouTube

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

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  • Image: Little River Canyon/ Alabama Department of Tourism

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

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  • Image: Portable Planetarium/WHNT News 19 Jake Reed

    ‘Portable Planetarium’ brings planets, stars to Madison classroom

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  • Image: MGN Online

    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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