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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
  • Jonathan McComb and his wife, Laura, and children, Andrew (6) and Leighton (4). (Source: Facebook)

    Texas family of 4 swept away in floodwater, 3 still missing

    WIMBERLY, Texas– Many parts of Texas are cleaning up following historic and catastrophic flooding in dozens of communities this weekend. A family of four was swept away during the floodwater early Sunday morning outside Austin. Jonathan McComb, his wife, Laura, and their two children were reportedly staying at a river house in the town of Wimberly when a wall of water swept the home off its foundation. Jonathan McComb is in the hospital recovering from several broken bones and a […]

  • Record-breaking flooding threatens hundreds of homes in Texas

    WICHITA FALLS, Texas– An estimated 200 homes are at risk of flooding as the Wichita River climbs out of its banks.

  • May rain climatology

    Valleywx.com: Driest start to May in 10 years

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)– May 1-14, 2015 is the driest stretch of weather during the early part of May since 2005.

  • A fierce storm injured at least 26 people and caused significant destruction late Sunday in the Texas town of Van, officials said. The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning in the area. (Photo: Jennifer Gray/CNN)

    Severe storms kill two in Arkansas, tear up Texas town

    (CNN/AP) — Two people were killed when a storm hit a trailer park in Nashville, Arkansas, Howard County Emergency Management coordinator Sonny Raulerson said Monday. There had been a tornado warning in the area.

  • Tropical Storm Ana made landfall near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Sunday morning with max winds of 40 miles per hour. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

    Tropical Storm Ana makes landfall along South Carolina coastline

    (CNN) — The first Atlantic tropical storm of the year weakened as it made landfall in South Carolina early Sunday. It came ashore just north of Myrtle Beach with 45 mph maximum sustained winds at 6 a.m. Eastern, the National Hurricane Center said in a 6:15 a.m. bulletin. Just hours before, Ana’s maximum sustained winds clocked in at 50 mph, already dropping from Saturday afternoon’s wind speed of 60 mph. The storm is expected to further weaken as it moves […]

  • Tropical storm watches, warnings are posted along the coasts of North and South Carolina ahead of Ana. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

    Tropical Storm Ana closes in on Carolina coastline

    (CNN/WHNT) — Tropical Storm Ana gained strength as it moved toward North and South Carolina early Saturday. Ana, the first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic tropical storm season, spawned off the coast of Georgia on Thursday. As of 5 a.m. ET Saturday, it was about 105 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. Beachgoers and sailors should take Ana seriously. High rip currents could sweep swimmers on the shores of […]

  • WeatherFears

    Researchers develop virtual reality system to treat severe weather anxiety, phobias

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WHNT) – Just over four years ago on April 27, 2011, Alabama experienced one of its worst tornado outbreaks on record.  In all, 62 tornadoes and 252 deaths were recorded across the state. Many of the physical scars from that day have begun to heal over time, but the unseen psychological and emotional scars are just as bad — if not worse — for some people. Laura Culp, a business analyst for the University of Alabama’s Center for […]

  • WHNT News 19 Meteorologist Jake Reed walks through virtual reality simulation. (Photo: Gregg Stone/WHNT News 19)

    Wednesday at 10 pm: Researchers create virtual reality environment to address severe weather anxiety, phobias

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WHNT) – The psychological impact of a severe weather event like April 27, 2011 can last years beyond the healing of any visible scar. A fear and anxiety about weather has festered in many Alabamians due to recent high-impact weather events. For some, even the mention of tornadoes or severe weather can cause a disruptive reaction. Researchers at the University of Alabama are using technology originally intended for the video game market to create a virtual environment complete […]

  • Valley Head community tornado shelter, located on Alabama Highway 117. (Photo: Jake Reed/WHNT News 19)

    How to know if your community storm shelter is open before severe weather

    VALLEY HEAD, Ala. (WHNT)– Severe weather can happen at any time in the Tennessee Valley, but community storm shelters are not open around the clock. A DeKalb County woman and her family found that out the hard way during severe weather Friday night. WATCH: Radar animation shows EF-1 tornado touchdown along County Road 776 near Cartersville Counties across the Tennessee Valley have certain policies in place which determine when shelters are opened. You should never assume the community shelter nearest […]

  • Damage to a home in Leesburg (Photo: Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency)

    National Weather Service teams confirm multiple tornado touchdowns across Alabama

    RUSSELL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)– Four tornadoes have been confirmed from Sunday’s storms in Alabama. The storms came in three rounds beginning early Sunday morning, continuing through the early hours of Monday. The first round brought severe storms and tornadoes to the southeastern parts of the state. The National Weather Service in Birmingham has confirmed two tornado touchdowns in Russell County. The first tornado touched down at 8:43 a.m. Sunday and was on the ground two minutes. Survey teams estimate the […]

  • (Photo: David Waldon)

    BLOG: Severe storms sweep across Alabama Sunday, April 19

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)– Three waves of severe storms swept across Alabama Sunday and continued into the early hours of Monday morning. WHNT.com’s Maps & Radar Page Mobile Applications NEW Live Alert 19 Baron Saf-T-Net (phone/text)

  • Harvest community storm shelter under construction on April 15, 2015. (Photo: Jeremy Jackson/WHNT News 19)

    Church leader pioneers effort to bring $1 million storm shelter to Harvest

    HARVEST, Ala. (WHNT)– One woman’s determination and heart will soon mean unmatched safety for hundreds of residents in Harvest. The storm shelter– expected to be completed late this summer– is a project Reverend Suzanne Katschke of Cross Winds United Methodist Church began four years ago following the devastation the April 27, 2011 tornado brought to Harvest. “It was sheer devastation” in 2011, Katschke recounts. Harvest has been hit four times in the last three decades– each time by some of […]


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