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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
  • Damage following an EF-4 tornado in Jackson County on February 6, 2008 (Source: NWS Huntsville)

    Alabama ranks among states with most February tornado touchdowns

    (UsTornadoes.com)– States along the immediate Gulf Coast have the highest numbers of February tornado touchdowns. Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida top the list of states with the most tornado touchdowns in February. The information below was pulled from USTornadoes.com, a great resource for tornado climatology information: “While it’s a mostly quiet month, there have been some sizable events, and we’re often knocking on spring’s door as it closes. 15 states and D.C. have seen no February tornado touchdowns on […]

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    Submit photos, news tips straight from the WHNT News 19 app

    (WHNT)– WHNT News 19’s news app includes live streaming, breaking news notifications and all the local news you want from WHNT in a fast, high-performance app. Be the first to know with alerts and find out what’s happening in your area with News Near Me. Live stream newscasts right from your phone or tablet, and save stories to read later and share easily to Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. You can also send us photos through the app. WHNT […]

  • Near the National Mall during the blizzard (Photo: Colin McCullough/CNN)

    $1 million worth of parking tickets issued in DC following blizzard

    WASHINGTON– Washington, D.C. officials issued $1 million in parking tickets during the blizzard that dumped as much as two feet of snow on the nation’s capital and surrounding areas, the Washington Post reports. The tickets were issued between Friday and Wednesday under a snow emergency that was declared by the D.C. government on Friday ahead of the storm. The blizzard dumped as much as two feet of snow on the nation’s capital and surrounding areas and shut down major highways […]

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    50 years ago: Alabama’s coldest day

    NEW MARKET, Ala. (WHNT)– As we enter the warmest period we’ve had in weeks, imagine temperatures being some 80 degrees colder. 50 years ago Saturday (January 30), the coldest temperature ever recorded in Alabama was measured in New Market. Lucille Hereford, postmistress and town volunteer weather observer, recorded a minus-27 degree temperature on the morning of January 30, 1966. Alabama State Climatologist Dr. John Christy interviewed Ms. Hereford by phone in 1988 to get her story. The following account was […]

  • An aerial view of tornado damage shows entire block of homes in ruins in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, April 28, 2011. Tornadoes and violent storms ripped through seven southern U.S. states, killing at least 259 people in the country's deadliest series of twisters in nearly four decades.  (REUTERS/Marvin Gentry)

    FEMA seeks applicants for Youth Preparedness Council

    WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council was formed in 2012 to bring together leaders from across the country who are interested and engaged in advocating youth preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities, and their potential to expand their impact as national advocates for youth preparedness. The Youth […]

  • Low temperatures recorded Sunday morning, January 24, 2015 (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Morning lows as cold as 10 degrees Sunday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– It was a bitterly cold start to the second half of the weekend across the Tennessee Valley. Thanks to a clear sky, dry air and a light wind, temperatures plummeted well into the teens. Winchester was the coldest out of the areas where we can get a reliable temperature reading. The thermometer dipped to 10 degrees there! Other communities in southern Tennessee also threatened single-digit lows this morning; Frankewing in Giles County dropped to 11 degrees, while […]

  • More than three feet of snow has fallen in parts of West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania (Image: Jake Reed/WHNT News 19)

    Staggering amounts of snow produced by major East Coast blizzard

    BALTIMORE– Communities in the Baltimore, Maryland National Weather Service Office’s coverage area have seen staggering amounts of snow in the last 36 hours. Parts of West Virginia and Maryland have seen more than three feet of snow. As of Saturday night, snow totals across parts of southern Pennsylvania were nearing three feet. Wind gusts over 30 miles per hour also occurred as the strong area of low pressure deepened off the Delmarva Peninsula Saturday. At least 14 deaths are being […]

  • Snow day at the Richmond International Airport. Crews are working round the clock. (Source: Richmond Intl. Airport)

    At least 14 dead as massive blizzard continues slamming the East Coast

    (CNN) — A massive winter storm clobbered the East Coast on Saturday, dumping more than three feet of snow in parts of West Virginia and Maryland, tying up traffic on highways, grounding thousands of flights and shutting down travel in the nation’s largest city. “This is bad, and it’s getting worse rapidly,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Fourteen people, from North Carolina to New York, have died in the storm. Here are the latest developments as of […]

  • More than two feet of snow may fall through Saturday night across parts of the Mid-Atlantic, where blizzard warnings are in effect (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Crippling blizzard with ‘life and death implications’ bears down on D.C., Mid-Atlantic

    (CNN) — The nation’s capital and Baltimore are taking a direct hit from a monster snowstorm that has up to 85 million East Coast residents in its path. Here are the latest developments as of 9:58 p.m. ET: — Virginia State Police had responded to 841 traffic crashes and 607 disabled vehicles by 6 p.m. Friday. — Residents appeared to be heeding warnings to stay off the roads, said Chris Geldart of the District of Columbia’s emergency management agency. “There […]

  • Clyde Roberts hunting from his treestand (Photo: WTVR)

    102-year-old hunter shares secret to staying young

    BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. — A 102-year-old man may be the oldest active hunter in Virginia and possibly the entire United States, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Clyde Roberts hunts from a treestand platform in Bedford County. He climbs a 20-foot ladder, on his own, to get to the platform. “I bought him a rifle when he retired to keep him busy in his retirement years,” Clyde’s 65-year-old son Mike said. That purchase, made nearly 40 years […]

  • A north wind combined with Arctic air may make it feel as cold as six degrees in spots Monday morning (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Dangerously-low wind chill values expected Monday morning

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– An Arctic front moves through the Valley late Sunday night, bringing with it another surge of very cold air. The sky becomes partly cloudy late this evening, and a few stray snow flurries are also possible as the leading edge of the cold air moves in. The bigger headline tonight and tomorrow is how cold it will feel. The combination of temperatures in the middle teens to near 20 degrees and a breeze out of the north […]

  • Areas of drizzle may change over to light snow very late Saturday night (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Drizzle changes to light snow late Saturday night

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Moisture will be limited in the Tennessee Valley as a strong area of low pressure tracks along the Gulf Coast. As the atmosphere cools late tonight, we expect areas of drizzle to change to snow flurries or light snow showers. Significant accumulation is unlikely. Communities on Sand Mountain and Lookout Mountain may wake up to a dusting on cars and grassy surfaces Sunday morning. Temperatures will be near or just above freezing early Sunday morning, so road […]


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