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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
  • Airlines cancel thousands of flights due to crippling winter storm in Northeast

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT/CNN) — Go home and stay there– That’s the message government officials across the Northeast offered residents Monday ahead of what could be a blizzard of historic proportions bearing down on the region.  If you’re flying anywhere in the next few days, make sure to check your flights. Flying in the next few days? Check flight information for these airports: Huntsville International Airport: Arrivals and Departures Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport: Arrivals and Departures Nashville International Airport: Flight Information FlightAware.com is another […]

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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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    Up to 2 feet of snow possible in coastal New England blizzard

    NEW YORK (AP/WHNT)– Most of the Northeast is bracing for another winter blast that could be worse than a weekend storm that brought rain snow and sleet. A major snowstorm ramping up in the Midwest could bring blizzard-like conditions and drop a foot or more of snow across most parts of the region. Areas east of New York City could get hammered the worst if the storm develops as currently predicted. Blizzard watches are already in effect for coastal New […]

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    WATCH: Semi-truck barely misses car on icy interstate

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A new video on YouTube appears to show a semi-trailer truck nearly miss another driver before crashing across lanes. The video was uploaded by YouTube user MrLegolize Monday, and according to the video’s title, the crash happened due to black ice on I-95 in New Jersey. “I was blocked by two trucks on south bound I-95 at exit 9 in NJ (New Brunswick exit),” wrote the uploader. “I only wanted to take a picture while i [sic] was awaiting for […]

  • Fireball spotted over northeast Mississippi Saturday night

    Dr. Bill Cooke with the Meteoroid Environments Office says a meteor entered Earth’s atmosphere Saturday night over northeast Mississippi. At 7:57:36 PM CST, an object about 6 inches in diameter and weighing 15 pounds entered Earth’s atmosphere southwest of Tupelo, Mississippi. It was detected by three NASA meteor cameras at an altitude of 45 miles. The meteor moved northeast at 54,000 miles per hour– finally burning up at an altitude of 15 miles. At its brightest, the fireball was as […]

  • Too cold for snow?

    Anytime there is a presence of very cold air in the Tennessee Valley, one question almost always follows: is it going to snow? There were reports of snow flurries over a large part of the Tennessee Valley today, but it was barely enough to even detect by radar. There is a common belief that it can be too cold for snow. Keep this in mind– in places much colder than the Tennessee Valley, it snows all winter long. While there […]

  • Wind Chill vs. “Feels Like” Temperature: What’s the difference?

    We are no stranger to handling cold air in the Tennessee Valley. It’s the wind that can make it very uncomfortable to be outside. This brings to mind two words we hear a lot in the winter– wind chill and feels like temperature. These two indices are used interchangeably by many, but they are not exactly the same. So what’s the difference? It should be noted that the formula for calculating wind chill has not always been the same, but […]

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    At least 3 tornadoes confirmed from weekend storms in Alabama

    An EF-0 tornado was confirmed to have touched down in parts of Marion County Saturday evening. Max winds were estimated to be at 85 miles per hour. Below is the official report. A stronger tornado– rated an EF-2– was confirmed to have touched down in Crenshaw County just after 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning. This tornado tracked into parts of Pike County  before lifting. HAMILTON TORNADO (MARION COUNTY): RATING: EF-0 ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 85 MPH PATH LENGTH: 0.28 MILES PATH WIDTH: […]

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    27 tornadoes confirmed in the Tennessee Valley in 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– The number of confirmed tornadoes over the past 12 months was nearly double that of 2013. 27 tornadoes tore paths of destruction across a combined total of more than 175 miles. More than half of this year’s tornadoes occurred over a two-day span at the end of April. The highest-rated tornadoes this year were EF-3. All four of them occurred during the afternoon and evening of April 28. Two people were killed in the community of Coxey […]

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    UPDATE: EF-2, EF-3 tornadoes confirmed in Mississippi; 4 killed

    Survey crews with the National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi are working to determine just how strong the tornado was which left a path of destruction from Marion County to Jones County in Mississippi and killed four people– two in each county. Some pictures are coming back from our survey team in Columbia. #mswx pic.twitter.com/XWHUGXGOuo — NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) December 24, 2014 Some pictures are coming back from our survey team in Columbia. #mswx pic.twitter.com/R93s1LMD3Z — NWS Jackson MS […]

  • Study: Daily temperature plays a role in your income

    A new study finds there’s a direct link between temperature and the local economy– meaning your income may be tied to how warm or cold it is right outside your window. The study was completed by the National Bureau of Economic Research. They analyzed data over a 40 year period and concluded that daily temperatures play a “large role” in the economics of a community. The research suggests the warmer the climate you live in, the less money you make. […]

  • VIDEO: Inversion causes Grand Canyon to fill with clouds

    (CNN) — One of the natural wonders of the world was a sight to behold this week, shrouded by a sea of clouds. A rare cloud inversion transformed the Grand Canyon into a foggy vision that was captured on video. “A view of the total cloud inversion from Mather Point around 10 a.m. … Thursday,” the National Park Service said in a message accompanying the video. Mather Point is on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and sits at […]


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