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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.

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.

A report Jake did on storm shelters was included in a 2015 30-minute weather special, called Taking Action: Lessons Learned from Every Storm. The special was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2016. The same weather special was named Best in Public Affairs Television by the Alabama Broadcaster’s Association in 2016.

Jake was awarded the National Weather Association’s Television Seal of Approval in May 2016.

Recent Articles
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    2016 to end with three ‘supermoons’

    Step outside on October 16, and take a look at the moon. Not only will the moon be full, but on that day, the moon will be at it’s closest point to our planet as it orbits Earth. This makes the October full moon a supermoon. The term supermoon has entered popular consciousness in recent years. Originally a term from modern astrology for a new or full moon that occurs with the moon is within 90% of its closest approach […]

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    Hurricane-level winds possible in Pacific Northwest

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    Fireball seen in the Alabama sky Wednesday morning

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Over 100 eyewitness accounts describing a bright green fireball popped up on social media before 7 a.m. Wednesday. The eyewitness accounts came from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. According to Bill Cooke with the Meteoroids Environment Office, all the sky cameras NASA uses had already shut down to protect themselves from the Sun, so no pictures or video of this meteor from NASA have surfaced yet. Piecing together all the eyewitness accounts, scientists are able dos […]

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    Mostly cloudy, mild weather for Friday night high school football

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – We are nearing the end of the regular season and we have still had no weather we can call cold, and we do not see any coming within the next week. You will not need a coat or a jacket this week’s games, as temperatures will be in the middle 70s at kickoff. With clouds around, temperatures will not drop much during the game, but some stadiums may fall toward the upper 60s by the second half. […]

  • Drought monitor valid Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Image: WHNT News 19)

    ‘Exceptional’ drought expands across northeast Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Thursday’s new drought monitor shows a dramatic increase in the area of north Alabama under extreme and exceptional drought. The extreme drought category has expanded to include nearly all of Madison County, as well as a part of Marshall and Morgan Counties. A small part of Lauderdale County, north of Florence has also been added to this category. The worst level of drought, the exceptional drought, has also expanded to include most of Jackson County and a […]

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    New drought declaration bans all outdoor burning in 46 Alabama counties

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Robert Bentley on Wednesday signed a Drought Emergency Declaration due to extremely dry conditions. The declaration, often referred to as a ‘No Burn Order’, prohibits all outdoor burning for 46 counties in north and central Alabama. The order is effective as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, 2016. “The current drought condition in our state is posing a serious threat for wildfires,” Governor Bentley said. “The continued lack of rain combined with low relative humidity and […]

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    Risk of wildfires prompts burn ban at Talladega Superspeedway

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    PHOTOS: Fox Mountain fire burns into DeKalb County

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    Hurricane Matthew creates ‘record-breaking’ flooding

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    VIDEO: Triple dust devil spotted in Lawrence County

    TOWN CREEK, Ala. – Not only is our continued dry weather becoming more favorable for brush fires, while it is still hot, you may notice dust devils whirling out over open fields. Grace Moore sent us the video above from Town Creek in Lawrence County. The video shows three separate dust devils spinning out over an open field. Dust devils are usually short-lived and typically do not cause damage, but can sometimes produce damage up to EF-0 tornado kind of […]

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    Haiti death toll jumps as receding waters reveal more bodies

    LES CAYES, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s death toll jumped late Thursday after rescue crews began reaching remote corners cut off when Hurricane Matthew slammed into the country’s southwest peninsula, the first Category 4 storm to hit Haiti in more than a half century. At least 283 people died in just one part of Haiti’s southwest, the region that bore the brunt of the storm, Emmanuel Pierre, an Interior Ministry coordinator in Les Cayes, told The Associated Press. The overall death […]

  • Current drought monitor, posted Thursday morning, October 6, 2016 (Image: WHNT News 19)

    ‘Extreme’ drought expands into Madison, Marshall Counties

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In the updated drought monitor Thursday morning, the level 4, or extreme, drought has expanded into parts of Madison and Marshall County. A small area of northern DeKalb County has been added to the ‘exceptional’ drought category, the highest level of drought. According to Alabama State Climatologist Dr. John Christy, most communities in northeast Alabama would need between 12 and 15 inches of rain to get out of the current drought. An estimated 3.2 million people are […]