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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!

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    Valleywx.com: Windy with storms Sunday, some strong

    Our thinking remains largely unchanged– while a few strong storms with gusty winds are possible, widespread severe weather should not be an issue for us in the Tennessee Valley. That doesn’t mean that watches or warnings won’t be issued, but we expect the greater issues with severe weather will be south of us. It will stay mostly cloudy and very windy today– a wind advisory may be issued. The higher terrain may see wind gusts over 30 miles per hour. […]

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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. We can’t wait to see them! 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 […]

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    Valleywx.com: Soaking rain Sunday, single-digit wind chills Tuesday

    Rain has been falling for several hours this morning in parts of the Tennessee Valley. Areas west of I-65 have already begun to see a good soaking rain– and there’s more to come. Throughout the day, rain will increase from west to east. The rain could come down hard at times during the afternoon and at night. As the rain exits early Monday morning, very cold air will be blowing into the Tennessee Valley and a few snow flakes or […]

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    Valleywx.com– Frost Flowers: What they are and how they form

    Candy Dean posted the above photo to our WHNT News 19 Facebook page a few days ago. The short answer to what the ice formations she saw is that they’re called frost flowers. They are quite rare and only form under the perfect atmospheric conditions. The information detailed below is courtesy the Missouri Department of Conservation. “Frost flowers” are ribbons of frozen sap that form at the bases of certain plants during the first hard freezes in fall. When do […]

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    Valleywx.com: World’s first solar road opens for traffic

    (CNN) — The world’s first road capable of turning sunlight into energy officially opened for traffic Wednesday in the Netherlands. It’s actually a 230-foot-long bike path in the town of Krommenie. The road is a test route developed by the company SolaRoad. “SolaRoad is a world first that will put the Netherlands on the map as a leader in sustainable innovation,” said Henk Kamp, the Dutch minister of economic affairs, at the opening. The path is made of concrete modules […]

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    Valleywx.com: Why you can hear the ‘Arsenal booms’ far from Huntsville

    Redstone Arsenal says you should expect to continue hearing loud noises for the next few days. The United States Army Aviation & Missile Command’s Safety Office says demolition missions are expected to continue through Friday, November 14th. We get a lot of messages on Facebook and Twitter from people who hear and feel each explosion– some from pretty far away. The state of the atmosphere plays a huge role on just how far the sound waves from these demolition explosions […]

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    4.8 magnitude earthquake reported near Wichita, Kansas

    WICHITA, Kan. — The United States Geological Survey reports a 4.8 magnitude quake occurred Wednesday at about 3:40 p.m. It was centered about 8 miles south of Conway Springs in Sumner County. That’s about 30 miles south of Wichita. Many in Kansas and Oklahoma said they felt the shifting and movement. Earthquake felt at the NWS Tulsa office. Here is the Seismograph from the OK GS in Leonard, OK. #OKquake pic.twitter.com/1CyG9QcVnk — NWS Tulsa (@NWStulsa) November 12, 2014 To this point, […]

  • Couple ties the knot next to son’s NICU bedside

    (CNN) — A Texas couple married Tuesday in the neonatal intensive-care unit with their prematurely-born son serving as ring bearer. Justin Nelson and Kristi Warriner wed Tuesday in the NICU of Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, where baby JJ has been since September. He was born 25 weeks early on September 2; his twin, Colt Austin, died in utero. Dressed in a tuxedo onesie, JJ slept through most of the ceremony. He’s being monitored for chronic lung disease. “He […]

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    Valleywx.com– VIDEO: Semi-truck plows into two squad cars on snowy highway

    A police officer and state trooper in Minnesota were hit by a semi-truck while helping at another accident. The officers were responding to another semi that had jackknifed on the snowy stretch of highway. They were in their patrol cars, when a truck lost control and slammed into them. One of the officers went to the hospital, but both are expected to be okay. Officers have responded to hundreds of wrecks over the past few days. Although the winter storm […]

  • Valleywx.com– VIDEO: Dense fog in motion over Lake Guntersville and Florence

    Fog was not a widespread issue across the Tennessee Valley early Saturday, but where it formed, it was quite dense. Some areas may even have seen what is known as freezing fog– fog that forms when temperatures are near or below freezing. This can sometimes leave a light glazing of ice on elevated surfaces.

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    Valleywx.com— VIDEO: Record early-season snow falls in the Smoky Mountains

    Favorite snow pic of the day. Roan Mountain, TN @WCYB_Michaels @wxbrad @grant_gilmore @TimBuckleyWX @EricThomasWBTV pic.twitter.com/2X2UIovbbm — Scotty Powell (@CaptComeback) November 1, 2014 A strong cold-core upper-level storm system dumped record-setting snowfall across parts of far east Tennessee, and western North and South Carolina Saturday. This post is a compilation of tweets, Facebook posts, and other pictures and video showing the wide swath of snow across the southern Appalachian Mountains. Another great snow picture from the TN mountains Saturday… 5 miles […]

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    2 WWII Battle of the Atlantic vessels discovered off North Carolina coast

    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 […]


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