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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
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    How well did the persimmon seeds do?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Perhaps the most talked-about weather folklore in the Tennessee Valley involves persimmon seeds and winter weather. Last September, WHNT News 19 visited the Huntsville Botanical Garden to cut open some persimmon seeds and see what shape their roots were. The legend says it’s the shape of the root that can say a lot about the winter to come. If the root is in the shape of a spoon, the following winter months will be snowy. A knife-shaped […]

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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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    #TheDress is black and blue– and the sun is green?

    (WHNT)– Now that the mystery of #thedress has been solved, how about another color crux? When I first learned the following fact in my Physical Meteorology class, I knew the day would come where I could prove that the sun was in fact green. Yes, green. That day has come. We’ll use Wein’s Law to prove this. Wein’s Law– also known as Wein’s Displacement Law– describes the relationship between the temperature of an object and the peak wavelength of the […]

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    The top 5 most-asked questions about winter weather

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) — Snow, ice and brutal cold have had a firm grip on the Tennessee Valley over the last week. Luckily we’ve avoided major problems, but anytime disruptive weather threatens us, it becomes a big deal. The goal of this post is to compile the most commonly asked questions surrounding the threat of winter weather, and provide some helpful resources all in one spot. 1) I’m traveling from ________ to __________. How are the roads? Ice and snow […]

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    Car spins out, crashes into police officer on snowy highway

    BLOOMFIELD, Mich.– A frightening crash happened on a snow-covered highway in Michigan last weekend. A Bloomfield Township police officer was helping another driver along Interstate 75 when another car lost control and crashed into them. The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment, but officials say he is expected to make a full recovery. Winter weather could create hazardous travel in the Tennessee Valley Friday. Huntsville officials are offering advice on what to do if you find yourself involved […]

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    LIVE BLOG: Wednesday morning snow showers

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)– A winter weather advisory continues for the Tennessee Valley through Noon Wednesday for the possibility of a quick round of light snow. With temperatures below freezing, anything that falls will stick– but we’re not expecting any significant accumulations. Refresh this page for the latest radar image:

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    SPECIAL REPORT: The danger of winter tornadoes in the Tennessee Valley

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) — Records on tornado activity in the Tennessee Valley have been kept for more than 60 years.  Only four years have had no reported tornadoes. The most recent year with no tornadoes on record was 1987. Typically, tornadoes are most frequent between March and May.  April holds the highest number of tornadoes with 147 reported between 1950 and 2014. The spring months also feature the strongest and longest-track tornadoes. With the right conditions, tornadoes can easily happen in […]

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    Thursday at 10pm: The danger of winter tornadoes

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) — The Tennessee Valley is a hotbed for tornado activity.  In more than 60 years of records, there have only been four years where no tornadoes were reported. Twisters can occur in any month of the year but are most common in the spring– especially the month of April. The strongest tornadoes usually occur in the spring, but a few that have occurred during the winter that keep us on our toes even in the cold season. […]

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    Alabama among states with most February tornado touchdowns

    Based on records available through the Storm Prediction Center, Alabama has one of the highest numbers of February tornado touchdowns in the country. 131 tornado touchdowns have been recorded between 1950 and 2014. Florida (177), Texas (190) and Mississippi (190) are the states with the most tornado touchdowns. Louisiana trails Alabama with 122 touchdowns reported over the same time period. Related: Significant and intense February tornadoes by state 15 states and the District of Columbia have not had a February […]

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    Large controlled burn in Bankhead National Forest Saturday

    (WHNT)– Several WHNT News 19 viewers have reported seeing smoke in the sky around Decatur, Trinity and into Limestone County. WHNT News 19 took action to find out where the smoke was coming from. Robert Maddox, a Morgan County forester, says the U.S. Forest Service is conducting a controlled burn in the southeastern part of Bankhead National Forest today. Satellite imagery shows the center of the fire is near the Lawrence and Winston County line. Maddox approximates the area of […]

  • 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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    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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