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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
  • Forecast visibility at 6 a.m. Sunday, July 24 (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Patchy dense fog likely Sunday morning

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Heavy, slow-moving storms drenched a few neighborhoods in the Tennessee Valley with one to three inches of rain Saturday afternoon and evening. It is in areas where rain fell Saturday that fog is likely to develop overnight into early Sunday morning. The visibility may be as low as one mile around sunrise Sunday, so take it easy on the roads first thing in the morning. Once the fog clears, temperatures will warm quickly into the low and […]

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    UPDATE: 12 Alabama counties qualify for drought disaster assistance

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Cherokee, Madison and Marshall counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Alabama also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are: Blount Calhoun Cleburne Cullman DeKalb Etowah Jackson Limestone Morgan Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Georgia and Tennessee also qualify for natural […]

  • Picture of the Flint River at Oscar Patterson Road in Madison County, July 2016 (Photo: Jake Reed/ WHNT News 19 Meteorologist)

    Then vs. Now: Flooding to drought along the Flint River

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The worst drought in nearly a decade continues its firm grip on the Tennessee Valley. Several streams and a few rivers are running well below normal, with the Paint Rock River now at historically low levels, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Kristopher White. Just seven months ago during Christmas 2015, the Tennessee Valley was dealing with severe flooding. The Flint River at Brownsboro rose to 23 feet, the third all-time highest crest, at the height […]

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    Afternoon highs will likely top 100 degrees this week

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Get set for the hottest temperatures of the summer to blast the Tennessee Valley this week. An unusually strong, expansive area of hot high pressure will develop over much of the United States this weekend, and it will continue to spread over the course of the next several days. These types of features are typically associated with blazing summer heat. The Tennessee Valley will not be directly underneath this feature, but we will be close enough to still feel […]

  • Tree blown down in Maple Hill Cemetery (Photo: Dan Tatum)

    Strong storms produce wind damage in Madison, Jackson Counties Saturday afternoon

    RYLAND, Ala. – Intense, slow-moving summertime storms pounded parts of Madison County Saturday afternoon. Around 2:15 p.m., a thunderstorm began developing near Meridianville and quickly became very strong when it got to northeast Huntsville and near Chase. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued around 2:20 p.m. Storms knocked out power to several homes in Madison County. Several WHNT News 19 viewers sent in pictures of wind damage and small hail from the Ryland and Chase areas. Radar estimates show nearly […]

  • Forecast visibility at 6 a.m. Huntsville. Fog will only be a concern in areas that saw rain Saturday (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Patchy dense fog possible early Sunday morning

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – With strong summer storms dropping well over one inch of rain in some neighborhoods, some patchy dense fog is possible first thing Sunday morning. With a clear sky, calm wind and wet ground in spots, fog will likely develop late Saturday night. Areas that saw rain Saturday afternoon have the best chance of seeing fog around sunrise Sunday. The visibility may be as low as one mile between 4 and 7 a.m. Sunday. Check traffic conditions before […]

  • View of a large tornado near Century, Florida on Monday, February 15, 2016 (Photo: WEAR TV)

    Tornado activity running well below 10-year average

    NORMAN, Okla. – The preliminary count of tornadoes in 2016 based on local storm reports from the National Weather Service is running well below the 10-year average, according to data from the Storm Prediction Center. Through July 14, there have been 755 reports of tornadoes. Data from 2005-2015 shows the average number of tornado reports through that date is 1,058. Preliminary counts of tornadoes are almost always higher than what actually occurred because some tornadoes are initially reported more than […]

  • Forecast for Friday evening, July 15 (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Chance of hit-or-miss heavy storms continues through Saturday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The same weather pattern that has brought some neighborhoods 1-2 inches of rain and left others bone dry this week continues through Saturday. We will keep a low end chance that a few storms get going Friday evening, but we do not expect many spots will see any rain. We are watching a weak disturbance over Arkansas Friday afternoon that may trigger a few storms in north Alabama late tonight or early Saturday morning. A front pushes […]

  • photo taken by Janie Grammer 06/05/2016

    Photo Galleries: Weather Where You Live

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) — Share your view of the weather outside with WHNT News 19. The photos you send are posted to the gallery below. You’ll find a ‘submit your photo’ button at the bottom of this page for you to share your pictures with us. Mobile users– submit your photos straight from the WHNT News 19 app. Use the share feature located in the bottom right of the app’s toolbar on the home screen. You may also email your pictures […]

  • Extreme drought conditions continue in parts of Madison, Jackson and DeKalb Counties (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Parts of north Alabama suffering through worst drought in nearly 10 years

    DECATUR, Ala. – Crops, lawns, flowers and plants are suffering through the most severe drought in nearly 10 years. It could take up to 2 inches of rain each week for several weeks to end the drought. The U.S. Drought Report released Thursday shows the most severe conditions in northeast Alabama, with most of Jackson County and parts of Madison and DeKalb counties in extreme drought conditions. Read the drought information statement released by the National Weather Service in Huntsville, […]

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    VIDEO: Multiple waterspouts spotted near Navarre Beach, Florida

    NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. – People enjoying the sun and the sand along Florida’s beaches Wednesday were treated to quite a show out over the water. Thunderstorms produce multiple waterspouts just offshore from Navarre Beach. Waterspouts in Navarre beach, one down, and two or three more forming. @spann pic.twitter.com/pLqEwGMhBj — AdelaydaJeff (@AdelaydaJeff) July 13, 2016 @spann double pic.twitter.com/aWMPvdeE5d — John Murphy (@murphau) July 13, 2016 Four waterspouts off the coast of Navarre/Pensacola @spann @StephanieAbrams pic.twitter.com/SuhndMR6TJ — Brent smith (@bhambrent) July 13, […]

  • This color view from NASA's Juno spacecraft is made from some of the first images taken by JunoCam after the spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter on July 5th (UTC).
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

    NASA’s Juno spacecraft sends first in-orbit view of Jupiter

    The JunoCam camera aboard NASA’s Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft’s July 4 arrival at Jupiter. Juno’s visible-light camera was turned on six days after Juno fired its main engine and placed itself into orbit around the largest planetary inhabitant of our solar system. The first high-resolution images of the gas giant Jupiter are still a few weeks away. “This scene from JunoCam indicates it survived its first pass through Jupiter’s extreme radiation environment without any degradation […]

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