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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
  • Much of the eastern two-thirds of the country are experiencing a taste of fall-- but it won't last long (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Don’t get used to the cooler weather — it will get hot again

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)– Morning low temperatures were as cool as the middle 50s Tuesday morning, and we’ll have several more mornings that start out equally cool. For August, this is certainly a taste of fall– but it won’t last long.

  • Radar rainfall estimate since August 18 (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Weekend rain pushes August 2015 to fifth wettest in Huntsville, other cities

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)– We’ve gone from excessively hot to extremely wet this summer. While no significant rain is forecast to occur in the Valley for the next seven days, August 2015 is already in the record books as one of the wettest in Huntsville and several other cities in north Alabama.

  • Areas of heavy rain and storms will continue through Wednesday evening. (Image: WHNT News 19 Armor radar)

    Areas of rain and storms to continue through Wednesday evening

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)– The Storm Prediction Center maintains a 40 percent chance that a severe thunderstorm watch will be issued for parts of the Tennessee Valley Wednesday afternoon. Storms with heavy rain and gusty– possibly damaging– wind will become more widespread through the afternoon and evening.

  • Flash flooding and gusty wind are the main threats with Saturday's slow-moving storms (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Flash flooding a concern with slow-moving, heavy storms Saturday

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)– An airmass rich with moisture will support more heavy downpours and storms throughout the day Saturday. It won’t rain everywhere, or in any one spot all day, but where rain does occur, 1-3 inches of rain are very possible. Storms aren’t moving very fast, so flash flooding is also a concern underneath the heaviest storms. Severe weather is also not expected– this is standard summertime weather. The strongest storms will contain torrential rain, lots of lightning and […]

  • Summer heat covers much of the country at 5 p.m. on August 13. (Image: WHNT News 19)

    Valleywx.com: When will it get cooler?

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT)– It’s a question that is becoming more and more frequent now that the end of summer just over a month away– when is it going to get cooler? Considering how hot June and July were, we totally get why cooler weather is on many peoples’ minds. Instead of answering this question with “fall,” we can look at climate data to get a reasonable expectation of when we can say goodbye to the 90s.

  • Perseid meteor shower over Big Bear Lake, California in August, 2012 (Photo: Norman Jester/CNN iReport)

    Annual Perseid meteor shower to peak August 12-13

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks on the night of August 12 through the morning of August 13. When and how to watch the Perseid meteor shower in 2015 Don’t wait until the peak nights of the 2015 Perseid shower to watch for meteors this year. Start watching in the second week of August, when the Delta Aquarid meteor shower is rambling along steadily, reliably producing meteors each night. Then keep watching in the second week of […]

  • The Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean remain void of any tropical development (Photo: WHNT News 19)

    NOAA: Chance of a below-average Atlantic hurricane season now 90 percent

    The NOAA Climate Prediction Center’s updated 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook calls for a 90 percent chance of a below-normal hurricane season. A below-normal season is now even more likely than predicted in May, when the likelihood of a below-normal season was 70 percent.

  • Forecast 'Feels Like' temperatures at 3 p.m. Monday (Photo: WHNT News 19)

    Heat index values as high as 120 degrees in parts of the Deep South through Monday

    (WHNT)– Climate data from June through early August puts this summer as the second hottest on record in Huntsville. The average temperature between June 1 and August 7 is 82 degrees. 2010 ranks as the hottest summer on record, with an average temperature of 83.5 degrees.

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    Man killed when storm slams tent down on crowd near Chicago

    CHICAGO (AP)– A 35-year-old man has been named as the person killed when a tent collapsed during a brief storm at a suburban Chicago festival. Police identified Steven Nincic, a resident of the suburb of Wood Dale where the incident happened on Sunday afternoon, as the fatality. They said 15 people were injured and transported to local hospitals. Several other slightly injured people were treated at the scene and released, according to a statement from the Wood Dale police department […]

  • 'Dallas Morning News' special bulletin following the plane crash (Dallas Morning News)

    30 years ago today: Delta Flight 191 downed by microburst at Dallas-Fort Worth airport; 137 killed

    DALLAS– The Delta Air Lines Flight 191 airplane crash at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) occurred around 6:05 p.m. CDT on August 2, 1985. The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) Accident Board determined that the cause of the incident was wind shear associated with an intense thunderstorm downdraft that occurred at the north end of the airport. Today, we know this intense, localized downburst as a microburst– a weather phenomenon that was not well understood at the time of the […]

  • Lightning over Madison County (Photo: WHNT News 19 Saturn V Rocket Cam)

    Alabama leads the nation in lightning deaths

    (WHNT)– Alabama has the most lightning-related deaths of any state in the U.S. so far in 2015. 21 deaths have been caused by lightning strikes, four of which occurred in Alabama. Florida has the second highest number of lightning deaths with three. The most recent lightning death in Alabama happened on July 23 in Autauga County. A 73-year-old woman was outside her home underneath a tree picking blueberries when she was struck and killed. 12-year-old Megan Nickell was killed playing […]

  • Forecast heat index values at 4 p.m. Monday (Photo: WHNT News 19)

    July 2015 likely to end among top 5 hottest on record

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Do you remember the seven below-average days this month? We don’t either. This is a great example of how short our memories can be when it comes to weather: heat has been the headline grabber this month. Much like June, July has been an excessively hot month. As of July 24, July 2015 ranks as the sixth hottest July on record in Huntsville, with a mean average temperature of 83.2 degrees. With the stretch of warm weather […]


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