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Jason Simpson is WHNT News 19’s Chief Meteorologist. He joined our team in January 2012.

Raised in Holly Pond, Jason is no stranger to the Tennessee Valley. Prior to joining WHNT News 19, he served as the morning meteorologist at ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, working alongside longtime Chief Meteorologist James Spann from 2004 to 2011. Simpson actually began his career while still in college, interning at ABC 33/40 as well. After college, he worked at WTOK-TV in Meridian, Mississippi, where he was Chief Meteorologist.

Jason was awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal for excellence in television weather in 2007. Simpson graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Broadcast Meteorology.

Jason has covered many weather events from hurricanes to tornadoes and blizzards. Jason was on the air April 27, 2011 and saw firsthand the magnitude of the destruction in different parts of Alabama. After the storm he took action, volunteering in devastated areas to help people rebuild and where he couldn’t go, he sent supplies.

A staunch advocate for science education in the classroom, Jason has been instrumental in building curriculum for elementary and middle school science classes through the “ABC’s of Weather” series that he produced for the Alabama Math Science and Technology Initiative.

Jason and his wife Lacey have two beautiful children: Walt (born in 2011) and Shelby (born in 2013).


Recent Articles
  • Thursday brings more oppressive heat and a few more heavy storms

    A hand full of spotty afternoon thunderstorms dropped heavy rain and kicked up the wind on Wednesday; expect more of those Thursday afternoon (especially east of Huntsville) and area-wide on Friday.  It gets HOT again Thursday: highs around 95ºF with a heat index peaking around 102ºF to 107ºF. Scattered storms over the next few days may pack a bigger punch for more communities in the Tennessee Valley. The Storm Prediction Center outlines a threat of some ‘severe’ storms for a […]

  • Severe Weather Threat: storms Thursday and Friday could bring strong wind gusts

    Scattered storms over the next few days may pack a bigger punch for more communities in the Tennessee Valley.  The Storm Prediction Center outlines a threat of some ‘severe’ storms for a large part of Tennessee and Alabama on Thursday and Friday. (Images centered on Tennessee are found here: Day 2 and Day 3) What’s happening?  A cold front moving in from the north Thursday brings greater coverage of stormy weather to Tennessee; some spotty (but locally-strong) storms are possible […]

  • Hurricane season ramping up soon?

    It’s been fairly quiet in the Tropical Atlantic lately; the National Hurricane Center has named four storms in the Atlantic so far in 2017: Arlene, Bret, Cindy and Don. Cindy made landfall in Louisiana on June 22nd; that’s the only system to impact the United States to date this season. So what now?  Has the season been a bust, right on target, or what? There’s a lot of press when hurricane season begins in early June, but the honest-to-goodness peak […]

  • Feeling like the 100s for a few more days before relief arrives!

    Isolated showers/storms may linger after midnight in a few spots, but most of us are rain-free for the night.  Expect a steamy, stuffy environment: lows in the low-70s with some patchy dense fog by sunrise. We see a very slim chance of substantial rainfall on Wednesday; isolated storms may ‘pop’ here and there, but few if any of us get rainfall. Here’s the catch: isolated storms can drop a lot of rain over small geographic areas! Temperatures soar to the […]

  • Seriously Hot: the highest temperatures of the summer season come this week

    Heavy storms are gone from North and Central Alabama tonight, and it’s just muggy now.  Expect temperatures in the low-70s overnight with a fair sky and light wind. Some patchy fog could be very thick by sunrise Tuesday; visibility may be less than a mile for the morning commute (especially where heavy rain fell Monday afternoon). A strong ‘ridge’ building in from the west squeezes down on the atmosphere for the rest of the week thinning out storms and cranking […]

  • Friday’s storms left an incredible view, another round comes in Saturday

    If you missed the sky following some big downpours Friday evening, you missed another good show!  Cloud shadows, towering thunderstorms, and big downpours along with rainbows and shelf clouds: we had a little bit of everything… Some spotty but heavy storms dumped a LOT of rain in isolated pockets Friday, so if you either got too much rain or didn’t get enough, Saturday is another 50/50 chance to ‘even it all out.’ More active thunderstorms are coming on Saturday, and […]

  • Odd-looking rainbow over Lake Guntersville

    Imagine a rainbow for a moment.  Our ‘normal’ rainbow is something like a tall arch of color coming from a downpour.  That’s not always how it looks, though!  Look at this one from Lake Guntersville on Wednesday afternoon: That ‘low bow’ near the water is a result of the high angle of the sun at the time the photo was taken (around 3-4 PM in mid-July). A rainbow is actually part of a full circle; it’s just not always fully visible. […]

  • Scattered heavy storms, thick humidity for the rest of the week

    Huntsville topped out at 93ºF for the third time in 2017 on Tuesday; Muscle Shoals hit 95ºF.  Both of those are the highest temperatures for the year so far!  Expect a low in the lower-70s with a fair sky and a light wind overnight; hot, humid weather on Wednesday along with a weak upper-air disturbance sets the stage for some widely scattered, locally-heavy thunderstorms. Spotty storms Wednesday develop as early as 11 AM and last through sunset.  It won’t be […]

  • One more round of strong storms possible Saturday

    Another round of scattered showers and storms comes on Saturday beginning around 12pm and lasting through around 6pm. This round will be moving in with a cold front, and will be our last good shot of storms for a few days. Although the storms will be hit or miss, some could be strong. We will need to keep a close eye on a few storms Saturday; some could produce strong, damaging wind gusts over 50 miles per hour.  The severe […]

  • Big-time summer heat begins once the daily downpours end

    The past five weeks are among the wettest starts to summer on record in Huntsville.  The official rainfall total at Huntsville International from June 1st through 9 PM Thursday is 8.08 inches: 17th-wettest since 1894.  Russellville has had 14.41 inches, and Crossville has picked up a grand total of 13.28 inches since June 1st. We could get another 0.10″ to 0.50″ from the heaviest downpours in the next 24 hours (through late Friday night), and then another healthy downpour Saturday […]

  • YOUR PHOTOS: another day of summer storms and rainbows

    Thursday’s thunderstorms brought tense moments with strong winds taking down trees and power lines in Fyffe and Rainsville (DeKalb County) and producing some sporadic outages around Madison and Jackson Counties.  The heavy rain came down in buckets, too.  A rain gauge on Keel Mountain recorded 2.09″ of rainfall on Thursday alone. Here are some of the incredible images of the sky from Thursday’s storms: Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live […]

  • Tropical Depression #4 in the Atlantic

    The fourth tropical cyclone of the season developed in the Atlantic Wednesday evening; there’s a slim chance it becomes Tropical Storm ‘Don’ before it weakens east of the Bahamas this weekend. This will have NO IMPACT on the Gulf Coast! Next three days at the beach on WHNT.com Watch tropical storms and every day thunderstorms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19!