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
  • Saturday, July 23rd

    Hot with some scattered storms on Saturday

    Scattered heavy downpours develop around Alabama and Tennessee again on Saturday.  The day starts out warm and humid, and while rain is not “likely” before noon, a few showers are possible.   The Heat Advisory is still in effect even though temperatures come down considerably from Thursday’s high of 100ºF.  Expect a “feels like” temp as high as 105ºF by mid-afternoon unless you’re lucky enough to get a cooling downpour. Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to […]

  • Fyffe, Alabama on July 21 by Brooke Phillips

    Scattered heavy storms increase through Friday evening

    HEAT ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY A brief but heavy thunderstorm dropped the temperature from 95ºF to 79ºF and brought a 41 MPH wind gust to Huntsville International around 2 PM today. Storms started out very isolated Friday, but they will increase in coverage through the evening hours. A few storms have the potential to briefly turn severe with high winds and hail. Friday evening storms move out by 11 PM leaving us muggy with patchy fog tonight; lows drop […]

  • Image: MGN Online

    Dangerous heat continues: NWS issues heat advisory

    The National Weather Service in Huntsville posted a Heat Advisory for a large part of the Tennessee Valley for Friday and Saturday.  Expect temperatures to climb into the upper 90s to near 100 degrees both days with a heat index that could exceed 105ºF to 108ºF during the hottest part of the day.  See the Forecast here or swipe over to the daily forecast on Live Alert 19 to see the specifics on how long the heat lasts. LAUDERDALE-COLBERT-FRANKLIN AL-LAWRENCE-LIMESTONE-MADISON-MORGAN- MARSHALL-CULLMAN-LINCOLN- […]

  • Thursday, July 21st

    Very hot for Thursday and Friday with a few heavy downpours

    Wednesday marked the fourth time Huntsville has hit 99ºF this summer, and Thursday should mark the first 100ºF day of the year. It gets very hot very fast with only a small chance of a few isolated showers and storms. Here’s the deal with the rain chance on Thursday and Friday: a low chance of some heavy rain. In other words, the odds of rain at your spot are low; however, if you are the one that gets the rain, […]

  • Wednesday, July 20th

    Heating Up: heat index over 105ºF and a slim chance of heavy storms Wednesday

    Look out for some patchy fog overnight!  Communities that saw heavy rain Tuesday may end up with spotty areas of poor visibility early Wednesday morning. Wednesday starts steamy and ends up just plain hot!  The chance of an isolated shower or storm is there, but it is tiny.  (Keep track of showers with WHNT News 19’s Interactive Radar and Live Alert 19!) It gets awfully hot: low-90s by 10 AM with a high pushing 99ºF by 4 PM.  The “feels like” temperature […]

  • Thursday, July 14th

    Thursday brings the heat and some heavy thunderstorms

    Expect some patchy fog by sunrise, and we will be watching the radar for a few isolated showers and storms for the morning drive.  The best chance of some early-day rain comes in The Shoals and in Tennessee mainly west of I-65 (Giles, Lawrence and Wayne Counties). More scattered heavy storms develop from late morning through the afternoon and evening, and a few of those could be on the strong side with brief but high wind gusts, small hail, torrential […]

  • Wednesday, July 13th

    Steamy start to Wednesday, heat index as high as 105ºF in the afternoon

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A hot and humid afternoon is underway in the Tennessee Valley; temperatures as of 4 p.m. have hit the low and middle 90s, but it feels closer to 100 degrees. The best chance of rain exists on the eastern side of North Alabama and generally east of I-65 in Southern Middle Tennessee. Even then, the odds of widespread rain are at best 20-30% from Madison and Marshall Counties east into the mountains. The chance of rain increases […]

  • Mark Hall, rainbow on July 12

    A rainbow out of the clear, blue sky

    Mark Hall wrote us this morning and said: Took this picture yesterday – have never seen a rainbow in clear sky? A rainbow, cloud bow, morning glories, halo, sun dog (parhelion), or any kind of optical arc in the sky involve some form of water or ice interacting with sunlight. There are a lot of great places to read about rainbows and how they form, but there are not many examples of this kind of of “clear sky” rainbow. Best […]

  • Image: WHNT News 19

    Disaster area declared: extreme drought in Northeast Alabama causes major losses

    USDA Designates 2 Counties in Alabama as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States WASHINGTON, July 6, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated DeKalb and Jackson counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. “Our hearts go out to those Alabama farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring […]

  • Photo by Harley Bobo of Pisgah, Alabama

    Dodging showers on Tuesday: hit-or-miss storms for another day

    Tuesday’s chance of scattered showers and storms includes a few heavy downpours, but most communities in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee won’t get enough rain to measure. Expect two opportunities for some showers/storms. Some spotty develop ones in the morning hours between 3 AM and 7 AM around The Shoals, Waynesboro, Lawrenceburg, Pulaski (and a small, small chance for Athens-Decatur-Huntsville). Another round of pop-up, hit-or-miss, uneven showers and isolated thunderstorms begins in the early afternoon: lasting from about 1 PM and 8 PM. […]

  • lightning taken at Huntsville dragway. (photo courtesy of Chris Sears)

    Scattered storms may be strong at times this weekend

    Need some rain? Though widespread clouds are keeping temperatures down in the upper 80s to lower 90s Sunday, a moderate to severe drought has developed in the Tennessee Valley, so showers and storms would still bring welcomed relief to the parched region. Thankfully, heavy rains have already moved through the Valley this weekend, putting a small dent into the rainfall deficit that has developed this spring and summer. Locally-heavy storms Friday evening dumped as much as two to three inches […]

  • Huntsville Evening - Summer

    Staying hot and sticky Friday evening, storms to kick off the weekend

    That hot, sticky air outside Friday afternoon is fueling storms north of the Tennessee Valley, and some of those could make it as far south as the Tennessee River late this evening. The odds of substantial rain are small, so don’t cancel your plans tonight. Just be aware that some storms are possible after 7 PM (mainly in Tennessee). It won’t be very pleasant out tonight: temperatures hanging in the upper 80s after sunset with high humidity and a slight […]


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