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
  • High Falls Park (DeKalb County) on October 17, 2016 (Photo: Karen Darwin)

    Severe Drought Expands Again: looking for more rain by next week

    Thursday’s US Drought Monitor update showed an expanded area of ‘Severe’ drought in North Alabama. That’s the confirmation of what we already knew: we need rain! The bright orange area (Severe) grew by 7.6% this week.  Now we need around 3″ to 6″ of rain to totally end the drought the Tennessee Valley region according to Dr. John Christy, Alabama’s State Climatologist. The big question is ‘when?’ There’s not a definite answer to that, but we do have some hope […]

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    Warm Wednesday, stormy Friday?

    Wednesday sure looks warm, but this is nothing compared to where we are headed for Thursday and Friday: We may not break the records this week, but we’ll be awfully close to some record high temperatures. The ‘all-time’ record high for the month of February in Huntsville is 83ºF set on 2/23/1996; this looks short of that: Wednesday: Forecast is 69ºF, record is 76ºF in 1980. Thursday: Forecast is 75ºF, record is 83ºF in 1996. Friday: Forecast is 78ºF, record is […]

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    Brookhill Third Grade Kidcam!

    Sunny, warm Fridays before long weekends can be a big challenge for students – especially when a special guest is coming! That may sound like a problem, but it really makes for a fun morning. I visited the Third Grade at Brookhill Elementary in Athens before lunch today, and I found some great, energetic, and smart students! These kids are just old enough to remember what happened in Limestone County (and the rest of the state for that matter) back […]

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    On a Flight for His Life: Meet Madison’s Miracle Michael Moretti

    MADISON, Ala. – “He’s in heart failure.”  That’s one of the scariest things a doctor can say about your child, but that’s exactly what Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Paul Israel told Becky and Joe Moretti about their son Michael when he was only four months old. Michael was born a healthy baby boy on July 7, 2012 at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children, but life was about to take a drastic turn. “He probably started having symptoms – looking back […]

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    2017: where did ‘Winter’ go?

    It seems like that cold weather and little bit of snow back in January never happened because it’s been so warm this season.  Between 1/5 and 1/9, the average temperature ran about 13ºF below average.  That 120-hour period was the coldest period of the season. Remember this from Sunday morning, January 8th? Outside of that, it’s been a lot warmer than you’d expect! So who can blame you if you ask “Winter? What winter?” Through Tuesday, the current December to February […]

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    Some rain by midweek, still no signs of winter for now

    A storm system tracking near the Gulf Coast Tuesday night spreads clouds and rain across most of Alabama and Southern Tennessee before midnight. Some of that rain could be locally heavy at times producing more than a half-inch of rain. On the whole, most communities will come in with less than a half-inch (closer to 0.10” or 0.25” in all). The clouds and rain keep it chilly Wednesday: highs in the 45-50ºF range with a stiff northwest wind gusting as […]

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    Frigid Friday morning followed by a quick warm-up

    The frost may be thick on your windshield Friday morning! Temperatures are chilly this morning, but the wind isn’t a problem. We are in the upper 20s to lower 30s at 6am. Winds are only up to 10 mph this morning opposed to gusts over 20 mph we had yesterday. We only get one night of freezing temperatures (low to middle 20s), and then a big warm-up begins from Friday afternoon through the weekend. Some rain may come along with […]

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    Monrovia Middle School Sixth Grade Kidcam!

    One of the best parts of my job is going to speak in schools, and today’s group was top-notch.  I really enjoyed meeting this crew of Monrovia Middle School Hawks!  A big contingent of the Sixth Grade met with me in the auditorium where we talked about how the science of meteorology winds and twists through other fields like engineering, chemistry, physics, geology and geography. We also talked about severe weather, tornadoes, storms, and why we even have to deal […]

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    Warm Wednesday, some storms, then a big shock to the system!

    Significant severe weather developed well south of the Tennessee Valley Tuesday afternoon; multiple tornadoes struck around New Orleans before lunchtime (one hitting NASA Michoud) and more intense storms are likely near the Gulf Coast in Mississippi, Alabama, and Northwest Florida through the evening. Huge tornado hits NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility Tuesday https://t.co/aoGkRNXANe — Jason Simpson (@simpsonwhnt) February 7, 2017 Around here, widely scattered showers and storms continue through 9 PM. A few spotty areas of heavy rain may move through […]

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    Hoping for snow? It may be time to ‘Let it Go’

    During the driest, most severe part of our drought, it always seemed like rain was about 7 to 10 days away.  The modeling was giving us a carrot-and-stick scenario.  It was always out there, but never seemed to make it in reality. The same could be said of winter weather this year.  We’ve had multiple views of winter weather threats in the 7-14 day time frame, but each time we’ve seen it, the warm weather pattern has muscled in and […]

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    Russellville West Elementary Kidcam!

    There are fun school visits, and then there are visits to Kindergarteners on a sunny Friday in February. If you’re ever feeling like you just don’t have any energy to finish the week, these young ladies and gentlemen can get you pumped up! Say hello to my friends at West Elementary in Russellville! I got to speak to over 200 Kindergarten students Friday morning who have been studying weather this week, and I learned a few things from them: They LOVE snow […]

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    Drought Update: recent rain made big improvements

    Dr. John Christy’s latest estimation of the Palmer Drought Index showed huge improvements following the weekend rain, but it will take greater-than-normal rainfall through the remainder of the winter to totally wipe out the deficit over Northeast Alabama. Jackson County and DeKalb County were among the biggest beneficiaries of the heavy rain: four to six inches of rain consistently around both counties. After 2-5 inches of rain, areas from Huntsville westward into The Shoals are considered to be ‘mid-range’ right […]