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
  • Brief Warm-Up: it’s milder Tuesday, but it won’t last!

    It gets cold overnight, but it won’t be quite as cold as last night.  Some scattered frost is still possible with a few cold spots getting close to freezing by sunrise Tuesday.  It gets milder in the afternoon thanks to a south breeze: highs in the lower 60s. Dry through Thanksgiving weekend: November is usually a wet, stormy, topsy-turvy temperature kind of month: especially near the end!  What makes the forecast so unusual through this weekend and the first part of next […]

  • Strong storms on the way: Heavy rain, potentially damaging winds arrive this evening

    A line of strong to severe thunderstorms are moving through western Tennessee as well as Mississippi, and this line is on its way to northern Alabama and southern-middle Tennessee. Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! The Storm Prediction Center has put the Tennessee Valley under an area of ‘slight’ risk of severe storms through the evening. What does the outlook mean?  Today’s threat is (2) ‘Slight”. This means that scattered severe storms […]

  • Plainview Thanksgiving Feast Kidcam!

    The Plainview Third Grade Thanksgiving Feast is a Rainsville tradition, and WHNT News 19 has been lucky enough to give thanks with these awesome students for the past six years.  It’s one of my favorite school visits of the year because not only do I get to talk science and weather, but I also get to be a part of an event that I know sticks with these students for years to come! We met this morning in the elementary […]

  • Warm, dry Friday but some storms possible on Saturday

    A weak cool front passed through early Thursday, but it actually warmed up behind it! Why? A sunny day in November will usually be warmer than a cloudy one unless there’s some ‘Arctic’ air in the mix. This certainly isn’t Arctic, but even low to middle 60s feel cool if you’re out in the breeze. It gets colder tonight: lows in the upper 30s and lower 40s. Some patchy fog develops overnight, and some patchy frost is also possible in […]

  • The ‘Bama Boom’ Tuesday afternoon: what was that?

    People from Cullman County to the Birmingham metro area heard a window-rattling blast Tuesday afternoon sometime around 1:45 PM.  So what was it? Re: loud boom heard: we do not see anything indicating large fire/smoke on radar or satellite; nothing on USGS indicating an earthquake. We don't have an answer, and can only hypothesize with you. 1) sonic boom from aircraft; 2) meteorite w/ current Leonid shower? — NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) November 14, 2017 Our friend Dr. Bill Cooke at […]

  • Deceptively cool on Tuesday, then it gets warmer with some showers & storms later this week

    Clouds and a north breeze kept it cool Monday afternoon!  Huntsville only hit 57ºF: eight degrees below average. Temperatures slowly drop from a high close to 60ºF to the mid-40s by 10 PM with a mostly clear sky; however, more clouds move in overnight, and that means temperatures likely stay just high enough to prevent widespread frost (even though a little patchy frost is possible in a few communities in Northeast Alabama). The sky stays cloudy through at least midday […]

  • A cool weather pattern turns much colder in the next two weeks!

    The sunshine finally broke through the clouds Thursday morning for most of us, and it gets colder tonight since we don’t have that blanket of thick, low clouds hanging overhead. Expect a quick temperature drop from a high in the middle 60s to a low around 41ºF by sunrise Friday. High school football playoff games tonight will be chilly: kickoff temps around 50ºF, fourth quarter temps around 44ºF to 48ºF. Friday looks fine! Look for a sunny sky and a […]

  • Mountain View Christian Academy Kidcam!

    Sand Mountain is one of my favorite places, so of course I jumped a the chance to visit Mountain View Christian Academy in Bryant Wednesday!  Bryant is a unique community in Alabama; it’s position on the northern end of Sand Mountain puts it so close to Georgia that many of the students at this school come from Dade County! We know weather doesn’t stop at county lines, though.  The same kind of tornado history exists in Dade County, Georgia that we […]

  • Cooler air now, colder air arrives later

    Colder air blows in, some lingering showers last through Wednesday The cold front passed Huntsville just after noon Tuesday, but the ‘cooler’ air has been slow to move into the region. It does get colder later tonight; temperatures drop to the 50s by 10 PM and slowly head for the upper 40s by daybreak. Some spotty showers remain possible tonight and Wednesday morning; that means another shot at some rain at the bus stop and for the morning commute. Most […]

  • Patchy Dense Fog: showers, storms and some thick fog through Tuesday morning

    …DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM CST TUESDAY… The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a Dense Fog Advisory, which is in effect until 8 AM CST Tuesday. * TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED…Marshall…Jackson…DeKalb…and Cullman Counties in northern Alabama. * VISIBILITY…One quarter mile or less at times. * IMPACTS…Dense fog will make driving difficult and motorists should slow down and use caution if traveling tonight through early Tuesday morning. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Dense Fog Advisory means visibilities will […]

  • Scattered Storms Likely: a slow-moving cold front brings occasional storms through Tuesday

    A cold front stalled near the Alabama/Tennessee border Monday evening serves to focus numerous showers and thunderstorms tonight and Tuesday. The Storm Prediction Center outlines a *Marginal Risk* of a few isolated severe storms that could produce some small hail this evening and tonight mainly over Middle Tennessee; however, a couple of storms could slip into far northern Alabama. Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! This slow-paced cold […]

  • Widespread dense fog developing overnight

    Days of damp weather left the ground wet, and nightfall brought on some patchy dense fog over Northeast Alabama.  That fog becomes more widespread and gets thicker overnight! 925 PM CDT Fri Nov 3 2017 …DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CDT SATURDAY… The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a Dense Fog Advisory, which is in effect until 9 AM CDT Saturday. * TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED…Dense fog has developed quickly this evening and will continue until 9 […]