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
  • Frosty to Fantastic: a cold start to Tuesday, but it’ll warm up a lot later!

    The April chill finally wears off a little through the middle of this week but not before a cold night ahead. Expect low temperatures tonight in the 32ºF to 37ºF range with a light wind and a clear sky. Some frost is possible in the usual cold spots; however, this does not look like a widespread, destructive frost or freeze. Warmer air starts moving in soon; we get a nice temperature ‘bounce’ on Tuesday. From a starting point in the […]

  • Stormy Setup: getting ready for a wet, stormy weekend

    Sometimes forecast details are clear, and sometimes they are murky. This is one of those more ‘murky’ times! A slow-moving but potent Spring storm system moves out of Texas and Oklahoma Friday, and there is a significant risk of severe weather with that system west of Alabama. That’s the only part of this that looks ‘clear’ right now because the storm system moves so slowly! What’s most likely around here? Significant severe weather west of Alabama on Friday & Friday […]

  • Shoals Christian School Kidcam!

    I was out on the road early Tuesday morning to get to Shoals Christian School!  I visited with most of the classes for a little while talking about some of the things they’ve studied ranging from the basics of the water cycle to severe storms and how to be safe in nasty weather. I had a lot of fun seeing the range of reactions from the different age groups; some things that are incredible to younger eyes are not awe-inspiring to […]

  • Chilly for now, stormy by the weekend

    April is off to a ‘cold’ start. Temperatures over the past six days averaged almost eleven degrees below average for the season! We see a warm-up coming later this week, but a few more chilly nights come thanks to the relatively dry weather pattern expected through Friday. Tuesday starts out cold and dry: lows in the upper 30s and lower 40s. Some patchy frost is possible in the ‘cold spots’ north of Huntsville into Tennessee where the sky stays clear […]

  • Rain likely by Friday afternoon, then a sharp blast of cold for the weekend!

    Temperatures took a nose-dive Thursday morning, but it won’t be quite as cold on Friday morning!  Expect morning lows around 45-50ºF with a partly to mostly cloudy sky by sunrise.  The day starts out dry, but rain becomes likely in the afternoon and evening. Some locally heavy rain and thunderstorms develop Friday evening through early Saturday morning; there’s even a small chance of a few strong storms mainly southwest of Huntsville and Decatur toward west-central Alabama and eastern Mississippi between […]

  • Intense winds Tuesday night: no confirmed tornadoes

    Usually on the day after a big round of storms you see ‘confirmed’ straight-line wind damage or ‘confirmed’ tornado reports.  You won’t see that following Tuesday night’s storms. Why not? The National Weather Service did issue one Tornado Warning last night just before 10 PM for Colbert, Lawrence, and Lauderdale Counties, but the vast majority of the damage came from strong ‘outflow’ winds ahead of the rain in that long line of storms. This is a cross-section of what that line would have […]

  • ‘Dogwood Winter’ brings an April freeze

    The National Weather Service in Huntsville posted a ‘Freeze Warning’ for North Alabama and Southern Tennessee for early Thursday morning as a cold, dry air mass sinks temperatures into the upper 20s and lower 30s by sunrise. Some call it ‘Black Berry Winter,’ and others call it ‘Dogwood Winter.’ Since it’s after Easter, we’ll stick with the dogwood version since those trees are in beautiful bloom right now!  We’ve not had an April freeze officially at Huntsville International Airport since […]

  • Freezing in March, more cold weather in April?

    February was warm, March has been cold so far.  With just over a week to go in the month, Huntsville International is running almost 2ºF below average on the whole with seven freezes this month.  That happens to be right at the ‘normal’ amount of freezes one would expect in March, but some of the lowest temperatures away from town have been downright frigid! There’s a warm-up in sight for the weekend, but we’ll barely be cracking ‘average’ warmth for late […]

  • Massey-Falkville EF-1 Tornado Survey

    PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 758 PM CDT Tue Mar 20 2018 …Updated Path For Massey Tornado… …NWS Damage Survey For 03/19/2018 Massey Tornado Event… …EF-1 Tornado Confirmed in Southern Morgan County… .Massey Tornado… Rating: EF1 Estimated Peak Wind: 100 mph Path Length /statute/: 14.18 miles Path Width /maximum/: 550 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 03/19/2018 Start Time: 06:29 PM CDT Start Location: 7 SW Hartselle / Morgan County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.3675 / […]

  • Horton EF-2 Tornado Survey

    PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 741 PM CDT Tue Mar 20 2018 …NWS Damage Survey For 03/19/2018 Tornado Event… …EF-2 Tornado confirmed in Southern Marshall County… .Horton Tornado Rating: EF2 Estimated Peak Wind: 112 mph Path Length /statute/: 3.76 miles Path Width /maximum/: 690 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 03/18/2018 Start Time: 07:26 PM CDT Start Location: 4 NNE Douglas / Marshall County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.2216 / -86.2939 End Date: 03/18/2018 End Time: […]

  • Hazel Green EF-1 Tornado Survey

    PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 719 PM CDT Tue Mar 20 2018 …NWS Damage Survey For 3/19/18 Tornado Event–Update #4… …Tornado confirmed near Hazel Green Alabama… .Hazel Green Area Tornado… Rating: EF1 Estimated Peak Wind: 105 mph Path Length /statute/: 3.77 miles Path Width /maximum/: 50 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 03/19/2018 Start Time: 06:59 PM CDT Start Location: 4 WNW Hazel Green / Madison County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.966 / -86.633 End Date: […]

  • Ardmore EF-2 Tornado Survey

    PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 659 PM CDT Tue Mar 20 2018 …NWS Damage Survey For 3/19/18 Tornado Event–Update #3… …EF-2 Tornado confirmed in Limestone County… .Elkmont-Ardmore Tornado… Rating: EF2 Estimated Peak Wind: 125 mph Path Length /statute/: 23.54 miles Path Width /maximum/: 350 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 03/19/2018 Start Time: 06:08 PM CDT Start Location: 4 SW Lester / Limestone County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.9572 / -87.2049 End Date: 03/19/2018 End Time: […]