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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
  • Dana Dollar; Section, Alabama

    Some storms in Tennessee Tuesday evening, drying out soon

    Summer storms have dealt us an uneven hand lately.  Some folks got a lot, some got a little, and some got none.  Other than a slim chance of a few isolated thunderstorms in Tennessee (and extreme northern Alabama) through the evening hours, we have nothing of significance coming up until the Fourth of July Weekend.  (Get the full perspective of the forecast with our discussion and day-by-day forecast description at Some of our recent storms even produced small swaths […]

  • Tree damage in Lincoln County (Photo: Will Harbin)

    95 MPH winds cause damage southern Lincoln County over the weekend

    Saturday’s wind damage around South Lincoln, Tennessee was caused by a destructive thunderstorm downburst. It’s tornado-like damage because of the force of the wind, but it was not an actual tornado. See below for the official survey. Public Information Statement National Weather Service Huntsville AL 244 PM CDT MON JUN 27 2016 …NWS Damage Survey for 06/25/16 Thunderstorm Wind Event… .South Lincoln Thunderstorm Wind Event… Peak wind /E/: 95 MPH Path length /Statute/: 4.51 Miles Path width /Maximum/: 1.94 Yards […]

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    Hot, humid and a few spotty storms on Friday

    It’s muggy out there!  Temperatures barely dropped into the upper 70s and lower 80s before 11 PM, and that heat and humidity stays through the night. It gets hot on Friday; the heat index by mid-afternoon soars as high as 100ºF again except where spotty storms pop up (and where cooler air is already moving in): Watch out for two things on Friday: hot weather and some scattered storms.  The best chance of those storms around Huntsville, Madison, Decatur and […]

  • Alabama taking new steps to respond to drought

    Drought Expands: spotty storms can’t make up the difference

    The ongoing drought in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee is expanding. It grew by almost 9% in Alabama and about 2% in Tennessee. The “severe” drought expanded this week from a small area in Northeast Alabama to include most of Morgan, Madison, Lawrence, and Limestone Counties.   What would it take to end the drought? Rain, and a lot of it.  We just don’t see a lot in our near future. According to Alabama’s State Climatologist Dr. John Christy, it […]

  • Cullman, Alabama by Kerry Kelso

    What makes summer storms so electric?

    Massive, powerful summertime storms produce unbelievable lightning. They rise as high as 50,000 feet into the sky above where temperatures drop as low as 5ºF below zero even on a hot summer day. Hot, humid air blasting upward cools and condenses into water drops; they keep rising and freeze solid. The rain and ice smash into each other in the turbulent storms charing up the clouds and giving us an incredible show at the ground. The charges develop when small […]

  • Shelf cloud over Fort Payne (Photo: Rayford Bethune)

    Stormy Wednesday evening: severe threat ending

    The risk of severe weather is over in Tennessee and quickly diminishing in North Alabama as storms are moving out. See the recap of what happened on Wednesday afternoon and evening in the archived posts below. Keep track of heavy summer storms with WHNT News 19: We offer a number of free resources to keep you informed when the weather is getting rough. Live Alert 19 is a great resource to have because it gives you radar, storm tracking ability, […]

  • Lightning Storm

    Some strong storms possible through Wednesday night

    Summertime storms don’t get the same billing as severe weather threats in the Spring or Fall, but many times the strongest storm you get all year comes in the summer months. We do not expect a major severe weather threat, but some of the storms on Wednesday evening could be a little rough. The storms we get Wednesday afternoon and evening have the potential for some strong winds, hail, frequent lightning, and locally heavy rain. The wind is the component […]

  • 7-Day 1A

    Widespread rain? Wednesday brings a chance at some heavy rain

    …and boy could we use it. The heat index by Wednesday afternoon looks nasty. It’s a chance, but it’s the best-looking set-up we have had in quite some time. A disturbance to the northwest, hot and humid air here, and the potential for some big thunderstorms upstream on Wednesday afternoon give us hope for some widespread rain around here through Wednesday evening. We maintain a 50% chance of showers and storms on Wednesday; a few pop-up here and there, but […]

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    Hot, humid days: what to expect from this week’s heat and scattered storms

    “It’s like walking around in a dog’s mouth.” That’s what WHNT News 19s’ Jeff Gray says about weather like this, and I doubt there’s ever been a better description of it. One sure bet with weather like this: spotty showers and storms. It’s easy to forecast (and lampoon the weatherman for forecasting) “scattered showers and storms” on a daily basis. The toughest thing about summer storms is knowing what to do with a forecast like that. Plan for rain? Cancel […]

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    Encouraging signs of drought relief on the horizon

    A large, hot, dry “ridge” over the Central and Eastern United States through the weekend keeps the jet stream (storm track) far enough north to put some sizzle into Saturday and Sunday. It also acts to suppress pop-up afternoon thunderstorms even in areas where the air is very hot and humid. A pattern change brings a better chance of rain and knocks down the heat some next week. The ridge (sometimes called a “high” or a “block”) breaks down, shifts […]

  • Hazy Huntsville

    Air quality alert issued for Madison and Morgan counties Friday

    The Alabama Department of Environmental Management posted an Air Quality Alert for Madison and Morgan Counties on Friday. The alert is for an unusually high concentration of ground-level ozone that may be harmful to young children, elderly, and those with severe allergies or asthma. If you fall into one of those categories, limit your time outdoors in the hottest part of the day. You can reduce the amount of ground-level ozone by limiting driving, filling up fuel tanks after 6 […]

  • Karl Schneider/Eager Beaver Tree Service

    Unusually strong dust devil in Harvest

    Dust devils are not all that rare, but it is unusual for one to cause damage to property! One of our pals Karl Schneider (future meteorologist – remember that name) sent us some video of a dust devil damaging a truck in the parking lot of Eager Beaver Tree Service in Harvest last Friday: There have been a hand full of reports of injuries or fatalities with dust devils over the years; one of the more recent ones happened in […]


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