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
  • Image: MGN Online

    It’s official: the “dry spell” is now a “drought”

    A large part of the Tennessee Valley is officially in “drought” now. Thursday’s weekly update of the US Drought Monitor showed a large area of North Alabama, Tennessee, and North Georgia in “moderate” (D1) drought.  According to Alabama’s State Climatologist Dr. John Christy, it would take around four to six inches of rain to end the building drought. That’s not looking very likely. “Hit-or-miss” showers and storms are the only hope for rain in the near-term, and we do expect […]

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    Some hope for rain Wednesday evening

    A batch of heavy thunderstorms rolled through the Memphis area Wednesday afternoon dropping heavy rain, producing some gusty winds and hail, and creating some impressive sky scenes with a big shelf cloud ahead of the rain. Refresh this page for the latest radar image: .@NWSMemphis @WTVAmatt From NMSCAS Mark Lewellen in Corinth. #mswx pic.twitter.com/St52kKfKpt — James Bishop (@NMSCAS_JB) May 25, 2016 Hail on #CenterHill Rd N of CHES Elementary. #OliveBranch 3:40 Flooding too. pic.twitter.com/84T02cCLZ3 — Cheryl Goodwin (@CherylGoodwin) May 25, […]

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    Tropical Build-Up: NHC watching an area off the East Coast

    The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of disturbed weather off the Atlantic Coast for the possibility of tropical cyclone development (a depression or storm). A special tropical weather outlook has been issued for a system NE of the Bahamas. More at hurricanes.gov https://t.co/2NO5HBvmGn— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) May 24, 2016 Sea surface temperatures in the area are warmer than normal; that combined with a dying cold front just off the East Coast of Georgia and Florida this week […]

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    Missing rainfall: drier, hotter weather setting in

    Remember back at Christmas when we thought it would never stop raining?  January was a little drier than normal, it rained like crazy again in February, March wasn’t too far off the norm for rainfall, and April brought some big soakers.  May is usually the third wettest calendar month in the Tennessee Valley; when it doesn’t rain in May, that’s a big deal for agriculture and for recreation on lakes down the line. The rainfall deficit so far in 2016 in […]

  • all pictures were taken in Decatur Al over the 5 days it was at 90 to 100 percent full. Pictures taken at the Tn River Bridge on the Harbor Side, Rhodes Ferry Park, Point Mallard, and at a SW residential area.

    Look Up! Mars and a Blue Moon in the weekend sky

    Once the clouds thin out Saturday, there will be some cool things to look for in the night sky over the weekend: Mars will be as bright as it’s been in the past two years, and a Full Moon on Saturday will be a Blue Moon. Saturday’s Full Moon occurs at 4:15 PM CDT; it’s known as the Full Flower Moon, the Full Corn Planting Moon, and the Milk Moon. No, the Moon will not be blue in color, but it is a […]

  • SPC Outlook for Friday

    Storms Move In: What to expect on Friday

    The Storm Prediction Center maintains a “MARGINAL RISK” of severe storms generally south of US 278 (Marion County east to Cherokee County) for Friday; we do not expect major severe weather in the northern half of Alabama or Tennessee, but some strong to severe storms are possible in the Central and Southern part of Alabama to the Gulf Coast. We still see a roughly 60% chance of measurable rain in the Tennessee Valley Friday; it is not 100% because there […]

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    Fort McMurray fire still sending up huge columns of smoke

    Huge columns of smoke rise up from the myriad of fires in the Fort McMurray complex in Alberta, Canada.  NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image using the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on May 16, 2016.  The actively burning areas are outlined in red.  The fire north of Fort McMurray had retreated and some citizens had returned, but in the last few days this area has been threatened again.  On May 15, warnings were issued that […]

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    Stormy weather taking shape by Friday

    Got outdoor work to complete this week? These pesky showers don’t mean a deluge, but you may need to have some rain gear and a back-up plan handy in case you are the lucky/unlucky one that gets the downpour. Live Alert 19 and the WHNT News 19 App are great resources to keep you ahead of storms whether they are severe or not. This week favors farmers and gardeners (and even homeowners struggling to keep the grass green) because we […]

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    Umbrellas needed: rain, storms likely in coming days

    Clouds thicken tonight, and patchy, generally light showers develop through Tuesday morning. The first wave of rain looks meager: just enough to have an umbrella or rain jacket for early-risers in case you need it. Those rain drops will be fighting a lot of low-level dry air to survive, so it is entirely possible that a green radar map Tuesday morning won’t exactly mean a soaking wet drive to work or school. Other waves of showers coming on Wednesday with […]

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

    Thursday’s wicked clouds: tornadoes or something harmless?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– When the sky grows dark and stormy, it’s easy to be on edge. Seeing the wicked types of cloud formations we had with Thursday’s storms may have you thinking the worst is happening. Many WHNT News 19 viewers shared pictures with us of what they claimed to be a tornado north of Athens and a few more over in northeast Alabama. Very low-hanging, rugged– even cone-shaped– clouds could be seen underneath and just ahead of the strong […]

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    The explanation behind some scary images associated with Thursday’s storms

    Heavy storms came in two waves Thursday, and both looked a lot more like summertime than spring.  Towering storms produced hail as large as quarters around Sylvania this afternoon, numerous power outages came with the wind and lightning, and locally-heavy rain gave a parched region of the country some much-needed water. The forecast brings quiet weather for Friday and the weekend, but check out the chill that comes along with it. Farm & Garden information and the Seven Day Forecast […]

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    Beneficial rain, some heavy storms possible Thursday

    Rain has been awfully hit-or-miss around these parts lately, and without several big soakings soon, the Tennessee Valley likely sees the “abnormally dry” and (D1) “moderate drought” conditions worsen in coming weeks.  Thursday’s rain potential is decent, but it will not be enough to make up for lost rainfall this Spring. Some heavy storms possible: The Storm Prediction Center outlined a small risk of a few severe storms in the Tennessee Valley region on Thursday. This is not the same […]


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