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
  • Patchy dense fog develops Tuesday night into Wednesday morning

    Locally-heavy downpours Tuesday afternoon dropped as much as two inches of rain in some spots while leaving others with little to nothing.  The uneven spread of rainfall means unevenly foggy conditions early Wednesday morning!  Watch out for some patchy dense fog especially in the areas that got heavy rain in the past 24 hours: Fog may be especially thick near waterways like the Tennessee River, the Elk River, the Flint River, and the Paint Rock River. Wednesday’s forecast is drier; however, a […]

  • Summer sky over Alabama in mid-September

    Some heavy downpours Tuesday afternoon and evening made for some interesting views that made it seem more like July or August than September! It sure felt hot enough to be mid-summer, and this heat isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. More hot, humid weather probably leads to more of these scattered heavy summertime storms through the weekend! Need some specifics about the forecast? They’re always online at WHNT.com/Weather and in the “Daily Forecast” section on Live Alert 19! You can also […]

  • Wishing for some cooler weather? Hurricane Maria may trigger a temperature slide next week

    Huntsville International topped out at 87ºF Tuesday before a heavy midday thunderstorm dropped a lot of rain and kicked up the breeze! Northwest Alabama Regional Airport in Muscle Shoals recorded a wind gust of 59 miles per hour and 0.96” of rainfall with an early-day storm. Those scattered summertime storms fade away with the setting sun Tuesday evening, but we see potential for a few more each afternoon this week. Storms won’t be as widespread Wednesday, but those that manage […]

  • Summertime heat won’t let up even as the season changes this week

    Fall begins Friday at 3:02 PM CDT, but we still have some summertime weather in place! Temperatures run about 5°F above ‘average’ through the weekend, so get used to the heat for a little while longer. The sky stays fair tonight, but it won’t get as cool: lows in the upper 60s to near 70°F with higher humidity and some patchy dense fog. Tuesday looks like another hot one: highs in the upper 80s, a ‘feels like’ temperature around 91-94ºF […]

  • Hurricane Irma regains Category 5 status as it makes landfall in Cuba

    Hurricane Irma: Irma remains a powerful hurricane, but for the first time on Irma’s path she has done something that the National Hurricane Center didn’t see coming: landfall in Cuba Friday evening. Hurricane Irma Advisory Number 40 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL112017 1100 PM EDT Fri Sep 08 2017 …IRMA MAKING LANDFALL ON THE CAMAGUEY ARCHIPELAGO OF CUBA AS A CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE… …HURRICANE WARNINGS EXTENDED NORTHWARD ALONG THE FLORIDA PENINSULA… That is somewhat of a game-changer for the […]

  • Thursday evening ‘long look’ toward how Irma may impact the US mainland

    Category Five Hurricane Irma heads through the Turks and Caicos overnight and passes between (or ‘near’) Cuba and The Bahamas Friday. Some minor drop-off in strength is forecast, but the storm will remain a Category 4 or 5 until it makes the sharp right-hand, northbound turn toward South Florida Saturday night. The latest National Hurricane Center forecast (pictured here) shows that expected sharp northward taking the center near Miami Sunday morning. That northerly trend takes the storm near Jacksonville early […]

  • Thursday: morning lows in record territory, warm and dry in the afternoon

    A chill in the air Thursday morning, Irma headed northwest to the Turks and Caicos After a pleasant day, it gets chilly overnight: middle 40s to lower 50s by morning. We expect to tie a record low in Huntsville with 51ºF, but even some neighborhoods tucked away in cooler spots should easily drop to the 42ºF to 49ºF range by sunrise. Thursday and Friday both start cool and dry but warm up nicely; expect highs in the upper 70s and […]

  • Wednesday’s weather brings a mid-October feel to early September!

    Showers moving out, cooler air arrives, and Irma moves through the Leeward Islands A strong cold front passing through on Tuesday dropped temperatures and brought a good soaking to most communities: up to two inches of rain on Sand Mountain, but precious little around the Huntsville area.  Rain leaves, and cooler air comes in to stay for the long haul! A fantastic few days lie just ahead: highs in the 70s, lows in the 40s/50s, sunshine, and very low humidity through […]

  • Tuesday’s showers and storms: spotty, uneven coverage

    Showers begin early, last through the afternoon on Tuesday A cold front moving south toward the Tennessee Valley kicks off two waves of showers and a few scattered thunderstorms in the next 36 hours. Round one begins with mainly light showers early Tuesday morning (4 AM to 9 AM); the second round may feature heavier downpours and a few storms capable of 30-50 mile per hour wind gusts from around 11 AM to 3 PM. Track showers and storms with […]

  • NWS confirms tornado damage in Cullman and Marshall Counties from Thursday night’s storm

    The National Weather Service confirms a tornado struck northeastern Cullman and Marshall Counties Thursday evening. It developed quickly from a tropical rain band extending across North Alabama from the remnants of Harvey; tropical rain bands often produce short-lived tornadoes that are very difficult to detect on radar in real-time. Post-analysis showed a TDS (Tornado Debris Signature) just northeast of Holly Pond after 9 PM. More tornadoes confirmed in Central Alabama from Thursday’s storms via NWS Birmingham That debris was likely […]

  • Severe weather threat ends with a rainy, windy cooler Friday

    Heavy rain and storms moving out tonight, more rain on Friday Rain bands from the remnants of Harvey move out of the Tennessee Valley tonight, but more scattered, light rain is likely overnight into Friday morning.  In fact, the clouds and rain look to be so persistent that we will have trouble warming into the upper 60s and lower 70s (at best) Friday afternoon.  It will be breezy too: gusts as high as 30-35 MPH (Wind Advisory is in effect). […]

  • Storms Thursday evening through Thursday night: What to expect

    Severe storms, heavy rain until Harvey’s remnants pass to the northeast The Storm Prediction Center outlined a ‘SLIGHT RISK’ of severe storms for much of North and Central Alabama as well as Middle Tennessee for Thursday and Thursday night. Severe thunderstorms with tornadoes and strong winds are possible; however, most storms will just feature heavy rain and lightning. Refresh this page for the latest radar image: Be alert for any warnings that may be required for your area! This threat […]