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
  • Hotter, breezy and more humid for Friday afternoon

    A broad, dry area of high pressure kept the Valley cool and clear overnight. That high slips southeast over Florida tonight and Friday opening the door for the ‘return flow’ of hotter, more humid air to begin the Memorial Day Weekend.  Expect a stiff breeze in the afternoon: gusts to and above 20 miles per hour are possible! Heat and humidity increasing push highs into the mid-80s Friday and low-90s by Saturday; the steamy air also serves as fuel for […]

  • 90 MPH: NWS storm survey details the high wind gusts on Saturday

    More: Straight-line winds vs. a tornado: What caused Saturday’s storm damage Public Information Statement National Weather Service Huntsville AL 1200 PM CDT Mon May 22 2017 …NWS Damage Report for 5/20/17 Thunderstorm Wind Event… Peak wind Estimate: 90 MPH Path length /Statute/: n/a Path width /Maximum/: Estimated 40 miles (at max width) Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Survey Summary: During the afternoon and early evening hours of Saturday, May 20th a northward moving line of severe thunderstorms produced extensive wind damage […]

  • What to expect from storms this weekend

    We got off to a mainly dry, but muggy, start Saturday morning. Expect a steam bath when you walk outside; that summertime feel isn’t going away until a cold front passes Sunday night. Stormy periods on Saturday and Sunday: The best laid plans may need some tweaking this weekend if they mean you’ll be outside for any extended periods of time. The heat and humidity building up in the region, the addition of deep tropical moisture, and a cold front in […]

  • A few downpours Friday, a better chance of storms this weekend

    It rained a lot over a small area Thursday.  As much 0.50″ to 1.50″ came down in Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone and Lauderdale Counties, but it didn’t soak everyone!  As the clouds cleared, the sunset was fantastic, though! Spectacular Sunset Thursday in Huntsville! #alwx #Hunwx #valleywx pic.twitter.com/xrBiV6FTJ7 — Mike Wilhelm (@bamawx) May 19, 2017 A few isolated showers may develop now and then through the early Friday morning, but don’t expect big, heavy storms.  Patchy fog forms where the sky remains […]

  • Spotty Storms Wednesday: a summerlike set-up raises rain chances

    Huntsville hit 90ºF for the second time in 2017 on Tuesday, and you can look forward to another hot one Wednesday! Warmer, more humid air moves north overnight setting up a more uncomfortable day Wednesday. It gets as hot as the low-90s with a ‘feels like’ temperature between 92ºF and 95ºF in the hottest part of the day. The heat and humidity should be enough to kick off a few isolated showers or storms Wednesday afternoon and evening; however, most […]

  • Cool clouds on a hot afternoon

    Every now and then you see something in the sky that just looks strange.  Nature typically doesn’t make things go in a straight line, but it sure looked like someone had taken scissors to a band of high, thin cirrus clouds about 15,000 feet above the ground. Cirrus clouds like that occasionally form as jet contrails, but with no other visible contrails in the area on satellite imagery or from the ground, this is just a cool band of clouds floating […]

  • Get ready for that summertime feeling in the air!

    We needed a lot of rain.  We got next to nothing in the Huntsville area while a few spots here and there got soaked.  Huntsville International officially reported a TRACE of rainfall Friday; a personal weather station just north of Guntersville’s airport registered 0.60″ while Albertville’s airport picked up 0.03″ in all. That’s not going to get the job done. Huntsville’s rainfall deficit since January 1st is now 3.17 inches.  Tack on the 9.90″ we missed in 2016, and you can […]

  • Locally-heavy storms, scattered showers on Friday

    All good things must come to an end, and a stretch of beautiful, sunny, dry days in early May eventually gives way to some rain.  We need that rain; it’s just not happening at the most convenient time: a Friday in May.  Let’s be clear: it won’t rain all day, and what rain we have will be very unevenly distributed.   A few storms may get stronger than the rest; overachievers could bring some gusty winds over 40 miles per hour, small hail, […]

  • The Moon and Jupiter in the night sky this week

    Have you noticed a bright ‘dot’ near the Moon over the past few nights? That big, bright Moon may be stealing the show in the sky for the next few nights, but if you look carefully, you will see a bright planet nearby.  Tuesday night it was running ahead of (or to the right of) the Moon as it tracks across the sky. That’s Jupiter running ahead of the Moon.  It’s very bright this time of year and a neat thing […]

  • Dry and quiet now, but severe weather season is not over yet!

    A strong area of high pressure near the Gulf Coast keeps the weather quiet around here for a few days, but we do expect some rain again for the end of the week.  Rainfall from Thursday night to Friday night likely ranges from as little as 0.30″ to as much as 1.10″ (most of us somewhere in between).  The threat of severe storms looks tiny; a few heavier storms are possible, but the odds of widespread strong or severe thunderstorms are […]

  • Could a ‘wake low’ wake you with the wind overnight?

    After a beautiful day and a fantastic-feeling Wednesday evening, it’s hard to imagine a shift as hard as the one about to take place in the Tennessee Valley.  Rain moving across the region tonight may end with a ‘wake low.’  That’s an area of low pressure that trails an area of rainfall caused by vertical motion in the atmosphere. Here’s a segment from Jason’s weathercast on WHNT News 19 at 10 explaining what’s possible overnight: (MORE: How wake lows develop and […]

  • Blackberry Winter – AGAIN??

    It got cold around here Tuesday morning!  Temperatures dropped as low as 43ºF in Russellville, Valley Head, Fort Payne and at the Muscle Shoals TVA site.  A short-term warm-up brings us into the 80s again Wednesday, but we’ve got some seriously chilly air coming south for the end of the week! From 1 AM Friday to 1 AM Saturday, we see temperatures as much as 15ºF to 20ºF (8ºC to 11ºC) below average in most of Alabama and Tennessee.  That’s […]